August 4th, 2008

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RUUD CANNA BEAR TO BE ON DUTCH TEAM WITHOUT VDS

Van Nistelrooy quits Dutch set-up

Real Madrid's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has announced his retirement from international football.

"After studying the schedule of Madrid and the Dutch team I realised playing for both would mean too tough a load for me," said the 32-year-old.

Van Nistelrooy won the first of his 64 caps in 1998 and is the team's third highest all-time scorer with 33 goals.

He missed Euro 2000 through injury but played and scored at Euro 2004 and 2008 and also the 2006 World Cup.

His decision came as a surprise to new national team coach Bert van Marwijk, who succeeded Marco van Basten as national team coach on 1 July.

"I had a comprehensive conversation with Ruud and I can do nothing else but respect his decision," said van Marwijk.

"I regret it that I can't use his quality and experience when I compose my squad but I wish him all the best at Real Madrid."


from BBC Sport



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DUTCH MONDAY - VAN DER VAART IS WORTH A BUNCH OF EUROS AT REAL MADRID



Van der Vaart makes Madrid move to join his Dutch butt buddies

Real Madrid CF have signed Netherlands playmaker Rafael van der Vaart from Hamburger SV for a reported fee of €13m.

Dutch contingent
The 25-year-old has agreed a contract running until 2013 with the Spanish champions having spent three seasons at Hamburg since his departure from AFC Ajax. Capped 58 times, Van der Vaart will link up with international team-mates Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder as well as with compatriot Royston Drenthe at Madrid.

'Dream come true'
"Real are one of the biggest clubs in the world and it's a dream come true to play for this team," Van der Vaart said. "I want to play lots of matches for Madrid and to become an important part of the side." His arrival is a boost for the Santiago Bernabéu club with Sneijder having been ruled out for three months with a knee injury, sidelining him for the start of the UEFA Champions League group stage. Hamburg will compete in the UEFA Cup first round.

[UEFA.com]

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DUTCH MONDAY: MORE BAD NEWS, THIS TIME FOR REAL MADRID



WESLEY SNEIJDER IS HURT, POOR BB
Madrid's Sneijder suffers serious knee injury


Real Madrid's Wesley Sneijder suffered a serious knee injury during a pre-season loss to Arsenal on Sunday, according to the Spanish club.

The Dutch midfielder had only been on the field for 16 minutes when he went down after a challenge by Arsenal's Abou Diaby. He was in visible pain and was taken off the field on a stretcher.

According to Spanish media, Sneijder could be out for six months three months.

"It's serious and it's the worst news we could get. He has, at the very least, torn his internal ligament. He is very upset, crying because it is a serious problem and very painful," Madrid president Ramon Calderon was quoted as saying by Spanish news agency Efe.

Calderon reportedly said the club was "very annoyed" by the injury.

"Right now it's very difficult," manager Bernd Schuster said. "He's in a lot of pain. They've got to do a lot of tests and right now it doesn't look good."

The 24-year-old was preparing to start his second season with Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup against Valencia on August 17.

The club is then set to defend its league title against Deportivo La Coruna at the end of August.

Madrid is reportedly finalizing a deal with Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, who is contracted to Hamburg until 2010.

Sneijder's absence could increase Madrid's desire to sign Van der Vaart, but the clubs have yet to agree on financial terms.
OLD NEWS, CBC.CA

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