Two Oranje players made a powerful statement against racism in the match against Estonia (5-0) in Amsterdam on Tuesday. After captain Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first of three goals, he and Frenkie de Jong stopped to pose with their arms against each other, to show that they are different but they are one.
On Tuesday Oranje coach Ronald Koeman gave a number of newcomers a chance to play against Estonia in the last international match of 2019. After the Dutch team's 5-0 victory, the coach had to conclude that the Netherlands has a large number of good footballers, which will make his job of selecting a team for the European Championship next year a real challenge, NU.nl reports.
Midfielder Frenkie de Jong doesn’t think the Dutch national football team is a favorite to win the European Championships next year, but he does believe Oranje has a chance, he said to NU.nl.
Oranje qualified for the European Championships on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Ireland on Windsor Park. This is the team’s return to the international stage, after it missed the Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
A difficult victory against Belarus on Sunday put the Dutch national team another step closer to the European Championship 2020. Oranje beat the Russians 1-2 in Minsk, thanks to two goals scored by Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch footballers are pleased with the victory, but critical of their performance.
The victory keeps the Netherlands in the lead in group C of the playoffs, with 15 points from six matches. Germany also has 15 points, but is in second place due to a poorer underlying result. Northern Ireland is in third place with 12 points from six matches.
In a difficult match between Oranje and Northern Ireland in the Kuip in Rotterdam, the Dutch team booked an important victory in the final phase of the European Championship qualification on Thursday. Thanks to goals by substitute Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay, Oranje won 3-1, putting the team in the lead of group C. The Dutch footballers and coach Ronald Koeman are relieved.
The Irishmen were first on the score board. Depay brought the score up to 1-1. The last two goals were scored in injury time, one by Depay, one by De Jong.
Former football player Fernando Ricksen died of degenerative muscle disease ALS at the age of 43 on Wednesday. Many of the football teams he played for responded with sadness to his death.
Ricksen was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. He had been staying in a hospice in Scotland since the start of this year and had already announced that he would die there, according to NU.nl. Over the past weeks, the footballer was only able to move his eyes, but could still communicate through a speech computer.
Oranje has its football groove back, as shown by the recent friendly wins over Estonia and Germany. The success is due to the fact that Oranje is much more united today than it was in earlier periods, said attacker Ryan Babel, who scored two goals against Estonia on Monday, referring to the Big 4 footballers' egos, Voetbalzone reports.
Nearly 5.5 million people tuned in to watch the Oranje Lionesses play against the United States in the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday afternoon. This is a new record for the Oranje women, after the semi-final against Sweden attracted just over 5 million viewers, NOS reports.
Disappointed, but proud. Those three words sum up the emotions of the Oranje Lionesses after their 2-0 loss against the United States in the World Cup final in Lyon on Sunday. "Sure there is disappointment, but we had a fantastic tournament. This is now the result, and I am very proud", goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal said to NOS.
The excellent 2019 World Cup tournament run by the Dutch women's national football team came to a disappointing end on Sunday night when the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0. In a match where Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal racked up save after save securing the Golden Glove for the tournament, the U.S. was able to consistently pierce Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman's defensive strategy until a penalty broke the match wide open in the 61st minute.
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."
A fierce strike from Jackie Groenen in the 99th minute of the 2019 World Cup was the only goal of the semi-final battle between the Netherlands and Sweden, and it gave the Dutch team a 1-0 victory. Oranje move on to their first-ever World Cup final, and will play the United States whose players held on to defeat England 2-1 on Tuesday. Sweden will play England for third place.
Excitement is in the air as the Dutch women’s football team gear up to face Sweden in the 2019 FIFA World Cup semi-finals match on Wednesday.
This is the first ever semi-final spot for Oranje Leeuwinnen and their second appearance in the 28-year history of the World Cup – their first being in 2015. To secure the coveted spot, Oranje dominated Italy in last Saturday’s match, emerging with a 2-0 win after only scoring in the final 20 minutes of the game.
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.
A controversial penalty in the 90th minute of the Dutch women's national football team match against Japan handed Oranje a 2-1 victory at the Stade de la Route de Lorient in Rennes, France on Tuesday night. The victory in the last Round of 16 match in the 2019 World Cup sends the OranjeLeeuwinnen through to the quarterfinals, where they play Italy on Saturday.
Striker Lieke Martens scored both of the Dutch team's goals. She was named Player of the Match for her efforts in front of a packed stadium that included thousands of orange-clad Dutch fans.
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.
Despite the Netherlands suffering a 2-3 defeat against Germany in the European Championship qualifier on Sunday, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman is still very proud of his team. After ending the first half 0-2 behind the German team, Oranje made a major comeback in the second half. "I am proud of how we played in the second half. We were 2-0 behind. Then you can just give up, but we played great", Koeman said to NOS.
The Netherlands will play against Germany in one of its qualifying matches for the UEFA Euro 2020. UEFA announced the groups for the qualifiers on Sunday. The Netherlands drew Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus.
The qualifiers will start on March 21st next year. The top two teams from each of the ten groups will qualify. An additional play-off will then determine the four remaining teams who will play in the tournament.
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is annoyed at a number of supermarkets in the Red Light District, that bought extra beer and liquor to sell to English football supporters who came to the Dutch capital to watch the Netherlands vs England practice match. These supermarkets did not take their responsibility to prevent drunken football hooligans rampaging through the city, according to him, Het Parool reports.
British football association FA released a statement condemning English football fans' behavior in Amsterdam around a friendly match between the Dutch and English teams on Friday. Around 100 British football fans were arrested in the Dutch capital on Thursday and Friday, mostly for disrupting public order, according to RTL Nieuws.
Most of the arrested supporters have since been fined and sent home, according to the broadcaster.
Wesley Sneijder is saying goodbye to international football, he announced on Sunday. The decision was made in consultation with new coach Ronald Koeman. He hopes to play one last match for the Dutch national team. "It is my wish - and that is known by the KNVB - to say goodbye to my fellow internationals and the Oranje fans in a beautiful way", Sneijder said to the Telegraaf on Monday.
Footballer Robin van Persie may return to the Dutch national team under new coach Ronald Koeman. Koeman is keeping the possibility open, he said to broadcaster NOS.
"If he shows the necessary fitness and shows that he is still one of the best... Then who am I not to select him. Age does not matter, what matters is what they show", Koeman said.
Ronald Koeman will be signing a contract next week to coach the Dutch national football team up to and including the World Cup of 2022, the Telegraaf reports. The former Barca player reached an agreement with football association KNVB and will sign his contract next Friday. His performance will be evaluated before or after the European Championships in 2020, according to the newspaper.
Koeman confirmed last week that he is in talks with the KNVB. It is expected that he will start coaching Oranje in March already.