1988 anti-hero, Berry van Aerle

Berry with skipper Gullit (with cup) and Ronald Koeman The Class of 1988 had some sensational players. Known all over the world. Some. They became cosmopolitan superstars. Ruud Gullit’s face and hairdo are known over the globe. San Marco lived in Milan, lived in Monaco, has coached the Dutch team… And icon. Frank Rijkaard is […]

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It was 25 yrs ago today, Oranje taught the world to play

Most Oranje supporters simply have to be masochistic. Playing brilliant football (sometimes) and hardly ever winning the prize. Over the last 7 years, we have covered all the upsets, the highs, the magical, the drama and we will keep on doing this for years to come…. Hopefully amidst future tournaments where we can harvest some […]

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Oranje 2014

So Louis van Gaal will stop after the World Cup 2014. What does that mean? That he doesn’t really like the job? Or is he so confident we can win it that he won’t be keen to go on? Or is he all about “Louis me me me” and only cares about him experiencing the […]

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Oranje and WorldCup 2014: one year to go

And here we are. Louis van Gaal had his Asia trip to check on the big boys and to allow some wannabees in, while Cor Pot had the top talents at his disposal to win some silverware. With the dust settled, the Confederations Cup in full flow and the rest on their way to beaches, […]

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Jong Oranje failed!

I think hard and long about my post titles, and this is the one that won. Not “Lousy Italians steal victory”, not “Unlucky Jong Oranje leaves tournament with heads up high” and not “Cor Pot rested his players but it didn’t show”. It was a horrific game to watch. I think for neutral viewers but […]

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Hours before the semi-finals, how is Jong Oranje

Louis van Gaal is in Israel. Danny Blind and him will be scouting the 12 capped players in Pot’s squad. “We are also hear to stimulate them of course. I selected a great number of these lads so It’s only logical that I’m here to see how they operate in a tournament like this.” Van […]

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Cor Pot, you may have made the biggest blunder!!

These were my thoughts when I saw the line up before the game. A big NO NO for me. We were in a similar situation in 2006 and 2008 with the seniors, progressing after two games and in both cases I expressed my convictions on this… This post will NOT be about the game. It […]

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Oranje ends season with 2-0 win over China

And thus ends Oranje post-season trip to Asia. With 5 goals, two disappointing performances, a couple of new hares (Cillisen, Tiendalli, Toornstra, Nelom), a new skipper, a warned playmaker and lots and lots of happy Chinese and Indonesian fans. And 1 million euros for the KNVB. Louis van Gaal was not unhappy. “The game vs […]

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Powerhouse Van Ginkel revels in midfield role….

Marco van Ginkel’s parents were present in Israel to watch their son play the first games for Oranje at the EC. Marco’s dad Alex was a pro player for FC Utrecht in the 1980s but he has surpassed his feats by a long stretch by now. His dad played nine Eredivisie games for Utrecht and […]

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Young Oranje coasts to semi finals…

With an empathic win over Russia, Holland has confirmed their status as finals favorite. In the second game of the tournament, Oranje added five goals to their tally of three, but unfortunately could not keep a clean sheet against a weak Russia side. Cor Pot hadn’t changed his line up for the Russia game. He […]

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