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Netherlands Edge Five-goal Thriller Against Ukraine
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Netherlands Edge Five-goal Thriller Against Ukraine

Denzel Dumfries' late header rescued three points for the Netherlands in their Euro 2020 opener with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ukraine in Amsterdam. The Netherlands had held a comfortable two-goal lead through strikes from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst within six minutes of one another shortly after half-time, in a chance-laden game at the Johan Cruyff Arena. But Ukraine, who had impressed early on before fading badly, sprang back into the game through an Andriy Yarmolenko stunner 15 minutes from time, before shocking their hosts as Roman Yaremchuk headed home Ruslan Malinovskyi's free-kick four minutes later. That looked like getting Frank de Boer's tournament off to a disappointing start less than a year into an uncomfortable reign as Netherlands boss, before Dumf...
Wijnaldum explains decision to join PSG following months of Barca links
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Wijnaldum explains decision to join PSG following months of Barca links

The Netherlands international says Mauricio Pochettino played a key role in convincing him to move to Parc des Princes Georginio Wijnaldum has explained his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain following months of strong links with La Liga giants Barcelona. PSG officially announced the signing of Wijnaldum on Thursday, with the midfielder's move to Parc des Princes set to be finalised when his contract at Liverpool expires at the end of the month. Barcelona were originally touted as the favourites to land Wijnaldum on a free transfer, but he has ultimately decided to embark on the next stage of his career in Ligue 1, citing Mauricio Pochettino as a major influence.
Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement
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Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement

Barcelona are preparing to announce the signing of Lyon striker Memphis Depay this week. Sport says Depay will become Barcelona's fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, Eric Garcia and Emerson. A final agreement is close to being signed off and Barça hope to officially announce Depay's signing on Friday, before the start of the European Championships. That way, the Lyon forward's future will not become a distraction during the tournament and he can focus exclusively on the Netherlands. Depay's deal with Lyon expires on June 30 and he will sign for Barça on a free transfer. The forward wants to make the move to Camp Nou and be reunited with Ronald Koeman, his previous coach with the Netherlands, and the final details should be sorted soon. ...
Why is Virgil van Dijk not playing for Netherlands at Euro 2020?
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Why is Virgil van Dijk not playing for Netherlands at Euro 2020?

Here's what you need to know about why the Liverpool captain won't be playing for Oranje this summer at the Euros Virgil van Dijk has been a defensive mainstay for both club and country, but the Netherlands will be missing out on his centre-back prowess during this summer's Euro 2020. So why isn't Van Dijk playing in the Euros? Goal takes a look. Why isn't Virgil van Dijk playing in Euro 2020? Van Dijk will not be playing for the Netherlands in Euro 2020 because he ruled himself out of the tournament due to injury. The Dutch international made the decision to withdraw from the national team in order to focus on making a fitness recovery, in time for the 2021-22 domestic club season. Van Dijk has been out of action since October after being involved in a clash with Everton goa...
Georginio Wijnaldum signs three-year contract with PSG
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Georginio Wijnaldum signs three-year contract with PSG

Former Liverpool star, Georginio Wijnaldum has signed a contract to join Paris Saint-Germain after the club hijacked his proposed move to Barcelona. Subject to a medical, the 30-year-old midfielder’s free transfer to the French club will officially take effect once his Liverpool deal expires at the end of this month. Barcelona had thought Wijnaldum was joining them and had a medical planned but the Netherlands international changed his mind after PSG offered twice the wage following a call from manager Mauricio Pochettino. The midfielder will be with the club for the next three seasons. Wijnaldum left Liverpool after five years at Anfield. The Dutchman lifted the Premier League and Champions League during his time in Merseyside, playing 237 games for Jurgen Klopp's side.
Lagos Government Places 14 Countries on COVID-19 Watchlist
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Lagos Government Places 14 Countries on COVID-19 Watchlist

  The Lagos state government has placed 14 countries on its COVID-19 watchlist to curb the spread of the disease in the state. The state commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi made the announcement on Wednesday May 12. Abayomi who explained that travellers coming from other countries into Lagos have been classified into three groups — the red countries, the amber countries, and the green countries, added that the state government is outlining measures that will guide the management of inbound passengers of interest (POIs) from other countries. The red countries are India, Brazil and Turkey where new variants of COVID-19 are causing an increase in infection rate. The amber countries are Canada, US, France, Germany, Netherlands, Togo, Ghana, Cameroun, Angola, South Afr...
Chelsea to open contract talks with Armando Broja
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Chelsea to open contract talks with Armando Broja

