Oranje lost an important player in their football team, only three months before the kick-off of the World Cup. Kevin Strootman, midfielder, was severely injured during the practice match against France, this past Wednesday. He will be out for months.
Netherlands football coach Louis van Gaal surprised many with his selection of players for a tune-up match against France next week, leaving Nigel de Jong (M) Stefan de Vrij (D) and Maarten Stekelenburg (G) off the sheet. Jean-Paul Boëtius (F), Davy Klaassen (M) and Quincy Promes (F) will get their Oranje debuts in the match.
On Tuesday evening the Dutch soccer team will play a loaded match against the Turkish national team in Istanbul. Turkey has to win in order to become number two in the group and have a possibility to go to Brazil.
While the Netherlands is already a participant at the World Cup in Brazil, Turkey has to win. In their group Romania will play, also on Tuesday, against Estland. So it will be Romania or Turkey who will end as number two in the group.
Manchester City defender Karim Rekik has been called up for the first time in his career. Wesley Sneijder, however, has been left out once again.
On a beautiful summer evening in Faro, southern Portugal, the Dutch team seemed to finally break with a nasty habit on Wednesday. Team Orange was in Faro on its way to its second win in 12 meetings with Portugal, until Cristiano Ronaldo scored the equalizer in the 87th minute.
Despite the disappointment of that late hit, team Orange can be reasonably satisfied a year for the World Cup. The young team played disciplined and mature, even when it was challenged by the Portuguese. So it was a real contest in the south of Portugal
PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman will be Manchester United’s first major summer signing. He will be replacing Paul Scholes, who will soon be retiring.
PSV Eindhoven’s 23 year-old Kevin Strootman is set to become Manchester United’s midfielder in the Premier League. Yet, Dutch football player and expert Magnus Magnusson believes Strootman is not ready for the big league.