Sunday 17 January 2021

Lasse Schöne back at Ajax, Dane can train with the Amsterdammers to keep fit

Lasse Schöne back at Ajax, Dane can train with the Amsterdammers to keep fit

Lasse Schöne, the Danish midfielder who spent nearly all of his career in the Netherlands is back in Amsterdam and training with the Ajax squad ‘to keep fit’. Schöne left Ajax in 2019 for Genoa, but has not had a happy time at the Italian club and last week asked for his contract to be dissolved. Schöne, 34, played for Ajax between 2012 and 2019, winning the national title three times and reaching the semi-final of the Champions League. Good... More >

25 gymnastics coaches under investigation

Some 25 gymnastics coaches are under investigation at the moment following claims that they mentally and physically abused their young charges, sports legal body ISR has confirmed to NOS. ‘It’s a shocking number, particularly within the one sport,’ ISR chairman Dick van Steenbeek told the broadcaster. Some 75 people have now reported coaches to the ISR in the last months following the admission by trainer Gerrit Beltman that he had in the past humiliated and physically abused young gymnasts. The... More >

Ajax drawn against Lille in Europa League

Ajax face a challenging task to progress from the last 32 of the Europa League after being were drawn against French League leaders Lille. Erik ten Hag’s side will be encouraged by the fact that they beat Lille home and away when the teams met in last season’s Champions League competition, though ultimately both were knocked out. PSV Eindhoven will take on another Champions League drop-out in the form of Greek side Olympiacos. Roger Schmidt’s side qualified from a Europa... More >

Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord head Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord overtook Vitesse Arnhem with hard-fought wins on Sunday to put the traditional ‘big three’ at the top of the Eredivisie. PSV overcame Utrecht thanks to two flashes of brilliance in the first half by Donyell Malen and Mohamed Ihattaren. First Malen flicked Mario Götze’s cross in behind his standing foot, before the striker set up Ihatarren to curl a shot over Maarten Paes from the edge of the area. Ihattaren, who was demoted to the bench... More >

Disappointment for Dutch clubs in Europe

There was disappointment for Dutch football clubs in Europe on Thursday night, with both AZ and Feyenoord failing to qualify for the knock out rounds of the Europa League. AZ, who were well poised to move on in the competition were stunned by the 2-1 defeat by Croatian side Rijeka in Group F. Feyenoord lost 0-1 to German side Wolfsberger, in what pundits said was a toothless and inspiration-free match. ‘We have a lot of problems seizing the opportunities, and... More >

Ajax moves down to Europa League

Amsterdam football club Ajax will move down into this season’s Europa League competition after losing 0-1 at home to Italian club Atalanta in the final round of matches in the Champions League group phase. The defeat put the Dutch side into third place, with Atalanta qualifying for the second Champions League knock-out ticket, behind Liverpool. The Amsterdam site was beset by illness, and 18-year-old Brian Brobbey made his debut for the club, putting in a good performance in what was... More >

Good draw for Oranje in 2022 World Cup

The Netherlands have been handed a good chance of reaching the World Cup in 2022 after they were drawn with Turkey and Norway in their qualifying group. Oranje, who are currently 14th on FIFA’s world ranking list, avoided potentially tricky second-string sides such as Wales (ranked 18th), Poland (19th) and Sweden (20th) to pull out 32nd-ranked Turkey and Norway, who are 44th. Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar are the other teams in Group G. The qualifying competition will run from March... More >