Jaap Stam appointed Feyenoord coach starting in June
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam will take over as coach of Dutch club Feyenoord in June.
The Rotterdam club says Stam will succeed Giovanni van...
Koeman names 5 newcomers in his first Netherlands squad
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — New coach Ronald Koeman named five uncapped players in the Netherlands squad Friday for his first international in charge, signaling that he is going to shake up a team that failed to qualify for two consecutive major tournaments.
The newcomers in Koeman's 25-man squad include 18-year-old Ajax winger Justin Kluivert, the son of former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert, who also was 18 when he made his debut and went on to score 40 goals in 79 internationals.
Robin van Persie returns to struggling Feyenoord
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Robin van Persie is returning to struggling Dutch league champion Feyenoord, 14 years after leaving the Rotterdam club for a successful career overseas.
The 34-year-old Van Persie arrived on a free transfer from Turkish club Fenerbahce, signing an 18-month contract with the club where he played for the youth team and started his professional career.
Liverpool completes Champions League sweep for England
PARIS (AP) — England has become the first country to have five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League after Liverpool completed a sweep for Premier League clubs with a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Liverpool, which won Europe's top competition five times, clinched Group E after Philippe Coutinho secured his first hat trick for the club.
Pointless no more: Feyenoord beats Napoli 2-1 in CL
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Feyenoord finally secured its first points in its last game in Champions League Group F, rallying from a goal down to beat Napoli 2-1 on Wednesday.
It cost Napoli a berth in the knockout stage.
Napoli's defeat combined with Shakhtar Donestsk beating group winner Manchester City 2-1 to finish second, meant Napoli heads to the Europa League.
Insigne stunner helps Napoli beat Shakhtar 3-0 in CL
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Lorenzo Insigne showed again what Italy missed in its World Cup playoff as he scored a stunning goal to help Napoli beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 and keep alive its chances of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday.
Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens netted late as Napoli moved three points behind second-place Shakhtar with one match remaining in Group F.
Manchester City secured top spot by beating Feyenoord 1-0.
Sterling scores, City beats Feyenoord 1-0 to top CL group
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Raheem Sterling chipped in a late winner as Manchester City overcame an uncharacteristically sloppy display to beat Feyenoord 1-0 and clinch top spot in its Champions League group on Tuesday.
With Napoli beating second-place Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0, City would have already been assured of first place heading into the final round of matches in Group F.
Marlos brace leads Shakhtar to 3-1 victory over Feyenoord
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk stayed on track to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage by beating Feyenoord 3-1 in Kharkiv on Wednesday, consigning the Rotterdam club to its fourth consecutive defeat in the competition this season.
The result left Shakhtar with nine points, three behind Group F leader Manchester City, which continued its rich scoring form to win 4-2 at Napoli.
Ukraine police detain 52 for Champions League fan violence
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police say they have detained 52 people for fan violence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Dutch club Feyenoord.
Police say they arrived at a bar in the city of Kharkiv where "a conflict had occurred between Dutch and Ukrainian fans" and took 52 people to a police station for questioning.
Police say windows were broken and the interior of the bar was damaged.
Bernard brace leads Shakhtar over Feyenoord 2-1 in CL
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Bernard scored twice in leading 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk past Feyenoord 2-1 and solidifying the Ukrainian team's grip on second place in Group F of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Shakhtar's second group stage win left Feyenoord without a point following three straight defeats. Manchester City stayed on top after beating Napoli 2-1.
Bernard netted in the 24th and 54th minutes to cancel out a seventh-minute strike by Steven Berghuis.
Napoli president hopes players rested against Man City
ROME (AP) — Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis would like to see some key players rested against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with Inter Milan in Serie A.
"Those players that have been compiling a lot of minutes should be rested a bit in this match to keep them fresh," De Laurentiis told Monday's Gazzetta dello Sport. "The match with Inter is just as important."
Napoli beats Feyenoord 3-1 to get on the board in Group F
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Napoli bounced back from a poor start to its Champions League campaign with a convincing 3-1 win over Feyenoord on Tuesday.
Dries Mertens extended his red-hot form by scoring one goal and setting up another, while Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also found the net, and goalkeeper Pepe Reina saved a penalty.
Sofyan Amrabat pulled one back for Feyenoord in added time following a defensive error.
Ronaldo back with brace as Madrid, Man City, Spurs win in CL
After watching rival Lionel Messi score twice the night before, Cristiano Ronaldo did likewise for Real Madrid to open its bid for a third straight Champions League title with a 3-0 win over Cypriot club APOEL on Wednesday.
Messi helped Barcelona beat Juventus by the same score on Tuesday.
Harry Kane also chipped in two goals as Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley Stadium, while central defender John Stones surprised with two goals in Manchester City's 4-0 away rout of Feyenoord.
