Netherlands

Marco van Basten’s international farewell

This day in football history On October 14, 1992, Dutch captain Marco van Basten made his last appearance for the Dutch national team, in a World Cup qualifier against Poland. A persistent ankle injury ended his career shortly afterward. The match was only his 58th cap and came just over two weeks before his 28th birthday. …

When unusual free kick routines go wrong (Dutch edition)

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tz7kPAaZawU NAC Breda tried to be clever with this free kick routine against Jong Ajax in the Dutch second division. But instead of demonstrating their innovative genius, the taker ended up blasting the ball into his own teammate’s midsection. If only they had learned how to duck from that Japanese high school team a couple …

Robin van Persie is in a bottomless pit of despair

A 3–2 loss to the Czech Republic sealed the Netherlands’ failure to qualify for Euro 2016. One of those three goals for the Czechs was an impressively terrible own goal from Robin van Persie. Though Van Persie did go on to score on the correct goal in the 83rd minute, having the own goal in …

Netherlands player has shot thwarted by her other foot

The Netherlands had a chance to take an early lead against Japan when Manon Melis slipped past the world champions’ back line, but then her right foot thought “dribble” just before her left foot thought “shoot.” This proved to be a problem. Melis ended up on the ground as the ball trickled over the endline …

A Daring Escape

The U.S. pulled off a late miracle in Amsterdam. Was it a blip, or the launch of a new identity? By John Stephens | Photo by US Soccer[W]hen Amsterdam ArenA’s retractable roof is closed, sound has nowhere to go. It gets trapped inside the Dutch capital’s showpiece venue, along with a spectacle of orange streamers …

What just happened?! Netherlands v USA

(AP) The US came back from 3–1 down to beat the Netherlands for the first time ever in a friendly at the Amsterdam Arena that was roughly equivalent to a derailed train crashing into a helicopter. Before getting into the match itself, there are two key pieces of information that need to be stated. 1. …

NAC Breda manager punches through the side of the dugout

https://www.youtube.com/embed/xbzc03jtX6U Dordrecht ’90 scored twice in a span of two minutes to negate NAC Breda’s lead in the second half of their Eredivisie match on Saturday, prompting NAC manager Robert Maaskant to put his fist through his team’s dugout in a fit of rage. Maaskant has always been a hot head, but he’s got nothing …