DIRK KUYT BACKS NEW REDS SIGNING

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…)

Feyenoord Move Up

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.

Hiddink Claims He Will Continue Van Gaal Work

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.

Emblen Drops Out Of Consideration

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.

CALENDAR TOO INTENSE

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.

DE BOER CONFIDENT

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.

VAN GAAL SET TO RETIRE

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.

PREM CHANCE

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.

DARK HORSES

Netherlands are one of the teams with an outside chance of winning the World Cup 2014. They made it to the final of the 2010 edition, but the team has been suffering from a poor run of form since then. The appointment of Louis van Gaal has worked wonders because they have been slowly regaining their lost confidence. The recent 0-0 draw with Columbia, who are regarded as one of the dangerous teams from South America, has helped the team extended their unbeaten run to 17 matches. This record delights Louis van Gaal, who has won trophies that club and international levels.

The draw was a fantastic result for Netherlands even though they were playing at home. This was because they had to play for more than an hour with just 10 men after Lens was sent off in the 35th minute. Columbia had the likes of Radamel Falcao up front, which made them extremely potent. However, Netherlands were able to keep them at bay and also created the occasional chances. The last defeat suffered by Netherlands was back in August 2012 against Belgium in a friendly encounter.

“I’m very proud, very happy. With 11 men we were the better team and with 10 men we stayed very clever in the game. I have seen a great match. Perhaps the best under my leadership. Even with 10 men we played convincingly. We have continued to fight in the game,” said van Gaal. He also said that Lens should have had more control of the situation that led to his red card. He was given a straight red for raising his hands against Pablo Armero.

They have a friendly match against France, who recently qualified for the World Cup through the play-offs, in March before they play at the World Cup.

SNEIJDER LEFT OUT

Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder was recently left out of the squad that will be playing against Portugal in a friendly match. Manager Louis van Gaal has backed his decision by saying that the player has not been in top notch shape in the last few months. Sneijder recently completed the move to Galatasaray after falling out with Inter Milan. The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder is regarded as one of the finest in the Dutch squad. He has numerous trophies including the Champions league in 2010 to back up these statistics.

Yet, he was not out of the team that was announced by van Gaal recently. The Dutch will be playing against Portugal in friendly match ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in September. Estonia and Andorra will be the opponents during the World Cup qualifiers and they should not pose too much of a problem for the 2010 World Cup finalists. Netherlands are very close to sealing their spot at the 2014 World Cup. After having played in six matches in the group, they are top with 18 points on board. They are seven points ahead of second placed Hungary.

Van Gaal has said that Sneijder is not out of the picture completely and there is still chance for him to get back into the national team squad.

“What I want is for Sneijder to be fit and regain his form again. That must be his primary goal. But at the moment, I have the impression that he doesn’t understand. He spoke to reporters last week, indicating that he was disappointed that I did not tell him myself that he lost his place in the squad. But of all of the players, I talked to him the most and he should not have done that,” said Van Gaal.