Author: Tarcísio Neri

Ronald Koeman is concerned about Jasper Cillessen’s low performance

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman is impressed with Feyenoord’s performance this season. During the working visit, the former coach of the Rotterdam team saw a very united group of players and a great will to win. Ronald Koeman also discussed the situation of Dutch players and revealed a name that is already included in his pre-call.

In his time as coach of Feyenoord, Ronald Koeman often had to work with a lack of money to improve the club’s structure.

“At the time I worked as a coach at Feyenoord, the club was still struggling to stay financially strong, but it was always behind clubs like Ajax, for example” said Ronald Koeman.

During his work visits as coach of the Dutch national team in 2017 and now, Ronald Koeman saw a new Feyenoord.

“Everything changed there at the new training center. There is peace to work with and we realized that there was a good investment in the structure for the players and coaching staff. A big difference in climate we could feel when comparing what we found in Feyenoord, PSV and Ajax. While at Feyenoord we felt that we were all wanting to work hard to achieve good things this season, at PSV and Ajax the feeling is the complete opposite” said Ronald Koeman.

The 60-year-old Dutch boss recalled his first successes as Feyenoord coach. He didn’t win a national title in 2012, but he was honored for second place.

“We finished the Eredivisie in 10th place the previous season. We had a lot of young players in our squad. Second place was to reward the great work we developed throughout the season. We got a spot in the Champions League Play-Offs, which was very important financially for the club.”

Regarding his next call-up, Ronald Koeman said he remains concerned about Jasper Cillessen’s psychology.

“We are concerned about that. It can happen to any goalkeeper. But I was more shocked by the last goal he conceded against SC Heerenveen. This also shows how much he needs to improve his confidence in his own work”, commented Ronald Koeman.

The coach confirmed that Jasper Cillessen is in the squad for the Dutch squad for the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League.

“Obviously he is not off our list. If he is fit, he is a potential goalkeeper for the Dutch national team” said Ronald Koeman.

Jasper Cillessen saved the Netherlands goal at the end of March in the last matches against France and Gibraltar. Mark Flekken and Bart Verbruggen were the other two called up. Justin Bijlow was injured and not considered by Ronald Koeman, but he returned to action for Feyenoord. Andries Noppert is not yet available.

Ronald Koeman also praised Mats Wieffer’s performance in Feyenoord’s midfield. The coach of the Dutch national team sees the young player from the Stadionclub as an important competitor for Marten de Roon in the Dutch national team, alongside Frenkie de Jong.

“Marten de Roon is no longer my first choice as it was on my first stint. Mats Wieffer will be able to play alongside Frenkie de Jong, but that will take time to happen”, commented Ronald Koeman.

He acknowledged that the criticism over his work and choices in the first game against France was justified.

“I was also disappointed. There were several reasons, of course. We lost a lot of players to health problems and injuries. We had five sick players. With less than seven minutes, we were already two goals down. Losing a game against France away from home is normal, but not the way we play. Regarding the game against Gibraltar, we won, but we didn’t play what we should have played”, commented Ronald Koeman.

To improve the performance of the Dutch team in the semi-final against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League, Donyell Malen is seen as an important part of this change of posture. This weekend, the Dutch striker scored his ninth goal this year, the most by any player in the Bundesliga.

“I’m not surprised. He made his debut with the Dutch national team on my first spell and even scored his debut. I was happy that he started playing on the right at Borussia Dortmund. This is a solution for us, because Cody Gakpo, Xavi Simons and Steven Bergwijn can perform better with me playing on the left. It’s great that he plays well in that position” said Ronald Koeman.

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Remko Pasveer renews contract with Ajax

AFC Ajax have announced the contract extension of Remko Pasveer for another season. The 39-year-old goalkeeper will be an Ajax player until the end of next season.

Remko Pasveer played 369 Eredivisie matches for clubs including FC Twente, Heracles Almelo, Go Ahead Eagles, PSV, Vitesse and AFC Ajax. He has been playing in Amsterdam since the start of the 2020/21 season. This season, after several failures, he lost his place in the starting lineup to the Argentine goalkeeper, Gerónimo Rulli.

With the shirt of AFC Ajax, Remko Pasveer played 50 matches. Last season he became Eredivisie champions with the Godenzonen. It was through Ajax that he found a place in the Dutch national team.

