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Dutch city turns orange as women toast Euro win

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Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) – Thousands of orange-clad fans flooded the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday to celebrate the Netherlands’ first women’s Euro title, a much-needed win to boost the football-mad country’s flagging fortunes.

The first “Lioness” supporters - many of them young women and girls - scurried past as the gates opened to secure a prime spot in a local park where their heroins appeared later on Monday evening.

England face women’s Euro ‘battle of Britain’

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Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) – England’s goalkeeper Karen Bardsley said Tuesday she expected a tough physical game when the Lionnesses take on Scotland in their women’s Euro opener.

Ahead of Wednesday’s group D game in Utrecht she said: “We’re hoping that the game obviously goes in our favour but we’re expecting big things from Scotland, they’re a fantastic side with some really good players.

England face women’s Euro ‘battle of Britain’

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Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) – England’s goalkeeper Karen Bardsley said Tuesday she expected a tough physical game when the Lionnesses take on Scotland in their women’s Euro opener.

Ahead of Wednesday’s group D game in Utrecht she said: “We’re hoping that the game obviously goes in our favour but we’re expecting big things from Scotland, they’re a fantastic side with some really good players.

Eredivisie

Done Deal: Arsenal agree deal for highly talented defender; Club confirms transfer

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Arsenal have agreed on a deal with the Dutch side FC Utrecht for the loan transfer of full back Tafari Moore for the rest of this season.

The highly talented full back is in need of some regular first team football at a higher level and since that is not possible at Arsenal, the Gunners have decided to send him out on loan.

Feyenoord beat Utrecht to win 2015/16 Dutch Cup [VIDEO]

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Rotterdam giants Feyenoord ended their trophy drought on Sunday, winning the Dutch Cup with a 2-1 defeat of Utrecht in the final.

In a game played at their own De Kuip stadium, Michiel Kramer scored to give Feyenoord a half-time lead, only for Ramon Leeuwin to equalise early in the second half.

Feyenoord beat Utrecht to win 2015/16 Dutch Cup [VIDEO]

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Rotterdam giants Feyenoord ended their trophy drought on Sunday, winning the Dutch Cup with a 2-1 defeat of Utrecht in the final.

In a game played at their own De Kuip stadium, Michiel Kramer scored to give Feyenoord a half-time lead, only for Ramon Leeuwin to equalise early in the second half.

DTotD: Dutch fan gets smacked in the back of the head by errant pre-match shot

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NAC Breda's Anthony Lurling put a little bit too much on a shot while warming up before his side's Eredivisie match against Utrecht and hit a fan in the back of the head. The ball sailed over the crossbar, curling hard and fast into the back of a man's head as he made his way up the stairs in the stand behind the goal.

Utrecht’s Mike Van Der Hoorn Scores Inexplicably Terrible Own Goal Under No Pressure vs AZ Alkmaar (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Utrecht had a pretty dismal old weekend over in the Eredivisie, losing 6-0 to AZ Alkmaar and finishing the game with just nine men on the field.

In fact, Utrecht were already down to nine men on the half-an-hour mark with AZ's Yank striker Jozy Altidore scoring the two resulting penalties on his way to completing a first-half hat-trick within the space of seven minutes.

Buy low and sell high - The nature of the selling club?

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By Steven Green

Another year and another transfer window. Throughout the month of January clubs all over Europe frantically try to conduct business, and whilst some gain significant firepower, others lose crucial cogs in their machine. It's a brutal month for managers and fans alike, but there is a certain type of club that it usually spells doom for: The selling club.

Football Results for Utrecht ( 1 – 0 ) PSV Eindhoven at Nieuw Galgewaard on September 16, 2012, 1:30 pm

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Football Match just over at Nieuw Galgewaard Eredivisie Home Team Utrecht Goals & Scorers 72′: Davy Bulthuis; Keeper Robbin Ruiter Midfield Tommy Oar; Adam Sarota; Anouar Kali; Edouard Duplan; Forwards Cedric van der Gun; Alexander Gerndt; Defense Davy Bulthuis; Marc van de Maarel; Mike van der Hoorn; [.

