DutchNews podcast – The Jihadi Daycare Edition – Week 8

The sound of doors slamming shut echoes through this week's podcast as the Netherlands says it will turn away returning IS fighters, Venezuela closes its border with Curacao and a Dutch journalist has a full-on crockery-smashing row with a Fox News host. We also find out how the cabinet got its fingers burned over energy bills and discuss whether compelling children from immigrant families to attend pre-school will really help them integrate better. News Coalition parties projected to lose heavily in provincial elections Government admits it used wrong figures in underestimating energy price rise Jihadi bride who faces losing British citizenship may seek Dutch nationality Venezuela shuts sea border with Dutch Caribbean islands to block aid Sport Ajax roll over Breda to close gap at top of Eredivisie to four points PSV and PEC angry at KNVB's decision to postpone Ajax game Discussion: Does compulsory pre-schooling help integration? Dijkhoff: children of migrants should be made to attend pre-school Dijkhoff's 'ghetto sentences' plan shot down in budget debate Denmark pioneers tough new laws for 'ghetto crime' (New York Times) Forcible integration in Denmark cannot end well (Guardian)  More >

PSV open up five-point lead in Eredivisie

PSV Eindhoven opened up a five-point gap at the top of the Eredivisie on Sunday to claim the initiative ahead of their title showdown with Ajax in Amsterdam. The league leaders narrowly overcame a spirited VVV side 1-0 in Venlo, but it took until the 86th minute for Hirving Lozano to break the deadlock with a mazy run and clipped shot. Ajax, meanwhile, went down by the same scoreline in Alkmaar, with Guus Til netting the decisive strike for AZ in the 56th minute from close range following a corner. PSV can now take a decisive step towards the title when the two teams meet in the ArenA on March 31, after the international break. If they win they will be eight points clear with just seven games left to play, while the home side will be under pressure to cut the deficit to two points. 'We keep fighting to the end and we have the quality to do it,' said Van Bommel after watching his team bag another late victory. 'It was a very difficult game, but we played patiently, sent on a couple of substitutes to get a better grip on the game and in the end we got the goal.' AZ's victory lifted them to level on points with third-placed Feyenoord following the Rotterdammers' 3-2 home defeat to Willem II on Saturday. Manager John van den Brom was delighted to beat one of the top three: 'Hopefully that'll stop the moaning. It was very frustrating. We've shown we can beat Ajax.' 'It was very frustrating,' said Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is joining Barcelona in the summer. 'We didn't deserve to win today. AZ were stronger. I hope I'm not going to leave Ajax without a medal, but the title is still a real option.' Feyenoord stunned Feyenoord stay ahead of AZ on goals scored after Alexander Isak's 69th-minute goal allowed Willem II to take the points back to Tilburg. Feyenoord had led twice in De Kuip, the first time through Steven Berghuis's stunning strike. At the bottom of the table De Graafschap gave their survival chances a boost with a 3-0 win at Heerenveen. The points lifted them into 16th place above Emmen, who lost 3-1 on Friday night at home to Fortuna Sittard. Both clubs are just a point behind Excelsior, who lost 2-0 at home to PEC Zwolle thanks to goals in the last 10 minutes from Kingsley Ehizibue and Younes Namil. Groningen continued their good form in the second half of the season, winning their fifth straight home game by beating ADO Den Haag 1-0 to rise to eighth place and keep their opponents in the relegation dogfight. Heracles were the only other home winners against 10-man Vitesse, while NAC are now eight points adrift at the foot of the table after slumping 4-0 at home to Dick Advocaat's Utrecht. Results Friday Emmen 1-3 Fortuna Sittard Saturday Feyenoord 2-3 WIllem II Tilburg Heerenveen 0-3 De Graafschap Heracles Almelo 3-2 VItesse Arnhem NAC 0-4 FC Utrecht Sunday AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Ajax Excelsior 0-2 PEC Zwolle Groningen 1-0 ADO Den Haag VVV Venlo 0-1 PSV Eindhoven  More >

