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  • Euro Qualifiers: Italy stay perfect without Balotelli, Czechs win October 11, 2014

    Rome: Italy remained perfect without Mario Balotelli. The Netherlands, meanwhile, still appears to be in a post-World Cup slump. Giorgio Chiellini accounted for all three goals in Italy's 2-1 win over Azerbaijan in European Championship qualifying on Friday and World Cup semifinalist Netherlands labored to a surprisingly hard-earned 3-1 victory over...
  • Dutch beat 10-man Kazakhstan with late goals in Euro Qualifiers October 11, 2014

    Amsterdam: The Netherlands grabbed two late goals to snatch a 3-1 home victory over 10-man Kazakhstan having trailed until just past the hour mark in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday. The Dutch took the three points thanks to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Ibrahim Afellay and a Robin van Persie penalty, having fallen...
  • MH17 victim found with oxygen mask, says Dutch Foreign Minister October 9, 2014

    The Hague (Netherlands): One of the people on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine in July was found wearing an oxygen mask, the Dutch foreign minister and prosecutors said, raising the possibility that some passengers might have known their plane was doomed. "You know that somebody was discovered...
  • Frustrated Robben pleased to be back on international duty October 6, 2014

    Winger Arjen Robben said he was happy to be back in the Netherlands squad after spending the last round of international fixtures swearing in front of the television set. Robben returned on Monday to the Dutch squad for the first time since the World Cup in Brazil after injury ruled him...
  • 36 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 yet to be identified October 4, 2014

    The Hague: The Dutch security ministry said that 36 victims of the total of 298 passengers and crew members on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine are yet to be identified. Among the 11 identified victims this week, eight people were Dutch nationals, Xinhua reported. At the request...
  • Dirk Kuyt retires from international football October 3, 2014

    The Hague: Dirk Kuyt has retired from international football after making 104 appearances and scoring 24 goals for the Netherlands, including playing at three World Cups and two European Championships. The 34-year-old Fenerbahce star on Friday said he took the decision because he believes he would spend too much time on...
  • Netherlands joins military mission against IS in Iraq September 25, 2014

    The Hague: The Dutch government on Wednesday said that it will send a military mission to fight the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group in Iraq. "The Dutch contribution to the international mission is aimed at breaking the military strength and advance of IS," Xinhua quoted a cabinet letter as saying. "Netherlands...
  • 225 victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 identified September 20, 2014

    The Hague: The thirty additional researchers, who were sent to Kharkiv last week to investigate MH17 crash, returned to the Netherlands due to unstable security situation in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday. "At the moment it is simply not safe enough to send our people in...
  • India slip to 158 in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    After not much action barring the 22 draw against Bangladesh in an international friendly in March this year, India slipped eights places to be ranked 158th in the lastest FIFA rankings headed by World Champions Germany. India though can take solace from the fact that all the other subcontinent teams are...
  • Germany still ahead of Argentina in FIFA rankings September 18, 2014

    Zurich: World Cup winner Germany are still No. 1 in the FIFA rankings despite losing to secondplace Argentina in a friendly rematch of their final this month. Colombia climb one place to No. 3 even though they lost to Brazil in a friendly, and trade places with the Netherlands which lost...
  • Hockey: India pooled with Germany, Netherlands in Champions Trophy September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian hockey team has been drawn in a tough group alongside Olympic champion Germany and World Cup runnerup the Netherlands among others for the Champions Trophy to be held in Bhubaneswar from December 614. Placed in pool B, India will also have 2014 World Cup bronze medallist Argentina...
  • Marin Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff win, Spain out September 15, 2014

    Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil. Less than a week after winning the US Open, Cilic snatched the crucial fifth rubber of Croatia's World Group playoff...
  • Netherlands deploys more experts to probe MH17 crash September 13, 2014

    The Hague: The Dutch government has decided to send more experts to Ukraine to investigate the cause of Malaysia Airline flight MH17's crash. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Friday said that the experts will arrive in the governmentheld Kharkiv city, close to the crash site in eastern Ukraine, Xinhua reported. The...
  • Tactics not the problem, Netherlands coach says after Czech loss September 10, 2014

    Prague: An angry Guus Hiddink said the Dutch need to learn a lesson from the lastminute loss to the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier during which the coach surprisingly stuck to a formation unpopular with his team. The Czech Republic snatched a dramatic 21 win over the Netherlands...
  • Conte tops Hiddink as Italy beat Netherlands in friendly September 5, 2014

