Wednesday 19 February 2020

Dutch again dominate world speed skating with seven gold medals

Dutch again dominate world speed skating with seven gold medals

A flurry of gold medals on the final day of the competition put the Netherlands once again firmly on top of the table at the world single distance speed skating championships in Salt Lake City. With seven gold, five silver and two bronze, the Dutch skaters held off strong competition from Russia and Canada, who did pick up six golds between them. On Sunday, Jorrit Bergsma won a surprise gold in the mass start, while Kjeld Nuis took gold in... More >

Dutch sprint teams retain world titles

The Dutch sprint teams both retained their world titles at the World single distance speed skating championships in Salt Lake City on Thursday night. In the men’s event, Kai Verbij , Dai Dai Ntab and Thomas Krol took gold after the Canadian men’s team was disqualified for a wrong changeover. Russia too had been a favourite, but a fall by 500m title favourite Pavel Kulizhnikov put them out of the running. The women’s team of Femke Kok, Jutta Leerdam and... More >

KNVB Cup semi-finals complete

Rotterdam football club Feyenoord beat Heerenveen 0-1 on Thursday night to clinch the last place in the semi-finals of this season’s KNVB Cup competition. The players wore special shirts in honour of former player and the club’s equipment chief Carlo de Leeuw, who died of cancer on Thursday. ‘It was a difficult day for us,’ Leroy Fer, who scored the winning goal, said after the game. The Rotterdammers will meet NAC of Breda at home in March in their bid... More >

Hakim Ziyech 'to swap Ajax for Chelsea'

Ajax mainstay Hakim Ziyech is poised to sign a contract with London club Chelsea, the Telegraaf said on Wednesday, following mounting rumours that the 26-year-old would move at the end of this season. Chelsea reportedly made a bid for the Moroccan international in January, but this was rejected by Ajax, who did not want to let any key players go midway through the competition. According to the Telegraaf, Chelsea made a renewed offer for Ziyech, currently recovering from an injury,... More >

Storm Ciara disrupts Eredivisie fixtures

The Dutch football association has cancelled Sunday’s Eredivisie fixtures as the country braces itself for winds of up to 120 km/h when Storm Ciara arrives. The KNVB said it could not guarantee the safety of players and spectators at the four matches. In August a section of AZ Alkmaar’s stadium roof collapsed in strong winds, though the ground was empty at the time. The top three clubs in the table – Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord – all had their... More >

Oldest colour Elfsteden footage found

Recently discovered film footage of the 1954 Elfstedentocht ice skating race is now thought to be the oldest record in colour of the emblematic ice race, Omrop Fryslân reports. The Elfstedentocht is a 200 kilometer race over canals and lakes in Friesland, taking in the province’s 11 cities of Friesland and was last held in 1997. The 16mm film footage was found by experts from the Frisian film archive who were presented with the collection of amateur film maker Sjoerd... More >

Racism in football is more common

Racism in Dutch professional football is a wider problem than thought, according to research by television current affairs show EenVandaag. The show’s researchers spoke to 28 captains from the 38 professional clubs in the Netherlands and 21 of them said racist chanting is more common that it would appear to be from the news coverage. In addition, almost one third said they experienced racist incidents at least a couple of times every six months. Nevertheless, only a handful of team... More >

Van Barneveld to sell off darts trophies

Darts legend Raymond van Barneveld is putting his trophies up for sale a month after calling time on his career. The five-times world champion said he wanted to give something back to his fans and insisted he was not being forced into the sale for financial reasons. ‘A lot of people will say: “He’s getting divorced and needs the money”. Well, you can take a look at my bank statements and see that’s definitely not the case,’ he told NOS.... More >

Ajax win marred by triple injury blow

Ajax edged past PSV Eindhoven to restore their lead at the top of the Eredivisie in a match overshadowed by injuries to three key players. Joël Veltman, Ryan Babel and goalscorer Quincy Promes all limped off during the game to leave Erik ten Hag with a selection headache. Veltman picked up a knee injury and Promes pulled up with a hamstring strain in the first half, while Babel’s game ended early after a clash with PSV goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall. AZ... More >