Results for NAC Breda ( 1 – 1 ) Utrecht at Rat Verlegh Stadion on September 1, 2012, 7:45 pm

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Match just over at Rat Verlegh Stadion Eredivisie Home Team NAC Breda Goals & Scorers 8′: Alex Schalk; Keeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar Midfield Thilo Leugers; Anour Hadouir; Nemanja Gudelj; Elson Hooi; Forwards Anthony Lurling; Alex Schalk; Defense Sepp De Roover; Kees Luijckx; Eric Fernando Botteghin; Mark Looms; [.

Football Results for Eredivisie for Saturday 1st September 2012

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19:45 NAC Breda (1-1) Utrecht at Rat Verlegh Stadion18:45 Waalwijk (1-1) Heracles at Mandemakers Stadion18:45 FC Zwolle (0-4) Nijmegen at Oosterenk Stadion17:45 Roda (3-0) Willem II at Parkstad Limburg Stadion

Team Lineup for NAC Breda v Utrecht at Rat Verlegh Stadion on September 1, 2012, 7:45 pm

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Playing at Rat Verlegh Stadion Eredivisie Home Team NAC Breda Keeper Jelle ten Rouwelaar Midfield Thilo Leugers; Anour Hadouir; Nemanja Gudelj; Elson Hooi; Forwards Alex Schalk; Anthony Lurling; Defense Sepp De Roover; Kees Luijckx; Eric Fernando Botteghin; Mark Looms; Subs Away Team Utrecht Keeper [.

Eredivisie Fixtures for Saturday 1st September 2012

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19:45 NAC Breda v Utrecht at Rat Verlegh Stadion18:45 Waalwijk v Heracles at Mandemakers Stadion18:45 FC Zwolle v Nijmegen at Oosterenk Stadion17:45 Roda v Willem II at Parkstad Limburg Stadion

Results for Eredivisie for Saturday 25th August 2012

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19:45 Ajax (5-0) NAC Breda at Amsterdam ArenA18:45 VVV Venlo (2-4) Den Haag at De Koel17:45 Utrecht (1-1) FC Zwolle at Nieuw Galgewaard

Results for Utrecht ( 1 – 1 ) FC Zwolle at Nieuw Galgewaard on August 25, 2012, 5:45 pm

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Match just over at Nieuw Galgewaard Eredivisie Home Team Utrecht Goals & Scorers 45′: Edouard Duplan; Keeper Robbin Ruiter Midfield Edouard Duplan; Johan MÃ¥rtensson; Akwasi-Nana Asare; Adam Sarota; Forwards Cedric van der Gun; Alexander Gerndt; Defense Marc van de Maarel; Marcus Nilsson; Jan Wuytens; Davy Bulthuis; Subs [.

Team Lineup for Utrecht v FC Zwolle at Nieuw Galgewaard on August 25, 2012, 5:45 pm

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Playing at Nieuw Galgewaard Eredivisie Home Team Utrecht Keeper Robbin Ruiter Midfield Edouard Duplan; Johan MÃ¥rtensson; Akwasi-Nana Asare; Adam Sarota; Forwards Alexander Gerndt; Cedric van der Gun; Defense Marc van de Maarel; Marcus Nilsson; Jan Wuytens; Davy Bulthuis; Subs Away Team FC Zwolle Keeper [.

Eredivisie Fixtures for Saturday 25th August 2012

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19:45 Ajax v NAC Breda at Amsterdam ArenA18:45 VVV Venlo v Den Haag at De Koel17:45 Utrecht v FC Zwolle at Nieuw Galgewaard

Eredivisie Fixtures for Saturday 25th August 2012

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19:45 Ajax v NAC Breda at Amsterdam ArenA18:45 VVV Venlo v Den Haag at De Koel17:45 Utrecht v FC Zwolle at Nieuw Galgewaard

Results for Eredivisie for Saturday 18th August 2012

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19:45 Feyenoord (1-1) Heerenveen at De Kuip Stadion18:45 NAC Breda (0-1) Twente at Rat Verlegh Stadion18:45 FC Zwolle (-) Vitesse at Oosterenk Stadion18:45 VVV Venlo (1-3) Utrecht at De Koel17:45 PSV Eindhoven (5-0) Roda at Philips Stadion

Eredivisie Fixtures for Saturday 18th August 2012

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19:45 Feyenoord v Heerenveen at De Kuip Stadion18:45 NAC Breda v Twente at Rat Verlegh Stadion18:45 FC Zwolle v Vitesse at Oosterenk Stadion18:45 VVV Venlo v Utrecht at De Koel17:45 PSV Eindhoven v Roda at Philips Stadion

