Martens shoots Orange into lead against Austria – Geertruida captain against AZ

Martens shoots Orange into lead against Austria – Geertruida captain against AZ

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After a period of considerable pressure on the Austrian goal, the first goal of the evening is a reality. Lieke Martens shoots the ball neatly into the far corner.

NED-OOS | 7′ Great chance Austria

The first big chance is for Austria, but the cross from the left side just cannot be run in. Goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar breathes a sigh of relief.

Netherlands – Austria 0-0

The Austrian women have kicked off in the practice match on Gozo, but by now the ball is in possession of the Dutch.

Netherlands – Austria 0-0

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    Dutch players pep each other up for the practice match with Austria
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    …and the Austrians also gather for a moment and close with an impressive battle cry.

NED-OOS | The National Anthem

There is not much of an audience to sing along, but by now the national anthems are sounding in Xewkija on the Maltese island of Gozo. Starting with that of Austria, which, by the way, failed to qualify for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

It finished third in a group with England and Scotland.

Dutch soccer players line up for the national anthem.

Lineup Austria: quite a few familiar faces

Striker Sarah Zadrazil is teammate of Lineth Beerensteyn at Bayern Munich. Goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger and Laura Wienroither are teammates of Vivianne Miedema and Victoria Pelova at Arsenal and thus also good acquaintances of Danielle van den Donk and Jill Roord.

Defender Marina Georgieva plays like Jacky Groenen and Lieke Martens at Paris Saint-Germain.

Footballers Fortuna almost in Waalwijk

The soccer players are docked in Gozo

Community service and fine for Spurs fan who kicked Arsenal goalkeeper

The supporter of English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur who kicked Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale last month must pay damages of 100 pounds (equivalent to 112 euros). The judge also imposed 150 hours of community service on the 35-year-old man and banned him from entering soccer stadiums for four years.

Arsenal won the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Jan. 15. Ramsdale excelled in that game especially after halftime with some fine saves. The 24-year-old goalkeeper got into an argument with striker Richarlison of the home club after the final whistle.

When Ramsdale then wanted to grab his water bottle, which was behind the goal, he was kicked by an angry fan who had jumped onto the boarding around the pitch from the stands. The supporter then immediately ran back into the stands, but was later apprehended.

“This incident also has a psychological effect because Ramsdale will have this in the back of his mind for the time being when he goes onto the field,” said the judge hearing the case Friday.

AZ coach Jansen on Feyenoord colleague Slot: ‘Both professional idiots’

Pascal Jansen

Below in this liveblog you can see Arne Slot philosophizing about the differences between Feyenoord and AZ and those between him and his successor Pascal Jansen. We also asked the AZ coach about his colleague. “I did find his obsession with the job very interesting to witness up close,” he said.

AZ coach Pascal Jansen speaks highly of his colleague Arne Slot, who is currently leading the Eredivisie with the Rotterdammers, a day before the topper against Feyenoord. Jansen, who was Slot’s assistant in Alkmaar for a year and a half, describes himself and his colleague as two “professional idiots.” Slot’s main quality, according to Jansen, is his possession. “Every day he has the urge to make his team better,” he said.

“I think Arne is very convinced of what he can do, what he thinks and what he does. And he can convey that to his team in a good way. That’s a strong trait of his.”

Lineup Orange: Kalma replaces Miedema in 4-3-3 system

Fenna Kalma will get the chance to show herself as Vivianne Miedema’s replacement in the Dutch soccer players’ first practice international against Austria. The striker of FC Twente and top scorer of the premier league (26 goals) has a starting place in the team of national coach Andries Jonker.

Jonker is preparing his team for next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Miedema, the Lionesses’ all-time top scorer, suffered a serious knee injury late last year. It is virtually impossible for her to compete in the World Cup.

The national coach is reverting to the familiar 4-4-3 system against Austria, after experimenting with 5-3-2 in previous practice internationals. Kalma is joined up front by Lieke Martens and Victoria Pelova. Kersten Casparij and Esmee Brugts are the attacking wing defenders. Damaris Egurrola is favored in midfield over Sherida Spitse, who is on the bench. Daniëlle van de Donk wears the captain’s armband.

