Dutch women beat Denmark in European football championships

Dutch women beat Denmark in European football championships

The Dutch women's football team's 1-0 victory over Denmark in the ongoing European championships was watched on television by 2.2 million people on Thursday night. The high score made the game the most popular item on television that day, broadcaster NOS said. The first Dutch match, in which Oranje beat Norway 1-0, was watched by 2.1 million people. The Netherlands meet Belgium on Monday in their third group A game. 🇳🇱 The Netherlands go three points clear of Denmark & Belgium in Group A. 💪#WEURO2017 pic.twitter.com/l4IuWamddw — UEFA Women's EURO (@UEFAWomensEURO) July 20, 2017 Match report and comment  More >

101st Nijmegen four-day march starts

101st Nijmegen four-day march gets underway at dawn with 42,000 walkers Just over 42,000 walkers are taking part in the 101st edition of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse, a four-day walking event which takes place every year in July. The first walkers started out at 4am on Tuesday morning and by around 6.30am, half of the participants had left the starting point, news agency ANP said. Civilians and soldiers from 67 different countries are taking part in the marches, which involve walking 30, 40 or 50 kilometres every day for four days. This year again walkers are being urged to be sensible in the heat, which is set to top 30 degrees on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are expected to be cooler although there will be some rain in the region on Thursday. In 2006 the event was cancelled after two walkers died of heat stroke. Key facts about the Vierdaagse  More >

Dutch women kick off European football

Dutch women kick of European football campaign with win over Norway The Dutch women's football team kicked off their campaign in the European championships on Sunday evening with a 1-0 win over Norway. 'We have shown what we are worth,' coach Sarina Wiegman said after the Group A match. 'It is great that we were able to demonstrate such good football.' The only goal of the game was scored in the 66th minute by Liverpool's Shanice van de Sanden. The competition is being hosted in the Netherlands and the opening game, at the Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht, was sold out. The next Dutch games are on July 20, when they meet Denmark and Belgium on July 24. More on the competition  More >

Go whistle: NL holds sheepdog trials

Dutch women beat Denmark in European football championships It might be more famous for its cows…but the Netherlands is hosting the World Sheepdog Trials for the first time, reports NOS broadcaster. The championship, which takes place every three years, began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday in Opmeer, North Holland. It involves 247 handlers from 30 different countries, and of course their border collies. The Dutch are represented by Serge van der Zweep, reigning champion of sheep herding in the Netherlands and second in the 2011 world contest. Performances of dogs and their handlers are keenly evaluated by a jury, although – comments the NOS – the sheep are still apparently more interested in the grass.  More >

Ajax's Nouri has serious brain damage

Ajax footballer Nouri suffers ‘serious and irreversible’ brain damage Footballer Abdelhak Nouri has sustained serious, irreversible brain damage after collapsing with heart problems during an Ajax friendly match in Austria on Saturday. The club announced on Thursday that a hospital in Innsbruck has been investigating the footballer’s brain functions. ‘The diagnosis that has been made is that a large part of his brain is no longer functioning, and that the chance of recovering these crucial brain functions is nil,’ said the club. ‘This is probably due to insufficient oxygen supply to his brain after the midfielder became unwell during the Ajax-Werder Bremen match in Hippach.’ The 20-year-old is allowed to be moved and is expected to be taken to a hospital in Amsterdam for further care. He had been flown to the Austrian hospital on Saturday, and the match abandoned, after he collapsed with heart rhythm problems. Ajax said it was communicating partly on behalf of the footballer’s family, who wanted people to keep hoping and praying for him. Chief executive Edwin van der Sar said: ‘This is the worst possible message. We truly feel for his parents, brothers, sisters and people around him…Abdelhak is such a great talent, but unfortunately we will never know how far his star would have reached if this had not happened.’  More >