Monday 27 January 2020

Eredivisie gap closes as Ajax slump to defeat in Groningen

Eredivisie gap closes as Ajax slump to defeat in Groningen

Ajax suffered their third defeat of the season to open up the Eredivisie title race again as they ran aground on Groningen’s stubborn defence. AZ closed the gap to three points with their first win since Christmas at Heerenveen, while Feyenoord rose to third with a fourth successive victory as Dick Advocaat’s revival continued. At the bottom of the table, RKC Waalwijk have a mountain to climb after losing their second successive relegation six-pointer as they surrendered an early lead... More >

Ajax is world's 23rd richest football club

Last year’s success at home and in Europe has propelled Ajax to 23rd position in a new Deloitte ranking of the world’s highest-earning football clubs. Ajax, a new entrant to the top 30,  is the highest non ‘big five’ participant and its strong showing is due to the clubs ‘great’ 2018/19 Champions League run, Deloitte said. The Football Money League is topped by Barcelona, which has overtaken Real Madrid for the first time The Spanish side became the first club... More >

Koeman 'not moving' to troubled Barcelona

National football team coach Ronald Koeman has reportedly dismissed speculation that he could quit before the summer to take over at his former club Barcelona. The Catalan club are expected to part company with Ernesto Valverde as soon as they can find a replacement. Last week’s defeat to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Supercopa was widely seen as the final straw. Koeman, who scored the winning goal for Barça against Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final, has... More >

Top Iranian female athlete defects to NL

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist has reportedly fled to the Netherlands after placing an open letter on Instagram in which she described herself as ‘one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran’. Kimia Alizadeh won a taekwondo bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Speculation grew that she had fled to the Netherlands after a photograph was shared on social media of her at a memorial at Eindhoven University of Technology to the victims of Ukrainian... More >

Dutch speed skaters dominate in Heerenveen

The second European single distance speed skating championships in Heerenveen this weekend ended up as a competition between the Netherlands and Russia, with Dutch skaters taking eight of the 14 gold medals up for grabs. The Dutch women in particular dominated the last day of the three-day event. Antoinette de Jong, Ireen Wüst and Melissa Wijfje retained the team pursuit title for the Netherlands., Jutta Leerdam won her first major title with the 1000 metres gold and Irene Schouten wrapped... More >

Sergino Dest leaves Ajax Qatar training

Ajax defender Sergino Dest has left the club’s winter training camp in Qatar because of the rising tensions in the Middle East. Dest, who holds Dutch and US nationality, said in a statement that he does not feel ‘comfortable’ in Qatar and has flown back to the Netherlands. The US national squad earlier cancelled its plans to hold this winter’s training sessions in Qatar following the killing of Iran’s most senior general by US drones. Iran has since attacked US... More >

Max Verstappen extends Red Bull contract

Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen has extended his contract with Red Bull for three years to the end of 2023. The decision ends rumours that Verstappen, who finished third on the championship table last season, would move to Mercedes or Ferrari. He started in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in 2015 and moved to Red Bull a year later, winning his first ever Grand Prix at the age of 18. ‘Very proud and happy that @redbullracing will stay my home... More >

Football club bans fans after racist chant

Football club FC Den Bosch has banned a number of supporters from its grounds following racist chanting last November. The Dutch FA and public prosecution service are still investigating the incident which led to the match between FC Den Bosch and Excelsior being suspended for 10 minutes after Excelsior striker Ahmad Mendes Moreira complained of being targeted by a section of the home fans. A spokesman for the club told local broadcaster Omroep Brabant that the bans were ‘not necessarily... More >

Giovanni van Bronckhorst moves to China

Former Dutch international and Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst is moving to China, to take over the helm at Guangzhou R&F, his management have confirmed. Van Bronckhorst is taking Jean-Paul van Gastel and Arno Philips with him as assistants. The three worked together to take Feyenoord to the Dutch title in 2017. Guangzhou finished 12th in the Chinese Super League last season. Van Bronckhorst, who has 106 caps as an international, retired as a professional player at Feyenoord in 2010... More >