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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...

 By PA Sport

Qatari club Al Gharafa claim they have deal for Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder joined Nice on a free transfer.
Wesley Sneijder appears set for a move to Qatar.

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder is set to leave Nice to join Al Gharafa, the Qatari club claimed on its Twitter account on Friday.

Sneijder was quoted by Dutch broadcaster RTL as saying he had signed a one-and-a-half-year contract.

"It's a nice adventure and a fun challenge," Sneijder told RTL Boulevard. "I am really happy to go for it together with my family."

There was no immediate confirmation from the Ligue 1 club, though Sneijder was not in Nice's squad to face Toulouse in the Coupe...

 By Ian Holyman

Mario Balotelli, Wesley Sneijder out for Nice UCL playoff trip to Napoli

Nice will be without Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League playoff first leg at Napoli.

Balotelli has not featured for last season's Ligue 1 third-placed finishers since damaging a hamstring in the first leg of Nice's third qualifying round tie against Ajax.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker underwent a fitness test on Monday, but other than some light work with one of the club's fitness coaches, the Italy international was not able to train normally.

Sneijder's...

 By PA Sport

Wesley Sneijder aiming to win silverware after joining Nice

Wesley Sneijder joined Nice on a free transfer.
Wesley Sneijder has won league titles in four countries.

Wesley Sneijder says he joined Nice to win titles, adding that it was an easy decision to join the club.

Former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Sneijder, 33, completed his move to Nice after passing a medical on Monday.

"I always found new challenges in my career," Sneijder said during his presentation on Tuesday. "I still want to win titles and I came in Nice for that.

"I am very proud. The reception has been great. I'm here to help. I had a good feeling in training. Nice is a very...