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Friday, October 2, 2015

Netherlands Men's National Soccer Team News


October 2, 2015 - roster named for  Kazakhstan & Czech Republic matches  

  • Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Jeroen Zoet (PSV).
  • Defenders: Daley Blind (Manchester United), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV), Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United), Kenny Tete (Ajax), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Southampton), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (Olympique de Marseille).
  • Midfielders: Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United), Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City).
  • Forwards: Memphis Depay (Manchester United), Anwar El Ghazi (Ajax), Bas Dost (VfL Wolfsburg), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Jeremain Lens (Sunderland), Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce)
August 28, 2015 - roster named for Iceland & Turkey matches
  • Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Jeroen Zoet (PSV) 
  • Defenders: Daley Blind (Manchester United), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV Eindhoven), Stefan de Vrij (Lazio), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Porto), Jairo Riedewald, Kenny Tete (both Ajax), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris St Germain) 
  • Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City), Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) 
  • Forwards: Luuk de Jong (PSV), Memphis (Manchester United), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Luciano Narsingh (PSV), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce)
June 12, 2015 - Georginio Wijnaldum & Luciano Narsingh score in win over Latvia
"PSV Eindhoven teammates Georginio Wijnaldum and Luciano Narsingh scored second-half goals Friday as the Netherlands beat Latvia 2-0 in Riga to move closer to second place in its European Championship qualifying group.... Wijnaldum poked the ball just inside the post in the 67th minute for his third international goal, just four minutes after coming on for out of form striker Robin van Persie.... Four minutes later Narsingh, largely ineffective up until then, also scored his third for the Netherlands when he broke behind the defense and calmly shot past Andris Vanins." - Yahoo

March 31, 2015 - Stefan de Vrij & Davy Klaassen score in win over Spain
"Netherlands scored twice in the first 16 minutes to ease to a 2-0 friendly victory over Spain in Amsterdam. The two sides met at the group stages in the 2014 World Cup, when Netherlands thrashed their opponents 5-1. They also faced one another in the 2010 World Cup final, when Andres Iniesta scored Spain's winner. But Guus Hiddink's men were on top on Tuesday, going ahead through Stefan de Vrij's header and Davy Klaassen struck a second past goalkeeper David De Gea." - BBC

March 28, 2015 - Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scores equalizer in 1-1 draw with Turkey
A last-gasp Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goal gave the Netherlands a potentially crucial UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A point at home to Turkey.... Yet it was the Turkish keeper's Dutch counterpart who was beaten first. Volkan Şen laid the ball off to the ever-dangerous Burak Yılmaz, whose shot clipped Martins Indi on its way past Cillessen.... Captain Sneijder threatened next, firing a dipping free-kick narrowly wide from 25 metres. And, just as it seemed the result was secure, it was Sneijder's shot that deflected in off Huntelaar to ensure the points were shared." - UEFA

March 23, 2015 - injured Arjen Robben out
"Arjen Robben has been ruled out of the Netherlands' games against Turkey and Spain with a torn abdominal muscle. The Bayern Munich forward was substituted in the first half of his club's German Bundesliga 2-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday and the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) has now confirmed his absence. A statement on the KNVB's official website read: 'Arjen Robben has informed national coach Guus Hiddink of his withdrawal for the upcoming matches of the Dutch team against Turkey and Spain. Hiddink will decide at a later stage if he will call up a replacement for the injured Robben.' Bayern revealed on their website after the game that Robben would be out for 'several weeks'." - FIFA

March 20, 2015 - roster named for Turkey & Spain matches
  • Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord), Tim Krul (Newcastle United).
  • Defenders: Daley Blind (Manchester United), Jeffrey Bruma (PSV Eindhoven), Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United), Bruno Martins Indi (Porto), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Lazio), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris Saint-Germain), Jetro Willems (PSV).
  • Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Olympiakos), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Napoli), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV).
  • Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV), Luuk de Jong (PSV), Bas Dost (Wolfsburg), Luciano Narsingh (PSV), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich).
November 16, 2014 - Arjen Robben & Klaas-Jan Huntelaar each score brace in win over Latvia
"Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both scored twice as Netherlands revived their Euro 2016 hopes with a stunning victory over Latvia. After two defeats from three games, coach Guus Hiddink threatened to quit if they lost to their Group A rivals. His concerns were eased when Robin van Persie headed in after six minutes and Robben curled in a brilliant second, before Huntelaar poked in his first. Jeffrey Bruma stabbed in before Robben and Huntelaar netted from long range. Robben also twice struck a post - first with a free-kick then with a deflected shot - as well as firing inches wide of an upright." - BBC