Soccer players in the boat for practice international

The Dutch soccer players practice against Austria at 6 p.m. during training camp in Malta. However, the stadium on the main island of Malta sustained storm damage. Therefore, the players diverted to the Gozo stadium in the town of Xewkija on the island of Gozo. Xewkija has about 3,300 inhabitants, but does have an impressive cathedral (the Church of St. John the Baptist, also known as Rotunda of Xewkija).

Remarkable: the Dutch and Austrian players traveled together on the upper deck of the ferry. On the way, the referees were picked up.

Dutch soccer players by boat to Maltese island of Gozo for practice match

Slot on difference between being coach of Feyenoord and AZ

Feyenoord coach Slot: ‘Difference between AZ and Feyenoord? The media attention’

Slot on successor Jansen: ‘Doesn’t surprise me that he is doing so well with AZ’

Arne Slot will meet Pascal Jansen, his successor as AZ coach, on Saturday. “That he is doing so well doesn’t surprise me at all. I knew he was a good trainer, who was very good with the group. And before I was there AZ had good players, when I was there AZ had good players and after I left they had good players. The coach is there for the style of play, but the players determine the performance.”

Did Slot and Jansen think the same way about soccer? “In the beginning, not necessarily. I think I was on the offensive side what, where he also still mentioned the defensive side. Not that one sat on the right and the other on the left, but they were interesting conversations. I won’t say we are the same, but if you see our teams play you will see a lot of similarities.”

When two trainers know each other’s views so well, the trick is to trounce each other. “You do that with every coach before every match,” Slot is resolute. “It’s easier with Pascal Jansen, AZ plays very recognizable and good soccer. That doesn’t make the match easier, but it makes it easier to indicate what they are doing. And that’s a big compliment to Pascal.”

Feyenoord coach Slot on successor Jansen: ‘Doesn’t surprise me that he’s doing well with AZ’

Slot gives Geertruida Feyenoord captain’s armband in topper against AZ

Feyenoord coach Arne Slot

With a broad smile, Feyenoord coach Arne Slot pushed on for the fourth topper in the last six duels. Against Ajax, FC Twente and PSV, Feyenoord played to a draw; Saturday awaits AZ. “It doesn’t stop there,” Slot laughed. “The number one against the number two. A nice affair with two very good footballing teams.”

It was our goal after this series of top games to still compete for the top spots. Well, we’re first, so we did well if you look at the performance. But if you look at our play, we had secretly hoped for a few more points.”

Four base players missing: Sebastian Szymanski, Gernot Trauner and Justin Bijlow are injured, Orkun Kökçü is suspended. The playmaker will be replaced as captain by Lutsharel Geertruida. “Orkun is the first captain, Gernot the second and Justin the third. All three of those are not here. Lutsharel is doing an excellent job. And I think he has also played the most games for Feyenoord of Saturday’s players in the meantime.”

Wieffer and Timber

But can anyone replace Kökçü’s scoring ability (eight goals), assists and front assists? Slot still held his cards somewhat to his chest. “Mats Wieffer and Quentin Timber will play alongside each other. Who will play attacking for that, you will see on Sunday.”

Wieffer was sick at the beginning of the week and Timber is still not top fit. “Mats’ illness was a bit of a shock, but he has already returned to full training. Quentin still hasn’t been able to play the full 90 minutes. That’s something you do have to think about as a staff.”

Mazraoui and Mané are also close to returning

In the ‘players returning from injury’ category, Bayern Munich also had good news to report. Noussair Mazraoui and Sadio Mané will soon rejoin group training.

“Mazraoui will be back with the squad training on Wednesday,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann. Mazraoui, who has yet to play a game in 2023, trained with the ball again for the first time on Thursday.

The Moroccan international suffered a corona infection during the World Cup in Qatar, after which an inflamed pericardium was diagnosed upon his return to Munich.

Mané ‘fully recovered’

Mané missed the World Cup because of a leg injury. The Senegalese played his last game on Nov. 8, but is now also fit again.

“He will return to group training on Sunday,” Nagelsmann said. “He is fully recovered and can participate fully. Theoretically, he can play again after a week of group training.”

