As part of the National Football Day, the players wear the uniform of their first amateur club. For example, the colors of VV Moordrecht (Memphis), AFC (Blind), EVV Eindhoven (Gakpo), NEO (Weghorst), ASV Arkel (De Jong), HVV De Zebras (Davy Klaassen), FC Abcoude (Matthijs de Ligt) appeared. ), DVSU (Jurriën Timber), FC Vlotbrug (Jerdy Schouten) and Overmaas (Tyrell Malacia) in Zeist. The hardest part was getting Noa Lang to participate in this day, because his club RSV HION was already dissolved in 2010.
,,It was fantastic”, said Denzel Dumfries, who played for VV Smitshoek as a child. “It looked very colorful. All those shirts together. It was funny when we got to breakfast that everyone started looking at each other’s shirts. It is wonderful that the amateur clubs are put in the spotlight like this.”
Dumfries even kissed the emblem of VV Smitshoek. “The boys thought the decal looked nice, so I gave it a kiss. It wasn’t very long ago for me. I’ve been to three amateur clubs. The best memory is that you pack your bag full of tension, cycle to the club and play football freely,” said Dumfries, who only went to a professional club late, but secretly always dreamed of the Dutch national team. “That was already there, yes. That’s why I played in orange.”
The players of Orange wear the shirt of their former amateur club on National Football Day.
The colorful uniforms were only used for the warm-up. Then it continued in the usual training kit. All Orange-internationals were present on the training field for the final training for Poland at home tomorrow in De Kuip. It is expected that national coach Louis van Gaal will again broadly opt for the team that played against Belgium for the Nations League match against Lewandowski and Co, but then of course without Virgil van Dijk. The captain has been given a holiday after the game in Brussels because he has had such an intensive season with his club Liverpool.
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The Nations League match with Poland starts on Saturday at 8.45 pm. The Netherlands is the leader in the group after winning twice. The Poles won against Wales, but then went down hard against Belgium (6-1).
Matthijs de Ligt
De Ligt was just part of the party. The Juventus defender was replaced as a precaution in the final phase of the won away game against Wales in Cardiff (1-2) on Wednesday evening due to minor groin complaints.
Louis van Gaal revealed after the game that he planned to start with De Ligt against Poland. “But then of course he has to be completely fit,” said the national coach. “I don’t want to overload him.”
After two away matches against Belgium (1-4) and Wales (1-2), the Orange is still without points loss. Poland defeated the second choice of Wales (2-1) and lost hard at Belgium (6-1 on Wednesday).
It seems that Poland will not start with the strongest possible basic formation. National coach Czeslaw Michniewicz told Polish reporters on Friday that star player Robert Lewandowski needs rest. Poland will play against Belgium in front of its own audience on Tuesday. Michniewicz thinks it is important that the Bayern Munich striker is at the kick-off.