Douglas hopes to play for Holland
Brazilian defender Douglas Franco Teixeira has been given Dutch citizenship after following a year-long citizenship course. He says he wanted to become a Dutchman so that he had the same nationality as his wife and daughter, but he also hopes to play in the Dutch national team.
However, it remains to be seen whether Douglas, who plays for FC Twente, will be allowed to play in next year’s European Championships. FIFA rules stipulate that naturalised players have to be in the country for five years after reaching the age of 18 before being allowed to join the national team. The European Championships will be held in the summer of 2012, but it will be September before Douglas is eligible to come out for Holland.
He plans to apply for dispensation with the help of the Dutch footaball association KNVB. According to Dutch football magazine, Voetbal International, the dispensation procedure could take time, which means Douglas would be able to play for Holland in February or March 2012 at the earliest. He can however be invited to play in friendly games against other European teams.
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