    Bari, (Italy): Italy scored twice in the opening 10 minutes and Antonio Conte got the better of Guus Hiddink in their coaching debuts as a 10man Netherlands was beaten 20 in a friendly on Thursday. Ciro Immobile scored his first international goal three minutes in, and Daniele De Rossi added a...
  • Arjen Robben doubtful for Euro qualifier against Czech Republic September 4, 2014

    Amsterdam: Arjen Robben's chances of making the Netherlands lineup for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Tuesday are slim, new coach Guus Hiddink said. "It is looking very difficult, we haven't had any contact with him yet," Hiddink told reporters as the Dutch readied to take on...
  • Half of MH17 crash victims identified: Report August 17, 2014

    The Hague: Half of the number of victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash have been identified, the Dutch national forensic investigation team has stated through a private forum for relatives. On July 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, went down...
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy named as Netherlands assistant coach August 1, 2014

    Ruud van Nistelrooy has been named as one of the Netherlands national team assistant coaches, the Dutch football association (KNVB) said on Friday. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, who scored 35 goals in 70 internationals, will work under new coach Guus Hiddink and alongside Danny Blind, who will...
  • Guus Hiddink begins second stint as Netherlands coach August 1, 2014

    Guus Hiddink vowed on his first day as the Netherlands coach to put together a team that will play attractive but practical football. Hiddink has been set to replace Louis van Gaal since March. Van Gaal accepted the top job at Manchester United before leading the Netherlands on a flashy run...
  • MH17: Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands July 25, 2014

    Kharviv (Ukraine): Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a UN team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by proRussian rebels. Human remains continue to...
  • Russia says will cooperate with MH17 probe led by Netherlands July 25, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Russia will cooperate with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner a week ago and is satisfied that the Netherlands, rather than Ukraine, is leading the effort, the country's ambassador to Malaysia said on Thursday. Liudmila Vorobyeva also rejected suggestions that the proRussian separatists blamed by Western...
  • Two planes carrying 40 bodies of MH17 passengers arrives in Netherlands July 23, 2014

    Two military planes carrying 40 bodies of MH17 passengers has arrived in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Dutch royal family received the planes at the airport. Of the 298 people who died, 193 were Dutch citizens. The bodies have been taken to the Netherlands...
  • Netherlands mourns as bodies of MH17 crash victims return July 23, 2014

    Kharkiv: Wooden coffins were being brought out on the tarmac of a Ukrainian airport as the first plane carrying corpses recovered from the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 readied to leave for the Netherlands. Grieving families and Dutch royals are due to receive the bodies as flags fly at half...
  • MH17 air crash: 282 bodies reach Kharkiv in Ukraine July 23, 2014

    A train carrying the 282 bodies recovered from the crash site reached Kharkiv in Ukraine on Tuesday. Authorities are now working to try and fly the bodies to their families in Netherlands. ...
  • Dutch investigators inspect MH17 bodies at east Ukraine station July 21, 2014

    Torez: Dutch investigators on Monday inspected bodies recovered from downed passenger airliner MH17 which had been loaded on to a train under rebel control, an AFP reporter said. As each of the train wagons carrying a total of more than 200 corpses was opened and examined by two men wearing masks...
  • World Cup 2014: The best goals in Brazil July 14, 2014

    Robin van Persie scored one of the most eyecatching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area. Sunday's final saw only one goal when...
  • 'Did it get Messi? It wasn't even Klose!' The best photos, memes, and tweets after Germany lifted the World Cup trophy July 14, 2014

    A billion football fans had their eyes glued to the screens before the World Cup final. The fans were divided between Germany and The Netherlands in the biggest football event after 4 long years. What time zone you were in hardly mattered when it came to the finale. There were...
  • The Beautiful Game: Argentina aim for third World Cup title July 13, 2014

    Germany battle to become the first European side to win a World Cup on Latin American soil, but for that they will have to deal with the magical Lionel Messi. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Success based on Dutch way with novel tweak, says Van Gaal July 13, 2014

    Brasilia: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal said his team's run to third place at the World Cup was proof that there was more than one "Dutch" way of playing the game. Van Gaal's side played a more defensive, containing style than that preferred by many Dutch coaches. "We were able to show...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil's loss to Netherlands disgusts fans July 13, 2014

    Brasilia: Brazil fans expressed disgust with their team after the hosts lost 30 to the Netherlands in Saturday's World Cup third place playoff with many hoping Germany will win the final. Although it was Germany who thrashed the Selecao 71 on their own turf in the semifinal, fans said they would...