At Least Three Reportedly Killed At Dutch Monster Truck Event

A driver crashed his monster truck into attendees of an automative exhibition, according to multiple Dutch media reports. At least three people are dead, one might be a child, and dozens of other adults and children are injured. » 9/28/14 12:48pm 9/28/14 12:48pm

Irish Comedy Show Pokes Fun At Brazil-Netherlands Match With "Highlight"

Après Match is a comedy show on Irish station RTÉ that mocks various soccer commentators from Ireland and Great Britain. (Here's more of their stuff; it's amusing!) Yesterday, the crew found their "Great Dutch Play" from the third-place World Cup match between Brazil and the Netherlands, and the highlight got… » 7/13/14 2:00pm 7/13/14 2:00pm

Match Mercifully Ends; Netherlands Beat Brazil 3-0

We know, lady. We know. This...this was not a good match. The Netherlands took out what little air was in this match almost immediately and then tacked on a meaningless third goal in added time, which we're not even bothering to GIF because, fuck it, this was a game for third place. Good news, Netherlands! You came in… » 7/12/14 6:15pm 7/12/14 6:15pm

Netherlands Take Early 2-0 Lead Over Brazil

For a team whose coach wanted absolutely nothing to do with this glorified exhibition match, the Dutch have come out firing. A streaking Robben earned an early penalty in the second minute when Thiago Silva yanked his shoulder as he galloped toward the goal. Robin van Persie confidently hit the top corner to give the… » 7/12/14 4:48pm 7/12/14 4:48pm

Blocked Dutch Penalty Almost Trickles In While Goalkeeper Celebrates

Oh man. Oh man, oh man, oh man. This would have been such a ridiculous thing. Sergio Romero made two saves in Argentina's win over the Netherlands and this is the first one, on the day's first attempt, from Ron Vlaar. In this video first flagged by Slate, we see another angle that shows Romero making the initial… » 7/12/14 12:00pm 7/12/14 12:00pm

How The World's Best Player Finally Won Over His Home Country

If there was one defining moment to memorialize what might be the tournament that solidifies Lionel Messi's place as the greatest soccer player of all time, it was the few seconds after he scored the game-winning goal in Argentina's first group stage match. The shot itself was a sign of what was to come—not just the… » 7/10/14 3:34pm 7/10/14 3:34pm

Argentina's Javier Mascherano Says He Tore His Anus Against The Dutch

Javier Mascherano did not have a pleasant Wednesday. In Argentina's match against the Netherlands, not only did Mascherano take a hit to the head, but he says he suffered another painful injury while defending a shot by Arjen Robben. » 7/10/14 12:55pm 7/10/14 12:55pm

Argentine Player Hit In The Head, Stumbles And Falls, Stays In The Game

Argentina's Javier Mascherano couldn't even stand up after clashing heads with a Dutch player. He was taken off the pitch for only a couple moments—concussion protocol!—before returning. » 7/09/14 4:45pm 7/09/14 4:45pm

Do We Believe The Netherlands Yet?

Louis van Gaal is as arrogant as they come. In this World Cup—as has been the case throughout most of van Gaal's career—the results have followed suit. » 7/09/14 3:10pm 7/09/14 3:10pm

Netherlands Beat Costa Rica On Penalties

Tim Krul replaced Jasper Cillessen at the end of extra time for penalties and made two saves, the last one on Michael Umaña above. Every man who took a shot for the Netherlands scored and they won 4-3. » 7/05/14 6:55pm 7/05/14 6:55pm

Robben Almost Strikes Again; Netherlands And Costa Rica Go To Extra Time

Robben went down very easily on this run—though perhaps he took a tiny shot to the pelotas?—and earned the Netherlands a free kick late in the game. Costa Rica were immediately unimpressed and called it a dive, but the ref showed yellow, anyway. Wesley Sneijder stepped up to take the shot and blasted it off the… » 7/05/14 6:02pm 7/05/14 6:02pm

Your Netherlands-Costa Rica Open Thread

Here it is, the quarterfinal match-up that looked the most predictable going in, which probably means Costa Rica breeze past the Netherlands into the next round, 3-0. Either way, talk about it here. » 7/05/14 3:57pm 7/05/14 3:57pm

The Quietly Audacious Summer Of The Netherlands

Amsterdam is a city so prone to stereotypes it's hard to tell, from a distance, if it's a real place or if it's a kind of strange social construct, existing only in our collective memory. Until you visit, you're not quite sure, because everybody has an opinion on Amsterdam; they know what it's like, never mind if… » 7/05/14 3:28pm 7/05/14 3:28pm

If You're Going To Scream At Arjen Robben For Diving, First Make Sure…

Here's a shirtless fan (with a carved "Y" of chest hair) verbally abusing Robin Van Persie as he leaves the Dutch hotel, yelling "cheater" and making diving pantomimes. Why? He thinks it's Arjen Robben. All Dutch people must look alike. » 7/03/14 12:45pm 7/03/14 12:45pm

Arjen Robben Apologizes For His Dive (But Not That Dive)

Arjen Robben blatantly dove multiple times in the Netherlands' comeback win over Mexico. He was also fouled multiple times. These happenings were not necessarily concurrent, though on certain plays they were, and they appeared to be on the final, fatal penalty call in the box. That's an unsatisfying summation of… » 6/30/14 9:04am 6/30/14 9:04am

Netherlands Break Mexico Hearts With Late Goal, Penalty

Mexico were minutes from advancing to the quarterfinals before Wesley Sneijder hammered home a corner rebound and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted a stoppage-time penalty to beat El Tri 2-1. » 6/29/14 2:04pm 6/29/14 2:04pm

Your Netherlands-Chile And Australia-Spain Open Thread

It's getting kind of hectic starting today, with four games a day, two at a time for the rest of the group stage. Thanks, Germany. Here's your place to talk about the early games. » 6/23/14 11:56am 6/23/14 11:56am

What Tim Cahill's Wondergoal Sounded Like In Australia

Australia's national broadcaster SBS gave us a treat yesterday: an inset of announcer Craig Foster going nuts on Tim Cahill's outstanding equalizer against Netherlands yesterday. Australia had a lot to cheer for at the moment, but so did Chile and the other countries who scored goals on Wednesday. Here's all of them,… » 6/19/14 12:20pm 6/19/14 12:20pm