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Robin van Persie hired as coach of Dutch club Heerenveen

Robin van Persie hired as coach of Dutch club Heerenveen

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (AP) — Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie landed his first head coaching job Friday when he was hired by Dutch top-flight club Heerenveen. The 40-year-old Van Persie, who is the Netherlands men’s team all-time top scorer, will take over this summer on a two-year contract. Van Persie ended his playing career in...

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Players salary sacrifice in bid to save desperate Dutch club

Players salary sacrifice in bid to save desperate Dutch club

In short: Dutch football club Vitesse Arnhem are crowdfunding and players are salary sacrificing as financial woes cripple the club. Vitesse Arnhem will be relegated from the Dutch top flight at the end of the season, with their licence to remain a professional club in jeopardy.  What’s next?: Reports in the Netherlands say they have until the next...

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Dutch soccer club Vitesse docked points and relegated during probe of Russian ties to Abramovich

Dutch soccer club Vitesse docked points and relegated during probe of Russian ties to Abramovich

ARNHEM, Netherlands — Soccer club Vitesse Arnhem was docked 18 points on Friday and will be relegated from the Netherlands top division while under investigation for ties to sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the former owner of Chelsea. Vitesse said in a statement it will not appeal the punishment imposed by a licensing panel at...

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Eredivisie League: Dutch Football Legends in Action | PS

Eredivisie League: Dutch Football Legends in Action | PS

In the heart of the Netherlands, where the passion for football runs as deep as its canals, the Eredivisie stands tall, way up there in European tournaments. Since its inception in 1956, two years after Dutch football took its bold step into professionalism, the Eredivisie has been the stage for tales of glory, heartbreak, and...

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The fall of the House of Ajax

The fall of the House of Ajax

Feyenoord’s sixth goal ricochets in and Ajax’s players crumple on the grass. Most are still eligible for the club’s youth teams and, one day, perhaps they will remember this afternoon as formative. For now, it gnaws and bleeds and stings; a 6-0 defeat in front of 47,000 fans of their bitterest rivals at the end...