Danny Blind has paid the price for a poor World Cup qualification campaign at the helm of Netherlands.
The team had been coming on the back of yet another disappointment of failing to reach the Euro 2016. They have been hoping to make an impact at least at the World Cup 2018. However, being placed in a tough group containing Euro 2016 finalist France did not help matters. Netherlands have made an extremely poor start to the World Cup qualification campaign after managing only two wins the five matches. As a result, France have been able to open up a six-point advantage at the top of the table.
It 2-0 loss against Bulgaria was the last straw for the national team, who decided to take action by getting rid of Danny Blind. After having been an assistant coach prior to taking over as the full-time manager, Blind was appointed in August 2015. (more…)
Louis Van Gaal has surprisingly suggested that he may not be able to get himself back to soccer coaching again.
In the summer when he was making his way out of United, Van Gaal had not shut the door on his potential future employers.
He had stated back then that his coaching career still had some way to go and he would entertain new offers.
Thereafter in August, there were reports that he was interviewed by the Belgian federation, but, was unable to convince them with his project and was beaten by Roberto Martinez for the head coach job there.
Though he himself did not confirm whether he was indeed interviewed or not.
But recently he has revealed that he refused to pen a bumper deal with a club from Asia which was willing to pay him as much as 15 million Pounds per season. (more…)
The Netherlands national football team has recently been experiencing managerial changes with Louis van Gaal deciding to step down from coaching the national side on July of 2014 and he was replaced by GuusHiddink.
Unfortunately for the Netherlands national side, their selection of GuusHiddink was a disastrous one as he only spent 1 year and around 4 months in charge of the national team but due to disappointing results, Hiddink was eventually fired.
Netherlands lost to Iceland and Czech Republic and also had to settle with draws against Turkey and Kazakhstan. These are just a few of the more infamous defeats of Netherlands under the guidance of Hiddink and why he was removed from his position.
The national side is currently being guided by Danny Blind but one of the candidates that was emerging to replace Hiddink was Ronald Koeman.
Ronald Koemanis now coaching the Premier League club Everton as it was Danny Blind who was selected as the new coach of Netherland but Koeman is hoping that he is taken into consideration for coaching the national team as this is one of his ambitions as a top manager.
“Coaching Netherlands remains one of my ambitions but I think every coach would like that. If I get the chance to coach Netherlands, I would like to take that chance.
“I was keen to take the job in 2014 after my time with Feyenoord and I felt the time was right. They went for Hiddink instead and will have had their reasons for it. Time has shown that was not the best choice but I do not hold a grudge against anyone over it. I would not turn down the job because of what happened in 2014. This is all in the past now. Becoming Netherlands coach could be a nice end to my career.” Everton’s Ronald Koeman said as he expressed his desire to be in charge of Netherlands.
Scotland has named the squad that will prosecute the game against the Netherlands next week.
Scotland women are poised to face the Netherlands at Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Thursday. Coach Anna Signeul has named the female stars that will face the hosts in the Vauxhall International Challenge.
Erin Cuthbert was been called up, and it wasn’t any surprise following her recent form. She captained the Under 19 side in their qualification match, netting five goals in the 11-0 mauling of Albania. Ifeoma Dieke was also invited despite just regaining match fitness. Dieke suffered an injury before the game against Iceland, but she is expected to completely shake off the injury.
“We’re still on a high from qualification for the Euros and everyone is looking forward to preparing as best as possible for the next summer. We knwo the Netherlands well and they are physical, very tactical and have some brilliant players such as Vivianne Miedema who plays for Bayern Munich with Lisa [Evans],” Coach Signeul said.
Netherlands coach Danny Blind has stated that he will not resign and that he wants to remain as the national coach until the end of his contract.
Blind has been under intense pressure ever since he replaced GuusHiddink at the head of the Netherlands team last year. Indeed the team failed to qualify for the Euro in France and is in danger of failing again in the World Cup qualifiers.
Netherlands have been performing poorly for some time now, and the team did not manage to qualify for the Euro 2015 despite the fact that the competition was expanded to accommodate more teams. Many pundits believed that this was a natural cycle as the country was building a younger team for the new international tournaments but things do not seem to be improving.
Netherlands were beaten at home in a recent friendly match by Greece, and this has brought even more pressure on Danny Blind. The team seems to lack cohesion and a playing style, and there are no real signs of improvement.
The coach has stated that he has no plan to resign from his post as he believes he can still turn things around. He admitted that he is not the only one that can decide the future of the team, but he said that he has no intention to give up. He said that he has started working on a plan to improve the team, and he wants to continue.
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…)
Rudd Gullit is the replacement for Dick Advocaat after his recent surprise resignation.
Advocaat resigned from his former role in the national team coaching crew to join top Turkish club Fernerbahce. The former assistant coach only joined as assistant coach in May, leaving head coach Danny Blind “surprised and disappointed.”
Advocaat was the former coach of English Premier League side Sunderland until October last year. He accepted the Netherlands job this year, but has signed with the Turkish side. The Dutch Football Association (KNVD) confirmed the departure of the 68-year old. The Netherlands coaching crew didn’t take the news lightly, particularly with the World Cup qualifier due next month.
Coach Blind said: “I am surprised and disappointed. When I approached Dick in the spring, he gave me the impression that he was in it for the long haul. Anyway, it does not make sense to give too much thought. From now on we have to apply ourselves only the matches against Greece and Sweden.”
The Technical director Van Breukelen also expressed his disappointment, adding that they would find a replacement. Advocaat said he was just keen on the job as it was “a fantastic challenge” to get such an offer from a top club in Turkey at his age.
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.