Van Dijk may start making his comeback

After more than a month’s absence, it may be “Virgil-time” again at Liverpool on Saturday. Virgil van Dijk has recovered from a hamstring injury and manager Jürgen Klopp “thinks he is available.”

“On Thursday he certainly looked fit and I think the same goes for today,” Klopp said a day before the game against Newcastle United. “Based on today’s training we will make a decision.”

Van Dijk (31) dropped out in the lost league game against Brentford in early January. He has since missed seven games for ‘The Reds,’ who have dropped to ninth place in the Premier League.

Match shirts auctioned for earthquake victims

Orange women in the boat: practice match Austria moved to other Maltese island

The Orange women have been training on Malta for a few days now. Tonight (6 p.m.), national coach Andries Jonker’s team will meet Austria in the first of two practice matches. There is only one problem…

A huge storm raged in Malta last week, rendering the stadium in which the Dutch were to play unplayable. The alternative was found on an island further away. Outcome: this afternoon, Orange and the media in attendance will travel on a ferry to the match.

From the supermarket to the Kuip: AZ playmaker Tijjani Reijnders

The topper of the weekend is of course Feyenoord-AZ, Saturday at 9 p.m. at De Kuip. We are at the press meetings of trainers Arne Slot and Pascal Jansen this afternoon. And earlier this week we already spoke with one of the Alkmaarers’ tastemakers, the good-humored Tijjani Reijnders.

Emmen say goodbye to Sánchez, Vitesse let Ferro go

Two little transfer news: FC Emmen are letting Gonzalo Sánchez return to Peru. The Italian-Peruvian striker signed a two-season contract in Drenthe last summer, but has not yet come to play in official matches.

“He was keen to return to Peru due to a lack of playing time and the club has cooperated with that. We wish Gonzalo good luck with the continuation of his career,” said the No. 16 Eredivisie player.

Gonzalo Sánchez in action for Emmen in a practice match against PEC Zwolle.

Earlier this week Vitesse said goodbye to Portuguese Francisco Reis Ferreira, known as Ferro, is leaving Vitesse. The rental of the 25-year-old defender is terminated with immediate effect. Vitesse rented Ferro for one season from Benfica, with an option to buy.

Ferro appeared in nine duels this season, but did not get to play lately and now goes to HNK Hajduk Split, the current number 2 in the Croatian league. He previously played for that club as well.

Ferro steps off the field disappointed after Vitesse’s 4-0 defeat against Sparta.

Barcelona weeks without prodigy Pedri

Spanish international Pedri suffered a hamstring injury from his club Barcelona’s duel with Manchester United. He suffered the injury as early as the first half.

Barcelona has since confirmed that the midfielder will be out for several weeks. As a result, he will miss anyway the return with United at Old Trafford (next Thursday) and the first cup game with Real Madrid on March 2.

Speaking of stadiums: Vitesse and Gelredome owner in court

In Volendam the stadium is named after a club icon for a one-off, in Arnhem there have been arguments for months over whether Vitesse will be allowed to use Gelredome at all next year. The club has been agitating for years against the high rental costs of the stadium and has even terminated the lease agreement.

Vitesse, however, invokes a “perpetual right to play” that was once agreed upon when the stadium was built. However, owner Michael van der Kuit, who took over the stadium with his real estate company Nedstede in 2018, has no intention of accommodating the club.

The club filed summary proceedings in court against stadium owner Nedstede and operating company Gelredome, hoping in the meantime to still reach an agreement for at least one year. On Wednesday, those talks seemed to fail again, but on Thursday it was announced the parties are back around the table at the insistence of the judge.

If a compromise is not found, the judge will have to rule on the rent issue. To be continued, no doubt.

Volendam reflects on Wim Kras, still the youngest ever premier league player

On November 22, 1959, Wim Kras made his debut for Volendam in the home match with Ajax. The match ended in 3-0 for the Amsterdammers, but that is not why that match has been in the books for more than half a century. Kras was in fact 15 years and 290 days at the time, which still makes him the youngest player ever in the premier league.

Between 1959 and 1974, Kras played 381 games for Volendam, scoring 94 goals. Last week, Kras died at the age of 79.

Saturday, the fishing village will pause to remember the remarkable footballer during the duel with Vitesse (16.30 hours). The stadium will be renamed the Wim Kras stadium for one occasion, and a minute’s applause will sound prior to the match.

