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The Dutch in Sports - Hear the Names

schaatsen
wielrennen
zwemmen
voetbal
hear

skating
bicycling
swimming
soccer

Sports Words

De Elfstedentocht
Bicycling
Soccer

Speed Skating

Jaap Eeden
Kees Broekman
Jan Pesman
Peter Nottet
hear

Carry Geijssen
Ans Schut
Kees Verkerk
Ard Schenk
hear

Atje Keulen-Deelstra
Stien Kaiser
Jan Bols
hear

[skates]
schaatsen click to hear
Piet Kleine
Hans van Helden
Annie Borckink
Ria Visser
hear

Lieuwe de Boer
Hilbert van der Duim
Yvonne van Gennip
Jan Ykema
hear

Leo Visser
Gerard Kemkers
Bart Veldkamp
Falko Zandstra
hear
Marianne Timmer
Gianni Romme
Ids Postma
Gretha Smit
hear

Jochem Uytdehaaghe
Gerard van Velde
Ireen Wüst
Renate Groenewold
hear

Erben Wennemars
Sven Kramer
Bob de Jong
Carl Verheijen
hear
Mark Tuitert
Rintje Ritsma
hear

The Dutch Team at The 2006 Turin Winter Olympics

Annette Gerritsen
Marianne Timmer
Paulien van Deutekom
Barbara de Loor
hear

Ireen Wüst*
Renate Groenewold
Moniek Kleinsman
hear

Carien Kleibeuker
Gretha Smit
hear - take 2
Jan Bos
Beorn* Nijenhuis
Erben Wennemars
Stefan Groothuis
hear

Niels Kerstholt
Sven* Kramer
Simon Kuipers
Bob de Jong
hear

Carl* Verheijen
Mark Tuitert
Rintje Ritsma
Liesbeth Mau Asam*
hear
Cees Juffermans
Ilse* Broeders
Eline Jurg
hear - take 2

Kity* van Haperen
Jeanette* Pennings
Urta Rozenstruik
Nicolien Sauerbreij*
Cheryl* Maas
hear

Arend Glas
Sybren Jansma
Arno Klaassen
Vincent Kortebeek
Cesar* Gonsalez*
hear
Erben Wennemars
Jan Bos
Bob de Jong
Carl Verheijen
hear
* - Some of the names are (to the best of my knowledge) not traditional Dutch and do not follow Dutch spelling and pronunciation rules.

Wikipedia Page where I found some of the names

2002 Olympic Speed Skating Records (Men)

Jochem Uytdehaage 5000m
Gerard van Velde 1000m
hear

The Dutch Team at The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Speed Skating: Men
Jan Bos click to hear 2
Jan Blokhuijsen click to hear
Stefan Groothuis click to hear 2
Bob de Jong click to hear 2
Arjen van der Kieft click to hear
Sven Kramer click to hear
Simon Kuipers click to hear 2
Ronald Mulder click to hear 2
Jan Smeekens click to hear 2
Mark Tuitert click to hear
Speed Skating: Women
Margot Boer click to hear 2
Annette Gerritsen click to hear 2
Renate Groenewold click to hear
Thijsje Oenema click to hear 2
Laurine van Riessen click to hear
Diane Valkenburg click to hear
Jorien Voorhuis click to hear
Elma de Vries click to hear 2
Ireen Wüst click to hear
Shorttrack: Women
Annita van Doorn click to hear 2
Liesbeth Mau-Asam click to hear
Jorien ter Mors click to hear 2
Maaike Vos click to hear
Sanne van Kerkhof click to hear 2

Shorttrack: Men
Sjinkie Knegt click to hear 2
Niels Kerstholt click to hear 2
Bobsled: Men
Edwin van Calker click to hear 2
Arnold van Calker click to hear 2
Sybren Jansma click to hear
Timothy Beck click to hear 2
Arno Klaassen click to hear 2
Bobsled: Women
Esmé Kamphuis click to hear 2
Tine Veenstra click to hear
Urta Rozenstruik click to hear
Snowboard:
Nicolien Sauerbreij click to hear 2
Dolf van der Wal click to hear

Former champion and olympic medal winner Marianne Timmer click to hear unfortunately was injured in a December 2009 match.

[a house]
the house
- 2 - 3
As you may have guessed, Dutch huis click to hear means 'house.'

