Robin van Persie celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Manchester United fret over double-injury blow to striker Robin van Persie after he picks up individual toe and groin knocks

The striker will play no part in the Netherlands' international friendlies against Chile and Germany after he was deemed unfit to compete

Christian Eriksen

Transfer talk: Liverpool target Christian Eriksen told he can leave Ajax for Premier League

Coach Frank de Boer admits he will not stand in the way of Eriksen if he wants a move to England

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McClaren saved his career in the Netherlands after accepting the challenge to manage abroad for the first time in his career at Twente

Richard Nieuwenhuizen's life support machine was switched off on Monday afternoon

Richard Nieuwenhuizen death: Six teenagers and 50-year-old father convicted of manslaughter in shocking case of referee killed over a game of football

Death of official who was volunteering at his son's junior club match shocked the Netherlands

Luis Suarez masks on sale outside Anfield

James Lawton: Been there, got the T-shirt... beware the Anfield myopia over the Luis Suarez bite

Forget the 'Inner Chimp' theory, Luis Suarez's behaviour is incorrigible

From success and redemption abroad to disappointment: Steve McClaren leaves Twente

McClaren led Dutch club to the league title for the first time in their history in 2010

Video: Dutch international Jeremain Lens in trouble after tunnel fight with Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen

The KNVB (Dutch FA) will investigate PSV Eindhoven striker Jeremain Lens over an incident in the tunnel with Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen after Sunday’s top-flight game.

Jozy Altidore in action for AZ Alkmaar against FC Den Bosch

'Pray for them': US international Jozy Altidore suffers racist abuse in Dutch Cup game

American praised for dignified and eloquent response to racial abuse

Blackburn's friendly against Dutch side NEC Nijmegen cancelled for fear of football violence

Blackburn's pre-season friendly with Dutch club NEC Nijmegen scheduled for this afternoon has been cancelled due to the threat of fan violence.

Between the Covers - 21/07/12

Commiserations to Canongate, the Edinburgh-based publisher of authors including Alasdair Gray, Barack Obama and Julian Assange, whose staff have been suffering seagull attacks.

It is the second spell as national coach for Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal ready for second spell as Netherlands coach

Louis van Gaal has been appointed Netherlands coach until the 2014 World Cup, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced last night.

Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa complete deal for Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa have signed midfielder Karim El Ahmadi from Feyenoord on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The Netherlands pictured training in Krakow

Uefa acknowledge 'isolated incidents' of racist chanting aimed at Netherlands players

UEFA today vowed to crack down on racism at the European Championship after they and the Dutch Football Association acknowledged Holland's black players were abused during a training session in Krakow.

Romain Amalfitano will join from Reims

Amalfitano becomes the Magpies' latest French connection

Newcastle United took the latest step in their successful French revolution yesterday when Romain Amalfitano arrived in the North-east to finalise a three-year contract. The Stade de Reims midfielder agreed in principle to move to Newcastle in February, and he returned to their Benton training ground to push through his transfer from the French side, who have just won promotion to Ligue 1.

Fred Rutten during his last game in charge of PSV against NAC Breda

Phillip Cocu replaces Fred Rutten at PSV Eindhoven

PSV Eindhoven have sacked coach Fred Rutten following poor recent form which has threatened their title hopes.

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