NOS Football•Today, 16:55
The KNVB has appointed Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie as national knights. That happened on Sunday during a meeting for former internationals in Zeist, prior to the last group match in the Nations League in Amsterdam between the Netherlands and Belgium.
After honorary membership, the federal knighthood is the highest award that the football association has. Wesley Sneijder, with 134 international record international of the Dutch national team, was already appointed as a national knight four years ago.
“Both Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben have represented Dutch football in a characteristic way throughout their careers,” said Marianne van Leeuwen, director of professional football at the KNVB.
Dutch national team at the NOS
The Dutch national team will play against Belgium in the Nations League on Sunday at 8.45 pm. That match can be seen live on NPO1, NOS.nl and in the NOS app and can be followed via a live blog on NOS.nl and in the NOS app and can be heard on NPO Radio 1 in NOS Langs de Lijn.
Belgium must win by three goals if the Orange still wants to be knocked off the first place in the group.
“Not only because of the wonderful moments they have given football, but also because of the way in which they – each in their own way – have managed to leave their mark on sporting achievements. For a long period they have also been defining players for Orange , allowing an entire generation to grow up with them as football heroes.”
Career Robben and Van Persie
Robben played 96 games for the Orange squad and scored 37 times. Van Persie came to 102 international matches and is the all-time top scorer in the Netherlands with 50 goals.
Robben and Van Persie participated with the Orange squad in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. Robben was already part of the 2004 European Championship. Orange finished second at the 2010 World Cup and third at the 2014 World Cup.
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben receive the honorary title of Federal Knight
Until a few years ago, the federal knighthood was awarded to volunteers who had performed a heavy representation of their volunteer role for the football association for a long period of time.
Under the chairmanship of Michael van Praag, in the period from 2008 to 2019, there was more room to be nominated on the basis of a sporting achievement. Internationals can qualify for the award if there is a special merit for Dutch football over a long period of time. In addition, the way in which this role is fulfilled is examined.