The 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain was a "nightmare" to referee, former ref Howard Webb writes in his book The Man in the Middle. He even feared that the match, in which he gave Dutch player Nigel de Jong a yellow card instead of a red for a tackle - would cost him his career
The football players of the Dutch team at the World Cup in Brazil, will soon receive their bonus of reportedly around 150 thousand euro.
In the semi-finals against The Netherlands on Wednesday, Argentina is going to play without forward Ángel di María, who is out with an injury to his femur, and certain Dutch players may also be absent in the crucial match.
Nigel de Jong will no longer be able to assist The Netherlands in their World Cup campaign due to a groin injury that will see him inactive on the bench for the next two to four weeks. On Twitter, De Jong says he is "devastated" at the news, but encourages his team to remain focused.
Italian football club Atlanta has to pay a €40,000 fine because a banana was thrown onto the field during the match against AC Milan. The banana landed lear Milan goalie Kevin Constant, from Guinea. It was therefore considered a racist incident.
Footballer Nigel de Jong was pelted with a banana after the match between AC Milan and Atlanta Bergamo, which Milan lost 2-1. The midfielder reacted to the incident on Twitter.
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.
The Dutch soccer team will play a practice match Tuesday evening against Colombia in an almost full Amsterdam ArenA
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.