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.

VAN GAAL HAS PREM DREAMS

Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal has said that he wants to win the Premier League one day. Van Gaal is one of the famous names in management and he has won league titles in two major European leagues – Germany and Spain – so far. He has now revealed his desire to one day manage a club in England to win the Premier league. Currently managing the Dutch national team, Van Gaal is looking to win the FIFA World Cup 2014 as well. The Dutch have come close to winning the last few major tournaments.

The former Bayern Munich manager recently revealed that he will be quitting as the national team manager after the end of the World Cup. He has also confirmed that it would be his last international job as well. This would allow the 61-year-old to return to club football, and he is open to offers from England. He has also won league titles in Holland as well with the likes of Ajax. Van Gaal took over a struggling Dutch team that had just endured a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, but he has managed to introduce new life into the team.

The Dutch still remains one of the strongest teams due to the presence of players like Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie.

“I have done it in Spain, been a champion, I have done it in Germany, and I think that the third place is for the Premier League, and because of that I want to be a coach of that league. Especially because of the atmosphere also. You do not know what pressure I have in the Netherlands. Van Persie was happy to play at Arsenal but he is an ambitious player, he wants to win everything and he has not won anything,” said Van Gaal.

SEASON TO FORGET

Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has said that he wants to forget the current season because he believes that next year will be great for him. The 28-year-old recently made the switch from Italian club Inter Milan to the Turkish club Galatasaray. Many wondered about the ambition of the former Real Madrid star, but he proved that it was the right decision by managing to make it into the quarter-finals of the Champions league. He almost helped Galatasaray beat his former club in a close run match. It was not long ago that Sneijder was extremely crucial in the treble for Inter Milan.

However, injuries and poor form have meant that the 28-year-old has not been of the best midfielders in the world in recent times, but he believes that he can get back to his best next season. Sneijder managed to celebrate his first Turkish league title after Galatasaray secured it following a 4-2 win over Sivasspor. Sneijder has said that he has been successful when it comes to league titles in Spain, Italy, and Holland. The success in Turkey now means that he has won league titles in four different countries. Sneijder was a € 8 million signing from Inter Milan. He has already scored three goals for the club in just 11 matches.

“I have won the league in the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and am proud to have now also lifted the title in Turkey. I believe next season is going to be my year and I can’t wait to play Champions League football again. The quality of the Turkish league is very high, it’s no coincidence that Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe have successful in Europe this season,” said the 28-year-old in a press conference. “Champions!!!!!! Thanks to all the fans, you guys were amazing again! Like always,” said Sneijder on his Twitter account.

PRAISE FOR ORANJE

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has praised his team after the 4-0 win over Romania by saying that it was the best ever display by his team. Netherlands came into the match against Romania knowing that they could put 1 foot in the FIFA World Cup 2014 finals. The team are currently top of the group D by a massive difference. They just extended it following the win over Romania. Striker Robin van Persie returned to form after scoring two goals. Van Gaal praised the Manchester United player by saying that he is proving to be a real difference in recent years.

After struggling with several injury problems during the early part of his career, van Persie has been one of the consistent players over the last few years for both club and country. Jermain Lens and the former Tottenham midfielder – Rafael van der Vaart – scored the goals for Netherlands in this impressive victory. Van der Vaart opened the scoring after just 12 min on the clock. It looked like another rout was on the cards for Netherlands. However, Romania defended valiantly and went into the half-time break with just the one goal deficit.

The second half was totally different after Robin van Persie scored two goals, while Lens’ late penalty helped put a smile on the manager’s face. “Van Persie was very unlucky in the first half but in the second half he was actually very happy, because he made an incredible world-class goal. He was also a great target man, as you saw in his first goal. And Van der Vaart put his shot in flawlessly. Lens was [also] involved in two goals. And I haven’t even talked about the defensive organisation. I thought it was the best match [the team has played] in this period under me,” said Louis van Gaal.