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Wesley Sneijder given brilliant Netherlands shirt to mark international retirement

After 15 years of toil, Wesley Sneijder called time on his international career at the weekend when he made his 134th and final appearance for Netherlands.

Sneijder left the pitch to a standing ovation during a 2-1 win over Peru in Amsterdam before being subjected to a slightly strange post-match ceremony that involved a faux living room (complete with a sofa, television, pot plants and teapots) being set up in the centre circle.

The veteran midfielder was then joined by his wife and children as...

Wesley Sneijder says goodbye to Netherlands as one of the greatest ever

After helping Netherlands beat 2-1 Peru in the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Wesley Sneijder spent part of his final evening on the international stage sat on a sofa with his wife (Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau, who you may know from her role in the Michael Bay blockbuster "Pain & Gain") and kids in the middle of the pitch.

The Dutch FA had put a TV there in a mocked up living room. On the screen, his former managers Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, as well as former teammates Rafael van der Vaart,...

Wesley Sneijder set for Netherlands swansong in friendly against Peru

Netherlands' upcoming friendly against Peru on Sept. 6 marks the end of a generation with Wesley Sneijder set to earn his 134th and final international cap.

The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder was named in Ronald Koeman's squad, and the ex-Everton boss confirmed Sneijder would start the match and play for an hour. He is the last remaining international player from a generation of talented Dutchmen, which included the likes of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Dirk Kuyt.

That side's...

Wesley Sneijder retires from international football with Netherlands

Wesley Sneijder was key to Netherlands' side.

Midfielder Wesley Sneijder is retiring from international football after 15 years and a record 133 appearances for Netherlands.

The Dutch Football Association announced the retirement on Sunday after new coach Ronald Koeman visited 33-year-old Sneijder in Qatar, where he plays for Al Gharafa.

In an article on the association's supporters website, Sneijder says he knew his choice to play in Qatar could affect his international career, "above all, I understand that Koeman wants to make a fresh start...

 By John Duerden

Wesley Sneijder learning ropes of Qatar Stars League from Xavi

Xavi and Wesley Sneijder, who faced each other in the 2010 World Cup final, now battle in the Qatar Stars League.

Fans in Qatar may still be coming to terms with the fact that the national team will not be at the 2018 World Cup -- they didn't come close to qualifying -- but there is some comfort. Four years before the 2022 edition comes to the country, there is a chance to see two of the finest midfielders of the modern game up close and personal. In January Wesley Sneijder joined Al Gharafa, thereby joining Xavi in the Qatar Stars League.

"Xavi is a legend," said Sneijder in January before the two met on...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Netherlands international Wesley Sneijder signs with Al-Gharafa in Qatar

Wesley Sneijder has signed an 18-month contract with Qatari club Al-Gharafa after having most recently played for Nice in Ligue 1.

Sneijder, 33, has played for Inter Milan and Real Madrid over the course of his career, winning the Champions League with the former in 2010.

Before playing for Nice, Sneijder made 124 appearances and scored 35 goals in the league for Galatasaray during his four-year stint with the Turkish side.

Sneijder, who joined Nice on a free transfer after parting ways by mutual...