The moment of truth for Oranje….

In 5 days we’ll know. Whether we’re out of the World Cup or whether we are still hanging in.

It’s been a while, since Oranje missed both an EC and a WC. Tension is rising and the Dutch media (and people) are edgy.

Dick Advocaat has not made the ironclad impression we are used of him. At PSV, his earlier stints at Oranje, the Sunderland escape, the Zenit successes… The headstrong and confident sly fox has been slipping up since taking over from the much maligned Blind and his current choices also result in frowns all around.

Against France, he failed to make defensive changes when we were 2-0 down and without a hope in the world. The search for a late goal resulted in two more goals conceded with the known impact on goal difference. After the match, it appeared as if Dick was unaware of the goal difference importance. His gamble to hope for a Van Persie moment of brilliance also didn’t work out, with the Fener striker out with a knee injury.

Against Bulgaria, with 25 minutes to go, again, Dick failed to make changes. This time, offensive changes were needed as every goal counted and we could have gone for a 5-1 win, for sure.

arjen dick

Surely, Dick is now fully aware that every goal scored counts, but after a courtship of Klaas Jan Huntelaar, the Ajax striker saw his name omitted from the squad. Dick didn’t believe in too many central striker and he opted for Janssen and Dost, with either Babel or Locadia as the pinch hitter. Babel deserves his call up for me, but Locadia only impressed once this season with his four goals vs an unlucky FC Utrecht.

And now Dost is sidelined thanks to a practice injury to the knee, Huntelaar would have been a great option B for the striker position. Too late.

I personally believe we have one defender too many (Veltman?) and we are one forward/midfielder short. Locadia won’t be the Oranje saviour. I would personally always selected Sneijder, if he’s fit. The fact that he hasn’t played for weeks… Against France, I would not have used Sneijder (but would have opted for a 4 man dynamic midfield of Vilhena/Van Ginkel/Klaassen type players. But against Belarus, surely, Sneijder could be of use for the last 25 minutes? The opponent getting tired, bring in Sneijder and let him play his passing game. His corner kicks and free-kicks will always be threatening. I’m convinced he doesn’t need weeks of match-play to hit a dead ball.

DOST knie

His leadership off the pitch will be missed too. He’s been our talisman for so long and Oranje’s true skipper.

Another player I’d like to see asap, is Frenkie de Jong. Maybe not as a starter, but this kid has something unique (like Sneijder). His first pass is always vertical and he has the balls to play with risk and pizzazz.

According to the media, Cillesen will start. Janmaat and Blind will be full backs and Hertha’s Karim Rekik and Virgil van Dijk are the central defenders. The midfield will consist of Vilhena, Propper and Wijnaldum, with Robben/Janssen/Babel up top. As you know, Strootman is out.

I can see this work. Robben and Babel will keep the central defenders busy allowing Janssen to roam. The full backs will provide the wide option, like Blind demonstrated versus Bulgaria and like Janmaat does where ever he plays.

Wijnaldum will play in a controlling way, like Vilhena, with timed runs into the box. Propper again, will play the false striker behind Janssen.

I believe a 0-4 win will be possible, but the circumstances aren’t great. The team lacks cohesion, confidence is brittle and we lack options (Dost, no Huntelaar, no Sneijder). And it’s cold in Belarus. Very cold.

If we score in the first 20 minutes, we can get to a 0-4 or better score, but if it remains 0-0 for a long time, we might have to keep the fingers crossed for a 0-1 win.

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It’s tempting to believe that Luxembourg will contain Sweden (in Sweden) but it’s wishful thinking. Normally, Sweden will win this game with at least 3 goals difference. And don’t think France will slip up again. Won’t happen.

There is one thing I’m uncertain about. The rules are not that clear. Once the group games have been played, the results against the worst nation will be scrapped. Including the goals. If that is Belarus – which makes sense if Holland beats them with good numbers – the goals will be taken out of the equation. Sweden scored 8 goals vs Belarus. Which means we will have a better goal difference than Sweden, provided we beat Sweden coming Tuesday. Which is also not a cert, by the way.

But this does mean that we need to look at the different scenarios, because Luxembourg could also be the last in the group. We took 6 points from them, while Sweden drew against them. We will lose more points in this case.

I am not sure if this is all correct, so I’m open to your comments.

