December 4, 2022

World Cup 2022: news and buildup to France v Poland and England v Senegal – live

Latest news from Qatar before France v Poland at 3pm (GMT)Get in touch: email Daniel or tweet him with your thoughtsArgentina have also been celebrating after beating Australia 2-1. Lisandro Martínez, who came on as a second-half substitute for the Albiceleste, has tweeted: “Proud of this group. What passion, united as always we keep moving forward!”Having secured a spot in the quarter-finals, Van Gaal has also been talking up the Netherlands’ hopes of winning the tournament. “I think we have big chances here,” he said. “We still have three matches to go. I’ve been talking about this for a year. We can become world champions – not that we will – but we can. I am talking about team bonding, how we can build the strongest possible team and I derive pleasure from the group of players and, of course, performances and results.” Continue reading...
December 4, 2022

Dutch wrestle with national apology for 250 years of slavery

Advocates claim it will promote equality, detractors say it will be an empty gestureThe Netherlands is expected to formally apologise for its role in 250 years of slavery but the planned move is threatening to cause a split in the country, with some critics calling it “complete nonsense”.The prime minister, Mark Rutte, will deliver a public message on 19 December that will aim to “do justice to the meaning and experience of past slavery”, according to a parliamentary briefing. It is widely anticipated that this will be an apology for the 250 years in which the Dutch funded an economic and cultural “Golden Age” by exploiting more than 600,000 people from Africa and Asia – about 5% of the 12 million enslaved by Europeans from the 17th to the 19th century. According to broadcaster NOS, plans include €200m for awareness projects and €27m for a slavery museum. Continue reading...
December 4, 2022

What did the US lack most at the World Cup? Football intelligence

The deficiencies on display throughout USA’s defeat to the Dutch suggest that more work was needed before Gregg Berhalter’s squad arrived in QatarAs his players slumped to the ground after full-time at Khalifa International Stadium, their World Cup dreams in pieces, US head coach Gregg Berhalter took to the pitch brandishing his Moleskine notebook. As he moved through the throng – wrapping his arm around a weeping Tim Weah, offering words of consolation to Christian Pulisic, applauding the American fans – the notebook stayed with him, held aloft seemingly as a symbol of the task that lies ahead if the US are to progress any further than this at their home World Cup in 2026. A manager ready to get back to work at the very moment of defeat sends a strong message, but in truth the technical and tactical deficiencies on display throughout the US’s defeat to a ruthless Dutch outfit suggest that more work was needed before Berhalter’s squad touched down in Doha. What this team has most missed throughout the World Cup is basic football intelligence, the kind of smarts that the Dutch displayed in spades. Like Gio Reyna, Berhalter’s moleskine made its cameo in Qatar too late.A round of 16 exit feels like a par score for the US, and there is of course no indignity in going down to one of the world’s great footballing nations; America can feel some satisfaction in counting itself among the world’s top 16 sides; and so on. But cliches and ritual expressions of pride can’t hide that the manner of USA’s exit here was particularly disappointing. A country of America’s size, wealth, and ambition – not to mention one in which soccer is such an enduringly popular participation sport – should aspire to more at the World Cup. Continue reading...
December 3, 2022

Netherlands v USA: World Cup 2022, last 16 – live

World Cup updates from 10am ET/3pm GMT kick-offEmail Beau with your thoughts or tweet @duresportThe many ties between these footballing nations …As mentioned, Dest grew up in the Netherlands and was part of the Ajax youth machine. Continue reading...
December 3, 2022

World Cup 2022 briefing: will USA be brilliant against Oranje?

It’s time for the knockout stages in Qatar. And we open up with a pair of real dooziesFor a country perceived by many as having something of a tenuous relationship with the sport of soccer, the United States of America has made quite a contribution to the culture at the very top of the game. They’ve reached the semi-final of one World Cup (1930), hosted another (1994) and registered one of the all-time great shocks (1950) in which their supposed elders and betters, the self-styled fathers of the game, were handed their asses in a high hat. Throw in the garish but fondly remembered NASL, an all-senses assault which attracted nearly as many superstars as Studio 54, and that’s a sizeable legacy. And this is all before we get to the USWNT, four-time winners of the Women’s World Cup and reigning champions. They’ve more than done their bit on that side of the briny. Continue reading...
November 30, 2022

‘I found out I was going by TV’: inside Andries Noppert’s World Cup dream

The Netherlands’ goalkeeper was uncapped before Qatar – now he is Louis van Gaal’s first choice going into the knockout stageThe story of Andries Noppert’s journey to be the Netherlands first-choice goalkeeper at the Qatar World Cup is a beacon of hope and inspiration. Elite football can be unforgiving and hard-edged, so step forward a genial 6ft 8in 28-year-old whose refusal to believe a serious knee injury had ended his career does, as he suggests, offer “inspiration to children” that dreams should always be chased.When Noppert was chosen by Louis van Gaal for the Netherlands’ victory over Senegal in their opening Group A match, he was handed an international debut in only his 51st senior match. Noppert might have given up during any of a peripatetic eight years that began when signing for Heerenveen in 2013 and included 12 months out with the knee problem he sustained in October 2019. Continue reading...
November 29, 2022

Ecuador v Senegal: World Cup 2022 – live

World Cup updates from the 3pm GMT / 10am ET kick-offNetherlands v Qatar – live! Follow the World Cup latestAnd get in touch! Email John or tweet @JohnBrewin_Beyond the football, the real story of this World Cup. The Supreme Committee has always maintained there have been only three work-related fatalities and 37 non-work-related deaths among migrant workers at World Cup stadiums since construction for the tournament began in 2014.In 2021 the Guardian published research that showed that more than 6,500 migrant workers from five countries – India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – had died in Qatar between the start of 2011, the year after country won the right to host the World Cup, and 2020.The Netherlands: A draw will be enough against Qatar for Louis van Gaal’s men to qualify.Ecuador: Ecuador need only a draw against Senegal to progress. Continue reading...
November 29, 2022

Netherlands v Qatar: World Cup 2022 – live

World Cup updates from the 3pm GMT / 10am ET kick-offEcuador v Senegal – live! Follow the World Cup clashGet in touch! Email Barry or tweet @BGlendenningNetherlands: Andries Noppert, Daley Blind, Nathan Ake, Virgil van Dijk (c), Jurrien Timber, Denzel Dumfries, Marten de Roon, Davy Klaassen, Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay.Qatar: Meshaal Barsham, Pedro Miguel, Abdelkarim Hassan, Abdelaziz Hatim, Hassan Al-Haydos (c), Akram Afif, Ismail Mohamad, Homam Ahmed, Assim Madibo, Boualem Khoukhi, Almoez Ali. Continue reading...
November 22, 2022

Medicinal cannabis treatment saves Russian man from asylum rejection

The EU Court of Justice ruled that a Russian man suffering from a serious illness cannot be removed from the Netherlands since his pain treatment with medicinal cannabis is illegal in Russia.
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