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.
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.
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 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 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…)
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…)
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 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…)