13
Oct

Edgar Davids elbows opponent in the face, victim left needing skin graft

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He’s always been a little temperamental, but Edgar Davids has taken it another step this weekend.

Not one to hide from the limelight, Dutch maestro Davids joined struggling side Barnet, who languish in the lower echelons of English league football. He couldn’t save them from relegation that season but, to much surprise, remained with the club in his player-manager capacity.

In one of his not-so-finest moments however, Davids lost his cool during a 20-man brawl against Wrexham on Sunday.

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Deputizing at centerback, Davids — who insists his Barnet players call him “Mister”, and has ensured that he wears the no.1 shirt at the club — swung a wild elbow at former Liverpool defender Stephen Wright, leaving the victim needing a skin graft.

Despite a career littered with red cards, tough tackles and combative play, perhaps ‘Pitbull’ has gone a little too far this time.

10
Oct

#TBT: Clarence Seedorf’s thunderous strike at the Bernabeu

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Widely regarded as one of the most underrated Dutch footballers of all-time, Clarence Seedorf’s days with Real Madrid will always be remembered in a positive light, helping Los Blancos claim La Liga and Champions League crowns during his first three seasons with the club.

Yet for all of his time with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, the former Ajax and Netherlands standout can always fallback to his jaw-dropping golazo against Real rival Atletico Madrid during the 1997-98 campaign:

28
Sep

USMNT’s Aron Johansson scores superb match-winner vs PSV

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Aron Johansson was a relatively unknown commodity to most Americans when he declared his intention to play for the US men’s national team this summer. But now, Johansson is starting to raise more than a few eyebrows after getting off to a hot start to the season with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar (Jozy Altidore’s former club).

The Icelandic-American striker has already amassed eight goals in all competitions this season, the latest of which was this stunning, match-winning golazo against Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven:

Bet that’ll put a smile on Jurgen Klinsmann’s face.

H/T Big Lead

16
Aug

Training Ground Collision Leaves Dirk Kuyt a Mess

Dirk Kuyt must have legions of female fans across the world who appreciate his stunning good looks, but they might want to reconsider following a training ground run-in with Dutch teammate Jonathan De Guzman. And by run-in we mean it was like two derailed trains smashing into one another.

Training prior to the Dutch side’s friendly against Portugal this week, the players collided head-on during a drill, making both miss the friendly and perhaps even their club teams’ next match. Poor Dirk Kuyt looks like he came away from it a little worse:

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Ouch!

(Via: WAATP)

12
Jun

Wesley Sneijder scores heel flick golazo vs. China

Maybe Wesley Sneijder isn’t washed up yet after all. The Dutch star, who forced his way out of Inter but failed to impress for Galatasaray in the Champions League this season, rediscovered the swagger that made him one of the most skillful, feared midfielders in the world just a couple years ago. Look at that delightful back-heel!

2
Jun

Fight breaks out in One-Legged Soccer match

In a match involving one-legged soccer players from Belgium and the Netherlands, a large fight broke out after a Belgium player pulled a Dutch opponent to the ground by holding on to his one operational leg.

Players begin to charge at each other, crutches are swung, punches are thrown, but thankfully fans rush in to break up the skirmish before things can escalate any further.

Well, you don’t see that every day.

12
May

Mark van Bommel fittingly sent off in last game of career

Never has there been a more appropriate finish to a career than Mark van Bommel’s.

The Dutchman’s 20-year professional career came to a close after his PSV side fell to FC Twente 3-1. The tough midfielder, known for his strong tackles, received a red card in the 71st minute after a vicious challenge on Duasn Tadic’s ankle. It’s hard to imagine van Bommel’s exit from the game any other way — well, other than with a win.

We’re thankful this tackling machine left us with such an emphatic exclamation mark on a fantastic career.

9
May

16 fans hospitalized after eating space cake in corporate box

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In a seemingly ordinary Dutch Eredivisie match, home side ADO Den Haag picked up a 2-0 victory over Feyenoord. The real noteworthy event though, was happening upstairs.

Sixteen fans fell ill during the match, including the owner of the box, and passed out in the stands. Ambulances were called to the stadium and tests revealed that the fans had eaten space cake.

A club spokesman told the press they have no clue how these space cakes made it into the corporate box. An investigation is currently underway to find out how the marijuana got into the fans’ systems.

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1
Nov

Check out this well-thought of commercial from the Dutch federation promoting the acceptance of gay footballers, by also helping combat homophobia from the beautiful game. We couldn’t have said the message better ourselves.

Here’s the official mission statement from KNVB.

Big ups Dutch football!