Oranje back to winning ways….

I wanted to have a positive title. After all the negative shenanigans of the past days weeks months years. There definitely are positives. So lets list those: Oranje remembers how to win Winning matches is something you can program, you can make it a habit. We had a terrible period under Hiddink, towards the EC2016. […]

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Oranje: Romania ends an era….

The picture above tells the story of Dick’s last tenure for Oranje. Here are the key news items for the Romania game. No one cares It’s away, versus Romania We will field 11 players Rekik went home, sick. Mathijs de Ligt plays. Propper is fit. Berghuis probably starts. So does Veltman. Let’s get it over […]

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Friendlies Schmiendlies for Oranje…

  I have been having a go at friendlies for years… I do see the point of them, for sure. But it’s not for us, so much. It’s usually for the coaching staff and players to test things, to get rhythm, to play together. Sometimes it’s a benefit game for something… Holland will now play […]

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Brave Oranje leaves sour taste….

Well, it’s over. No World Cup. Usually, qualifying for a  big tournament leaves a lot of potential for posts, but this new low we hit will also offer up heaps of opportunities for discussions… So expect more posts soon! We will obviously honour the great Arjen Robben here (future posts) and we will analyse the […]

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Oranje: our future prospects….

Another attempt to make sense of where we are and what we can expect moving forward and how we got into this mess… As the loyal blog followers will know, a post with this title has popped up every two years or so… We had the dramatic 2006 Portugal game. The 2008 Russia defeat. The […]

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Tributes to Abdelhak Nouri

The news is still ringing in my ears. What was supposed to have been his season after the exit of Davy Klaassen would become a horror scenario. Holland’s biggest talent at the moment will never show his magic in an Ajax shirt or Oranje shirt…or any shirt. Severe and lasting brain damage. He won’t be […]

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Wesley Sneijder: Mr Oranje Record Breaker

Phillip Cocu passed the ball into him. A quick turn and a shot on target: goal! He jumps laughing into the arms of Pierre van Hooijdonk, at the side of the pitch. On the bench, coach Dick Advocaat. Oranje team manager, but without hair from front to back and Willem van Hanegem next to him […]

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Oranje goes for #1

If you’d ask me who I would have wanted to win between France and Sweden, I probably would have said “Sweden”! I think this is the mindset of the winner, the champion. I don’t believe in half-baked affirmations like “Well…if France wins, then they’ll be #1 but then we beat Sweden and we can still […]

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Oranje, where to….? (2)

Danny Blind is out. It’s old news. Henk Ten Cate won’t do it. New news. It might be Dick Advocaat. At this stage, anything that happens will become just another joke in the farce that is the KNVB. Here’s part two, the opinions of ex-National Team managers and former Oranje captains: Leo Beenhakker (ex-Ajax, ex-Feyenoord, […]

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Dutch company goes all Moneyball on Football!

Most of us will have seen the movie Moneyball, with Brad Pitt? Based on a true story, a baseball team in the US picking and signing players purely based on specific qualities, which together would form a winning team. The club would sign a miss match of cheap or even unknown players, causing frowns in […]

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