Chelsea are to open new contract talks with Armando Broja. The rising star has impressed during his loan spell at Vitesse and Chelsea want to secure his long-term future. Broja has been a revelation this season for Vitesse, scoring ten goals in the Eredivisie. The 19-year-old talent's form has made a big impression and Champions League finalists Chelsea want to tie him down to a new long-term deal. His prolific form for the Blues' academy helped earn his loan move and the teenager will be in demand after his exploits in the Netherlands. Broja is contracted at Chelsea until the end of next season but the Blues want to offer him an extended deal after his impressive contribution for Vitesse.
Wijnaldum’s agent opens door for Bayern Munich move as Liverpool star approaches free agency
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Wijnaldum’s agent opens door for Bayern Munich move as Liverpool star approaches free agency

The Netherlands international midfielder will see his current contract expire in the summer, with various landing spots now being mooted Georginio Wijnaldum's agent, Humphry Nijman, has left the door open for Bayern Munich to discuss a deal for the Liverpool midfielder. As things stand, the 30-year-old Netherlands international will be taking on a new challenge in the summer. His contract at Anfield is running down and there has been no indication that fresh terms will be signed , paving the way for leading sides across Europe to enter into talks.
Klopp warns Van Dijk must not be ‘forced’ into Netherlands’ Euro 2020 squad
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Klopp warns Van Dijk must not be ‘forced’ into Netherlands’ Euro 2020 squad

The defender still has not returned to training with Liverpool and only has a month to get back in shape for the summer tournament Jurgen Klopp has warned against rushing Virgil van Dijk back into action at Euro 2020 but says he will not hold the defender back from featuring for Netherlands. The centre-back has been out of action since October with a cruciate ligament injury. Van Dijk is seen as crucial to Netherlands' hopes of success at the European Championship this summer, but it remains unclear if he will be fit enough to make the squad.
ASUU Faults Netherlands For Rejecting Nigeria Degrees & Accepting Ghana Degrees
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ASUU Faults Netherlands For Rejecting Nigeria Degrees & Accepting Ghana Degrees

A University in Amsterdam is in trouble for rejecting degrees from Nigeria, whiles accepting degrees from Ghana and South Africa The Academic State Union of Universities of Nigeria has said Nigerian graduates have what it takes to compete favourably with their peers from any part of the world. This was in reaction to recent information on the website of The School of Business in Amsterdam University, Netherlands, which said, “An African bachelor’s degree is generally the equivalent of 2 years of academic education in the Netherlands.” “For eligibility, applicants with an African bachelor’s degree (except for South-Africa and Ghana) will need a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in the field of Economics and Business, in order to be eligible for one of our M.Sc programmes.” ...
Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria
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Danjuma Considers Dumping Holland for Nigeria

  Bournemouth winger, Arnaut Danjuma, has admitted he is considering his international future with the Netherlands and could switch to Nigeria. Danjuma was born in Lagos to a Dutch father and Nigerian mother. However, the 24-year-old has represented the Dutch U-21 side and featured twice for the senior team. He is, however, still eligible to represent the Super Eagles, according to new FIFA rules. Danjuma has now said he could take up the option if the Dutch senior team continues to snub him. “I’ve heard some bits about Nigeria but I can’t say too much about it though. My mum is Nigerian and my father lived 23 years in Nigeria as well. “The culture is still within the family, so it does not disregard the Nigerian side. It’s a choice I will think about but I ne...
ISIS bride, Shamima Begum Cannot Return to the UK, Supreme Court Rules
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ISIS bride, Shamima Begum Cannot Return to the UK, Supreme Court Rules

Shamima Begum, who left the UK for Syria to join the Islamic State group as a teenager, will not be allowed to return and fight her citizenship case, the Supreme Court has ruled. In February 2015, at just 15, Shamima travelled from her east London home to Syria with two school friends. She was married off to an ISIS fighter from the Netherlands and lived under ISIS rule for more than three years. Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. On Friday, February 26, 2021, five Supreme Court justices unanimously turned down her request to be able to return to the UK to fight for her citizenship to be restored. Ms. Begum, 21, who is currently in a camp controlled by arm...
‘How Police Robbed Me Of 100k For Having 2 Laptops In Lagos’ – Man Shares Story
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‘How Police Robbed Me Of 100k For Having 2 Laptops In Lagos’ – Man Shares Story

