Dutch World Cup news, 15 May 2006

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Van Basten plays the youth card

Van Basten plays the youth card

National coach Marco van Basten opted for youth before experience when he named the Dutch squad for the World Cup in Germany from 9 June to 9 July. Veterans Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Roy Makaay failed to make it into the final 23-man party, as did Ajax star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng didn't make the cut either.

The squad is as follows - Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax) and Henk Timmer (AZ Alkmaar).

Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (SV Hamburg), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), André Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Johnny Heitinga (Ajax).

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (Barcelona), Phillip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax) and Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg).

Forwards: Ryan Babel (Ajax), Dirk Kuijt (Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Robin van Persie (Arsenal, Arjen Robben (Chelsea) and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven).

Employers ban orange attire

Many Dutch companies have imposed a ban on the wearing of orange attire at the workplace during the World Cup, newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported on Monday. This has left many employees fearful they will lose their jobs if they use their clothes to show support for the Dutch side while at work. Employers organisation MKB Nederland said it was important for companies and workers to agree what is acceptable and what isn't.

Amsterdam to turn orange

Cafés, restaurants and shops in Amsterdam have been given special permission to deck out their windows with orange balloons, flags and other decorations for the World Cup. Amsterdam-Centrum district council announced on Monday it was waiving the usual requirement to apply for licences for the redecoration from 2 June to 10 July. Orange is the colour of the Dutch football team.

Drink orange beer for Holland

If it is up to event organiser Michel Schroten from Bornerbroek in Twente Province, Dutch football fans will be drinking orange beer during the World Cup. He has developed a beer dispenser that adds an orange colouring agent to the beer and the head. 

PM prepares for victory

Dutch prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has revealed he is prepared should the Netherlands win the World Cup in Germany. "I have surreptitiously taken account in my diary for 9 July in any case of that Orange [The Netherlands] becomes world champion," he said in newspaper 'AD'. Balkenende also revealed he is an avid fan of the Dutch side and always makes time to watch Dutch matches.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news + Dutch and the World Cup

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