The World Cup final against the United States on Sunday is extra special for Dominique Bloodworth. Because while she is playing for the Oranje Lionesses, she is married to an American. Despite this conflict of interest, the Oranje defender knows her in-laws support her and plans to make them proud, she said to NU.nl.
It was an intense battle but midfielder Jackie Groenen ensured the European champions secured their place in World Cup history to face-off the defending champions, the United States, at this Sunday’s finals. The women of the Oranje Lionesses celebrated their semi-final 1-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday, and thereby their first foray into the World Cup finals, with both jubilation and disbelief.
Football lovers who already bought tickets to attend a festival in the Netherlands this weekend, do not need to despair. A number of festivals realize that you can be both a music- and a football fan, and are therefore making arrangements to show the World Cup final between the Oranje Lionesses and the United States on Sunday.
The Oranje Lionesses and their fans are elated by the Dutch team's progression to the World Cup Final after a 1-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday. "Not normal, hey", Jackie Groenen, who scored the winning goal, said to NOS after the match. "We worked so hard, it's nice to play in this team. That I scored doesn't matter, it's more important that we won and that we are in the final."
Groenen praised the team spirit among the Oranje Lionesses. "We have a team that is there for each other and that works."
Dutch football association KNVB is critical of the amount in prize money FIFA made available for the Women's World Cup - a total of around 26.5 million euros. While that is double the amount available four years ago, it is still a pittance compared to the 355 million euros paid to the men after the World Cup in Russia. "Yes, they doubled it, but if you double something that is nothing, it is still nothing", KNVB director Jan Dirk van der Zee said to the Telegraaf.
The Dutch women's football team looked like they were a team possessed when they came out in the second half of their match against Italy, scoring twice to win 0-2. The two teams faced off in the 2019 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France on Saturday afternoon.
Thousands of Dutch fans showed up to support Oranje on Saturday. Even with the scorching 34-degree heat, the official attendance for the match topped 22 thousand.
From next season the Ajax women's team will have their own collective bargaining agreement, the Amsterdam football club announced. Ajax is the first Dutch club to give its women's team their own labor agreement. Ajax called this the next step in professionalizing women's football.
The Oranje Leeuwinnen held their ground on Thursday to defeat Canada 2-1 in both teams' final Group E match of the 2019 World Cup. The Dutch women will go on to face Japan in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
Dutch football association KNVB suspended a 34-year-old linesman from Haarlem football club Geel-Wit for three years for punching an UNO goalkeeper unconscious in March. The suspension is backdated to April 1st. The man may only again join a football club in 2022, a spokesperson for the KNVB confirmed to NU.nl after reports in Noordhollands Dagblad.
Amateur football clubs are an asset for criminals, who use them for money laundering, drug dealing, and creating an image of prestige and power in a neighborhood or town, according to a recent study by Tilburg University. Five football clubs from Zeeland and Noord-Brabant suspect that criminals are trying to infiltrate their club, according to the researchers, AD reports.
The Oranje women are kicking off their World Cup journey with their first match against New Zealand in Le Havre on Tuesday afternoon. The Dutch national women's team had their last training session, with the full selection, on Monday and are excited to get started.
Four Amsterdam men were sentenced to jail by a British court for causing an affray and assaulting a police officer before a Champions League match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in London on April 30th. The four Ajax fans are also banned from attending football matches in the United Kingdom for six years, the local police said in a statement.
The 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League final was a disappointing blow for the Dutch men's national football team, which lost 1-0 to host nation Portugal. Oranje managed to a greater share of possession, but far fewer shots on goal and far more fouls than their rivals.
When asked if it was a tough loss, star Dutch player Matthijs de Ligt agreed it was disappointing, saying to broadcaster NOS, "Yeah, you want to win a final." He also called Portugal a very difficult team.
The Dutch national football team advanced to the Nations League final after a victory over England in Portugal on Thursday. Oranje beat the English team 3-1 at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimarães, thanks to two goals scored in extra time, NU.nl reports.
England's one and only goal was a penalty scored by Marcus Rashford, after a foul by Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt. He lost the ball in his own sixteen and then committed a foul on Rashford. De Ligt made up for that mistake by scoring Oranje's first goal in the second half.
Ajax took its 34th Eredivisie title with a 4-1 victory over De Graafschap on Wednesday. This is the first time in five years that the Amsterdam team wins the national championship. Hundreds of enthusiastic fans took to the streets to celebrate with flags and flares, NOS reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam is planning a party on the Museumplein for if Ajax wins its 34th national title. While the last matches are only being played on Wednesday, the title will almost certainly go to the Amsterdam team after its 4-1 victory against FC Utrecht and competitor PSV's 1-0 loss against AZ on Sunday.
The Ajax players are extremely disappointed by their last-second elimination from the Champions League in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, but they are also proud of how far they've come and the impressive season they've had in the league.
Excitement is mounting in Amsterdam as the Champions League semi-final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur approaches. Ajax fans are planning the "biggest entrada ever" at the Johan Cruijff stadium before the match. Statistically, Ajax has a very good chance to make it through to the finals or the first time since 1996, NU.nl reports.
The Amsterdam triangle of municipality, police and Public Prosecutor call on Ajax supporters to not light fireworks or torches before, during and after the Champions League semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The city will allow a so-called entrada, but only on Arenapark next to the stadium and only if no fireworks are lit.
Tickets for the Champions League semi final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in Amsterdam next week have already sold out. Desperate fans are searching online trading sites for a way to still see the match, where tickets are being offered at sky-high prices. Beware of scammers, the Dutch police warn.
The F-Side, the hardcore of Ajax supporters, warned the Telegraaf and other media to stop filming supporters around matches. This follows a Telegraaf reporter and cameraman being attacked when they filmed F-Side supporters before the match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in London on Tuesday, NOS reports.
While Ajax is delighted with their 0-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, the team emphasized that it is not yet time to celebrate. The Amsterdam team is a big step closer to the Champions League final, but they still face a difficult job in the return at the Johan Cruijff Arena next week.
"We stand with one toe in the final. It is no more than that", Ajax defender Joel Veltman said to NU.nl reports. "Tottenham has a top team, they can still rectify this."
Ajax is facing of against the Tottenham Hotspurs in London tonight in the first semi-final match for the Champions League. While fans are optimistic about the Amsterdam team's chances, the bookies currently favor Tottenham.
Two of four men killed in a one-sided accident on the A1 highway on Monday morning, played for football club A.V.V. Columbia in Apeldoorn. The club is "shocked and baffled" by their deaths, A.V.V. Columbia said in a statement on their website.