Nigerian Twitter user, Femi @3eyedpixel, who is based in Netherlands recounts how police extorted N100k from him in Lagos just because he was with his laptops. Read his story below: Earlier today, officers of @PoliceNG robbed me of 100k in the presence of my wife. My only crime was having my official laptop with me. They couldn’t pin any crime on me so they insisted I follow them to station or pay 500k. I was running late for my flight, so I had to be diplomatic with them. We had a lot of back and forth and I finally had to settle for 100k (payment for being a Nigerian). I know nothing will be done, but I’m just putting my story out here for people to know our fight is far from over. I tweeted this just before my flight took off, so I didn’t see the replies until now that I’m h...
Meet Dog That Looks Like A Giraffe, Thanks To Her Incredibly Long Neck (Photos)
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Meet Dog That Looks Like A Giraffe, Thanks To Her Incredibly Long Neck (Photos)

The greyhound who always wins by a neck! Dog looks more like a giraffe thanks to its unusual physical feature. The naturally tall two-year-old Spanish greyhound has an unusually long ten-inch (25cm) neck A Spanish greyhound looks more like a giraffe than a dog thanks to her incredibly long neck. Ketama often draws bewildered looks near her home in the Netherlands thanks to her unusual physical feature. The two-year-old rescue dog is from a breed of naturally long dogs, said owner Monique Morsink. But Ketama's proportions are more male than female. Spanish greyhounds, or sighthounds, were bred for their speed and sleek bodies to help with hunting and for racing. Sadly, just like their English cousins, the Spanish greyhound can fall prey to human cruelty. But thankfully ...
Manchester United Fans Are Convinced Donny van de Beek Should Start More Often After Starring For The Netherlands
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Manchester United Fans Are Convinced Donny van de Beek Should Start More Often After Starring For The Netherlands

Donny van de Beek showed Manchester United what they've been missing as he starred for the Netherlands against Spain. Van de Beek has yet to start a Premier League game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since joining from Ajax for £35 million in the summer. But he's performed brilliantly whenever he's represented his national team, delivering stellar performances against Italy and Spain. The Dutch midfielder scored for his side in the 1-1 draw with Spain as he impressed United fans with his outing on the international scene. And his individual highlights make for impressive viewing. From breaking up play to neatly setting up attacks. Van de Beek's showing on Wednesday got United talking on social media. One Twitter user wrote: "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hope you are watching what...
Being a manager is bad for your health, says Dutch legend Van Basten
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Being a manager is bad for your health, says Dutch legend Van Basten

The former AC Milan striker admits that he was "not a good manager" and is pleased to be out of the profession Netherlands legend Marco van Basten has claimed that being a manager is bad for your health. As a player, Van Basten was one of the outstanding forwards of his generation, scoring a memorable goal for the Netherlands in the 1988 European Championship final against the USSR and starring for the likes of Ajax and AC Milan. Injury forced him to retire and, in 2004, he moved into management. He had stints with the Netherlands, Ajax, Heerenveen and AZ, but admits that the job wasn’t for him and he is delighted to no longer be doing it.
England boss Neville: I want the Team GB job
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England boss Neville: I want the Team GB job

The outgoing England head coach says it remains his ambition to take charge of Team GB at next summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo Phil Neville has reiterated his desire to take Team GB to the rescheduled Olympic Games next summer, despite him being set to leave his post as England head coach in July of next year. It was announced in April that Neville would step down as the Lionesses' boss at the end of his contract, with him to be replaced by current Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman, who will take over after taking her home nation to those Games. The former Manchester United defender was meant to guide Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo in the summer of 2020, but the Games were pushed back 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Neville is hopeful that, despite being set to ...
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‘I know that there is interest’ – Depay confirms Barcelona are considering transfer

The 26-year-old could be set to reunite with Ronald Koeman at Camp Nou as reports in France say negotiations are already underway Memphis Depay has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but says he is unsure on the likelihood of a move this summer. The Lyon attacker has emerged as a top target for the Catalan side since former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman took over at Camp Nou last month Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on Sunday that Barca are not the only team trying to sign in him, however, with Serie A side Roma showing interest, too.
‘It was a poor game from us’ – Van Dijk making no excuses for Netherlands’ lacklustre loss to Italy
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‘It was a poor game from us’ – Van Dijk making no excuses for Netherlands’ lacklustre loss to Italy

