Former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie is set to feature against Manchester United when the Europa League kicks off after the international break. The ex-Red Devils talisman who is currently with Fenerbahce after making the switch back in 2015. Van Persie started his career at Feyenoord, moving from the youth team before breaking into the senior team. This was before his move to England to play under Arsene Wenger in 2004.
Manchester United, Fenernahce, Feyenoord and Zorya Luhansk will meet in the group stage of the competition, meaning the 33-year old Netherlands international will play against two of his former clubs. The teams would meet from after the first break of the new campaign through December. September 15 and 29, October 20, November 3 and 24, and December 8 are the days set aside for the match dates of the continental games. (more…)
Betting firm Ladbrokes has released their financial results for the half-year and showed an increased in their profit. This is mainly due to some surprising results in the Premier League as well as the Euros in France. Although the betting firm has had to pay some big money to people that have backed Leicester City to win the title, they have made more than that on betters that have lost their money.
Indeed there are not many people that would have predicted that Leicester City would have won the league except some die-hard fans. Most of the punters will have spent money on clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool. There are also some outsiders that have caused upsets during the league, and this has resulted in the firm making an impressive profit. (more…)
Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt is backing the latest new signing of German tactician Jurgen Klopp to become a success at the club. The Netherland international moved away from the club years back, after enjoying an impressive run, but keeps his eye on all things Liverpool. Klopp signed a fellow Dutchman in Georginio Wijnaldum as his seventh new person as he tries to rebuild the Reds squad. Liverpool paid English championship side Newcastle £25 million for the player.
The ex-Kop star Kuyt gave a brilliant review of the deal, both for his former club and for his fellow national. He was quoted by Automatenherz to have said: “[It is] a wonderful transfer for Gini. The best compliment for him was that his name in my time at Liverpool buzzed inside the club. He was watched by the scouts already in his youth days at Feyenoord as a very great talent. (more…)
If you look at the football playing teams of Netherlands Feyenoord is a team that is most popular. The team has beaten PSV and Ajax and has emerged as a popular team in the country.
As per the publication reports in the county, there was a survey conducted by a brand consultancy firm. This firm showed its survey findings to reflect Feyenoord to be the most popular club in the country and ahead of national teams like PSV and Ajax. This year the European Championship as well as in the World Cup it is being seen that the Dutch national team has been topping the list though they have slipped to the third position recently.
The club however enjoyed a successful season with a finish in the third place in the last season. They also ended the drought or trend of losing out on trophies and won the KNVB Beker trophy this year. The Dutch did not qualify for Euro 2016 and this local club in the country is being looked at to spruce up things for the national front. The team or the club has had a good spell for some time.
Dirk Kuyt made the list of top ten sport athletes. Being from this club, it was definitely another feather in their cap, having Dirk being positioned in the sixth place for the club. If you look back at the football history of the country, it is a rich and cultured event. This stretches back to the beginning part of the 20th century. The country is known to play total football and they have created legacies in the game. Rinus Michels was a Dutch coach whose name was well known in the training circles as well as Johan Cruyff who passed away this year. These people had become icons in the football world.
New Dutch national team boss Guus Hiddink has claimed that he will continue the good work done by Louis van Gaal in the last few years. After coming into the national team fold following a disappointing Euro 2012, Van Gaal once again brought back confidence to the Dutch national team and led them to the semifinals of the World Cup 2014. However, it has announced that he would be joining Manchester United and not extend his stay in the national team. This has resulted in the return of Hiddink, who was in charge of the Dutch a few years ago.
Regarded as one of finest coaches in the world, Hiddink is expected to bring in his own ideas to the national team after taking in charge. He was appointed former striker Ruud van Nistelrooy as one of his assistants. Since they will be following a successful regime, a lot of pressure will be on Hiddink to deliver results almost instantly. The Dutch will be expected to be one of the favourites of the Euro 2016 and the qualifying campaign for this tournament will begin in September. Hiddink says that he will be looking to retain some of the successful aspects of Van Gaal’s regime.
“I applaud the whole team, which performed excellently. It was a very realistic approach there (in Brazil). That policy will be continued. I’m not going to get further into names. There is much debate about the Dutch School, which is in my view a comprehensive concept. It’s good for the Dutch football that is performed there. They are again excited about football in our country. I’ve been abroad a lot recently and you can see the Oranje has got a new kick,” said the former Chelsea manager after being presented as the new coach of the Dutch national team.
Neil Emblen has dropped out of the running to be considered for the position of being the permanent New Zealand national team manager. Poor results since he took over as the interim manager seem to have been the main reason. The decision taken by New Zealand Football has disappointed the manager a lot. He said that it is very disappointing to know that he will not be the New Zealand national team manager this time around. However, he is hoping to give his best until a permanent successor is found.
New Zealand Football recently revealed that as much as 40 managers had applied for the vacant managerial position. After New Zealand failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014, the national team parted company with Ricki Herbert. His outstanding achievement of leading the country to the World Cup 2010 is unlikely to be matched again, but New Zealand are being extremely optimistic about the future. New Zealand Football have confirmed that they have narrowed down the shortlist to just three and Emblen does not feature amongst them.
Emblen has also refused to rule out a move away in search of a new job, as he confirmed that he would still be happy to play a part in the national team. Some of the names who have applied for the job include former Crystal Palace boss Ian Dowie. “I’m very disappointed but the decisions are out of my hands. I thought I did all I could, but that’s part of football. The three candidates that have been shortlisted are more ready in [NZF] eyes at the moment for international coaching, but they hope to still have a role within New Zealand Football for me,” said Emblen.