Eredivisie Fixtures for Saturday 18th August 2012

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19:45 Feyenoord v Heerenveen at De Kuip Stadion18:45 NAC Breda v Twente at Rat Verlegh Stadion18:45 FC Zwolle v Vitesse at Oosterenk Stadion18:45 VVV Venlo v Utrecht at De Koel17:45 PSV Eindhoven v Roda at Philips Stadion

Eredivisie Fixtures for Saturday 18th August 2012

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19:45 Feyenoord v Heerenveen at De Kuip Stadion18:45 NAC Breda v Twente at Rat Verlegh Stadion18:45 FC Zwolle v Vitesse at Oosterenk Stadion18:45 VVV Venlo v Utrecht at De Koel17:45 PSV Eindhoven v Roda at Philips Stadion

Dutch Eredivisie Table Through March 25, 2012

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Below is the Eredivisie table through March 18, 2012.

OVERALL HOME AWAY POS TEAM P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts 1 AZ Alkmaar 27 17 5 5 54 25 11 3 0 33 7 6 2 5 21 18 29 56 2 Ajax Amsterdam 27 16 7 4 70 33 8 4 1 36 13 8 3 3 34 20 37 55 3 Twente Enschede 27 15 7 5 69 32 8 3 2 33 13 7 4 3 36 19 37 52 4 PSV Eindhoven 27 15 6 6 68 40 11 1 1 45 17 4 5 5 23 23 28 51 5 Feyenoord Rotterdam 27 15 6 6 54 32 8 3 2 28 13 7 3 4 26 19 22 51 6 Heerenveen 27 14 9 4 61 42 8 4 2 34 22 6 5 2 27 20 19 51 7 Vitesse Arnhem 27 12 5 10 35 32 7 3 3 23 12 5 2 7 12 20 3 41 8 Roda JC Kerkrade 27 12 1 14 47 57 10 0 4 32 19 2 1 10 15 38 -10 37 9 FC Groningen 27 10 5 12 38 49 8 2 3 26 17 2 3 9 12 32 -11 35 10 NEC Nijmegen 27 10 4 13 31 36 7 0 6 20 15 3 4 7 11 21 -5 34 11 RKC Waalwijk 27 10 4 13 28 39 6 2 5 16 14 4 2 8 12 25 -11 34 12 SC Heracles Almelo 27 9 6 12 42 42 7 3 4 26 14 2 3 8 16 28 0 33 13 FC Utrecht 27 7 9 11 40 45 5 6 2 29 24 2 3 9 11 21 -5 30 14 NAC Breda 27 8 6 13 34 40 7 4 3 23 15 1 2 10 11 25 -6 30 15 ADO Den Haag 27 7 8 12 30 51 4 6 4 15 19 3 2 8 15 32 -21 29 16 VVV Venlo 27 7 4 16 32 62 6 4 4 22 19 1 0 12 10 43 -30 25 17 Excelsior 27 4 6 17 21 59 4 3 7 14 23 0 3 10 7 36 -38 18 18 De Graafschap 27 4 4 19 22 60 2 0 12 12 33 2 4 7 10 27 -38 16

Champions League: 1st, 2nd (qualifying)

Europa League: 3rd, 4th, 5th-8th (playoffs)

Relegation: 16th & 17th (playoffs), 18th

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How Good Are Ajax?

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- Ajax are currently 6th out of 18 teams in the Eredivisie this season having won just 4 of their 9 games at home.
- Ajax have won just one of their last four games, losing against 14th placed FC Utrecht at home and 4th placed Feyenoord away.
- Miralem Sulejmani is Ajax's top scorer this season with 12 goals in 26 appearances.

Liverpool

Dries Mertens Finds Himself On Liverpool’s Shortlist

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New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen the club's attacking options for the upcoming season and is believed to have earmarked young Belgian winger Dries Mertens for this purpose.
The Belgian international moved from Utrecht to PSV Eindhoven last summer and stunned fans by adjusting quickly to life at the Philips Stadion.

Liverpool Set To Miss Out On PSV's Goal Scoring Winger

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Liverpool could miss out on one of their summer targets after it was suggested that PSV-Eindhoven winger Dries Mertens prefers a move to Germany.
According to a report in The Sun, Liverpool have sent scouts to watch the winger on a number of occasions this season as manager Kenny Dalglish looks to add balance to his squad.

