Young PSV impresses!

Not a title I have used before, for sure :-). I have used it for Ajax, for Feyenoord, probably for AZ, never for PSV. Because they never really were young in Eindhoven and because for years they focused on players from Bulgaria, Canada, Sweden and Brazil. I never liked PSV much, as you know. The […]

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Oranje: one more year to prepare…..

Louis van Gaal has almost exactly one more year to prep his squad for the World Cup. Will the No. 5 of the FIFA Ranking have a chance in high heaven to win the World Cup? How strong is this Oranje. A wonderful VI Magazine analysis, added with a splash of Jan insights. Van Gaal […]

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What happened to the Class of '88 ?

The Class of ’88 will always be personified by players like Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit. Rinus Michels made one big change after the first game ( 0-1 against the USSR) and kept his faith in his line up. A number of players in that squad were never used. Players like Wim Koevermans, Wilbert […]

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Dutch Transfers…

Here is my update on transfers. I will not even try to be “complete” in my analysis as I am a bit far removed from the actions and people like DRB and Alex and others will have much more insights than me. So, I will start this thread and you guys can add to it, […]

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Rinus Michels successful without Johan Cruyff

Rinus Michels started to get really annoyed with Johan Cruyff. The Ajax coach definitely enjoyed the presence of the young tactical wizard and it didn’t take long for the media to keep on repeating that Michels’ success came as a result of working with Johan… The Europa Cup with Ajax, the silver medal in 1974 […]

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The Louis van Gaal show in Asia….

I said it here before and many of you concurred: Louis van Gaal is a wonderful coach. Great tactician. Good training material. Yadda yadda yadda. But he’s also a bit of a wanker. Big Ego. And not capable of not taking himself too seriously… We all said it: we will have some fun with Louis […]

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The Big Ruud Gullit Interview (Pt 2)

Ruud happy now with his current Mexican girlfriend And we pick it up with Ruud, talking about the 1996 Euro in England. Another tournament where Holland seem to implode due to infighting. In 1996, Edgar Davids was sent home by Guus Hiddink. What do you think was the core of the problem? Ruud Gullit: “I […]

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The 1990 World Cup Debacle revisited

The gap between skipper and coach…. In the interview with Gullit, he made some comments about the 1990 World Cup. Some of you seem to be ignorant about the whole run up to that tournament. Here is a post I published some years ago on the topic. So here goes, by popular demand… What happened […]

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The Big Ruud Gullit Interview (pt 1)

Ruud Gullit is an icon. A legend. The first and only skipper to lead a Dutch national senior team to silverware. Sadly for Gullit, his resume reads: former top player, former reggae wannabe, serial groom (and womaniser), icon, and failed coach. He tried many things: musician, political activist, tv personality, fashionista, entrepreneur but he will […]

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Why Robin van Persie will ROCK this coming summer

There is and always has been debate around Robin van Persie in Holland. It seems like we – Dutch – don’t understand players like him. We like two types of players: players that perform (and we don’t care if they’re arrogant or annoying) and players that are humble and work their arse off. In category […]

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