Happy New Year all!!

And apologies for being late….

I have taken a break over Xmas and came back with a stack of work awaiting…

Lots of cool projects on the go and one of them will HIGHLY excite you as it will most likely take me to the action this Summer :-).

YES!! World Cup Brazil here I come!!!

A very cool World Cup Sports Marketing related project from Holland…. Very confidential still, but will fill you in in the coming months….

I do not have a lot of time till next week Monday, so please bear with me and enjoy this little lull before we move into….


Gotta Run!


PS Pleaae excuse me for making a fool of myself in this pic, ok?

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51 responses to “HAPPY NEW YEAR….. 2014: Oranje World Champs!!!”

  1. Nick says:

    Happy New Year Jan 🙂

  2. wilson says:

    The dutch have arr ranged a friendly warm up match against Ecuador before the world cup….

  3. LZ says:

    That picture should be up for the World Press Photo of the Year Award…..and win!!!

    Thanks for Oranging up my day!

  4. Van Hessilbaink says:

    Happy new year to you too Jan.

  5. Van Banger says:

    Happy New Year Jan, looking forward to 2014!
    Hup Holland!

  6. Laurent says:

    Napoli seems to be looking for a new CM, they’re interested in Gonalons and M’Vila, two french players.

    Why wouldn’t they go for Clasie or Fer ?

  7. Vincent says:

    Happy New Year, Jan! I haven’t posted much since WC2010, but your site is still part of my daily ritual! Keep up the great work!

  8. Andrew says:

    Happy New Year to you, Jan, and thank you as always for keeping the site running. As with, Vincent above, I don’t post as much as I used to, or as often because of time constraints, but I still open it daily. Best of luck on your new venture—hope to hear more about it when appropriate.

  9. Jordan says:

    I will be in Brazil following Holland as well. Perhaps we can meet up!

  10. Jan says:

    Awesome people!! Thanks for sticking by this blog 🙂

    New posts soon

  11. Jan says:

    Afellay part of the Barca squad for the Atletico game!

    And De Boer will not sign Ola John.

    • hien says:

      De Boer told Voetbal International, ”I made ​​the decision. We’re going to do it with this group. We have so many talented right wingers who can play.”
      “I have a good feeling over junior Ricardo Kishna. Lesley de Sa is doing well and we have Bojan Krkic and Lasse Schöne, ”

      • J says:

        Frankly I think this is good news. About 90% of the time Ajax buys a player it’s a complete waste of money because their scouting is terrible (I think Pantelic was one of the biggest disgraces to ever wear an Ajax jersey).

        They are much better at developing their own talent. It’s cheaper too! We are just now starting to really see the benefit of a reinvented confidence and emphasis in the youth system.

        • Laurent says:

          I don’t agree about Pantelic, I think he was quite important during some games. And I liked the fact Ajax could take him to Herta Berlin while he was their best player. You don’t see often dutch clubs taking good players from clubs in England, Germany, Spain etc. that’s valuable for the dutch league.

          Now De Boer says that he doesn’t want Ola John because he has Kishna, De Sa, Bojan and Schone. I don’t know much about Kishna but I doubt that he is already better or at the same level than John, De Sa is a crap player, Bojan isn’t doing good at all and will leave as soon as he can, and Schone is no right winger.

          That shows a lot about Ajax ambition to mention four names who are all under Ola John.

  12. Sam says:

    Great news 🙂

    Huntelaar should be back shortly too. He just posted this video today http://instagram.com/p/i_-YI4kDq7/ with the caption “Jump around! #HouseOfPain two more days.

  13. Tiju says:

    Thanks Jan for the work
    this is the starting RCB i want too see in brazil
    have a look guys,the tough nut

    • J says:

      a) Again, why are you putting a left-footed defender as RCB? Do you understand why certain defenders play on the right side and others play on the left? Are you also going to suggest putting v.d. Wiel as LWB?

      If you put two same-footed defenders in the central defense, it leaves a huge gap which can fairly easily be exploited. This is the whole reason that when van Gaal played with Vlaar and Veltman against Columbia, he pointed out that it was only because he had no one else left available on the left.

      b) I rate Vlaar, Veltman, and van Dijk all over Bruma.

      If PSV continues in its current form, I think maybe Depay might be the only I’m interested in seeing at the WC, with perhaps Rekik or Bruma on the bench. Neither of those should be a starter based on current performances.

      • Mohamed says:

        Bruma is right footed.

      • Gerry says:

        I read this blog every day (thanks Jan!) but sometimes I think people need to relax a bit. If you watch the video you will see that Bruma is right-footed. Also, I think these centre-backs should go to the World Cup: Vlaar, Martins Indi, Bruma and Van Dijk. Veltman, De Vrij and Rekik can be the back-ups. But lots can happen between now and June.