But even if we end up second in the group, we could well be the worst second of all. In which case, we won’t get a chance to go to the World Cup. Otherwise, we do get this play-off game and we’ll most likely get an opponent of strength (Italy for instance, or Portugal). Qualification is still a long way out.

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  1. Great article again Jan. I’m still upset depay isn’t starting. He consistently destroys awful teams like Belarus and Sweden. If he plays there’s no doubt in my mind he would have a huge impact

  2. I’m not convinced with this lineup.Propper ahead of Toornstra and Van Ginkel on what.Jus because he was in the right place vs Bulgaria and scored. This is the type of game where goals are guaranteed with hunterlaar. When did Turkish league surpass eredivisie. Was watching Babel in the training videos for NT. He looks fast but his ball control is quite average especially when players are on him. looks like this selection is based on scoring goals only and not on what players bring to the game overall.

    Football-Oranje editor Michael Bell’s Prediction

    Sadly, Netherlands World Cup chances aren’t totally in their hands anymore with Oranje left relying on neighbours Luxembourg to do them a massive favour in their game with Sweden, that will be over by kick-off in Minsk. A big Sweden win will leave Netherlands needing to match/better that result to give them any real chance on Tuesday.

    A win just simply isn’t enough. Netherlands need goals, goals and more goals. Whether, they can do that, though, is another question. The lack of creativity in the midfield leaves me a bit worried, with Netherlands having difficulty breaking down tight defences in recent matches.

    With Belarus having nothing to play for, I am confident that Netherlands will win but whether the margin will be enough is another question.

  3. It takes big balls and strong mentality to qualify in this situation of which we have none. The only way for sth to happen is if Lux shocks Sweden.
    I even fear Belarus will surprise us. If we don’t score in the first 20 mins expect a tight game. I am almost sure we will concede due to some stupid mistake which we can’t seem to avoid. In my opinion it is over but I will keep dreaming.

  4. We can blame ourselves oly Coz
    Frnace drew vs Belarus and Luxumburg…they lost againts sweden…All we had to do that was just win other 8games and drew with france and qualify with 26 points as topper in the group…
    But we made horrendous mistakes by doing.
    1-Appointing Blind as coach..
    2-Blind was playing ringa ringa rose by repeatedly selecting nonperforming players..BMI,stekelnburg was wrong choice ,strootman should have benched at least,Dost should not have played at all.We saw difference between Promes and Depay vs France…
    3-Individual mistakes
    –a) Strootman vs Sweden
    –B)stekelenburg stupidity
    –C)selection of BMI and Deligt at wrong game.
    –D)Not selecting some really good players..

  5. Do scrap out the non performing ones such as klassen,Dost,Depay,Huntlaar,BMI and strootman..
    Never think about veltman as RB etc…..
    Vanginkel an Propper are eternal brothers,they have a funtastic mental connection…we must use such chemistry..Since Janssen is out of form why cannt we use Propper as shadow striker like this
    it seems like Advocate doesnt like toonstra and he is getting omitted so often for no reason…
    on bench
    ———-Frenkie dejong————
    —–Van de beek—-St juste——–

  6. Iceland,Poland are on the verge of qualification while Denmark has assured second spot….
    Even with current low quality players we wre better than these teams…We were fu@##ked up by
    KNVB-For selecting blind
    Blind for selecting crap ones and not coaching/organizing the team..
    Some pathetically played players …

    1. If only they actually played depay we would have easily came first in the group. Look at the games depay played. We won 5-0 vs luxembourg and he scored two goals after coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 Luxembourg win. He is the key to scoring goals

      1. What was ur Depay doing against France???
        Stekelnberg gave a goal for France from out of the blue…He should not be in the team at all…
        What was strootman doing in those matches??let forgive his mistake vs sweden…
        Oh my God when did we had clean sheet when we played BMI….
        over all Blind was a pathetic coach…
        it was coaching problem….at first…the wrong choice Danny blind…

  7. I want to clarify one thing:

    The results against the last team is eliminated only when Deciding the worst second team within the 9 groups, deciding the second place finisher in every group is calculated based on the 10 games that all 5 teams played against each other in the same group.