Vancouver was named after Captain Cook's lieutenant George Vancouver, who was the first to put the area on a reliable map; the Vancouver family was English, but may originally have come from (van click to hear) the Dutch city of Coevorden click to hear 2 - Van Coevorden click to hear 2

Marrit Leenstra click to hear 2
Wouter olde Heuvel click to hear 2
Bob de Vries click to hear 2

The Dutch Team at The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Speed Skating Women
Lotte van Beek click to hear 2
Margot Boer click to hear 2
Antoinette de Jong click to hear 2
Carien Kleibeuker click to hear 2 3
Marrit Leenstra click to hear 2
Jorien ter Mors click to hear 2 3
Yvonne Nauta click to hear 2
Laurine van Riessen click to hear
Annouk van der Weijden click to hear 2
Ireen Wüst click to hear
Speed Skating Men
Jorrit Bergsma click to hear 2
Jan Blokhuijsen click to hear
Stefan Groothuis click to hear 2
Bob de Jong click to hear 2
Sven Kramer click to hear
Michel Mulder click to hear 2
Ronald Mulder click to hear 2
Jan Smeekens click to hear 2
Mark Tuitert click to hear
Koen Verweij click to hear 2
Shorttrack Women
Sanne van Kerkhof click to hear 2
Yara van Kerkhof click to hear 2
Jorien ter Mors click to hear 2 3
Lara van Ruijven click to hear 2
Rianne de Vries click to hear 2

Shorttrack Men
Christiaan Bökkerink click to hear 2
Daan Breeuwsma click to hear 2
Niels Kerstholt click to hear 2
Sjinkie Knegt click to hear 2
Freek van der Wart click to hear

Bobsled Women
Melissa Boekelman click to hear 2
Esmé Kamphuis click to hear 2
Judith Vis click to hear

Bobsled Men
Edwin van Calker click to hear 2
Yannick Greiner click to hear 2
Sybren Jansma click to hear
Arno Klaassen click to hear
Bror van der Zijde click to hear 2

Snowboard Women
Bell Berghuis click to hear
Michelle Dekker click to hear 2
Cheryl Maas click to hear
Nicolien Sauerbreij click to hear 2

Snowboard Men
Dimi de Jong click to hear 2 3
Dolf van der Wal click to hear 2

source: Nederlands Olympisch Comité (Dutch Olympics Committee) www.nocnsf.nl

Little words like 'van' and 'de' in Dutch names are not capitalized after a first name or an initial.
More Pronunciation Help: AU/OU click to hear - EI/IJ (EIJ) click to hear - EEUW click to hear - EU click to hear - IE click to hear - OE click to hear - UI (UIJ) click to hear
Dutch Sounds Not Found in English - Dutch Sounds Represented by Different Letters in English - Dutch Pronunciation Reference Page
Hear More Dutch Names

Carlijn Achtereekte click to hear
Douwe de Vries click to hear 2
Erik-Jan Kooiman click to hear 2 3
Hein Otterspeer click to hear 2
Melissa Wijfje click to hear
Arjan Stroetinga click to hear 2
Sanneke de Neeling click to hear 2
Irene Schouten click to hear 2
Antoinette de Jong click to hear 2
Jos de Vos click to hear

Figure Skating (1950s/70s)

Sjoukje Dijkstra
Joan Haanappel
Dianne de Leeuw
hear

De Elfstedentocht

[a map of Friesland, showing the course of the 11-cities-tour]
(L)
(Sn)
(IJ)


(Sl)
(St)
(Hi)
(W)


(Bo)
(Ha)
(F)
(D)


(Ba)
De Elfstedentocht click to hear 2
Leeuwarden click to hear
Sneek click to hear 2
IJlst click to hear 2
hear - 2

Sloten click to hear 2
Stavoren click to hear
Hindeloopen click to hear
Workum click to hear
hear

Bolsward click to hear
Harlingen click to hear
Franeker click to hear
Dokkum click to hear
hear - 2

Bartlehiem click to hear 2

Tietjerkstradeel click to hear

Friesland click to hear 2
Groningen click to hear
"Stad" click to hear
Overijssel click to hear
(de) Afsluitdijk click to hear 2
hear

winners
Reinier Paping (1963)
Evert van Benthem (1985, 1986)
Henk Angenent (1997)
hear

[A map of Holland, showing the province of Friesland] (Map by Marco Schuffelen, after the Bos Wereldatlas)

De 'Elfstedentocht' click to hear 2 (Eleven-Cities-Tour: elf click to hear '11' - steden click to hear 2 'cities' - tocht click to hear 2 'tour') is a one-day, 200-kilometer (125 miles) skating endurance event on natural ice: only in (by Dutch standards) very cold winters. About 300 sportsmen and -women participate in a race, and there's a tour of about 16.000. The tour can still be grueling, but when the weather is nice, it's like a tough bike ride.
De tocht der tochten click to hear 2 ['the tour of tours,' 'the mother of all tours'] the epic skating tour

In the horrible weather of the 1963 event, race winner Reinier Paping clocked in at about eleven hours. Mr Paping is still a national hero. That year, the tour was stopped about halfway.

In 1985, '86 and '97 conditions were better and the winners of the race made times below seven hours. About 70% of the tour riders made it to the finish before midnight.