The Liverpool defender saw his side fall in Amsterdam, much to his frustration Virgil van Dijk felt the Netherlands were suitably punished for a poor performance as they lost 1-0 to Italy in Monday's Nations League clash. A header from Nicolo Barella secured victory for the Azzurri in Amsterdam and sent them top of Group A1, a point above the Oranje. The home side kept Italy penned back in the closing minutes but created little by way of clear-cut chances, Manchester United's Donny van de Beek coming closest with a half-volley that was superbly saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Zaniolo suffers suspected knee injury in Italy win over Netherlands
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Zaniolo suffers suspected knee injury in Italy win over Netherlands

The medical staff - and the player himself - are concerned about a new knee injury sustained in the win over the Dutch Roma and Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has suffered a serious-looking knee injury, according to the Azzurri's doctor. Zaniolo limped from the pitch in obvious discomfort after an innocuous collision with Donny van de Beek in Italy's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Monday. The 21-year-old had only recently recovered from surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament tear sustained in January, making eight appearances for Roma in the closing weeks of the prolonged Serie A season.
Chiellini could still teach many defenders’ – Mancini impressed by Italy veteran’s performance
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Chiellini could still teach many defenders’ – Mancini impressed by Italy veteran’s performance

Giorgio Chiellini returned to action for Italy in a 1-0 win over the Netherlands, his display impressing Roberto Mancini. Roberto Mancini says Giorgio Chiellini could still teach defenders around the world how to do their job after he made a commanding return to Italy action. The 36-year-old made his first international appearance since June 2019 on Monday, delivering an excellent performance as the Azzurri beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the Nations League clash in Amsterdam. Chiellini had surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament last September and only managed four appearances for Juventus in 2019-20.
Spain Honour Iniesta With Naked Statue For 2010 World Cup Winning Goal
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Spain Honour Iniesta With Naked Statue For 2010 World Cup Winning Goal

Spain has marked the 10th anniversary of the country's 2010 victory over Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup held in South Africa. Barcelona legend, Iniesta, now playing in Japan, was the hero that night in Johannesburg as he struck four minutes from the end of extra-time to secure Spain's World Cup success. Iniesta's hometown of Albacete have now honoured their most famous son with a naked statue showing a mirror image of his position as he struck the winner that night. Locals from Albacete were to celebrate the unveiling of the statue on July 10 but Coronavirus restrictions mean it'll be held next year.
Done Deal: Man Utd Sign Van De Beek From Ajax On A 5-Year Deal
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Done Deal: Man Utd Sign Van De Beek From Ajax On A 5-Year Deal

Donny van de Beek has completed a medical in the Netherlands ahead of his £40m move from Ajax to Manchester United. The deal, which is thought to be in the region of €39m, plus another €5m in add-ons, is now imminent and could be completed before the Netherlands' upcoming Nations League matches. The 23-year-old had his medical while with the Netherlands squad ahead of their games against Poland (September 4) and Italy (September 7). He will travel to the UK after those fixtures. United have scouted Van de Beek extensively, with the player left out of Ajax's squad for the Dutch champions' friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday amid rumours of an imminent move away. Van de Beek helped Ajax reach the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals, scoring four goals along the way and...
Van de Beek’s father labels Man Utd move ‘dream come true’
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Van de Beek’s father labels Man Utd move ‘dream come true’

Van de Beek's father labels Man Utd move 'dream come true' has described his son's move from Ajax to Manchester United as a "dream come true". The Netherlands midfielder has completed a medical with United ahead of a £40m deal, expected to be completed after the international break. "This is a dream come true," Andre van de Beek told Omroep Gelderland. "Our local village is very proud. "It's the perfect moment for him to make this step to such a beautiful club, but Ajax will always remain in our heart. "A lot of clubs were interested, but Donny took this decision himself."
‘We were disappointed to see Koeman leave’ – Van Dijk
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‘We were disappointed to see Koeman leave’ – Van Dijk

The Liverpool defender says the Netherlands squad 'wholeheartedly' supporters their now-former manager Virgil van Dijk says that he was "disappointed" to see Ronald Koeman take over at Barcelona although he understands why the now-former Netherlands national team boss wanted to coach the Spanish giants. Koeman was recently announced as Quique Setien's replacement at Barca after the Spanish boss was dismissed following the club's 8-2 Champions League beating at the hands of Bayern Munich. The Dutchman, a former Barca defender, had to leave his post as Netherlands boss after previous reports confirmed his intention to manage through Euro 2020.
Daley Blind Collapses During Pre-Season Friendly
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Daley Blind Collapses During Pre-Season Friendly

