Former footballer Willem van Hanegem diagnosed with prostate cancer

Former footballer Willem van Hanegem diagnosed with prostate cancer

Former Feyenoord and Netherlands footballer Wim van Hanegem has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Van Hanegem, 73, was one of the stars of the Feyenoord side that became the first Dutch team to win the European Cup in 1970, beating Celtic 2-1. Nicknamed De Kromme ("the crooked one") for his lugubrious running style, the defensive midfielder won renown for for his tough tackling, passing and ability to read the game. He was one of the key players in the 1974 World Cup side that lost in the final to West Germany. As a coach he led Feyenoord to the Dutch league title in 1993 and won the KNVB cup in the following two seasons. Van Hanegem told AD that his cancer had been detected during a routine blood screening. 'I was shocked and so was everyone around me,' he said. 'But after sleeping on it for a night everything seemed OK again. Then I went out and played golf.' Van Hanegem will undergo a seven-week course of radiotherapy and said doctors had given him a "near 100% chance" of overcoming the disease.  More >

Appie Nouri 'known to have heart defect'

Family of Appie Nouri ‘shocked’ by revelations of player’s heart condition The family of Ajax footballer Abdelhak 'Appie' Nouri have said they are 'shocked' by weekend reports that the club were aware the player had a previously undisclosed heart defect. NRC revealed at the weekend that Nouri's family have instructed a specialist personal injury lawyer, John Beer, to review the medical support given to the player after he collapsed on the pitch during a friendly match against Werder Bremen on July 8 last year. The 20-year-old suffered severe and permanent brain damage and remains in a low state of consciousness in hospital in Amsterdam. Officially he remains a member of the Ajax squad and his number 34 shirt has not been reallocated, but doctors say he will never be able to play again. NRC revealed that the heart defect was discovered during a routine medical screening in 2014 by the Dutch FA (KNVB) after Nouri was selected for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad. The governing body informed the club but concluded that Nouri's condition was not dangerous to his health. Lawyer Khalid Kasem said it had come as a 'huge shock' to Nouri's family to learn of his heart defect. 'If the family had known about a heart defect earlier they would have pressed for a thorough investigation and regular follow-up tests in order to determine what the nature and risks are of a condition of this kind.' The family are also taking legal advice about the treatment Nouri received on the pitch immediately after collapsing in Germany to see if Ajax club doctors followed the correct procedure. Video footage of the incident showed that around five minutes elapsed between Nouri falling to the ground and club doctor Don de Winter attempting a heart massage. According to the protocols issued by world football's governing body FIFA, medics are supposed to treat any spontaneous collapse on the pitch as a suspected heart failure and start resuscitation immediately, both by hand and with a defibrilator. Ajax declined to comment on the details of the case, but club director Edwin van der Sar said De Winter and the club's medical team had responded 'very adequately' to the emergency. Ajax added that discussions with the family were ongoing and would not be conducted via the media.  More >

Camiel Eurlings resigns from IOC

Camiel Eurlings, under fire over domestic violence incident, resigns from IOC The Dutch representative on the International Olympic Committee has resigned following mounting pressure from athletes and officials over a domestic violence incident in 2015. In a statement issued on Friday Eurlings, a former minister for the Christian Democrats and CEO of KLM Nederland, said he is standing down 'in the interest of sport and sportsmen and women'. 'I sincerely regret what has happened,' he said. 'The discussion about whether or not I should stay on is taking attention away from sport and the athletes. That is why, with pain in my heart, I am resigning as IOC, member, the best volunteer job in the world.' Eurlings has been the Dutch IOC representative since 2013. Critics called on him to rethink his position after he made a belated apology for the incident in mid 2015, in which he is said to have beaten up his girlfriend. She made a formal police complaint about the attack in December that year. Last March, Eurlings reached an out of court settlement with the public prosecution department without admittance of guilt but the issue has refused to go away. Dutch papers claimed that his girlfriend was left with a broken elbow, light concussion and bruising – and at one point he threatened legal action against the woman for slander. Apology Last week he issued a statement, headlined ‘public apology’ in which he admitted there was an ‘altercation’ between him and his ex girlfriend. ‘The IOC has seen the file and deemed it a private matter,’ he said. ‘The ethical committee has reaffirmed this… nor did the settlement prevent me from obtaining a certificate of good behaviour (VOG).’ He also told the NRC newspaper that he had not had a community service sentence but had done a couple of days community work and that he did not have a criminal record. However, legal experts told the Volkskrant that Eurlings will have had a 40 hour community service sentence and that he will have, in effect, a police record resulting from the settlement. The IOC said in a statement: 'Although we regret his decision, which is a personal one, we respect the step taken in the interests of the lOC, of the Olympic movement, and of all involved.'  More >

Dutch send compact team to Winter Olympics

Sven Kramer and Ireen Wüst lead ‘compact’ Dutch team to the Winter Olympics The Netherlands is sending a ‘compact’ team of at least 29 athletes to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the Dutch sports body NOC*NSF said. A further 10 athletes will take part in the Paralympics. The main Dutch team is made up of 20 long-distance and nine short-track speed skaters with one – Jorien ter Mors taking part in both tournaments. The Netherlands dominated the previous winter Olympics speed skating event, winning 24 medals, including eight golds. Among this year's hopefuls: Jorrit Bergsma and Sven Kramer will defend their titles in the 10,000m and 5,000m while Ireen Wüst will defend her 3,000m Olympic title. During the presentation, team leader Jeroen Bijl declined to set a target for the South Korea games. ‘That would be difficult after our success in Sochi,’ he said, adding that 12 medals would be a bare minimum. ‘I’m looking forward to seeing the total picture,’ he said. ‘By that I mean the stories which emerge. Of course, that has to be translated into medals, but I am hoping to see some fine competition.’ The Winter Olympics take place from February 9 to 15. The team could still be expanded by snowboarder Cheryl Maas, hoping to qualify for her third winter Olympics plus snowboarders Niek van der Velden and Michelle Dekker as well as skeleton racers Kimberley Bos and Joska Le Conté. The full line-up  More >

Ajax to sign Erik ten Hag as new coach

Ajax to sign Erik ten Hag as new head coach from FC Utrecht FC Utrecht has told broadcaster NOS that the appointment of Erik ten Hag as head coach at Amsterdam club Ajax has almost been finalised. Ten Hag has a contract with Utrecht which runs until 2020 but has now agreed a 2.5 year deal with the Amsterdammers, the broadcaster said. Ten Hag, who is 47, is being brought in to replace Marcel Keizer who was sacked last week. Alfred Schreuder is likely to be his assistant, Dutch media said. FC Utrecht is Ten Hag’s first Eredivisie role. He started his career as an assistant coach at FC Twente and PSV before taking on Jupiler League side Go Ahead Eagles, who won promotion to the Eredivise that season. Ten Hag then spent two seasons as an assistant at Bayern Munich before moving to FC Utrecht. Ajax suspended head coach Marcel Keizer, assistant coach Hennie Spijkerman and personal trainer Dennis Bergkamp last week. The club said in a statement on Thursday it did not have enough confidence that the trio could achieve Ajax’ ambitions.  More >