November 10, 2014 - more roster updates
"Netherlands midfielders Nigel de Jong and Davy Klaassen have pulled out of the squad ahead of a European Championship qualifier against Latvia and a friendly against Mexico. De Jong withdrew Monday morning with a hamstring injury. Klaassen pulled out Sunday night with a groin strain. Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink called up Leroy Fer of Queens Park Rangers and Luuk de Jong of PSV Eindhoven as replacements. Fer was part of the Netherlands team that finished third at the World Cup in Brazil, but De Jong has not played for the national team since February 2012." - Brandon Sun

November 7, 2014 - roster updates
"Guus Hiddink has included Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie in his 23-man squad for Netherlands' upcoming international friendly against Mexico on November 12 and the Euro 2016 qualifier versus Latvia four days later. Other high-profile names include Gregory van der Wiel, Daley Blind, Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar makes his return after missing Holland's last qualifiers through injury, while Ajax centre-back Ricardo van Rhijn and PSV left-back Jetro Willems also make their comebacks. Paul Verhaegh, Virgil van Dijk, Leroy Fer and Jeroen Zoet have been dropped from the provisional squad, while Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart misses out, too." - Goal

October 10, 2014 - Huntelaar, Afellay & van Persie score in win over Kazakhstan
"The Netherlands struggled to a 3-1 victory Friday over 10-man Kazakhstan in a European Championship qualifier. Defender Renat Abdulin gave 127th-ranked Kazakhstan a shock lead at the Amsterdam Arena with a powerful 17th-minute header from a poorly-defended corner and the Netherlands had an anxious wait until the 62nd minute when substitute Klaas Jan Huntelaar leveled. A deflected 82nd-minute shot by Ibrahim Afellay, who started his first international in nearly two years, put the Dutch ahead before Robin van Persie's penalty in the last minute of regulation time secured the three points and coach Guus Hiddink's first win in three matches since taking over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup." - The Tribune
Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/10/10/3289643/netherlands-beats-10-man-kazakhstan.html?sp=/99/224/#storylink=cpy

October 3, 2014 - Dirk Kuyt retires
"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 today said he took the decision because he believes he would spend too much time on the bench under new coach Guus Hiddink. In a statement posted on the Dutch Soccer Association website, Kuyt says 'I can't see myself putting a lot of effort into Oranje and not playing much.' He added: 'I can look back with enormous pride on 10 wonderful years in the Netherlands team.' Kuyt was a utility player known for his tireless running on the pitch. He played in midfield, attack and, at the World Cup in Brazil, even in defense." - TVNZ

July 12, 2014 - three kicks for third place
"Brazil was subjected to more torture on Saturday, as the football-mad nation had to watch its listless, stunned Selecao take another insult, falling 3-0 to the Netherlands. Robin van Persie gave the Dutch a lead after just three minutes after Brazil captain Thiago Silva, fresh off suspension, conceded a penalty to Arjen Robben. Daley Blind made it 2-0 only 16 minutes into the match, after receiving a gift off an atrocious header from defender David Luiz, who had another horrendous match on the Brazil back line. The humiliation was complete when Georginio Wijnaldum scored to make it 3-0 in second-half injury time." - CBC

July 5, 2014 - van Persie, Robben, Sneijder & Kuyt shootout win over Costa Rica
"Dutch substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory as the Netherlands overcame Costa Rica in Salvador on Saturday night to make it into the World Cup semi-finals. Krul, who came on in the final minute of extra time, saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.... Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had kept his team in the match with a string of saves in the first half and again in extra time. When Wesley Sneijder twice beat him late on in normal time and again in the second half of extra time, the woodwork made the stop. Sneijder hit the post with a free kick in the 80th minute and sent a curling shot over Navas and off the crossbar before the penalty shootout. At the end, however, Navas could not stop any of the four Dutch penalties as Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored." - France24

July 1, 2014 - injured Nigel de Jong out for reminder of World Cup
"Holland will be without Nigel de Jong for the rest of the World Cup after he suffered a groin injury against Mexico. The 29-year-old was forced off nine minutes into the Oranje's last-16 clash against Mexico on Sunday with a groin complaint. Holland coach Louis van Gaal admitted after the last-gasp 2-1 win that De Jong was a doubt for their quarter-final clash against Costa Rica and the Dutch FA (KNVB) has now confirmed his tournament is over.... 'An MRI examination at hospital confirmed that Nigel de Jong is struggling with a tear in his groin muscle,' the KNVB said in a statement. 'The 75-times capped international is therefore presumably out for two to four weeks. De Jong, who in last Sunday's match against Mexico was injured after nine minutes, remains with the team in Brazil to work there on his rehabilitation'." - Sky Sports

June 29, 2014 - Klaas Jan Huntelaar & Wesley Sneijder score late in win over Mexico
"Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored from the spot in stoppage time as Netherlands recorded a dramatic victory over Mexico to reach the World Cup quarter-finals. The Dutch were a goal down with two minutes of normal time left when Wesley Sneijder smashed in a fierce drive. And in the second minute of stoppage time Arjen Robben was fouled by Rafael Marquez, leaving substitute Huntelaar to win the game. Giovani dos Santos had given Mexico the lead with a 25-yard strike." - BBC

