Going Dutch

Three football clubs from Holland were amongst the first to hold their winter training camps in the Algarve.

Be Quick 1887, beaten 1-0 in a practice game by Portimao, Piershil and Amhemse Boys were staying at the Auramar Beach Resort near Albufeira between January 2 and 10 making use of the Imortal, Ferreiras and Montechoro pitches and training facilities.

This advanced party was followed by Ajax Amsterdam, who are in the region until this Sunday. Manager Marco van Basten’s charges, currently second in the Dutch top division, met Bundesliga side Stuttgart in the Nora Stadium on Saturday, an encounter which was won 3-2 by the Germans.