New Zealand next take on Uzbekistan in a game that should feature a permanent manager for the all whites.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has stated that the football federations should consider using a more relaxed football calendar since players are unable to cope with the demands of a punishing schedule. He has said that there have been several instances of players getting injured in recent weeks. Some of the high-profile names like Radamel Falcao and Victor Valdes could miss the World Cup 2014 due to injuries. Alonso says that it is primarily down to the packed fixture schedule, which has seen the players constantly being involved in two matches every week since September.
England has always said that there should be a winter break in order to help players recuperate. It is seen as one of the main reasons for the English national team being unable to compete with the likes of Spain and Germany at major tournaments. Now, the fact that a Spanish player plays himself complaining about the fixture schedule is likely to make FIFA get noticed about the number of matches being played every season. Alonso has been an ever present for Real Madrid this season, but he would ideally want some break at 32 years of age.
The midfielder recently extended his contract to end any rumours about him leaving Madrid in the summer.
“[Ronaldo] has a minor problem, like many other players. But it is true that the schedule is very tight. Since September we’ve been playing Wednesday-Sunday and finally the World Cup is approaching. Diego Costa has been injured, Marcelo has been injured, and there will be more injuries. We have to get a more sensible calendar. We started playing in the [Copa del Rey] in January and we don’t have the rhythm other countries have,” said Alonso.
Despite not scoring a league goal this season, Alonso has featured in 22 league matches so far.
Dutch star Ronald de Boer says that he is confident that Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal will be a huge success at Tottenham. The former Bayern Munich manager is currently in charge of the Netherlands national team, but he is widely expected to step down from his post after the end of the World Cup 2014. Netherlands have been given a tough group at this tournament, as they will be facing the likes of Spain and Chile. After having not done well in recent major tournaments, much is expected of Netherlands in Brazil.
Louis van Gaal recently revealed that Tottenham approached him to take over at the club a few months ago after they had just sacked Andre Villas-Boas. However, he decided to stay with Netherlands at least until the World Cup. Now, he appears to have made up his mind if Tottenham come for him again. The possibilities may have reduced after the permanent appointment of Tim Sherwood on an 18 month contract, but the recent performances of the club may force them to rethink and bring in the former Bayern Munich manager instead.
Van Gaal has achieved success wherever he has been at and de Boer reckons that the English media will love the Dutchman just as they do the Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho.
“It’s possible. If I were the boss of Manchester United or Tottenham, I would definitely take him. I think he is one of the best coaches in the world. Everywhere he goes he has success. And also, for the future of the club, he is also influential because he puts in a structure and great foundation for the coming years. He will be a great coach. He is also a sort of Mourinho – there is always something going on,” said the Dutch legend about the future of Van Gaal.
Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal has hinted that he may retire from his managerial career at the end of the World Cup after growing tired. The former Bayern Munich coach has been managing teams for a long time, but he says that the last two years has especially been difficult. As a result, he may decide to call upon time on his career, which has seen him be celebrated as one of the best in the world. He is regarded as the mentor of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who has high regard for him.
It was rumoured a few months ago that van Gaal was going to come to the Premier league in order to take upon the vacant managerial job at Tottenham. The 62-year-old failed to comment on the speculation back then, but he has now revealed that the London outfit came calling for him. However, he could not take up the offer since he had already committed with the Dutch national team until the World Cup. He has managed to complete the transitional period for the team after they struggled heavily at the Euro 2012.
This was despite reaching the final of the World Cup 2010. The Dutch are in a difficult group for the upcoming World Cup.
“I’m sick and tired of being the coach after two years. I’ll miss the eight times I can work with players, but I’ll have more time for others. Am I in contact with Tottenham Hotspur? Not currently. Basically, I will retire, unless a very great challenge comes along. If they are fit, yes. So 13 spots are open. Is Sneijder fit? He has another three months,” said Louis van Gaal about his future, interest from Tottenham, and Wesley Sneijder featuring for the national team at the World Cup.
Louis van Gaal is one of the highly rated managers in the world. He is currently the manager of the Dutch national team, but he has now revealed that there was a chance he could have come to the Premier league with Tottenham being heavily interested in his services. The Premier league outfit recently sacked Andre Villas-Boas due to a poor run of form since the start of the campaign. Immediately, there were several rumours that the club were interested in bringing van Gaal, who has the experience of managing big clubs like Bayern Munich, to White Hart Lane.
In the end, they appointed Tim Sherwood as their manager. The 62-year-old has now revealed that it is no secret that Tottenham approached him, but he had no interest in taking over the job as he was already committed to the Dutch national team. He has revealed that his sole objective right now is to do well at the World Cup 2014. Netherlands have been given a tough group at the World Cup since they will be playing along with Spain, Australia, and Chile.
There is pressure on van Gaal to do well after the national team lost all their group matches and were knocked out in 2010 edition.
“Everybody knows it so I can admit it. I don’t do things in a double function (holding two jobs at the same time). You have to give an example to your players that they have to focus on the national team and that is my ambition also. I have refused (the Tottenham job) but maybe there will come another chance. That is the difficulty with coaching. When you are free, then maybe there are no vacancies,” said van Gaal, who became the national team manager in 2012 after his spell with Bayern Munich came to an end in 2011.