Man City spoils Feyenoord’s Champions League return 4-0
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Defender John Stones scored twice as Manchester City put on a display of swift-passing, attacking football to thrash Feyenoord 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
City did not manage an away win last season in the Champions League, but never looked like losing in De Kuip as it spoiled Feyenoord's return to the competition for the first time since 2002.
Monaco signs Dutch defender Terence Kongolo
MONACO (AP) — French champion Monaco has signed Dutch defender Terence Kongolo on a five-year deal.
The 23-year-old Kongolo came through the academy at Feyenoord, where he won the Dutch title this season.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. L'Equipe newspaper reported a transfer fee of about 13 million euros ($14.7 million).
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Captains of 12 Netherlands top-tier teams have asked the national soccer federation and league organizers to ban matches on artificial turf.
Dirk Kuyt of title-winning Feyenoord and Davy Klaassen of Ajax joined a protest by their national union known as the VVCS.
Kuyt, who announced his retirement this week, says: "I know for sure that due to artificial pitches Dutch football will fall further behind."
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dirk Kuyt, the veteran Feyenoord captain who led his team to its first Dutch league title in 18 years, is retiring.
The 36-year-old Kuyt, who returned to Rotterdam two years ago saying he wanted to win the league, told coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst of his decision early Wednesday.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Veteran captain Dirk Kuyt scored a hat trick Sunday as Feyenoord beat Heracles Almelo 3-1 to win its 15th Dutch Eredivisie title and the first in 18 long years for its fervent fans.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Feyenoord squandered a chance to win its first Dutch league title in 18 years Sunday when it slumped to a 3-0 defeat at fellow Rotterdam club Excelsior, sparking clashes between disappointed fans and riot police in the city center.
With second-placed Ajax beating Go Ahead Eagles 4-0, Feyenoord's lead at the top of the Eredivisie shrank to just a single point with one match to play.
Goal-line technology may have ended PSV’s Dutch title hopes
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — After PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet made the save, he made a costly mistake.
Zoet saved a close-range header from Feyenoord defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden, but after holding the ball up on the goal-line, he inexplicably dragged the ball back into his arms and into the goal, across the line by a hair's breadth. A screen on referee Bas Nijhuis' wrist lit up.
Danes lead the way in Dutch league at halfway stage
AMSTERDAM (AP) — In a year when the Netherlands missed the European Championship, it is not much of a surprise that few of the top players in the league play for the Dutch national team.
Two Danes have been the top players in the first half of the Dutch season.
Man United beats Zorya 2-0 to advance in Europa League
ODESSA, Ukraine (AP) — Manchester United won for the first time in 10 away games in Europe and advanced to the Europa League knockout stage by defeating Zorya Luhansk 2-0 on Thursday.
Another defeat and a Feyenoord win in the other Group A match, and United would have been eliminated.
But midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first goal for United to begin the second half ended the team's frustration, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came through at the end for his seventh goal in his last six matches.
Rooney leads Man United to 4-0 win with record-breaking goal
Wayne Rooney surpassed Ruud van Nistelrooy as Manchester United's all-time top scorer in European competitions on Thursday, leading the English club to a 4-0 win over Feyenoord and keeping it alive in the Europa League.
After scoring his 39th European goal in the 35th minute, Rooney also unselfishly set up Juan Mata in the 69th, leaving United on its way to an easy victory and in a good position to advance to the knockout rounds.
Reality check: Man United grounded by 2 straight losses
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's time for a reality check at Manchester United.
Four straight wins to start the season — one in the Community Shield and three in the English Premier League — saw new United manager Jose Mourinho cast by many as a savior of England's biggest club, which has slumped since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013.
Feyenoord downs Man United 1-0 as Europa League kicks off
Feyenoord stunned Manchester United 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday, handing the English giant a second loss in less than a week.
For Feyenoord, it was just more of the same - Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team has won all five of its Dutch league matches.
The win was not the only surprise on a night that featured the fastest league goal, a stunning comeback, and a shock defeat for a European powerhouse at the hands of a Europa League debutant.
Mourinho changes tune over Europa League importance
Jose Mourinho has changed his tune when it comes to the Europa League.
Nine months ago, when Mourinho was coaching a Chelsea side struggling for form, he was openly dismissive of the prospect of playing in Europe's second-tier competition, saying it was a "different level of competition for a different level of player and a different level of club. It is not good for a big club to go there and win it."
On Wednesday and now in charge of Manchester United, Mourinho was embracing it.
Feyenoord atop Eredivisie with perfect record after 4 rounds
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Veteran forward Dirk Kuyt scored twice as Feyenoord beat Excelsior 4-1 in a Rotterdam derby to go top of the Dutch Eredivisie after four rounds.
Feyenoord's victory Saturday and draws Sunday by both defending champion PSV Eindhoven and ADO The Hague means Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team has the league's only 100-percent record after four matches.