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Ajax trains against Almir City one day after Johan Cruyff’s scale
4.31 pm: In the run-up to the start of the competition, Ajax is also training against Al-Mare City FC. The first player of the first division will be on Sunday 31 July, the day after the match between the Amsterdam team on the Johan Cruyff scale against the opponents PSV Eindhoven in Almere.
The competition for the National Champion begins the following weekend with an away match against Fortuna Sittard on Saturday.
Volleyball players lose in Bulgarian Nations League
4.31 pm: Dutch volleyball players lost to low-ranked Bulgaria in the Nations League and thus have not yet qualified for the quarter-finals. National coach Roberto Piazza’s team started strong by winning the first set, but the next three lost: 25-22 16-25 21-25 21-25. On Saturday, the Orange team will play host country Poland in Gdansk, Italy, on Sunday.
In the fourth set, the orange managed to come back from a huge deficit, but the Bulgarians turned out to be stronger in the final stage.
The Orange team has won the previous three matches in the Nations League. Volleyball players rose to seventh place in the group of sixteen.
Former England international Wilshere (30) has stopped playing football
2:05 pm: Former England international Jack Wilshere has decided to stop playing football, he reported via Twitter. The 30-year-old midfielder, who has been particularly successful in his time with top club Arsenal, recently played for Aarhus GF of Denmark.
Wilshere played for England in the World Cup and played his last international match in the European Championship in 2016. With Arsenal, he played 197 matches and won the FA Cup twice.
Wilshere had many problems with injuries in his career. “It was hard to accept that my career had been deteriorating lately because of things I had no control over,” the Briton said in a statement. “But despite the difficult moments, I look back on my career with pride.”
Kipchoge marathon runner starts again in Berlin after four years
11:59 AM: Prominent runner 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 broke the world record at 2.01.39. This still stands.
Kipchoge describes the course in Berlin as the fastest in the world. “It’s a place where people can show that they can 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 42.195km run, in March, Kipchoge reached 2.02.40 in Tokyo. This is the fourth fastest time ever.
The Dutch Open is sticking to spring
11.15 amThe Dutch Open golf tournament will be held again next year in the spring. The organization stated that the transition to the end of May went well. Until last year, the Dutch Open was always in September.
“Maybe everyone this year should have gotten used to the new date in the spring, but it turned out to be a huge success,” tournament director Dan Slaughter says. “It has also enabled us to become a qualifying event for the US Open and the US Open. A tribute to the quality and history of the Dutch Open.”
Next year’s 103rd edition of the Dutch Open will take place from May 25-28, again at Bernardus Golf Course in Krumwirt.
Second-team runners at the Nations Cup in Cali
9.33 amThe Dutch national team runners finished second in the Nations Cup in Cali, Colombia. Hetty van de Wu, Chan Braspinks and Lauren van Rijen all failed to face China in the final: 47,265 to 47,144.
The bronze medal went to the French teams, who were faster than the Colombian women.
Dutch men did not participate in the Nations Cup in Cali.
American football players can defend the title in the World Cup
7:37 AMAmerican football players can defend their world title next year. The 2019 world champions beat Jamaica 5-0 on Thursday in the qualifiers. Because Mexico lost 3-0 to Haiti, the United States is already certain of its place in the world title fight.
Sophia Smith scored two goals in the early stages of the match. After the break, Rose Lavelle, Christy Moyes and Trinity Rodman were also accurate.
American football players hope to win the world title for the third time in a row in Australia and New Zealand next year. In 2019, the Netherlands was the opponent in the final. Then it became 2-0.
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