  8. Lets hope today ( game 9) the following scenario to happen,

    Bosnia must draw or loose against Belgium
    Sweden must draw or narrow win against luxemborg
    Netherlands win big against belarus

    1. Bosnia is on 9th spot…its hard for them….to be 8 th best….
      Sweden/Holland both can be the 8th best team…We/Sweden might surpass northern ireland as well….
      first we have to beat Sweden and belarus ..Belarus can be beaten with Roben and Babel…for 6-0 at best..but how much the sweden will score…in their own backyard..??

    1. the issue is 6 goal difference,today it might shoot up to 10 or 9….So lets think that we score 5–But its still 5-0 goaldifference..if we beat 3-0 to sweden we can bring that down to level and on head to head we won it over sweden and we could make it…But can we beat sweden??..

  9. only miracle can save Holland. I’m really looking forward to see the starting 11;

    Seriously , We need an all attack team. With virgil van dijk back, I don’t mind to have 3 defenders

  10. I’m final prediction for this game is a 7-0 win. I would be surprised if it’s any less. It probably would be 15+ goals scored if Memphis was in the starting 11

  11. Sweden vs Lux doesn’t matter. As long as we beat Belarus 15-0 will be fine. I predict we will be ahead 2-0 until the 70th minute when big dick introduces Depay who scores 13 goals in 20 mins. I wonder what some people here smoke but surely seems like great stuff. Keep puffing.

      1. Or we can just beat Belarus 1-0 today and demolish Sweden 10-0 in the last game. but we need to play Depay from the beginning vs Sweden. I don’t think he will have a hard time smashing 5 past these sucking Swedes in the first half alone. We are on the way. Fear no more.

    1. Organized and methodical. These guys have cool heads and know what they’re supposed to do.
      I really hope that after missing this WC we somehow find a couple of gems like Van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard a million years ago around who we can build a new squad. Once Robben retires this will be a bunch of mediocre players. Even Daley Blind is now looking to Turkey for some play time. Oh well.

  12. This is a humbling moment. Dutch football needs a major wake up moment and this is it! It is failing on all levels. Club and Country. Something needs to be done. Nothing has changed since failing to qualify for Euro 16.

    The quality of players is not there any more but qualification could still have been possible even with the current talent available.

    Tactics need to change. Coaches need to be practical and not stubbornly hold on to tradition or maintaining identity.

    Player development and transfer policies need to be worked out from the ground up. Clubs have to find a way to hold on to their promising talent and not be forced to sell them cheap.

    They need more investment. Money rules the modern game of football. They can’t match the likes of PSG and Man City but they have to do much better than whatever they are doing now.

    I could go on and on about so many issues and mistakes of the past.

    The bottomline is that we need change now!

    1. Believe me, it is not a disallowed goal cost us qualification. If that was not a case, something else would come up. Football affairs in the Netherlands need reanimation.

  13. Well done Sweden they are showing us once a team we were

    Sweden fully deserve to be in the World Cup. Yes we will beat them in the next game , with a small margin. But they will go to Russia. We will watch the World Cup at home

    Painful isn’t it ? As I said before , we can only blame ourselves

    1. I think Oranje will lose to Sweden at home. The same situation like last Euro qualification when we thought we will at home Czech and Iceland. We lost both…

  14. What makes you think Sweden didn’t bribe anyone? The disallowed goal… the goal from midfield against France in the last minute of the game… the 8-0 against Belarus and now another one

  15. I remember for WC 1986 Mexico qualification, we comfortably won Cyprus 6:0 and thought we are out of reach. HOwever, Spain won 12:0 Malta and overcame us…. I think at this moment intense negotiation is going on between KNVB and Lukashenko.

  16. Ok sweden win big, here is the scenario for holland of winning both games for positive goal difference in both games

    Holland vs sweden: +1 gd then holland has to win today: +12 gd
    Holland vs sweden: +2 gd then holland has to win today: +10 gd
    Holland vs sweden: +3 gd then holland has to win today: + 8 gd
    Holland vs sweden: +4 gd then holland has to win today: +6 gd

  17. Blaming others for your failures is loser mentality. You need to look in the mirror and say to yourself “I suck right now but it is all my fault. I will pick myself up and get on my feet again.” Blaming the ref for a disallowed goal in the very FIRST game of the campaign is stupid. How about the countless mistakes and errors from both players and management?! This team right now can lose to any team however low in FIFA rankings. By the way I bet Holland has never been this low in rankings since maybe WW2. Sweden bribing the referee ?!?!?! Give me a break.

