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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…

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Jos van Emden stops in Giro dItalia time trial to propose to his girlfriend

Belkin rider takes break to propose to Kimberly Herpelinck Team confirm in stage 19 that she said yes! Congratulations! Continue reading…

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Caribbean nations prepare demand for slavery reparations

Academic who drafted plan for support from former slaving nations says ‘Our aim is to open a dialogue with European states’

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Groothuis win continues Netherlands’ speed skating dominance in Sochi

Stefan Groothuis’ victory raises Dutch Winter Olympic speed skating tally to four golds, two silvers and four bronzes as USA’s Shani Davis fails in three-peat bid

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Dutch official dies after attack by teenagers

Prosecutors release no details of possible motive in attack on Richard Nieuwenhuizen following youth football matchThree teenage footballers in the Netherlands face manslaughter charges over a fatal attack on a volunteer linesman following a youth matc…

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Dutch assistant referee dies after attack by teenage players

Three boys aged 15 to 16 held after attack on Richard Nieuwenhuizen while he was officiating at son’s football matchA Dutch assistant referee officiating at his son’s youth football match has died after being kicked and beaten by several players.Richar…

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Dutch linesman dies in hospital after being beaten and kicked during a match

• Three teenagers from Nieuw Sloten club in custody• 41-year-old official taken to hospital hours after matchA Dutch linesman who was beaten and kicked by several players during a youth match in the town of Almere on Sunday died on Monday.Richard N…