Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff died at the age of 68 on Thursday. He passed away peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family, the Cruyff foundation announced.
Dutch football association KNVB and sponsor Nike unveiled the new home and away football kits for the Netherlands' national team on Monday. The kits in orange and blue "reflect traditional Dutch values such as courage, leadership and loyalty", according to the KNVB.
Former Dutch football star Ruud van Nistelrooij will step down from his assistant coaching role with the Netherlands men’s national football team. The 39-year-old is leaving Orange to take on training the under-17, under-19 and Youth squad at PSV Eindhoven.
The artificial turf in the Amsterdam ArenA is raising concerns among football players. Artificial turf is often harder and comes with a greater risk of injury. Dutch football association KNVB is looking at "other options" for the new qualifying period
There are concrete indications that sex traffickers are requiting young women into prostitution around the asylum centers in the Netherlands
The average person living in the Netherlands viewed 190 minutes of television every day, down 4.8 percent from a year earlier. In 2014, the Netherlands put on a strong showing in both the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, but no such events took place in 2015.
Hilda van der Heide, the woman who broke her arm when a police officer pulled her away from Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car during a protest against asylum seekers in the Drenthe town of Oranje, is annoyed by the response she got from the State Secretary.
Ex-pro football player Christian Gandu is facing deportation after living in the Netherlands for 14 years. According to his amateur club Magreb '90, the 23 year old Congolese born man exhausted all possible legal avenues and may be put out of the country at any moment.
The Dutch national football team may be playing home games in De Kuip in Rotterdam and the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven, instead of solely in the Amsterdam Arena from next summer to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Oranje is back in the Netherlands after the cancelled match against Germany on Tuesday. The match was canceled and stadium evacuated just before the start of the match due to a terrorist threat. KNVB director Bert van Oostveen calls it "extremely regrettable" that the match could not be played. "We wanted to make a statement against terrorism and for freedom. Unfortunately that did not work", he said on Tuesday night
German officials made the decision to cancel the football match between Germany and the Netherlands out of an abundance of caution, Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s Interior Minister said in a press conference Tuesday night. The decision was very difficult to make, but he refused to further elaborate on the threat, he added.
Reports of a suspicious package at the football stadium where Germany was to host the Netherlands Tuesday evening led to the football match’s cancellation. "We have had concrete evidence that someone wanted to detonate an explosive device at the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German newswire Deutschen Presse-Agentur.
Minister Edith Schippers of Sports will be attending the friendly football match between the Netherlands and Germany in Hanover on Tuesday on behalf of the Dutch government. German chancellor Angela Merkel and her entire team of ministers will also be attending the match.
Oranje resident Hilda van der Heide has filed charges against the police officer who pulled her away from Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car during a protest against asylum seekers in the Drenthe village in October.
After the elimination from the European Champions, the Dutch football team fell from 14th to 16h place on the FIFA rankings. Belgium is on first place for the first time ever
Robin van Persie may have played his last match for the Netherlands squad. Coach Danny Blind has decided that Van Persie is not fit enough to be included in the Oranje team selection, the Telegraaf reported on Monday.
A Nijmegen resident had a visit from the police after a rather ambiguous tweet. The tweet was a comment on the Dutch football team's loss against the Czech Republic and elimination from the European Championships. But after all the refugee related unrest in the Netherlands over the past week, could also be seen as another planned attack on an asylum center.
The next big loser after Oranje were eliminated from the European Championships in France next year, losing 2-3 to the Czech Republic, will be major parts of the Dutch economy. Revenue losses for the supermarket/retail industry are estimated to be as much as 50 million euros.
After major unrest from the 140-strong citizens of the village of Oranje in Medden-Drenthe last week, it has been decided that the village will reduce its number of asylum seeker to 700. A meeting last week that sparked the unrest raised the issue of introducing an additional 700 asylum seekers to the village, pushing that number to 1400.
The Dutch football team losing to the Czech Republic and therefore its elimination from the European Championship in France next year, was major news on the websites of almost all major European and other international sports newspapers. Marca called it "historically ridiculous", ESPN spoke of an "implosion of a superpower". All that The Latest News had to say was "poor Oranje".
Despite playing the entire second half with a one-man advantage, the Dutch men's football team was knocked out of the 2016 European Championship after suffering a 3-2 defeat in Amsterdam against the Czech Republic. Oranje went down 1-0 on a goal by Pavel Kadeřábek in the 24th minute, and the Czech team never looked back.
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul will not be playing for the rest of the season due to a severe knee injury. Krul ruptured a knee cruciate during the Dutch team's 2-1 win against Kazakhstan on Saturday. With first choice keeper Jasper Cillessen also injured during the warm up before the match, coach Danny Blind has decided to add Maarten Stekelenburg and Kenneth Vermeer to his selection.
MP’s from the Tweede Kamer, Lower House of Dutch Parliament, were warned via email about the potential dangers they may face when discussing issues related to asylum in public, according to AD. They were instructed to consult with security experts whenever scheduling an event regarding the topic.
Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur was upset by the behaviour of villagers in Oranje, Drenthe who blocked Justice Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff's car, and tried to prevent buses of refugees from entering the town. Dijkhoff was in the town of 140 people Tuesday night to discuss plans to double the number of asylum seekers there from 700 to 1,400.