Bartlehiem click to hear 2 is a famous hamlet at a crossroads along the Elfstedentocht.
The Elfstedentocht passes through the area of Tietjerkstradeel click to hear that might pose a pronunciation challenge.
Some local people refer to the city of Groningen as 'Stad,' which means 'city.'
(het) ijs click to hear 'ice' - (de) sneeuw click to hear 'snow' - (de) schaats click to hear 2 'skate' - schaatsen click to hear 'skates; to skate' - a similar verb
klûnen (klunen) click to hear 'walking on skates over connections without ice'
(De) rayonhoofden click to hear the district heads who considering the thickness of the ice decide if the event is on,
with their assistants, (de) ijsmeesters click to hear 2 ('ice masters' - the ice specialists)

Komt er een Elfstedentocht? click to hear 2 3
Voorlopig nog niet. click to hear 2
Voorlopig nog geen Elfstedentocht. click to hear 2
Is het ijs dik genoeg? click to hear 2
Will there be an '11-Cities Tour'?
Not yet and not soon, not in the immediate future, not for the moment
There will not be an '11-Cities Tour' soon
Is the ice thick enough?
More Maps - More Dutch Place Names - More Little Essays - Frisian, the language of Friesland - pea soup recipe
De Vierdaagse click to hear 2 is another Dutch 'mass' sports event. About 40.000 participants march 30, 40 or 50 kilometer a day (about 20 to 35 miles) on four consecutive days in mid-July in the Eastern city of Nijmegen click to hear

Bicycling

Joop Zoetemelk
Gerrie Knetemann
Jan Raas
Hennie Kuiper
hear

Wim van Est
Jan Janssen
Wout Wagtmans
Gerrit Schulte
hear

Joop Middelkoop
Peter Post
Ab Geldermans
Erik Breukink
hear

Michael Boogerd
Henk Faanhof
Gerrit Voortink
Johan Derksen
hear
Annemiek van Vleuten click to hear Robert Gesink click to hear 2 Wilco Kelderman click to hear Bauke Mollema click to hear
Ellen van Dijk click to hear 2
Bicycling Words Dutch with Pictures

Swimming

Erica Terpstra
Ada Kok
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Inge de Bruin
hear

Geertje Wielema
Wil den Ouden
Anke Reynders
hear

Femke Heemskerk click to hear 2
Sebastiaan Verschuren click to hear
Hinkelien Schreuder click to hear 2

Miscellaneous

Jaap Eeden (skating & cycling!)
Anton Geesink (judo)
Ellen van Langen (running)
hear - take 2

Peter Borren click to hear 2 (cricket)
Ryan ten Doeschate click to hear 2 (cricket)
Noël van 't End click to hear (judo)

Starcraft Players:

(Manuel) Schenkhuizen click to hear (Kevin) Van der Kooi click to hear 2

Chess

Dutch Grand Masters
Max Euwe click to hear - world champion 1935-37 Jan-Hein Donner click to hear 2
Jan Timman click to hear 2
Wouter Spoelman click to hear
Friso Nijboer click to hear 2
More Chess

Soccer Nation

[a brown and a dotted soccer ball]
't Is weer bruin of gespikkeld click to hear 2 3 - twee ballen click to hear
[It's brown or dotted again] Soccer time!
A Few Teams
Ajax
Feyenoord
PSV
hear

(Amsterdam)
(Rotterdam)
(Eindhoven)
see map

Coen Moulijn click to hear 60s Feyenoord forward
The first half of the list below gives the names of the members of the Dutch national teams that reached the World Cup finals both in 1974 and 1978. Unfortunately, the World Cup went to West Germany in '74 and to Argentina in '78.
The second half of the list gives some famous later players, and the full team for the 2006 World Cup.

Arie Haan
Willem van Hanegem
Wim Jansen
Jan Jongbloed
hear

Ruud Krol
Johan Neeskens
Johan Cruijff
Rob Rensenbrink
hear

Johnny Rep
Wim Rijsbergen
Wim Suurbier
Harry Vos
hear
Ruud Geels
Cees van Ierssel
Rinus Israël
Theo de Jong
hear

Piet Keizer
René van de Kerkhof
Willy van de Kerkhof
Piet Schrijvers
hear

Pleun Strik
Eddy Treytel
Jan Poortvliet
Ernie Brandts
hear
Dick Schoenaker
Adri van Kraaij
Piet Wildschut
Dick Nanninga
hear

Jan Boskamp
Hugo Hovenkamp
Pim Doesburg
Harrie Lubse
hear

Berry van Aerle
Gerrie Mühren
hear
Ruud Gullit
Marco van Basten
Frank Rijkaard
Hans van Breukelen
hear - take 2

