Category archives for: Sports

Column: Senseless Violence


Soccer, or voetbal (football) as it is called in The Netherlands is without a doubt the most popular Dutch national pastime. The achievements of both club teams and the national squad in international competitions and tournaments are admirable, especially taking into account the size of the country and its population. Holland competes on a par […]

Infobox: Why is Bosch wearing a scarf?

Jheronimus Bosch with palette and brushes. The scarf is a recent addition. (Photo: Hans Westbeek)

Traditionally the statue of Jheronimus Bosch is adorned with a scarf in the city’s colors (red, white and yellow) during the widely celebrated pre-Lent carnival. In June of 2011 supporters of local soccer club FC Den Bosch put a scarf with their blue and white team colors around the painter’s neck, to draw attention to […]

Column: Water, wind and ice


In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy we would like to let all our readers who were affected by the storm know that our thoughts have been with them, and still are. From our safe west coast location we followed the forecasts, saw the waters rise as we watched the news from minute to minute and […]

Poem: May on the ice

Photo: Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

May on the ice By Pieter Jelles Troelstra (1860 – 1930)   Although spring gives lots of pleasure, Winter’s also dear to me; When I see you, pretty, sprightly, When your fired up eyes I see.   Breezing o’er the frozen surface, With your sweetheart: oh so nice! When the trees are bare and naked […]

Infobox: Febo and Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff with a young fan in a Febo outlet (Photo: Collection Febo)

Ask people around the world to mention someone famous from The Netherlands and, if they can, many will come up with the name of Johan Cruyff. No, not Vincent van Gogh or Rembrandt, but Cruyff. He is considered one of the best soccer players ever. Cruyff won a lot of prizes with Ajax Amsterdam, the […]

Died: Jan van Beveren (1948 – 2011)


Dutch immigrants have come across the ocean for many reasons over the past few centuries, but being bullied by a Dutch Soccer legend must class as one of the more peculiar ones. Still that is what people say brought Jan van Beveren first to Florida to play for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and then on […]