Our talents at Oranje: U18 and U19

I have to say, it’s not easy to keep track of all these teams. We have these two and the Prospect Team and Young Oranje too! Kees Zwamborn used to be youth coach at the KNVB 5 years ago. The former Ajax and MSV Duisburg defender had an eclectic career in youth coaching, at many […]

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Our talents at Oranje: U17

For the second time in 2 years, the Under17s won the European cup. Something the big boys can learn from. Success coach Albert Stuivenberg: “It’s great to see that both individually and as a team we are consistent and we can bring talent to the point where we can actually win trophies. Once, it might […]

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Our talents at Oranje: U16

We all got smacked in the head by reality this summer. Was our team really this bad? Are our players over the hill? What are we to do, without Kuyt, Mathijsen and Van Persie? Ok, not Van Persie…but still… Is there more talent on its way? I am starting this new series, and I’m asking […]

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Looking ahead to the new season….

Well my friends, the debacle that was the Euro2012 is wearing off a little bit for me. I actually came out of bed today and tomorrow I will definitely shave, I promised my wife. There is more to life then football, I realised and I hope to find out what exactly, soon… So, with poor […]

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Bert van Marwijk's career in 5 matches

A bit of a shocker: the Queen yawning when presented with the Dutch squad in 2010 Bert van Marwijk coached us to the WC finals in 2010. And now he’s gone… Never before did Oranje perform as well as under Bert van Marwijk. We’ll say goodbye using five historic games… Holland – Brazil 2-1, July […]

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Long Live the Coach!!

Ok, so now we had a couple of days to get used to it. And to vent our frustration and criticism. But… Bert has really resigned. Frank and Guus never made it clear they wanted it and Co is as controversial as Louis so…let’s simply accept the fact that King Louis the Sunking has the […]

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Van Gaal revisited?

So, apparently all the other candidates said no. Hiddink was number 1, supposedly and with Cruyff public plea for Rijkaard, one has to expect him to be in the top of the wishlist too. Co Adriaanse was never a real candidate, apparently, and Ruud Gullit was most likely never seen as a serious option. Louis […]

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Van Bommel talks!

Mark van Bommel has officially not yet resigned from Oranje. Not officially, but the most decorated active international ( not counting Seedorf in other words) did say after the Euros that “others should pick up the mantle”… The 35 years old returns to PSV this season and his only aim internationally now is to win […]

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Open Letter to the KNVB

Dear KNVB, I am assuming you want our Dutch National Team to do really well… That is the basis for this letter. If you don’t want this, please disregard. I do believe good results by our national team can turned into euros, correct? Sponsor money? Trips? Merchandise? Ticket sales, etc? And clearly, euros is what’s […]

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Viva Espagna ! !

I am sorry people. I know some of you don’t like the way Spain/Barcelona plays… And as we lost against them in 2010, we might carry a grudge, but By Golly they played sensational against Italy, didn’t they? And if you can win three big tournaments in a row, even with not that good football […]

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