Lazio Join United And Liverpool In Chase For Dutch Striker

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Manchester United and Liverpool target Ricky van Wolfswinkel is a wanted man – with Lazio ready to make a £13million bid for the Sporting Lisbon star this month.
United and Liverpool are keen on the striker but were expected to wait until the summer to make bids.
But they could yet be forced into action this month as Lazio are ready to enter the race to sign the highly-rated Dutchman.

Match Report: Liverpool 0 - 0 Swansea

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Striker Andy Carroll was the fall-guy for Liverpool after missing a first-half sitter in the goalless draw at home to Swansea.
For the second successive home match against a newly-promoted team Kenny Dalglish's side failed to convert their chances.
Carroll's was the miss everyone will remember, although there were enough opportunities created afterwards to have prevented a third home draw in a row.

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Euro 2012 live blog: 7 June

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This article titled "Euro 2012 live blog: 7 June" was written by Barry Glendenning (morning) and Paul Doyle (afternoon), for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 7th June 2012 08.18 UTC

9.05am:Good morning everybody, Glendenning here. Let's get the ball rolling with David Pleat's six players to watch during the tournament.

Euro 2012: David Pleat’s six players to watch in Poland and Ukraine

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This article titled "Euro 2012: David Pleat's six players to watch in Poland and Ukraine" was written by David Pleat, for The Guardian on Wednesday 6th June 2012 15.11 UTC

Alan Dzagoev (Russia)

The CSKA Moscow talent has won a major battle to get fit for inclusion in the squad. Born in 1990, he will be one of the youngest players in the tournament but Dick Advocaat knows the importance of his linking skills behind either Pavel Pogrebnyak or Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Arsenal linked with £10m Dutch international star

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New Dutch sensation Kevin Strootman is due to become the next big thing in Football, and according to today's TalkSport, the 22-year-old midfielder has attracted the interest of the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The PSV star has managed to make his breakthrough to the senior Netherlands national team last year causing City's Nigel De Jong [.

Videos

Swansea City 2-0 Fulham: In-Vorm ‘Keeper Star Of The Show For Swans (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Swansea City 2-0 Fulham Premier League 10th December 2011


Fulham 'keeper Mark Schwarzer buries his head in the sand

Unquestionably one of the surprise stars of the season so far, Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm was once again in superb form on Saturday against a talented Fulham side.

Heerenveen Player With Fitting Name Scores From 18 Yards With His ‘Gentleman Sausage’ (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Yes, you read that correctly.

Belgian midfielder Sven Kums (fnarf fnarf!) opened the scoring for Heerenveen in their 4-1 away win over Utrecht by cannoning one in from the edge of the area with his mutton truncheon...

That name again, Sven Kums.

The Rest

Agudelo opens European scoring account in Utrecht loss

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It might have come in a losing effort, but Juan Agudelo has his first European goal.

Five days after setting up a game-tying equalizer vs. Ajax, Agudelo opened his European scoring account by netting FC Utrecht's lone goal in a 2-1 defeat to PEC Zwolle on Thursday.

A Brilliant Chip, Wrong Net

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Utrecht's Mike van der Hoorn somehow managed to chip the ball into the side netting during a clearance. His reaction was fairly subdued, of course, because when you're 3-0 down, what does another matter? Mike also has a discussion with the referee. Presumably he was attempting to bribe him to have it attributed to someone else.

Nijholt's agent says Fire working on deal for Dutch midfielder

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Earlier this morning, we reported that other sources had said FC Utrecht midfilder Gianluca Nijholt was currently on trial with the Chicago Fire.

After reaching out to Nijholt's agent Bart Baving, we received this response (it has been cleaned up slightly as it doesn't appear English is Baving's first language, but the full context remains):

"Spoke with Frank Klopas yesterday; Frank was very positive and wants to have him with the team.

The Sneijder Bros: Bravado is good!

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Jeffrey, Rodney and Wesley... The Sneijders...

There are three Sneijder brothers. Daddy did well. The oldest one, Jeffrey, started to play at DOS in Utrecht, like the younger two. But despite being talented, Jeff didn't want to invest his whole life. With Wes and Rod it's different. As we know.

Recap: Weekend Dutch action

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Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond moved closer to a playoff spot with a nervy win against Telstar while Jozy Altidore and AZ were on the wrong end of a drubbing at the hands of Utrecht.