Daley Blind, the Ajax and Netherlands defender collapsed during Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin, BBC reports. Blind, 30, was diagnosed with a heart condition in December 2019 after suffering from dizziness during a Champions League game against Valencia. The former Manchester United player returned to action in February after having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted. Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag said Blind was feeling "OK" after being substituted. "Daley Blind's ICD went off. He got subbed off straight away and he is feeling OK now, he is feeling fine," Ten Hag told Dutch TV station Ziggo Sport. "We will do research about this now." https://www.instagram.com/p/CEWetIOFpwW/
Over 1,000 Nigerian Asylum Seekers Disappear in Netherlands
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Over 1,000 Nigerian Asylum Seekers Disappear in Netherlands

About 1,089 Nigerian asylum seekers who arrived Netherlands between last year and January this year are reportedly missing, raising serious concern in the country. The National Research Council (NRC) Handelsblad which collaborated with Lost in Europe in its June 2020 report, said the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) identified a significant number of the cases. It was further learnt that there's been a upsurge in the number of Nigerians seeking asylum in The Netherlands, with 2,461 persons recorded in 2019. While 961 of them went missing in 2019, 128 could not be accounted for in January 2020. Some of the assylum seekers reportedly returned to Nigeria or moved to Italy, but “at least 961 disappeared without a trace”. It is speculated that the missing pe...
‘When Messi stops, De Jong will be Barcelona’s leader’ – Sneijder gives Dutch star big billing
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‘When Messi stops, De Jong will be Barcelona’s leader’ – Sneijder gives Dutch star big billing

The ex-Netherlands international expects a fellow countryman to fill big boots at Camp Nou, while Lautaro Martinez has been urged to head for Madrid When Lionel Messi decides his time at Barcelona is over, Wesley Sneijder says Frenkie de Jong will step up and become “even more of a leader” for the La Liga giants. The reigning La Liga champions invested heavily in a Netherlands international midfielder during the summer of 2019. De Jong’s current ability and future potential was noted during a productive spell at Ajax, with the 23-year-old proving himself on domestic and European stages.
Chelsea lead Real Madrid and Juventus in battle for Barcelona youngster Mbuyamba, agent reveals
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Chelsea lead Real Madrid and Juventus in battle for Barcelona youngster Mbuyamba, agent reveals

The centre-back just joined the Catalan side last summer but was impressed after holding talks with Chelsea Chelsea are leading a host of top European teams in the battle to sign Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona, his agent says. The 18-year-old defender joined the Catalan side from Dutch outfit MVV Maastricht last August, but he is already considering his future at the club. His agent, Carlos Barros, says the European giants are lining up to get a look at the Netherlands Under-19 international, but Chelsea have made the biggest impression.
Ziyech branded a ‘special player’ as Van Gaal tells Chelsea they are getting a €40m star
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Ziyech branded a ‘special player’ as Van Gaal tells Chelsea they are getting a €40m star

The former Ajax boss believes an exciting forward preparing to bid farewell to Amsterdam will thrive on a Premier League stage at Stamford Bridge Chelsea have been told that they will be getting a “special player” in Hakim Ziyech, with former Ajax and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal expecting the Morocco international to thrive in England. A €40 million (£33m/$43m) deal has been put in place to take the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge. With the 2019-20 campaign in the Netherlands having been brought to a premature conclusion amid the coronavirus pandemic, the path has been cleared for Ziyech to head for west London.
Dutch Official Advice To Single People: Find A Sex Buddy For Lockdown
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Dutch Official Advice To Single People: Find A Sex Buddy For Lockdown

Single men and women in the Netherlands are being advised to organise a seksbuddy (sex buddy) after criticism of rules dictating that home visitors maintain a 1.5-metre distance from their hosts during the coronavirus lockdown. In a typically open-minded intervention, official guidance from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has been amended to suggest those without a permanent sexual partner come to mutually satisfactory agreements with like-minded individuals. On the advice of scientists at the RIVM, the Netherlands has been on what the government describes as an “intelligent lockdown” since 23 March, allowing up to three visitors into homes on the strict condition that they keep their distance. But the RIVM now concedes that “it makes ...
That was quite a shock’ – Koeman says he feels ‘very healthy’ after being hospitalised with heart problems
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That was quite a shock’ – Koeman says he feels ‘very healthy’ after being hospitalised with heart problems