    1. no question about it, bad calls happen all the time. they are part of the game. aside from the overall bad picture of dutch football the last few years, the more specific mistakes in this campaign have been our own mistakes…

      the appointment of Blind after it was obvious he is not meant to be a head coach (smart, knows soccer, great assistant but not head chef) was the biggest mistake and the game against Bulgaria in Sofia.

      No excuses for sure but it is not over yet and we need to try till the end.

  18. First one in, hope dies last…

    Some good news in our longshot, in the Group H the second team will be way below us in points.

    Some more bad news, France is already 1-0

    Always Oranje till the very end my friends.

  19. Babel hasn’t played in the NT for 6 years and should be substituted… He doesn’t fit.

    The Belarussian goalkeeper seems very unstable to long shots we should trying more often.

    Janssen is good, sorry I will have to disagree.

        1. Let me correct that for you, he used to be a good player not great but that was when he played for your club now he is incredibly frustrating to watch.

    1. Wake up AZ-Forever!

      Janssen was chosen “flop of the Year” in English Premier league 16/17.

      Janssen was also chosen one of the worst striker Tottenham Spurs had ever signed.

      It’s such as sad thing that we take him a our starting striker. I would rather go for Huntelaar.

      Look at Belgium, I cannot hide my envy on their front line. Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Lukaku….. They are top of the group and go to Russia with enourmous Pride.

      We do not have Eden Hazard

  20. very very solid defense from Belarus.

    It’s like Sweden had been paying them.

    Sweden could score a goal every 10min.
    HOlland scores one goal in 45min.

    that makes the difference on who’s the better team

          1. God!! Did you really just say that? My only response to that is to advise you to stop watching football because its not the sport for you. Try cricket for a start.

          2. Wijanldum is alwyas up against 4 belrus guys,he sheilds the ball well..only issue is no offensive threat from wijnaldum,lakcs vision as usual

  21. Get Wijnaldum out you Dick(head) otherwise i see us winning the most 2 or 3. If we get another creative midfielder in who offers more in the offensive game than Wijnaldums back passes then we have a chance for a few more goals. How can he not see this!! It was obvious in the game against Bulgaria and its the same thing now…

  22. All I can say is we de serie to be out of the fucking World Cupo. This team is shit. We don’t have good players. We are in probably the biggest crisis in Dutch football history.

  23. @Emmanual Do you know why Wijnaldum is always against 4 Belarus players? Because he is incapable of making a quick pass right away. He has to control the ball, think what to do with it for 5 minutes and then he ends up losing it or passing it back.

    You already said it yourself he’s offensive game is weak and he lacks vision then why the hell is he playing on a game that we need goals?

    Tiju you make no sense….

  24. Belarus and other teams have been playing us hard for the same reason underdogs and lower tier teams do when they know they are facing a once powerful team on the decline. Revenge.

  25. THEY. DO. NOT. WANT. IT.

    Once again, no passion, no urgency. Example: beginning of first half, throw-in in Belarus’ third of the pitch. One player takes the ball, decides that, nah, better let it fall, somebody else picks it, waits and waits for ANYBODY to run out of his marker. 15 seconds wasted. Belarus is all back.

  26. I just hope this situation starts a revolution in the federation, league and clubs…. we need a revolution as the Germans did after WC 94.

    But I don’t know if this is possible. If the people in federation and clubs want to change

    1. I agree with this 100%.

      Another thing we need is to find more revenue streams for the clubs. What’s happening in the Champions league and Europa league is embarrassing. I wish we had a couple of Dutch billionaires take over Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV and inject some cash. Raise players wages so they can hold on to the promising ones and develop them well. To be the best, you have to play against the best.

    1. I am sure you haven’t seen Everton play this year. As an Everton and Netherlands fan, I can tell you that watching Everton play this year is worse than watching Orange.
      So you don’t want Koeman anywhere close to the national team.
      A complete overhaul of the Dutch team is needed. Enough of living in the past and dreaming we will be mastering the world with “Total Football”. We need a foreign (preferably Italian or German) coach who has no ties to these stupid obsessions.
      Anyway, the recovery if it happens will take years. Realistically, 2022 WC is what we should aim for.

