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Olivier Giroud finds his scoring boots for France at just the right time

Just as his place in the team was looking vulnerable, Giroud scored a wonderful winner against the Netherlands in ParisBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThe Nations League is a real competition rather than a set of money-spinning…

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Wesley Sneijder views career highlights from sofa on pitch after Dutch farewell

• Midfielder made final Netherlands appearance against Peru• Pepe scored on 100th cap as Portugal drew 1-1 with CroatiaIt was quite the send off for Wesley Sneijder. The 34-year-old – making the last of his Netherlands appearances on Thursday – sat wit…

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Which is the greatest World Cup ever? The case for 15 tournaments

Before things kicked off in Russia we asked you to reminisce about your favourite World Cups. You did not disappointThe Miracle of Bern. Germany weren’t meant to get very far. German players were all still technically amateurs. Hungary were the Goliath…

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World Cup stunning moments: the Cruyff Turn is born in 1974

When Johan Cruyff sold Jan Olsson the mother of all dummies with the subtlest of swerves, the Dutch captain’s signature move became the enduring symbol of Total FootballIt’s the defining image of the 1974 World Cup; the defining image of the great Dutc…

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World Cup stunning moments: Frank Rijkaard and Rudi Völler | Barry Glendenning

When Holland faced Germany it was always ‘problematic’, never more so than at Italia 90 when two rivals clashedA sort of photographic antithesis of Bobby Moore’s post shirt-swap embrace with Pelé in 1970, it is one of the iconic World Cup images. Four …

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Johan Cruyff’s leftwing legacy lives on as rich are barred from renting childhood home

Footballer’s flat in Amsterdam available as social housing for low earners only despite calls to turn property into a museumUntil he was 12, Johan Cruyff lived on the corner of Tuinbouwstraat and Akkerstraat in the working-class Betondorp district of A…

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World Cup stunning moments: Dennis Bergkamp’s wonder goal | Rob Smyth

On 4 July 1998 the forward took three divine touches, scored the perfect goal and sent the Netherlands into the semi-finalsBobby Moore never got a bathmat wet in his life. Mike Summerbee, who sometimes shared a room with Moore on England trips, said he…

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International football: talking points from the latest friendlies

Argentina are in a mess, England should go for all-out attack and Kylian Mbappé’s heroics are papering over French cracksBefore this game, Jorge Sampaoli had said that when it comes to the World Cup, Lionel Messi has a revolver pressed against his head…

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal stunned by heavy defeat to Netherlands

The European champions Portugal suffered a dramatic first-half collapse and had João Cancelo sent off just after the hour in an embarrassing 3-0 World Cup warm-up defeat by the Netherlands on Monday. Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk all sc…

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Gareth Southgate says new England players are shedding ‘fear factor’

• Southgate singles out Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire• England manager: ‘The players enjoyed having the ball’Gareth Southgate believes a new generation of England players are shedding the fear factor that has so undermined progress at recent major …

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Gareth’s Southgate gamble pays off and increases options for main event | Dominic Fifield

First win for 22 years against a Dutch side now more in trauma than transition is commendable and Tuesday’s test against Italy will offer more scope for learningGareth Southgate departed the Netherlands warmed by the positives. England were far better …

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Jesse Lingard strikes as experimental England defeat Netherlands

It is 49 years since England last won in Amsterdam, with Alf Ramsey the manager, Colin Bell scoring the 84th-minute winner and Emlyn Hughes winning his first England cap, so Gareth Southgate and his players are entitled to feel rather pleased with them…

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Netherlands v England: international friendly – live!

Live: Germany v Spain, Italy v Argentina and moreOn second thoughts: England 4-1 Netherlands, Euro 96Feel free to email Scott here with your thoughts 7.15pm GMT A new era for Dutch football begins this evening. It’s the Oranje’s first match under forme…

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Twenty-five England fans arrested in Amsterdam before friendly

Police clashed with England supporters in the city centreTwenty-five were arrested for various offencesTwenty-five England supporters were arrested after clashing with police in Amsterdam before their friendly with Netherlands on Friday night.Local pol…

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Fifa faces legal challenge over Qatar migrant workers

FNV union says football body should have demanded abolition of kafala migrant labour system ahead of 2022 World CupFifa is facing legal action in the Swiss courts over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the …

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Johan Cruyff obituary: Europe’s first football superstar

Dutch maestro who was one of the greatest players and most successful managers in the history of the game

Johan Cruyff, who has died aged 68 of cancer, once said his qualities as a footballer were undetectable by a computer. It was surely true that a computer might have recorded his playing stats – the goals, the assists, the distances covered – but would have been incapable of assessing the wonderment generated by his technique and vision, from the late 1960s to the early 80s, first with Ajax and later with Barcelona and his national team, Holland.

With his anticipation and acceleration, Cruyff seemed to own the entire field of play. Only nominally a centre-forward, he was both orchestrator and predator, at one moment collecting a rolled ball from his keeper to start a move – one arm pointing as he barked orders to his team-mates – and the next materialising at the other end in front of goal for the coup de grace. For opponents it was like trying to pin down air. “Without Cruyff,” said Rinus Michels, his mentor and manager at Ajax, at Barcelona and with the Dutch international side, “I have no team.”

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Netherlands pulls out of staging 2019 European Games

• Dutch move comes two days before inaugural event
• 2015 chief Simon Clegg claims games are ‘here to stay’

The future of the European Games has suffered a setback two days before the opening ceremony in Baku after the Netherlands pulled out of staging the 2019 tournament, just as the 2015 chief operating officer, Simon Clegg, said the event was “here to stay”.

The Dutch government said in a statement there was insufficient support for funding the event, calling the €57.5m (£42m) price tag too high for local, provincial and national authorities. The Dutch also questioned whether there would be enough top athletes at the games because sports including swimming and athletics already had European championships that year.

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Chelsea loanee Wallace arrested in Arnhem on suspicion of sexual offence

• Dutch police continue to investigate alleged incident
• Full-back fined by Vitesse and dropped for Saturday’s game at Excelsior

The young Chelsea full-back Wallace was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning in Arnhem city centre and questioned by local police investigating allegations of a sexual offence.

The Brazilian, signed from Fluminense in 2013, is one of three Chelsea players on loan at Vitesse, who are fifth in the Eredivisie. The 20-year-old was reportedly detained by police at around 4am and, having been out fewer than 48 hours before a league game, has been fined the maximum possible amount by the Dutch club and dropped for Saturday’s game against Excelsior in Rotterdam.

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Andy Sullivan hits hole-in-one at KLM Open to earn trip into space

Englishmans ace wins him sponsor prize of a flight into space Sullivan finishes third behind Paul Casey and Simon Dyson Continue reading…

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Dutch newspaper apologises after fake report of Johan Cruyffs death goes viral

Volkskrant used report of Cruyffs death to test new app Story went live due to a stupid mistake, says editor Continue reading…