Atletico Madrid of Spain and France forward Antoine Griezmann, has listed Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong as the most difficult player he has come up against. De Jong, who has a deal in principle to join Barcelona from the Dutch giants in the summer, is rated as one of the best prospects in world football, and had a bright Performance for the Netherlands when they defeated t France 2-0 in November.
Griezmann was impressed. And despite having played on the biggest stages in the game, the Frenchman said the 21-year-old stands out. He said he tried to put pressuredon De Jong, but he didn’t succeed. Griezmann is not the only footballer star to have had high praises for De Jong, Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez also praised the youngster
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have revealed that they will not risk playing Arjen Robben in their final matches of 2018 in a bid to have him fully fit for matches in the New Year.
The Dutch winger is not fit to play any more matches for the remainder of 2018 due to concerns about aggravating a nasty thigh injury he picked up earlier in the year, Bayern head coach has confirmed.
Dirk Kuyt was a part of Quick Boys, before starting off his career as a player for the team of Utrecht. At the youthful age of 18 he kicked off the journey of a footballer as Stricker, but for the most part of his career, he has played as a winger.
The very talented Dutch player had the opportunity to play for the national team of Netherlands and also went on to play for Feyenoord, the Rotterdam based Dutch professional football club.
Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman believes that his team is developing well and that they should be able to challenge the best teams in Europe very soon. He said that the team is undergoing a rebuilding phase but he is sure that they are making progress gradually.
Indeed the Netherlands were not qualified for the last World Cup in Russia and has since then appointed a new coach in Ronald Koeman. The latter said that there is a big task ahead of him as he seeks to build a team that will be able to compete at the next Euros.
Tottenham Hotspur feel they have not received enough return on investment on Netherlands star Vincent Janssen. The Premier League side is reportedly in talks with Turkish side Fenerbahce for the striker who barely made an impact in England, and has been slow to replicate the form that made Spurs buy him in the first place.
Janssen scored only four goals for Fenerhance as his season was hampered by injury. The Netherlands international has seen his profile seriously deteriorated since the move to England and now Turkey. He has not been included in the Tottenham American pre-season tour. There are strong indications that he would not return to north London this term.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman has opened the possibility of signing Barcelona attacker Arda Turan when the transfer window reopens next month. The Turkey international has not earned a single minute of playing time since Ernesto Valverde took incharge at Barcelona in the summer.
In a recent report covered by Marca, Orman admitted that he would like to pursue the services of Turan, although there is no deal in place yet to bring him back to Istanbul, he said: “I like Arda Turan and I would like to see him in a Besiktas shirt, but we have players in his position. So far, we haven’t made any move for him.” (more…)
Dutch football has entered a new low as the league champions would no longer get automatic slots in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The Dutch league is now 12th in the continental rankings so they would no longer get sure slots in the elite club competition.
Eredivisie champs Feyenoord and then Vitesse Arnhem placed last in their respective Champions League groups this term. For Dutch football it is another thing to ponder over, following the national team failure to qualify for Euro 2016 and the forthcoming World cup in Russia.
In the time-lapse of 8 years, Netherlands went from finishing in 2nd place during the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup to not being able to even qualify which is very surprising to say the least.
The downfall of Netherlands is a pretty noticeable one as they went from taking out the Brazilian nation in 2010 in order to reach the finals and more recently, failed to even qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World.
Premier League side Southampton havesigned Netherlands defender Wesley Hoedt from Serie A side Lazio for £15 million on a five-year deal, according to reports.
The 23-year old moved to Lazio from AZ Alkmaar back in 2015. Southampton vice chair Les Reed claims the new addition is “one of the most promising young defenders” on the continent, hence offering him the deal.
Southampton hope to keep his Netherlands compatriot Virgil van Dijk despite handing in a transfer request to move to Liverpool. The club insists he is not for sale. Hoedt should partner him in centre back even though rumours say he would eventually replace him.
Hoedt had his full international debut earlier this year. He had earned four caps so far and is rated highly amongst his peers in Holland.
“Wesley has proven his talent through his performances for Lazio, as well as the Netherlands, and we believe he can develop even further here at Southampton, alongside his international teammate Van Dijk, as well as the Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Jan Bednarek and Florin Gardos,” Reed added. (more…)