Monday 23 September 2019

Verstappen urges Red Bull to learn lessons after Ferrari open up gap in Singapore

Verstappen urges Red Bull to learn lessons after Ferrari open up gap in Singapore

Max Verstappen said Ferrari’s resurgence at the Singapore Grand Prix should serve as a ‘wake-up call’ for his Red Bull team as he saw arch-rival Charles Leclerc draw level with him in the drivers’ championships. Leclerc finished second behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who ended a 392-day wait for a Grand Prix win, while Verstappen held off a late challenge by championship leader Lewis Hamilton for third place. The Dutchman said his team’s decision to make an early pit stop was... More >

Mixed fortunes for Dutch clubs in Europe

There were mixed fortunes for the three Dutch clubs taking part in the Europa League competition on Thursday night, with PSV, AZ and Feyenoord producing a win, a draw and a defeat respectively. PSV beat Sporting CP 3-2 in their Europa League tie, while AZ drew 2-2 to Partizan Belgrado. Feyenoord lost 1-0 to Rangers of Scotland. Match reports Wins in European competition for Ajax and PSV Eindhoven have boosted the Netherlands to ninth position in the crucial Uefa coefficient... More >

Dutch rise three places in Fifa rankings

The Dutch national football team has risen to its highest place on the Fifa rankings since September 2015 after two wins in the competition to qualify for next year’s European championships. Oranje is now in 13th place after away wins against Germany (2-4) and Estonia (0-4) pushed it up three places in the ranking. In August 2017, the Netherlands had sunk to 36th place. Belgium holds on to the top spot while France has overtaken Brazil to take second place.... More >

football prof Fernando Ricksen dies at 43

Former Dutch football international Fernando Ricksen has died at the age of 43 of motor neurone disease at a hospice in Glasgow. Ricksen told television show De Wereld Draait Door in 2013 that he had been diagnosed with the disease just a few months after retiring from the professional game. Since then he made many public appearances to speak about its impact and to campaign for funding. Ricksen, who played 12 times for Oranje, spent six years at Glasgow Rangers,... More >

PSV top Eredivisie after Malen hits five

A five-goal haul by Donyell Malen propelled PSV Eindhoven to the top of the Eredivisie for the first time this season, while Ajax also won to set up a top-of-the-table showdown next weekend. Malen provided the perfect reply to national team coach Ronald Koeman’s criticism that he needed to score more goals as he single-handedly took apart Vitesse Arnhem’s defence in the first half. The 20-year-old added two late penalties to become the first player since Bas Dost in 2011... More >

Oranje book two European wins in 4 days

Two strong wins in four days put the Netherlands well on their way to qualifying for next year’s European football championships. Oranje remains in third place in Group C, with nine points from four games but this is one match less than other other four teams. On Monday night, Oranje booked a routine 0-4 away win over Estonia in a game the Dutch were widely expected to win. ‘Before the match we realised that if we didn’t get the focus... More >

Verstappen 'glad' to see the back of Monza

A rueful Max Verstappen said his race plan for the Italian Grand Prix was made ‘redundant’ after his collision with Sergio Perez on the opening lap. Verstappen started from the back of the grid, a penalty for his team’s decision to replace his car’s engine, but hoped the extra power would allow him to move quickly through the field. However, at the first corner the cars bunched together and ‘everything almost stood still’, said Verstappen, leading him to clip the... More >

Football transfer season sets record in NL

            A record 670 players left, moved to or switched clubs in this summer’s football transfer season, the Dutch football association KNVB said on Tuesday. The season ended on Monday with a flurry of last-minute activity, in which 42 players moved club. The last on the list was Mike Trésor Ndayishimiye’s move from NEC to Willem II at 23.15 hours. Of the 670 moves, 260 involved a transfer within the Netherlands. In total, 233 players... More >