By scoring a hat trick yesterday in a match against Hungary, Robin van Persie became the all-time top scorer of the Dutch national football team. His total is now 41 goals in 80 matches, Dutchnews reports.
The previous record holder was Patrick Kluivert who, being one of the assistant coaches of the Oranje yesterday, congratulated Van Persie after the second goal. Kluivert is now in second place with 40 goals in 79 matches. Two years ago AD still considered Klaas-Jan Huntelaar the most likely pretender to the crown. Van Persie had been a failure at the 2010 world championships in South Africa and in 2011 Huntelaar led the man from Rotterdam with 3 goals in the rankings. Huntelaar hasn’t played much since then whilst Van Persie racked up an impressive 8 goals in the 2014 world cup qualifiers
Both players were born in August 1983 and still have time to work on their personal bests. Huntelaar is now the one who faces the uphill battle though. Dennis Bergkamp was the record holder between 1998 (he took it in typical Bergkamp fashion with a quality goal) and 2003. Up to 1998 Faas Wilkes topped the list for an amazing 38 years and 243 days, nu.nl reports.
Hungary had to win the game to still have a shot at qualifying. The Netherlands were already through—coach Louis van Gaal used the match to experiment, fielding Vlaar and Bruma as central defenders . The Netherlands won the home game 8-1.
(Photo by Ronnie Macdonald, some rights reserved)
Tags: Dennis Bergkamp, Faas Wilkes, football, goals, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Oranje, Patrick Kluivert, record breaking, Robin van Persie, strikers
The biggest gathering of red heads in the world took place in Breda yesterday, netting the city on Noord-Brabant a fresh mention in the Guinness Book of Records.
Some 5,000 gingers from over 60 countries descended upon the city for its annual Red Head Day. To break the old record of most natural red heads gathered in a single enclosed space, Breda had to collect more than 892 of them. In the end 1,255 red haired people did the job. The old record was established in 2010.
Brabant’s cities seem to like these record attempts. In 2007 Tilburg set the world fire breathing record, and later that same Breda set the record for cola fountains.
RTL Nieuws has a couple of photos of the event.
(Link: De Stentor. Photo of last years visitors by Eddy Van 3000, some rights reserved)
Tags: Breda, gingers, Guinness Book of World Records, hair, record breaking, records, red, red heads
Croquette company Van Dobben has announced that it is going to make the world’s biggest croquette. The snack producer has also asked fans what they wanted as filling in it on their site grootstecroquet.nl. The 1,3-meter-long croquette weighs almost 250 kilos and has a circumference of more than 1,5 metres. It will be unveiled on Saturday 27 October, on the Thorbeckeplein in Amsterdam. Guess who will be giving a special performance for the occasion? Dries Roelvink of course!
Have a look at the making of as well.
Tags: croquette, Dries Roelvink, record breaking