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Ajax training against Almere City FC after Johan Cruyff goal
4.31 pm: Ahead of the start of the tournament, Ajax also practice against Almere City FC. The first divisionist face off in Almere on Sunday 31 July, a day after the game against PSV for the Johan Cruijff scale from Amsterdam.
The race for the national title begins next weekend with a game against Fortuna Sittard.
Bulgaria’s volleyball players fail in the Nations League
4.31 pm: The Dutch volleyball players lost to low-ranked Bulgaria in the Nations League, so they have yet to qualify for the quarter-finals. National coach Roberto Piazza’s team started strong by winning the first set, but lost the next three: 25-22 16-25 21-25 21-25. On Saturday, the Orange will play host nation Poland on Sunday in Gdansk, Italy.
In the fourth set, the Orange managed to recover from an even bigger deficit, but the Bulgarians became stronger in the final stages.
Orange had won their previous three games in the Nations League. The volleyball players rose to seventh place in the group of sixteen.
Former England player Wilshere (30) has stopped playing football
2:05 pm: Former England player Jack Wilshere has decided to stop playing football, he said via Twitter. The 30-year-old midfielder has been particularly successful during his time at top club Arsenal, most recently playing for Aarhus GF from Denmark.
Wilshere played for England at the World Cup and played his last international match at the European Championships in 2016. With Arsenal, he played 197 games and won the FA Cup twice.
Wilshere has had many problems with injuries in his career. “It’s been hard to accept that my career has been declining lately because of reasons I had no control over,” Britton said in a statement. “But despite the difficult moments, I look back on my life with pride.”
Marathon runner Kipchoge starts again in Berlin after four years
11:59 am: Great athlete Eliud Kipchoge will run the Berlin Marathon again in September after four years. In his last appearance in the German capital, the 37-year-old Kenyan set a world record of 2.01.39. It still stands.
Kipchoge calls the course in Berlin the fastest in the world. “It’s a place where people can show their ability to push boundaries.” The Kenyan has won fourteen of the sixteen marathons he has run in his career, including the Rio and Tokyo Olympics.
In his last appearance at 42.195 kilometers, in March, Kipzoge achieved 2.02.40 in Tokyo. That is the fourth fastest time.
The organization stuck to the Dutch Open in the spring
11.15 am: The Dutch Open golf tournament will be held again next spring. The move to the end of May went well, the organization said. Until last year, the Dutch Open was always held in September.
“Everyone may have had to get used to the new date in the spring this year, but it turned out to be a huge success,” says tournament director Dan Slueter. “It helped us qualify for The Open and the US Open. A tribute to the quality and history of the Dutch Open.”
The 103rd edition of the Dutch Open will be held from May 25 to 28 next year, again at the Bernardus Golf Course in Cromvoort.
The sprinters team finished second at the Nations Cup in Galle
9.33 am: The Dutch team sprinters finished second at the Nations Cup in Cali, Colombia. Hetty van de Vuw, Shane Prospenincks and Lauryn van Rysen fell to China 47.265 – 47.144 in the final.
The bronze medal went to the runners of the French team who were faster than the Colombian women.
The Dutch men did not participate in the Nations Cup in Galle.
American soccer players can defend their title in the World Cup
07:37 hrs: American soccer players could defend their world title next year. 2019 World Champions Jamaica 5-0 in a qualifier on Thursday. With Mexico’s 3-0 loss to Haiti, the U.S. is already guaranteed a spot in the World Cup.
Sophia Smith scored two goals in the early stages of the game. After the break, Rose Lavelle, Christy Mewis and Trinity Rodman were also on target.
American soccer players are hoping to win a third consecutive world championship next year in Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, the Netherlands were the opponents in the final. Then it became 2-0.
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