Monday 21 September 2020

Four teams unbeaten after second round of Eredivisie games

Four teams unbeaten after second round of Eredivisie games

Ajax joined Heerenveen, Vitesse Arnhem and PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Eredivisie with a comfortable 3-0 win over RKC Waalwijk. In an insipid game, Dusan Tadic and Zakaria Labyad gave the Amsterdammers a two-goal cushion at half-time before defender Lisandro Martinez headed in a Tadic cross on 78 minutes. RKC’s Luuk Wouters was sent off after an hour for hauling down Labyad. Vitesse had to take on Sparta without the guidance of head coach Thomas Letsch, who was... More >

Nijmegen to press ahead with annual run

A 15 kilometres race which attracts thousands of participants and is held every year in the vicinity of Nijmegen will go ahead in November despite coronavirus, the organisers say. The Zevenheuvelenloop (seven hill run) will be held on November 15 as planned but there will be no supporters to wave on the runners, no prize giving and no stop-off for water, organiser Alexander Vandervelde told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. The start of the race will be divided over five streets and... More >

KNVB: fans struggling with ban on singing

The Dutch football association has said fans still need to ‘adjust’ to the ban on singing at matches after several incidents of chanting on the opening weekend of the new season. Fans have been allowed back into stadiums under strict conditions that include keeping 1.5 metres apart from other family groups and refraining from cheering, singing or shouting. Prime minister Mark Rutte has warned that stadiums may have to close their doors again if supporters fail to observe the rules.... More >

Arjen Robben injured on Eredivisie return

Groningen’s star signing Arjen Robben limped off after 29 minutes of his first Eredivisie match in 16 years after picking up an injury against PSV Eindhoven. Groningen fans’ misery was compounded when Cody Gakpo opened the scoring for PSV five minutes after the 36-year-old’s early exit. Robben’s replacement, Tomas Suzlov, equalised shortly after half-time, but Donyell Malen and a second from Gakpo sealed a perfect start for new coach Roger Schmidt. The German raised eyebrows when he left rising star... More >

41% of Eredivisie players are from abroad

Foreign nationals made up 41% of the player base in the 18 Eredivisie teams in the Netherlands last season, the Telegraaf reported on Friday. This is the highest figure in 20 years, the paper said, and highlights the wide variation between the Dutch professional clubs. In total, 470 players were signed up for the 18 top teams, and 195 were drafted in from abroad. Top of the list is Fortuna Sittard, where 78% of the players were from abroad, followed... More >

'Take good care of Donny', Ajax director tells Manchester United

Donny van de Beek’s long awaited move to Manchester United has now been finalised and Ajax director Edwin van de Sar has written an open letter to fans urging the English club to take good care of the player and to help him achieve his dreams. Van de Beek has been with Ajax since he was 10 years old and joined the top team when he was 18. ‘The team he was part of showed the world what Ajax is... More >

Louis van Gaal would 'consider' Oranje job

Veteran football trainer Louis van Gaal has told broadcaster NOS he would consider a third term as national coach if approached by the Dutch football association KNVB. NOS football pundit Arno Vermeulen said he had talked to Van Gaal who had said ‘if they approach me, I will think about it seriously’. ‘In fact, what he has done is opened the door to the possibility and is now a candidate to become national coach,’ Vermeulen said. Oranje is without a... More >

Donny van de Beek heads for Man United

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is heading for Manchester United on a five year contract for a fee of some €45m. Van de Beek, 23, still has to go through a medical and agree personal terms, but the deal is virtually done, the Telegraaf reported. He did not take part in Ajax’ two friendlies this weekend. The Dutch international had also been linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Van de Beek was an Ajax youth player and joined the... More >