Easy win keeps Ajax five points behind PSV

Ajax showed no signs of a Champions League hangover as they cruised to a 4-0 win at home to Fortuna Sittard. Dusan Tadic opened the scoring after just three minutes, pouncing on some sloppy defending, and had the last word following strikes either side of half-time by David Neres. Coach Erik ten Hag told NOS his team had no trouble returning to the bread and butter of Eredivisie duty following their heroics in Madrid: 'It could be a very good season and that's what we're aiming for. It's going well and we're making progress, but we still have to win the trophies.' The Amsterdammers have the chance to close the gap on league leaders PSV to two points when they play their postponed home game against PEC Zwolle on Wednesday evening. PSV laboured to a 2-0 win over bottom club NAC Breda on Saturday, though it took until the 71st minute for substitute Donyell Malen to add to Luuk de Jong's early goal. The top two meet on March 31 in a match that will have a big say in the destination of the title. Feyenoord stay in third place after a 1-1 draw at Vitesse Arnhem, but AZ Alkmaar missed the chance to close the gap as they played out a goalless draw in Zwolle, whose coach Jaap Stam will move to De Kuip at the end of the season. A snow shower in Emmen prompted the introduction of the orange ball and it proved a lucky omen for the home side, who came from behind to claim a point against Heracles with Sven Braken's header five minutes from time. Emmen remain a point behind Zwolle, Fortuna and Excelsior, after the latter were edged out 1-0 by VVV Venlo, who had lost their three previous league games. Heerenveen moved into the top half of the table as they won 3-2 at ADO Den Haag, with the pairing of Michel Vlap and Sam Lammers once again providing the cutting edge. Willem II prevailed by the same scoreline against De Graafschap to move closer to safety and leave the Superboeren four points short of the coveted 15th place. Friday night's match saw Utrecht and Groningen fail to find the net to leave Dick Advocaat's side still searching for their first home win of 2019. Results Friday Utrecht 0-0 Groningen Saturday ADO Den Haag 2-3 Heerenveen PSV Eindhoven 2-0 NAC Breda VVV Venlo 1-0 Excelsior Willem II Tilburg 3-2 De Graafschap Sunday Ajax 4-0 Fortuna Sittard Emmen 1-1 Heracles Almelo PEC Zwolle 0-0 AZ Alkmaar Vitesse Arnhem 1-1 Feyenoord  More >

Ajax Real win boosts NL on Uefa list

Ajax's surprise win over Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 earlier this week have boosted Dutch chances of a direct ticket into the competition next season. That victory, plus Red Bull Salzburg's loss to Napoli, means the Netherlands is now back in 11th place on the all important Uefa coefficient list, just ahead of Austria. If the Netherlands can hang on to 11th place, the winners of the Eredivisie in the 2019/2020 season will qualify directly for the Champions League. Last year title holders PSV had to go through several qualification rounds to move into the regular competition. If Salzburg lose in front of their home crowd in the second leg next week, next season's Eredivisie winner will be assured of a direct place. Ajax's Real Madrid win put the Amsterdammers into the quarter finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2003.  More >

Jaap Stam set for Feyenoord head coach job

Jaap Stam, the former Dutch international and current manager of PEC Zwolle, is taking over the helm at Rotterdam club Feyenoord next season, the Telegraaf said on Wednesday. Stam, 46, replaces Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who said in January he would not renew his contract. Van Bronckhorst took the Rotterdammers to their first league title in 18 years in 2017. Stam, who has a contract until 2020 with PEC, played for several European clubs including PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Lazio, Milan and Ajax before retiring in 2007 and moving into management.  More >

Patrick Roest retains world allround title

Dutchman Patrick Roest prolonged his world allround speed skating title at the world championships in Calgary this weekend. Roest won the final distance, the 10km, in a time of 12.51.17 to seal his title win, beating Norway's Sverre Lunde Pedersen and team mate Sven Kramer. Roest, who took the title last year in Amsterdam after Pedersen fell, told broadcaster NOS that this year's victory is more rewarding. 'Now I have really shown that I am the best and that is better,' he said. 'Hopefully there will be a lot of titles to follow.' In the women's event, the Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková took gold, beating last year's title holder Miho Takagi. The Netherlands' Antoinette de Jong took bronze, with Carlijn Achtereekte and Ireen Wüst in fourth and fifth place. The men’s competition involves races of 500m, 1,500m, 5km and 10km, the women’s 500m, 1,500m, 3km and 5km.  More >