Ronald Koeman
Erwin Koeman
Frank de Boer
Ronald de Boer
hear

Dennis Bergkamp
Ruud van Nistelrooij
Patrick Kluivert
hear
Ed de Goeij (Goey)
hear - 2 - 3

Dirk Kuyt
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Rafaël van der Vaart
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

hear

Edgar Davids
*Clarence *Seedorf
Jan Kromkamp
Philip Cocu

hear

Robin van Persie
André Ooijer
Arjen Robben

hear
*Ryan Babel
*Khalid *Boulahrouz
Tim de Cler

hear

*Johnny Heitinga
*Kew *Jaliens
*Hedwiges Maduro

hear

Edwin van der Sar
Maarten Stekelenburg
Mark van Bommel

hear
Denny Landzaat
Joris Mathijsen
*Wesley Sneijder
Henk Timmer

hear

Edwin van der Sar
Ruud van Nistelrooij
Arjen Robben
Robin van Persie

hear
coaches
Jan van Beveren
Dick Advocaat
Rinus Michels
hear

Guus Hiddink
hear


Leo Beenhakker
hear - 2

Names with an asterix (*) are not traditionally Dutch, do not follow Dutch spelling and pronunciation rules, and should not be taken as examples of how to pronounce Dutch.
The Dutch Team at the 2006 World Cup
(hear names pronounced above)
  1. Edwin van der Sar
  2. Kew Jaliens
  3. Khalid Boulahrouz
  4. Joris Mathijsen
  5. Giovanni van Bronckhorst
  6. Denny Landzaat
  7. Dirk Kuyt
  8. Philip Cocu

  1. Ruud van Nistelrooij
  2. Rafaël van der Vaart
  3. Arjen Robben
  4. Jan Kromkamp
  5. André Ooijer
  6. Johnny Heitinga
  7. Tim de Cler
  8. Hedwiges Maduro

  1. Robin van Persie
  2. Mark van Bommel
  3. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
  4. Wesley Sneijder
  5. Ryan Babel
  6. Henk Timmer
  7. Maarten Stekelenburg
Soccer World Cup 2010 - The Dutch Team (I no longer record all names that are not from the Dutch language)
Maarten Stekelenburg click to hear 2
Gregory van der Wiel click to hear 2
John Heitinga click to hear 2
Joris Mathijsen click to hear 2
Giovanni van Bronkhorst click to hear 2
Mark van Bommel click to hear 2
Dirk Kuyt click to hear 2
Nigel de Jong click to hear 2
Robin van Persie click to hear 2
Wesley Sneijder click to hear 2 3
Arjen Robben click to hear 2
Khalid Boulahrouz
André Ooijer click to hear 2
Demy de Zeeuw click to hear 2
Edson Braafheid click to hear 2
Michel Vorm click to hear 2
Eljero Elia
Stijn Schaars click to hear 2
Ibrahim Affelay
Ryan Babel click to hear 2
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar click to hear 2
Sander Boschker click to hear 2
Rafaël van der Vaart click to hear 2
Bert van Marwijk click to hear 2 (coach)
More Soccer Names
Louis van Gaal click to hear 2 (coach)
(Georginio) Wijnaldum click to hear 2
Tommie Beugelsdijk click to hear 2 3 slow
(Kevin) Strootman click to hear
Tim Krul click to hear
Paul Verhaegh click to hear
(Jordy) Clasie click to hear 2 3
(Daley) Blind click to hear
(Jeremain) Lens click to hear
(Daryl) Janmaat click to hear 2
Jasper Cillesen click to hear 2 3
Stefan de Vrij click to hear 2 3
(Patrick) Van Aanholt click to hear 2
Jeroen Zoet click to hear 2
Joël Veltman click to hear 2
Ron Vlaar click to hear 2 3
Stef Nijland click to hear 2
Kees Kwakman click to hear 2
Lex Immers click to hear 2 3
Sven van Beek click to hear 2
(Davy) Klaassen click to hear 2
Johan Cruijff click to hear 2 Like many Dutchmen with UIJ in their names, Mr Cruijff sometimes makes his name easier for foreigners as Cruyff.

Soccer names list from: FIFA.com and I also consulted the BBC World Cup Website
Other sources: Bert Melman and Johan Ruitenbeek; Pieter Poelstra corrected a mistake and provided additional names.

oranje click to hear 2 orange - (het) voetbal click to hear soccer, 'European football' - (de) voetbal click to hear soccer ball
(het) elftal click to hear [group of 11] team - (het) schot in eigen doel click to hear 'own goal'
(het) gras click to hear 2 'grass' - (de) grasmat click to hear 2 'grass cover' of a field - (de) lijn click to hear 'line'
(het) knollenveld click to hear 2 3 ('turnip field') - the opponents' home field, if it looks bad

Soccer Fields

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I am not a big sports fan. Let me know if you think of other names for this page.
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