Awesome | Netherlands Players Again Train in Kit Of Their First Amateur Club

Update: Making it a tradition, the Dutch national team players once again donned the shirts of their youth clubs during training. This practice was first introduced by the Netherlands national team back in 2022.

Netherlands National Team Players x First-Ever Club Kits - 2023

We saw some new youth club kits in action as several players were not nominated for the Dutch national team one year ago. For example, the kit of WDS'19, the first club of Virgil Van Dijk, and the shirt of RKSV Pancratius, the first club of Botman.

June 2022: The 25 players of the Dutch national team took to the training ground on Friday wearing not the usual training top.

National Football Day - Dutch Players Wear Kit of Their First Club

Every player of the Netherlands national team wore the kit of his first-ever amateur club. This was an idea of Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) to officially kick off 'National Football Day' (De Nationale Voetbaldag). The KNVB called on all football fans to kit themselves out in the shirt of their former amateur club to highlight the social value of football.

For example, Frenkie de Jong wore the shirt of ASV Arkel, Steven Berghuis donned the shirt of LAC Frisia 1883 while Manchester City’s Nathan Ake stepped out in a VV Wilhelmus shirt.

Dutch National Team June 2022 Players - First-Ever Team

Nathan Aké: vv Wilhelmus

Steven Berghuis: LAC Frisia 1883

Steven Bergwijn: ASC Waterwijk

Daley Blind: AFC Amsterdam

Jasper Cillessen: De Treffers

Denzel Dumfries: vv Smitshoek

Mark Flekken: WDZ Bochholtz

Cody Gakpo: EVV Eindhoven

Hans Hateboer: THOS

Vincent Janssen: SV TOP

Frenkie de Jong: ASV Arkel

Davy Klaassen: HVV de Zebra’s

Teun Koopmeiners: Vitesse ’22

Noa Lang: RSV HION

Matthijs de Ligt: FC Abcoude

Tyrell Malacia: Overmaas

Memphis Depay: vv Moordrecht

Kjell Scherpen: vv Emmen

Jerdy Schouten: FC Vlotbrug

Guus Til: SV Geinburgia

Jurriën Timber: DVSU

Stefan de Vrij: VV Spirit

Wout Weghorst: RKSV NEO

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