It’s also a special day for Emmen midfielder Keziah Veendorp

Hip hip hurrah in Emmen. Because there, culture guard Keziah Veendorp is celebrating his 26th birthday today. The Sappemeer, Groningen-born defensive midfielder can make his birthday unforgettable with a win Saturday at Euroborg in the relegation cracker against FC Groningen.

Indeed, at that club he went through youth training and was allowed to make one appearance in the first, in 2016 against AZ. Since 2017, he has already played 161 duels for Emmen.

Speaking of Europe, twelve years ago FC Twente played at -14 (or -17?).

On February 17, 2011, FC Twente played a memorable game in the Europa League against Roebin Kazan. That match was memorable not necessarily because of the result (Twente won handsomely 2-0), but because of the icy conditions.

Indeed, the mercury in Moscow – where the match was played – dropped to 17 degrees below zero that afternoon in Moscow. At least that is what Twente’s thermometers indicated; UEFA’s kept it at -14.3 degrees below zero. The limit for canceling the match was 15 degrees below freezing, so football was played as usual.

Back to yesterday for a moment: Barcelona and Man United revive old glories

Ten Hag balks at result and referee: ‘Should have won’

The most beautiful match of the evening produced the most beautiful match. FC Barcelona and Manchester United played 2-2 against each other in an open match.

Three Oranje internationals contributed their part to the soccer party. Frenkie de Jong at Barcelona, which has been unbeaten since October. And Tyrell Malacia and Wout Weghorst at Manchester United, which has established itself under coach Erik ten Hag and is back among the top in the Premier League.

Actually, the game did not get the stage it deserved. It was just an intermediate round in the Europa League, which still feels a bit like no man’s land in this club competition. The winner of the duel will advance to the eighth finals.

Back to yesterday: weak Ajax comes away well against Union Berlin

Heitinga after ‘difficult’ game with Union Berlin: ‘It was insufficient’

In the Europa League intermediate round, Ajax failed to deal a blow to Union Berlin. The Germans stood their ground fairly easily in the Johan Cruijff Arena: 0-0. Next week is the return.

The current Bundesliga number two even scored a goal in Amsterdam midway through the second half, but Morten Thorsby saw his goal disallowed for hands after VAR interference.

Back to yesterday: sour night PSV in Europe

Van Nistelrooij sees effective Sevilla: ‘It’s never finished, hugely difficult though’

Of course, PSV’s players and staff are holding out hope for a miracle. But after the 3-0 defeat in the first meeting with Sevilla, they too realize that the European season is almost certainly over. And that feels like unnecessary.

Indeed, Ruud van Nistelrooij had enjoyed his team’s play in the first half. “But because of a blackout we are still 1-0 behind,” the PSV coach said. Noted captain Luuk de Jong wasted the ball on his own half with a frivolous pass with the outside of the foot. Sevilla took advantage and took the lead.

Within ten minutes in the second half, the Spaniards extended the margin to 3-0. Normally, this decided the duel in intermediate rounds of the Europa League.

FC Twente: Bruggink succeeds Streuer as technical director

Arnold Bruggink

Arnold Bruggink will succeed Jan Streuer as FC Twente’s technical director. The club expects to conclude an agreement with the former player of FC Twente and PSV, among others, in the near future. Bruggink is currently active as an analyst at ESPN.

“Last week it was already heard and seen that Arnold Bruggink is a candidate for this position,” writes general manager Paul van der Kraan in a newsletter on the club website. “Arnold has already been involved in many areas within the club this season. We expect to come to an agreement with Arnold soon, after which he will start working at FC Twente as early as mid-March. From July 1, Arnold will then be the new technical director, with Jan Streuer inducting and supporting him for the time being.”

PSV will have to do without Thorgan Hazard for the next few weeks. The Belgian striker came on as a substitute against Sevilla and played out the match with a muscle injury.

Hazard is rented by PSV from Borussia Dortmund, to make up for the departures of Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke. On his debut against Feyenoord (2-2), Hazard was immediately on target.

Thorgan Hazard touches down in the closing stages of the game with Sevilla.

Kayleigh Williams