Utrechts Wesley Sneijder bids farewell to the National Team

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Wesley Sneijder has said goodbye to the Dutch  team after his final game in the orange shirt. He ended on the winning side as they defeated Peru in Amsterdam 2-1.
Sneijder played in his final match for one hour as captain of the Dutch team. Then to loud applause he left the field just as Memphis Depay scored the equaliser.
About four hundred members of amateur club DHSC went by bus from Utrecht to the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. As a great gesture, Sneijder had made the tickets available for the amateur club from Ondiep, where he began his football journey.

DHSC chairman, Rob Kunder, sat in the stands with the Sneijder family. He still dreams of seeing Sneijder play in the blue shirt of DHSC again. In the meantime,  Sneijder does support the club financially as they hunt for a place in the First Division.

After he left the field in his 134th and final international match, Sneijder was embraced by all his teammates as he made his way to the dug out. The 40,000 fans sang his name in recognition of his efforts at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Sneijder made his international debut on April 30, 2004 in a  match against Portugal as a substitute for the Dutch national team. In his third international match, in the playoffs for the 2004 European Championships, Sneijder really came of age with a goal and four assists as he led the Dutch team 6-0 past Scotland to the European Championship in Portugal. The number 10 from then on became one of the leaders of the national team.

The KNVB has appointed Wesley Sneijder a Federal Knight. Dutch FA President Michael van Praag handed him the accompanying certificate after the friendly match. Sneijder also received a golden bowl on which all his international matches are mentioned.

Do you expect Sneijder to eve return to Utrecht to play football?

Should he have a street named after him in Utrecht?

What difference has he made to Dutch football?

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Image credit: TBWA\Busted, Sneijder crop, Dimensions , CC BY 2.0

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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