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FC Twente announces Joseph Oosting as new coach

It’s been dragging on for days, but today it’s become official. Joseph Oosting will be the new coach of FC Twente from next season. The 51-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Tukkers, with the option of an automatic renewal for a further year.

The final disputes between all parties were resolved on Tuesday and the squads of RKC Waalwijk and FC Twente have already been informed of this change. Joseph Oosting will succeed Ron Jans, who will step down as head of the club. He was FC Twente’s priority alongside Peter Bosz.

Joseph Oosting still has a contract lasting two seasons with RKC Waalwijk, given this scenario, FC Twente had to pay an undisclosed amount to get the coach released. It is worth remembering that FC Groningen tried to remove him from RKC Waalwijk in the middle of the season, but Joseph Oosting chose to continue defending the interests of the Waalwijkers.

As Joseph Oosting wants to concentrate on his work at RKC Waalwijk until the end of this season, he will only be officially introduced after the end of this season. With RKC Waalwijk, he is still in the running for a place in the Europese Tickets Eredivisie. In the penultimate round of the Eredivisie, FC Twente will visit RKC Waalwijk at the Mandemakers Stadion. After that, the two teams could face each other in the Europese Tickets Eredivisie for a place in next season’s UEFA Europa Conference League.

The only words he said are recorded in an FC Twente press release.

“I am very proud to be the coach of FC Twente next season. I come from the northeast of the Netherlands and FC Twente is a very well known club there. It’s a team that has a huge fan base and wants to achieve great things in Dutch football. Games played at De Grolsch Veste are always sold out. FC Twente has grown a lot again in recent seasons and the work done by Ron Jans is sensational” said Joseph Oosting.

FC Twente director of football Jan Streuer also commented on the arrival of Joseph Oosting.

“I am very happy with the arrival of Joseph Oosting. He does an excellent job at RKC Waalwijk both this season and last season. In addition to the results, Joseph Oosting managed to build a very strong RKC Waalwijk with very attractive football. As the season progresses, he manages to extract a lot from the players” said Jan Streuer.

Joseph Oosting’s current assistant at RKC Waalwijk, Peter Uneken, is also expected to arrive at De Grolsch Veste alongside the captain.

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Robey Sportswear to be NEC Nijmegen’s new sports material supplier

NEC Nijmegen released the information that from next season onwards it will have Robey Sportswear as its new supplier of sporting goods. The contract was signed this Tuesday and will run until the end of the 2026/27 season.

In addition to the professional team, all of the club’s youth teams will also be dressed in Robey Sportswear. The company is a supplier to several Eredivisie clubs as well as the Keuken Kampioen Divisie.

“We are extremely happy with this new partnership with Robey Sportswear. The Dutch clothing brand has a very rich history within our professional football. Robey Sportswear is known for providing very high quality products and is the ideal partner to increase our reach across the Netherlands” said NEC Nijmegen Commercial Manager Robin Faber.

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Sven Mislintat is the new director of football at Ajax

Ajax confirmed the signing of Sven Mislintat on Tuesday. The German has been announced as the Amsterdam club’s new director of football.

With the arrival of Sven Mislintat, the Godenzonen finally named a successor to Marc Overmars. On February 7 last year, Marc Overmars was sacked by Ajax following allegations of harassment against female workers at the club. The investigation continues to date.

After nearly ten years under Marc Overmars, Ajax have long sought a successor to the club’s manager and former player. Gerry Hamstra and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar worked together in this role for a few months. The pair were responsible for forming the Amsterdam club’s squad this season, along with Alfred Schreuder, then the club’s coach at the beginning of that season.

Sven Mislintat signs with Ajax for three seasons. The fifty-year-old German starts immediately at Ajax.

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Burnley want Bart Verbruggen for next season

One of the great sensations of Belgian football this season is a Dutch goalkeeper who is only 20 years old, we are talking about Bart Verbruggen. The young goalkeeper has already been called up by Ronald Koeman in his first call-up as coach of the Dutch national team.

Faced with excellent performances with the shirt of RSC Anderlecht, clubs like Manchester United and Burnley would be interested in taking Bart Verbruggen out of Belgium and taking him to England.

Current Burnley manager Vincent Kompany was keen to sign Bart Verbruggen at the start of this season, but the Burnley board and RSC Anderlecht could not reach an agreement and Bart Verbruggen continued to work in Belgium.

