17
Jul

PSV plans stadium section for blind and visually impaired fans

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(Image: PSV Media)

PSV Eindhoven is taking fan hospitality to the next level.

The team’s home base, Philips Stadium, will now have a special section in the stands for visually impaired fans.

According to the press release, the section will have room for 20 fans with vision impairments.

The specialized seats will come with headsets that will broadcast game commentary so that fans can enjoy the atmosphere and still be able to follow the action on the pitch.

Th go-ahead for the season long project came after a successful trial during the PSV/FC Groningen match last year. If this season is a success, PSV will consider expanding the number of seats.

(h/t R/soccer)

22
Jun

Crazy Dutch fan gets Louis van Gaal, RvP tattooed on his back

It has been a terrific start to the 2014 World Cup by the Netherlands. So much so, that one super fan decided to take his love to the next level. 

Dutch-based singer Andre Pronk took the brave decision to get Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal tattooed on his back — perhaps prematurely. Just watch:

Mr. Pronk dropped into a Rotterdam tattoo shop to request the ink of the Oranje boss’ face — above the iconic image of RvP’s looping header against Spain:

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Netherlands have made a great start to the tournament in Brazil, but you can’t help think that these body stamps may come back to haunt him!

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(H/T: Metro)

16
Jun

Couple’s dream World Cup honeymoon to Brazil goes horribly wrong

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It’s an extreme case of miscommunication.

Australian newlyweds Orin and Melissa van Lingen planned the honeymoon of their dreams, heading to Brazil in time for the World Cup — or so they thought.

Turns out, due to a serious snafu with their travel agent, the couple landed in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador — not Salvador, Brazil where Friday’s Spain versus Holland World Cup game was being played.

They’re only about 3,000 miles apart.

On Friday, Melissa van Lingen told the Sunday Territorian, Darwin, Australia’s local paper, that they were devastated.

"The game we watched today was the one we had a ticket for, Spain versus Holland, but unfortunately we had to watch it on TV — in a different country," she said. "The hardest part was seeing my husband’s face — it was heartbreaking."

The travel agency responsible for the mix-up says they are working to get the couple’s honeymoon back on track.

(h/t New York Daily News)

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1
Jun

Wesley Sneijder pantsed Sulley Muntari after Netherlands-Ghana friendly

Wesley Sneijder and Sulley Muntari were teammates for four years at Inter Milan, even winning a Champions League title together in 2010. So after their two national teams faced off in a World cup warm-up match on Saturday, Sneijder sought Muntari out and played a little trick on his old friend - sneaking up behind him and yanking his shorts down.

Boys will be boys!

H/T Reddit

12
Oct

Record breaker! Van Persie overtakes Dutch legend Kluivert

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(Photo: Getty Images)

Oranjeboom! Robin van Persie became the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer by scoring a hat-trick in the 8-1 annihilation of Hungary in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. Those three goals gave him 41 in an Oranje shirt,so who better to celebrate with than the man whose record you’ve just equaled?

Van Persie leapt into the awaiting arms of the Netherlands’ assistant manager Patrick Kluivert when he drew level with the former Dutch striker’s record of 40 goals with a great header from Arjen Robben’s cross to give his side a 4-0 lead. 

Van Persie then went one better when he latched on to Robben’s cushioned header for his third. This time RVP decided to celebrate with his teammates and leave PK to look on in admiration.     

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!

11
May

Trecker’s Travels, Day Seven: Camden Town

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By: Jamie Trecker

CAMDEN TOWN, LONDON

American English is a funny thing. In most places the phrase “day off” means a nice picnic with the family. For a writer, a “day off” means go out and find something to write about, and be quick about it.

So, I found myself in markets, in Camden Town.

Much to my partner’s jealousy, I rented a flat above a comic book shop in the neighborhood, and showed up thinking it was the Camden Town of my youth. There’s a legendary rock club here, the Electric Ballroom, where I once saw the Dead Kennedys, and the area has long been known for art and music. At least it used to be.

Today, it is an area of London that most folks would call “alternative” while using air quotes. It has become a magnet for tourists and the Hot Topic crowd, all of whom have turned up to see where Slade and Sex Pistols once played. It’s also quite vibrant, and so crowded that they have to shut off the Tube stop for safety reasons on Sundays. Buskers of all stripes still line the streets – you can hear everything from folk to death metal in a two-block journey – and stalls hawking clothing and boots both sides of the avenue.

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