Netherlands want to rethink their football strategy

The Dutch football federation is currently working on a plan to develop their football after their recent poor results.

Indeed, the Dutch football team has not succeeded in qualifying for the Euros, and it seems that the trend will continue for the next few years with a lack of world-class footballers coming up.

It is difficult to think that a team that finished third at the last World Cup has experienced such a decline, but there are various reasons for that. First of all, there might be a sense complacency around the team thinking that they are already at the top.

Secondly, it appears also that they have also been a decline in the quality of their players. Two of their best players at the last World Cup Robin Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder are playing in the Turkish league while Arjen Robben seems to be a player that is past his best.

The Dutch federation admitted that there is a problem with the development of new players and that there need to be corrective measures taken. Indeed, the Netherlands were once recognized for their model of football development, but it seems that their approach is no longer working.
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Danny Blind claims that England should be Backed Fully

Danny Blind claims that England should be treated with a lot of respect ahead of Netherlands’ friendly at the Wembley.


He says that England’s performance against Germany is a testament that the team has improved a lot under Roy Hodgson in the last two years. It was only recently that the club were knocked out of the World Cup 2014 from the group stages. Hodgson, whose job was on the line back then, embarked on a mission to find talented youngsters fit for the national team. This led to the inclusion of many new players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, and John Stones into the national team fold.

They have certainly made an impact and the recent 3-2 win over Germany, who are the reigning world champions, proves this fact. Blind says that it is special in a team manages to come from 2-0 down against the world champions to win the game 3-2. The Netherlands coach also singled out Dele Alli for special praise. The 20-year-old was playing in the Championship and League One with MK Dons only recently, but he has now started dominating the England national team in the last one year since joining Spurs. (more…)

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…)

Anthony Hudson is receiving the flak from all quarters at the moment

The manager of the New Zealand national Football team, Anthony Hudson, is receiving the flak from all quarters at the moment because of his policy of picking teenaged players.

That policy is clearly not benefitting New Zealand as they have not secured even one international win in more than 25 months.

The last win that had come for New Zealand was in the era of the previous manager Ricki Herbert.

Since the time Hudson has taken over, it’s been a total of 11 games now and the fans are still looking for a positive result.

The condition is such at the moment that even Myanmar which is a minnow and is the 162nd positioned team in the world, they are also proving to be a hard competition and it’s really disappointing.

Some of the experts of the game in New Zealand believe there is no point for Hudson to call up those players who are too young to make an impact at the senior level.

In the views of Kevin Fallon, who himself managed New Zealand for 4 years from 1985 to 1989, the national team has touched rock bottom and it’s high time Hudson changes his policy and starts being a little wise in his selections. (more…)

Marcelo Bielsa has been a revelation and a breath of fresh

Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa has been a revelation and a breath of fresh in the French league.

He has managed to get the team from almost nowhere into a title chasing position last season. However, the club are set to lose him as soon as they brought him. The Argentine announced immediately after the club’s opening match of the season that he would be stepping down from his role. This is widely seen as a move that would allow him to become the next coach of the Mexican national team. Mexico recently parted company with manager Miguel Herrera, who has done extremely well, due to off the field issues.

Bielsa has been a national team manager before and would relish the prospect of taking the Mexican national team to the summit of the North American football. Currently, the US national team is seen as the top dog in this region. However, they have been able to improve his squad by bringing in a number of German players, who are eligible to play for US through their parentage, and Bielsa is hoping to change in this by using this extraordinary tactics. The former Athletic Bilbao manager plays a very fast game that is very draining for the players but can be a useful weapon at international level. (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…)

Holland running from worst form after Guus Hiddink entry

Holland have been going through a torrid run of form since the arrival of Guus Hiddink to replace Louis Van Gaal after a rather successful World Cup 2014.

Even though Van Gaal could not match the feats achieved in the 2010 edition when they reached the final, a third-place finish was seen as a positive result for the team.Hiddink was expected to build on this form, but Holland have nosedived since the takeover of the former Chelsea boss. The team has managed only two wins in the last five matches and this includes defeats against lesser ranked the teams like Czech Republic and Iceland. (more…)