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.
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.