The Netherlands manager required emergency treatment after feeling unwell in Amsterdam on Sunday, but he says he is now on the mend Ronald Koeman says he is feeling "very healthy" following the "shock" of requiring emergency heart treatment after he felt unwell at the weekend. The Netherlands manager was rushed to hospital on Sunday and had surgery after suffering from chest pains following a cycle ride in Amsterdam with his wife Bartina. However the former Barcelona defender was confirmed at the time by agent Rob Jansen to be in a stable condition, and he has now spoken for the first time about the incident after being released from hospital.
Premier League could be cancelled if we’re not prepared, says West Ham vice-chairman Brady
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Premier League could be cancelled if we’re not prepared, says West Ham vice-chairman Brady

The warning comes after the decision of leagues in Belgium, the Netherlands and France to call time on the 2019-20 season prematurely West Ham vice-president Karren Brady has warned that there is the prospect of the Premier League season not resuming beyond its current position. The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected 177,000 people in Britain, killing more than 27,000 – the third highest death toll in the world – has meant that play in the league has been frozen since March. While there remains optimism that a solution will be found that will allow the league to reach a conclusion, Brady, who controversially suggested previously that the entire season should be written off, has counselled that this is not guaranteed and that strict protocols will have to be followed. “The k...
De Ligt didn’t want to be a €75m defender
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De Ligt didn’t want to be a €75m defender

The highly-rated Netherlands international is still learning his trade at 20 years of age and admits he initially wanted to be a creative midfielder Matthijs de Ligt has become one of the most highly-rated centre-halves in world football, but the Dutchman admits he never wanted to be a defender and saw himself as more of a creative midfielder. The 20-year-old was a talented playmaker within the youth system at Ajax until being forced into a positional change at the age of 15. He was not overly keen on that switch, with there a desire on his part to impact proceedings in the final third – rather than contain the threat of opponents at the opposite end of the field.
Netherlands, France Plans To Re-Open Primary Schools As Lockdown Eases
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Netherlands, France Plans To Re-Open Primary Schools As Lockdown Eases

Several European countries are to relax coronavirus restrictions related to children, with Holland and France announcing that primary schools will reopen next month and Spain setting out how under-14s will be allowed out of the home from next week. French children would return to school in staggered year groups, the education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer said, with no more than 15 pupils allowed in each class. Primary pupils aged from five to 11 would be the first to go back on 12 May, one day after the end of a strict nationwide lockdown. The following week older children in selected years at secondary schools and lycée would return. All classes would be back by 25 May. Blanquer said the aim was to have primary school children back in “small groups”, probably of “less than ...
Interpol Traces 1.5 Million Euro Face Masks Scam To Nigeria
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Interpol Traces 1.5 Million Euro Face Masks Scam To Nigeria

The International Criminal Police Organisation has uncovered a €1.5m face masks scam involving Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. It said it found out that a portion of the money was wired to Nigeria. Interpol Secretary General, Jürgen Stock revealed this as he noted that compromised emails were used in the “highly sophisticated fraud”. The global shortage of face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic had made the German authorities to vigorously seek to procure the essential personal protective equipment. It started in mid-March when German health authorities contracted two sales companies in Zurich and Hamburg to procure EUR 15 million worth of face masks. They later got an email from one of the contacted companies, explaining that their request cannot be met, unfortunately....
Lockdown: Couple hold online wedding Ceremony Attended by Their Family Members in Different Parts of the World
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Lockdown: Couple hold online wedding Ceremony Attended by Their Family Members in Different Parts of the World

Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, a couple decided to have an online wedding to give their family members the opportunity to ''attend'' their wedding. Twitter user @KiyaniBba, who is the younger sister of the groom, shared the story online. She wrote ''Today was my big bro's wedding. Because of the virus, only the bride, groom and their witnesses were allowed in the room. As the official CTO of my family, I suggested that we set up a Zoom so that our relatives and friends could join us. I present you the first Zoom Wedding. We had more than 45 people from France, CIV, Netherlands, SA, Calgary, etc. I muted everyone during the ceremony and recorded everything using zoom. People cried during the vows, at the end I unmuted them and all at the same time they applauded and congratul...
Coronavirus: FG Adds Sweden, Austria to Restricted Countries
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Coronavirus: FG Adds Sweden, Austria to Restricted Countries