        • J says:

          I was always told he was left-footed, hence the reason he is often positioned in the left center back position. A quick search on google states he is either left-footed or both-footed.

          Either way, I definitely rate Vlaar and Veltman higher than him. A defender doesn’t need much speed if he uses proper positioning.

          As for “relaxing a bit”, I don’t think anyone here made any stressed comments? If discussion is not permitted, than it quickly becomes pretty dull.

      • Tiju says:

        kuyt as gk..
        Koeman as CB,
        reiziger as rb
        gio as Lwb etc i will put,first u watch properly.

      • dirk v.d.Berg says:

        A lot of this is wrong. A left-footed player can play right back and vice versa. Regardless of the combination of footedness of your central defenders there will also be a space, the only thing that changes is where the weak space is.

  14. Mohamed says:

    Happy new year everyone. Wish you all a great year 😉 .

  15. miguel rosado says:

    it is so good to read that Afellay and Huntelaar are getting back

  16. Mohamed says:

    MvG will probably be back by April 🙂 . Let’s hope for a miracle.

  17. Tiju says:

    u cannt contain Demaria,reus,ozil,ronaldo,nani,Alexis,jesues nas,messi,augero with turtles,So turtle centre backs should be MUST BE DROPPED FOR WC2014.
    Non creative players should be dropped up front.
    Lesser runner/must be dropped from midfeild

  18. Keko says:

    I just finished watching the Ajax game… Only 2 words: Ricardo Kishna. Remember this name.

  19. Jeff says:

    Happy new year to everyone as well and best wishes for 2014.
    Keko, I hope you are right about Kishna. Frankie has just announced he will be on the A squad for the rest of the season. Another youngster.

  20. Gabriel says:

    Depay, Boetius, Kishna and Ola john. Maybe our wingers for the next 10 years. What do you guys think?

    • steen says:

      I think depay could be our next biggest talent, he has all the qualities to be a very good winger. I haven’t been able to watch him throughout a match but he has skill and an attitude to match. Apparently he isn’t that consistent as of yet but when i think of eriksen he was only consistently good in his last season.

  21. Keko says:

    There is another winger in the youth ranks in which, I believe, will be the Robben’s successor in a couple of years. Him and Kishna should be the new oranje wingers.

  22. Keko says:

    I won’t say his name, but I can tell you he doesn’t play for the big 3 clubs in Holland

  23. Keko says:

    I wouldn’t like to see the Moroccan Football Association going after him, before he gets to be known for the great public, if you know what I mean. He’ll probably make his debut next season.

  24. Keko says:

    He already has played for the first team in friendlies, having only 16. That’s it, I rest my case.

  25. DRB300 says:

    I wonder if Bobby Adekanye will play for the Dutch NT. Him and Nunnely might be players that could reinforce the winger position for the Netherlands in time.

    Concerning Dutch Moroccan players, I think it is a great filter on it’s own. Them choosing. If they have second thoughts to play for the Dutch NT then please let them go play or the Moroccan NT. I remember 1996. Basically a group of black players that had a ax to grind with Dutch society and/or racism. The Ajax salary’s were just used by them to make a point about something that bothered them on more levels.

    It’s not worth it to sacrifice group harmony for a talented player. Either the player is proud to represent the Netherlands or he should not go for it at all.

    I think Keko is referring to the FC Twente player Ould-Chikh. I really hope the Moroccan FA tries to tempt him to play for them. Let him show his resolve to play for the Dutch NT. Let him be tested and if he is off, then he was a threat for group harmony and group process to begin with.

    Imagine a player not really wanting to play in Orange from the start. Having to deal with negative public opinion after some losses. Having to deal with negative journalists. Having to deal with remarks maybe from certain politicians. Having to deal with some racism from small groups of backward people that every society has. Having to click with all the other Dutch players or at least deal with them professionally to achieve big things.

    To do all that you must love the idea to play in Orange. If that love is not really there, then I get worried about problems I have seen arise in the past. Not having that again.

  26. Petrovic says:

    I heard somewhere recently that Ould-Chikh wants to stay with Oranje and is not interested in Morocco calls.

  27. Sonneveld says:

    Kevin Strootman
    Simply ran the show from the middle of the park, breaking up play at will and impressing with his range of distribution.

  28. Stijnis (OranjeAussie) says:

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is believed to be plotting the signing of Dutch international midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The Metro say that Rodgers is keen to add more creativity to the Liverpool midfield and has identified the PSV captain as his preferred candidate. Wijnaldum has scored 39 times in 105 appearances since joining PSV from Feyenoord in 2011 and the 23-year-old could be available for nine million pounds.

  29. Laurent says:

    Bryan Ruiz will play with PSV till the end of the season.

    He could definitly be the Ajax right winger.

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