With a return to the Premier League guaranteed for next season, everything indicates that in the coming months Burnley will make an offer that revolves around 17 million euros to remove Bart Verbruggen from RSC Anderlecht.

Liverpool are also closely following Bart Verbruggen’s development in Belgium and would have the young goalkeeper as an ideal replacement for Alison Becker. Other information that arrived is that Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United want to count on the goalkeeper as early as next season. He would arrive to replace, in the long run, David De Gea.

The young goalkeeper has produced many outstanding performances this season and this has further strengthened interest from clubs across England in his football.

RSC Anderlecht will be looking to get as much value as possible to release Bart Verbruggen. With Hendrik van Crombrugge still at the club, RSC Anderlecht know they won’t have to spend any of the proceeds from the sale of Bart Verbruggen on signing a new goalkeeper.

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John Heitinga talks about Brian Brobbey situation

What’s going on with Brian Brobbey? This question was asked to John Heitinga after Ajax’s victory over Fortuna Sittard. A victory in which the 21-year-old forward was not fielded.

Brian Brobbey has started just one of the last ten Eredivisie matches. This happened last week in the away game against the Go Ahead Eagles. How is it possible that the attacking talent plays so little and when he enters the field he is not used for the ninety minutes?

According to John Heitinga, part of the solution for the young Ajax player can be found in the training centre, as he made clear at a press conference on Sunday night.

“We are constantly working with him. It is essential that he manages to play more frequently every week. We all want to live the best life, but we need to work hard to make it happen and discipline is key. He has discipline, but he also needs help. It’s up to us, myself included, to make sure Brian Brobbey is in top form right now.”

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Joseph Oosting confirms talks with FC Twente

The FC Twente board continues to look for a new coach to lead the team from next season onwards. One of the main candidates was Peter Bosz, but the experienced coach has already claimed that he is not considering taking over at FC Twente at this time.

One of the Eredivisie revelations is RKC Waalwijk coach Joseph Oosting. The commander is a serious candidate for the Tukkers board. After the 5-1 loss to Feyenoord, he was asked by journalists whether FC Twente had contacted him.

Enschedese have already recently announced that Ron Jans has opted out of staying at the club for next season. Joseph Oosting has already admitted that he has been approached by FC Twente and that negotiations are ongoing.

“I am in negotiations. I don’t want to talk about it right now. My focus is to finish the season in the best possible position, avoiding any possibility of fighting against relegation”, said Joseph Oosting.

This topic is still difficult for Joseph Oosting.

“We all have ambitions. I’m having a great time at RKC Waalwijk, but we’ll see how things go. I work at a good club, with a good coaching staff, with a good squad. I have nothing to complain about” commented Joseph Oosting.

Etienne Vaessen knows that Joseph Oosting is expected to leave RKC Waalwijk at the end of this season.

“He has already informed us that there is this interest from FC Twente. We are very happy for him. He is an excellent coach and we want him to look for what is best for him” said Etienne Vaessen.

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Feyenoord announce signing of Thomas van den Belt

Feyenoord have announced their first signing for next season and that is Thomas van den Belt. The 21-year-old midfielder signs for four seasons with the Stadionclub. It is worth remembering that in the middle of this current season, Feyenoorders tried to remove Thomas van den Belt from PEC Zwolle, but the Blauwvingers played hard to release one of the main highlights of this season’s Keuken Kampioen Divisie.

The curious fact is that Arne Slot spent several seasons defending the colors of PEC Zwolle, but what caught a lot of attention is that the Feyenoord coach worked alongside Thomas van den Belt’s father, Gerald van den Belt, for many years.

Born in Zwolle, Thomas van den Belt has never played for any club other than PEC Zwolle. The young athlete has 73 appearances for the Blauwvingers and 16 goals scored. In the Eredivisie he played thirty-nine games and scored one goal. He was formed in the youth ranks of Zwollenaars.


“I am happy with this opportunity. I’m fulfilling a childhood dream. It’s a great honor to wear Feyenoord’s shirt. Now, I still have a contract to complete with PEC Zwolle and I am focusing all my energies on securing the club’s return to the Eredivisie. Once we achieve this goal, I will start thinking about my future at Feyenoord” said Thomas van den Belt.

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