June 23, 2014 - Leroy Fer & Memphis Depay score in win over Chile
"A powerful and pacey Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday in a match that burst into life late on, securing them top spot in World Cup Group B and meaning they look set to avoid hosts Brazil in the last 16. Substitute Leroy Fer scored with his first touch of the game, thumping home a close-range header from Daryl Janmaat’s cross in the 77th minute. Another replacement, Memphis Depay, made it two in stoppage- time after a marauding Arjen Robben broke down the left, turning what had been a scrappy match short of goal-mouth action into a comfortable win for the Dutch." - Toronto Sun

June 18, 2014 - Robben, van Persie & Depay score in win over Australia
"Tim Cahill's wonderstrike was not enough for the Socceroos as Louis van Gaal's men won a see-saw game in Porto Alegre. Robben powered away from Alex Wilkinson in midfield sped into the box and beat keeper Maty Ryan with a low shot. It seemed the catalyst for another romp – but Australia had other ideas.... But their hopes were dashed as Van Persie scored his third goal of the tournament, a vicious drive into the roof of the net from Depay’s pass with Australia’s defence caught napping. The game turned decisively Holland’s way after 68 minutes as Leckie failed to score with Holland’s defence at sea – and moments later Depay beat Ryan with a serving shot to seal victory." - Mirror

June 13, 2014 - van Persie, Robben & de Vrij kick Spain
"Goals from Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Stefan de Vrij saw the Netherlands come from for a goal behind to defeat World Cup holders Spain in Salvador. Stunning goals from Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben ensured an awful start to Spain's World Cup defence as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favourites 5-1 in Group B on Friday.In complete contrast to the tetchy World Cup final between the sides in 2010 which Spain won 1-0, the Dutch took revenge with a pulsating display capped off by two goals each for Van Persie and Robben and one by Stefan de Vrij." - Evening Standard 

June 8, 2014 - Robin van Persie discusses pain
 

"Robin van Persie has not played a game pain-free for the last six years he said on Sunday, in an anomalous attempt to assuage fears over his readiness for this week's start of the World Cup. 'I can't remember a game over the last five, six years where I haven't felt some pain somewhere,' said the Netherlands captain, taken off at half-time of their last warm-up game last week because of a groin twinge. His readiness dominated the Dutch agenda as they prepare to play Spain on Friday, particularly after he showed signs of discomfort again on Saturday during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, where the Dutch have been based since their arrival on Friday. 'The groin complaint I had you can't even call an injury,' he told a media conference after participating without any apparent problems at the team's Sunday session. 'I've had so many of those complaints. Today was a good training day in which I was able to give it all. I'm absolutely no longer bothered by my groin. I'm completely ready for Spain,' he said in a reference to the opening game for the Dutch in Salvador." - Yahoo 

June 3, 2014 - de Guzman status in question 
"Coach Louis van Gaal will wait on the fitness of Jonathan de Guzman after the midfielder injured his hamstring in training. De Guzman was included in Netherlands' final 23-man World Cup squad, confirmed on Saturday, but his place now looks less assured after it emerged on Monday he had pulled up with an injury in training. The finals in Brazil would be the 26-year-old's first World Cup, and Van Gaal is hopeful that the injury is not too serious. 'He felt something in his hamstrings and therefore I stopped the training session as we were playing 11 v 11,' he told reporters." - Goal 

May 31, 2014 - World Cup roster named 
Goalkeepers: 
  • Jasper Cillessen (Ajax)
  • Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
  • Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
Defenders:
  • Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg)
  • Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord)
  • Joel Veltman (Ajax)
  • Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)
  • Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa)
  • Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord)
  • Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord)
  • Daley Blind (Ajax)
Midfielders: 
  • Leroy Fer (Norwich City)
  • Nigel de Jong (AC Milan)
  • Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)
  • Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City)
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)
  • Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray)
Forwards: 
  • Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
  • Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke)
  • Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce)
  • Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev)
  • Memphis Depay (PSV)
May 28, 2014 - van der Vaart out of World Cup
"Holland’s most experienced player, Rafael van der Vaart, has been ruled out of the World Cup after picking up a calf injury in a training session on Tuesday. A statement on the national team’s website read: 'Rafael van der Vaart will miss the World Cup in Brazil. The Holland international has a calf strain in his right leg. Coach Louis van Gaal has therefore decided not to include him in the final selection'.” - The Guardian

May 17, 2014 - van Persie scores in draw with Ecuador
"Robin van Persie scored with a trademark left-foot volley to give a new-look Netherlands a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in a pre-World Cup friendly on Saturday. Van Persie controlled a long pass from Jordy Clasie on his chest and immediately smashed it past Maximo Banguera in the 37th minute to cancel out a ninth-minute strike by Jefferson Montero that gave Ecuador a surprise lead." - USA Today

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