  The Federal Government has added Sweden and Austria to the list of high-risk countries following the outbreak of coronavirus. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement at a media briefing on Friday in Abuja. “We have identified two more high risks countries – Austria and Sweden which were added in the past 24 hours to the list,” Ehanire said. On Wednesday March 18th, the Federal government announced the restriction of travellers from 13 countries identified as high risk countries with over 1000 recorded cases of Coronavirus. They are China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands & Switzerland.
Messi vs Ronaldo: Van Basten Picks World’s Best Player
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Messi vs Ronaldo: Van Basten Picks World’s Best Player

Netherlands legend, Marco van Basten, has said that people who pick Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi, know nothing about football. The debate over who is the greatest player currently has rumbled on for years. For almost a decade, Messi and Ronaldo were direct rivals in LaLiga with Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Argentine won more league titles, while Cristiano clinched four Champions League titles in five seasons. Messi has taken home five Ballons d’Or, while the Portugal captain has four. But Van Basten feels the difference is very clear. “Cristiano is a great player, but those who say he is better than Messi know nothing about football, or they are saying it in bad faith,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “Messi is one of a kind. Impossible to imitate and imposs...
Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home
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Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home

Ethiopia's government on Thursday assumed custody of a priceless 18th-century crown that a former refugee had kept hidden in his apartment in the Netherlands for two decades. The handover took place at a ceremony in the capital, Addis Ababa, attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation. Sirak Asfaw, the one-time refugee who is now a Dutch citizen, fled Ethiopia during the late 1970s during the so-called "Red Terror" purges. He found the gilded crown - which features images of Christ and the Twelve Apostles - in 1998 in a suitcase left behind by a visitor. It had "disappeared" from the Holy Trinity Church in Cheleqot, a village in northern Ethiopia, the Dutch government said in a statement Thursday. ...
EPL Defender, Willems Names ‘toughest’ player to mark Btw Ronaldo and Traore
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EPL Defender, Willems Names ‘toughest’ player to mark Btw Ronaldo and Traore

Premier League defender, Jetro Willems, has named Wolves winger, Adama Traore as the toughest player to mark than Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo. Willems, who currently plays for Newcastle United in England, said this ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on January 18. “I have played against some very good players in my career, but no one quite as fast as Traore,” Willems said in the Northern Echo. “He is unbelievable, definitely a beast. Not only is he incredibly fast, he is so, so strong as well. “He’s known as the fastest man in football and now I know that is true. I like to think I am quite fast too – at least I did before playing against him! That was something else. “I have played against Ronaldo, who is fast, but not that fast. Of course,...
Ghana Becomes Nigeria’s Biggest Trade Partner After Border Closure
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Ghana Becomes Nigeria’s Biggest Trade Partner After Border Closure

The latest foreign trade report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows some interesting numbers, as Ghana emerged Nigeria’s biggest export destination for the first time. The report revealed that Ghana tops Nigeria’s export destinations in the third quarter of 2019, as the country imported N908.5 billion worth of Cable sheaths of iron, submersible drilling platforms and crude oil. Nigeria’s top 10 trade partners In Q3 2019, Nigeria’s top 10 trade partners are Ghana, India, Netherlands, Spain, United States, France, South Africa, Italy, China and Canada. As reported in earlier publication on Nairametrics, India has remained Nigeria’s biggest export destination after it eclipsed the United States from the position. According to the latest report, Ghana i...
FIFA U17 World Cup: Nigerians React To Golden Eaglets’ Loss To Netherlands
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FIFA U17 World Cup: Nigerians React To Golden Eaglets’ Loss To Netherlands

Nigeria have reacted to Golden Eaglets’ elimination from the ongoing FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil, following a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands in a Round of 16 game. It was recalled that Sontje Hansen netted a hat-trick, to send Manu Garba’s boys out of the competition. The Golden Eaglets conceded the first goal at the fourth minute of play, but equalized in the 12th minute through Olakunle Olusegun. Three minutes later, Hansen restored the Oranje’s lead with his second goal of the night. Nigeria failed to find another equalizer, before the Ajax youngster sealed victory for his team from the spot with 10 minutes left. In reaction, some Nigerians have expressed sadness over the outcome of the game, while a few numbers of citizens were either indifferent or positive in spite of ...
Matthijs De Ligt Made A Double Mistake To Allow Northern Ireland’s Goal
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Matthijs De Ligt Made A Double Mistake To Allow Northern Ireland’s Goal

