Football clubs don't see a 'championship effect' from women's Europe win

Football clubs don’t see a ‘championship effect’ from women’s Europe win

Just four in 10 football clubs in the Netherlands say more women and girls have joined since the Dutch women won the European championships this year. The rest say they have detected no such ‘championship effect’, public broadcaster NOS has found. Clubs in Groningen and Zuid-Holland in particular have recruited more new female players than last year, NOS said. Football is the fastest growing organised sport  for women, NOS writes. Some 150,000 women now play the game compared to 75,000 in 2004. Most new football enthusiasts were under 13. Football association KNVB figures show great regional difference in women’s football membership. The highest number can be found in towns and cities along the Wadden coastal area and in the border area south of Breda. One in five footballers there is female, NOS writes. The lowest number of female KNVB members, 0.5%, was recorded in hockey town Bloemendaal.   More >

Feyenoord hammered by Manchester City

Feyenoord have painful start to first Champions League in 15 years Rotterdam football club Feyenoord had a painful start to their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night, loosing 0-4 at home to Manchester City. It is the first time Feyenoord, who won the Dutch Eredivisie last season, have taken part in the Champions League competition in 15 years. In two weeks time, the Rotterdammers will meet Italian side Napoli, who lost 2-1 to Shaktar Donestsk in the other group F match.   More >

Sport needs to be taken seriously: report

Football clubs don’t see a ‘championship effect’ from women’s Europe win The Netherlands will fail to produce enough top ranked sports men and women unless the government changes policy on encouraging sports, two government advisory groups said on Tuesday. The public health institute RIVM and socio-cultural policy think-tank SCP say in a joint report that the Netherlands will be 'overtaken in rankings and medals tables' if action is not taken now. In general, the report says, the Dutch are not taking part in enough sport for good health, classic sports clubs are coming under pressure as membership declines and the pool of volunteers dries up and there is insufficient movement from the lower to upper ranks of sporting prowess. While the greying of the population has a role in this, youngsters also prefer to spend more time in front of a computer than on the sports field, the report says. The report, which was commissioned by the ministry of health and sports, calls on national and local government, sports associations and other interest groups to embark on a major consultation exercise to ensure the Netherlands continues to take sport seriously.  More >

De Boer sacked after 77 days at Palace

Football clubs don’t see a ‘championship effect’ from women’s Europe win Former Netherlands international Frank de Boer has been dismissed as manager of English Premier League side Crystal Palace after just 77 days. De Boer's departure was confirmed on the London club's official website on Monday, following a weekend of speculation. Palace have lost all four league games of the new season without scoring a goal. In a short official statement, the club said: 'We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club. A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.' De Boer's previous managerial role was equally ill-fated when he lasted just 85 days at Italian side Inter Milan. Prior to that he coached Ajax for nearly six years, winning four Eredivisie titles. As a defender he won 112 caps for Oranje and played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cup finals tournaments.   More >

Dutch keep slim World Cup hopes alive

Football clubs don’t see a ‘championship effect’ from women’s Europe win Dutch hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup are hanging by a thread after Oranje beat Bulgaria 3-1 in Amsterdam to move into third place in Group A. Oranje's World Cup woes began when they lost 2-0 in Sofia in March, a result that cost coach Danny Blind his job. His successor, Dick Advocaat, managed to win the return fixture on Sunday night but Sweden's commanding 4-0 win over Belarus means the Dutch have only a slim chance of catching their rivals in second place. Davy Pröpper opened the scoring after seven minutes, tapping in a Daley Blind cross, before captain Arjen Robben added a second on 67 minutes from a similar position. Bulgaria pulled a goal back almost immediately through Georgi Kostadinov, but Pröpper's second 10 minutes from time sealed the win. Assistant coach Ruud Gullit came under fire for post a film of the players in the dressing room on Instagram in which he said they had had a 'fantastic game'. But a visibly irritated Advocaat told NOS that the decision to share the film was 'very strange', while commentators accused Gullit of breaching dressing-room etiquette. 'He should be made to quit for this,' said Studio Voetbal analyst Arno Vermeulen. Sweden, who are three points ahead of the Netherlands, visit Amsterdam on October 10, three days after hosting minnows Luxembourg. A clear victory in that game would make it effectively impossible for the Dutch to overtake them on goal difference.  More >