Danny Blind Sacked from Dutch National Team

Danny Blind has paid the price for a poor World Cup qualification campaign at the helm of Netherlands.


The team had been coming on the back of yet another disappointment of failing to reach the Euro 2016. They have been hoping to make an impact at least at the World Cup 2018. However, being placed in a tough group containing Euro 2016 finalist France did not help matters. Netherlands have made an extremely poor start to the World Cup qualification campaign after managing only two wins the five matches. As a result, France have been able to open up a six-point advantage at the top of the table.

It 2-0 loss against Bulgaria was the last straw for the national team, who decided to take action by getting rid of Danny Blind. After having been an assistant coach prior to taking over as the full-time manager, Blind was appointed in August 2015. (more…)

Louis Van Gaal may not do Coaching anymore

Louis Van Gaal has surprisingly suggested that he may not be able to get himself back to soccer coaching again.


In the summer when he was making his way out of United, Van Gaal had not shut the door on his potential future employers.

He had stated back then that his coaching career still had some way to go and he would entertain new offers.

Thereafter in August, there were reports that he was interviewed by the Belgian federation, but, was unable to convince them with his project and was beaten by Roberto Martinez for the head coach job there.

Though he himself did not confirm whether he was indeed interviewed or not.

But recently he has revealed that he refused to pen a bumper deal with a club from Asia which was willing to pay him as much as 15 million Pounds per season. (more…)

SCOTLAND NAME SQUAD FOR NETHERLANDS CLASH

Scotland has named the squad that will prosecute the game against the Netherlands next week.


Scotland women are poised to face the Netherlands at Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Thursday. Coach Anna Signeul has named the female stars that will face the hosts in the Vauxhall International Challenge.

Erin Cuthbert was been called up, and it wasn’t any surprise following her recent form. She captained the Under 19 side in their qualification match, netting five goals in the 11-0 mauling of Albania. Ifeoma Dieke was also invited despite just regaining match fitness. Dieke suffered an injury before the game against Iceland, but she is expected to completely shake off the injury.

“We’re still on a high from qualification for the Euros and everyone is looking forward to preparing as best as possible for the next summer. We knwo the Netherlands well and they are physical, very tactical and have some brilliant players such as Vivianne Miedema who plays for Bayern Munich with Lisa [Evans],” Coach Signeul said.
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Netherlands finding hard to get into Euro Cup

Netherlands was among the last 4 teams in World Cup and now, a couple of years down the line, they are not even in Euro main draw and that, the boss Danny Blind believes, is something that everyone involved in the country’s Football is finding hard to accept.

In Blind’s view, now, the team should be built in a way that the young players are given some key roles as it’s up to them to make Netherlands become a world class team again in future.

However, Blind doesn’t want all the older players to be sidelined completely. According to him, the legends like Robben and others who are going around, Netherlands still has a lot to gain from them.

But, as far as the development of the team is concerned, for that it’s necessary the youngsters are drafted in and play along with those few veterans so that they learn how to go about it at this level.

Some of the Dutch veterans who are normally the guaranteed picks are injured right now and would be missing out in England friendly giving Blind the opportunity to see where the youngsters whom he is talking about stand with their game and whether they are good enough or not. (more…)

Netherlands fails to qualify for Euro 2016 but Danny Blind won’t quit

Netherlands has failed to qualify and get into the Euro 2016 after losing against Czech Republic with a final scoreboard which displayed 3-2 in favor of the Czech team which managed to finish at the top of Group A with 22 points while Netherlands had to settle with the 4th spot which wasn’t enough for them to get past the group stages of the European competition.

Danny Blind and his players simply couldn’t collect enough points to secure a higher position in Group A but despite this early exit from the Euro 2016, the 54 year old Dutch coach has stated that he will not give up on his team and he wants to continue being in charge of the national team.

The Dutch national side has gone from reaching the 3rd spot of the 2014 World Cup to not being able to qualify to the 2016 Euro’s but despite their recent downfall and disintegration, Danny Blind still seems optimistic as the Dutchman is looking forward for what the future holds for his team.

“We didn’t make it and it is very disappointing for the players, for me and for the whole of the Netherlands. But we have to look towards the future now. We have to look forward and qualify for Russia 2018. That is our next goal. (more…)

Guus Hiddink’s time at the Netherlands national team for a second spell is running out

Guus Hiddink’s time at the Netherlands national team for a second spell is fast turning out into a nightmare after his team’s latest defeat.

Even though it was only a friendly match, the 4-3 loss against United States has raised a lot of questions about the manager and his immediate future. Since taking over from Louis van Gaal after the World Cup 2014, Hiddink has overseen a terrible run of form. The team are not in the automatic qualification places for the Euro 2016. After having managed to wins from the last five qualification games, the Dutch sit five points away from Iceland and a further one point away from table leaders Czech Republic.

For the last few months, it seemed thatHiddink had finally managed to take hold of this Dutch team. The team have gone through three matches without defeat and this included a friendly victory over Spain back in April. Things, though, have turned sour once again after this latest defeat against United States. It is made worse by the fact that Netherlands had a 3-1 advantage after 53 minutes. Yet, they threw the game away and managed to lose courtesy of a late goal from Wood. (more…)

Guss Hiddink is harming his reputation day by day

Guss Hiddink, the man in charge of Netherlands presently, is harming his reputation day by day and that too quite rapidly.

There was a time when he was one of the most favourite sporting figures in Netherlands.

And, it was not only the case in Netherlands, in the rest of the world too, Hiddink was very popular. He had a great image everywhere.

He was considered as a tactical genius, but, hat midas touch which he used to have a few years back, it does not seem to be there these days.

You would find it hard to find a single person currently who would tell you that Hiddink is doing a good job as the manager of the Netherlands national Football team.

Each and every supporter of Dutch Football wants his head and it’s quite astonishing actually.

And, Hiddink himself is showing signs of collapsing under pressure now. The statements that he is making, they don’t make too much of sense.

Recently, in one of his press conferences, he claimed that the Dutch side were not a top side any more. They might have made the Round of 4 last year in Brazil and had eventually ended at the third position, but, that was not the reflection of reality. (more…)

Netherlands finished 2014 on high Note

Netherlands finished 2014 on a high note as they sealed a 6-0 victory over Latvia which is a hugely important triumph not only for the national side but especially for GuusHiddink as the Dutch coach is under immense pressure after having lost their initial 2016 Euro’s qualification match with a loss against Czech Republic and things turned worse for Netherlands after facing another surprising defeat but this time when locking horns with Iceland and losing 2-0.

The pressure that GuusHiddink is going through, is so high that the manager stated his intention to resign as the manager of Netherlands if his team losses against Latvia.

One of the main reasons on why expectations are so high for Netherlands and Hiddink is because of the fact that the squad was able to snatch the 3rd place of the 2014 World Cup after claiming victories over big nations such as: Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Chile and Australia.

If Netherlands was able to defeat all of those national teams, fans of the team are expecting them to qualify into the 2016 Euro’s without much difficulty but things haven’t been going as planned after having lost against nations which aren’t very prominent in the world of football. (more…)