Matthijs de Ligt's difficult start to the season continued on Thursday night as the Netherlands defender made two mistakes in 10 seconds to allow Northern Ireland to score. At the weekend De Ligt was in the spotlight after his stupid handball allowed Inter to equalise from the penalty spot in the derby d'Italia and once again the youngster is in the headlines for the wrong reason. This time he made two mistakes in a row to allow Josh Maginess to put Northern Ireland ahead in the Euro 2020 qualifier between the two countries, first failing to clear the ball and then letting the striker jump above him for the header. The Juventus defender's mistake fortunately didn't cost his side as they went on to turn around the deficit, despite Northern Ireland scoring in the 75th minute. F...
Retired Robben won’t rule out shock return to action
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Retired Robben won’t rule out shock return to action

The Dutch wing maestro admits the decision to quit was a tough one and he could be tempted to return if withdrawal symptoms are too overwhelming Retired former Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has not ruled out the possibility of resuming his playing career. The 35-year-old called time on a 19-year period as a professional in July. He won league titles in Germany, Holland, England and Spain and says he could consider returning to the pitch if he struggles with life after the game.
Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal scores on Southampton return
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Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal scores on Southampton return

The Morocco international came off the bench to wrap up the Saints' victory in Rotterdam Sofiane Boufal scored a goal as Southampton romped to a 3-1 victory over Feyenoord in Sunday's pre-season fixture. Boufal, who spent last season on Ioan at Celta Vigo, was included in the Saints' travelling party to the Netherlands, after his international outing with Moroccoat the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The 25-year-old was introduced for Nathan Redmond immediately after the restart in his first game for the Saints since March 2018.
Court in Morocco sentences two Dutch citizens to death over the accidental killing of a medical student in 2017
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Court in Morocco sentences two Dutch citizens to death over the accidental killing of a medical student in 2017

A Moroccan court has sentenced to death two Dutch citizens over the accidental killing of a medical student in 2017.   Two years ago Edwin Gabriel Robles Martinez and Shardyone Girigorio Semerel allegedly opened fire on a cafe in the tourist hub of Marrakech. They had apparently been aiming at the cafe’s owner, but instead killed the student and wounded two other people, local media reported.   At the time local officials said the shooting was a “settling of accounts” that was “directly linked to a criminal network which has ramifications in some European countries”. On Friday a court sentenced to jail 15 other suspects in the same case, handing them terms ranging between three and 20 years for setting up a “criminal gang”, lawyer Abdellatif Htitech told AFP.  ...
PSG sign wonderkid Simons following Barcelona exit
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PSG sign wonderkid Simons following Barcelona exit

The midfielder has represented the Netherlands at the U15 and U16 level and departs La Masia after joining as a nine-year-old Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of former Barcelona wonderkid Xavi Simons. The 16-year-old joins the Ligue 1 champions on a professional contract through June 30, 2022. Earlier on Tuesday, Simons announced that he was departing Barcelona after coming up through the club's La Masia academy.
Agent Ronaldo: How superstar helped Juventus beat Barca & PSG to wonderkid De Ligt
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Agent Ronaldo: How superstar helped Juventus beat Barca & PSG to wonderkid De Ligt

The Netherlands international idolised the Portuguese superstar as a child - now they are set to be team-mates in Turin The two most significant transfers of Juventus' recent history have both been effectively sealed on the field, rather than off it. It was the remarkable standing ovation afforded to Cristiano Ronaldo by fans in Turin last year which convinced the then Real Madrid superstar that the Bianconeri was the club for him. Just over a year later, it was the Portuguese doing the convincing.
Sneijder hits out at ‘bullsh*t people talking sh*t’ over claims he paid ex-wife €15m
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Sneijder hits out at ‘bullsh*t people talking sh*t’ over claims he paid ex-wife €15m

The 35-year-old took to Instagram to dismiss rumours that he paid off his ex-wife and says they are still on good terms despite the split Wesley Sneijder has dismissed reports that he paid Yolanthe Cabau a €15 million (£13m/$17m) settlement in their divorce. Earlier this year reports emerged that Sneijder and the actress had split after the former Netherlands star admitted in an Instagram post in March that he had "messed up several times". The pair were in the headlines in Turkey again this week when it was claimed that Yolanthe had demanded more money from Sneijder but settled for €15m.

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