  27. Mission impossible against Sweden?

    Miracles do happen but the Swedes are playing well. This Oranje team just can’t defend. I don’t see our defense shutting out Sweden. Moving forward we need a dedicated defensive coach.

    Even though we won tonight, the players body language says it all. They were just going through the motions. They looked like they wanted the whole thing to be over as soon as possible.

    Back when Oranje missed out in 86 and 02, talented players quickly established themselves. This time around, it doesn’t look so bright.

  28. I am sorry for my last post. I was so angry with our player’s performance!. What sickens me more is that there is no communication, no leadership in the field, no passion, when they scored the 1st goal they were with their heads down! why?.

    I mean when they really started tring they scored 2 very late goals. If we’d scored at least 2 more goals beating Sweden 4-0 would have been very difficult but more possible.

  29. I was actually coaching my daughter’s game today and didn’t get to see the Belarus match. That said, I think you know my opinions on this current generation of players.

    At this point, I think we need to recognize what was achieved by the Robben – Sneijder — Van Persie – Van der Vaart generation.

    Runners up at the World Cup in 2010 and Third Place in 2014. The only similar period of success in our history was the Runners up medals in 1974 and 1978.

    Additionally, Wesley Sneijder now has the most appearances all time for Oranje — 132. VDV is fourth with 109, RVP seventh with 102 and Robben 9 with 94. They have represented us very well!

    These guys have carried us for almost a decade, and I’d argue that we probably overachieved during that period.

    It’s time now for a new generation to step up. Maybe some players like Blind, Depay and VVD can stick around for a while and provide some veteran leadership to them, but right now the current 24-30 year old players are simply not good enough. We need to focus on the next generation and start getting the 17-23 year olds experience at the senior international level as quickly as possible.

    Even more important though is development at the youth levels (10-17), and a complete and thorough re-examination of how we have historically produced world class players and how others are doing so now is sorely needed.

    I have hope for the future, and am deeply appreciative of the Sneijder / VDV / RVP / Robben generation, but we need to start fresh now and build again towards greatness!

    1. Incidentally, my daughter’s team won 4-0 while missing one of our best players and with my daughter playing out of position at left back.

      I was hoping for a similar result from Oranje!

  30. Alright let’s be honest here. Memphis depay and Robben look like the only people out there with the desire to win. If Advocaat gets off the drugs and plays Memphis and dost hopefully he will realize they are the people who can bring goals and carry the team. A front line of depay dost and Robben would all have enormous chemistry and they would connect very well to score lots of goals. All of you who are saying we are out and dont have a chance are stupid because it’s very possible we can win 6-0.

  31. I feel so bad.

    I need to read a pst about the future: the new federation, the new projects, about how we are going to be on the top again… I need to believe again.

    1. Holland need to score 7-0 against Sweden. It is impossible. Not to mention that the winning mentality is not there anymore.

      If you can not score 5 to Belarusia, how can you score 7 against Sweden?

    2. If we look at Sweden or Iceland, they don’t have any super star players in their team. They can still beat a big team like France or England (Iceland in Euro 2016).

  32. I think maybe we should hire JB as the next manager. His team won 4-0 without their star player and played his daughter out of position and they still had a fantastic game. If he was coach from the start we wouldn’t be in this mess

    1. I’ve currently got a under 14 girls team and an under 19 boys team but I could probably squeeze in the Dutch national team. We’d have to play 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 though in honor of JC, and I’d need Tiju’s help to put together a three level depth chart and Depay9 to give our pregame motivational speeches 🙂

  33. Thinking in the future, KNVB should:

    1. Choose people in charge of the national team and eredivisie, that are aware we have a problem, and are aiming to make changes. No more arrogance and egos fights please.

    2. Identify (talking to hundreds of training and players) what are the characteristics of Dutch football. In other words, define a certain of principles of what is the current Dutch football.

    3. Adapt or develop this principles into a modern football. We need to evolve without loosing our identity.Create the new “Modern football Dutch school”

    4. Create a program to implement this principles. Including training, players development, coaching, etc. Create a guidelines to be implemented by the clubs.

    5. Talk with all the clubs to follow this major guidelines. The clubs should have the freedom to adapt their football, but they should follow the principles of the new, modern Dutch school.

    6. Focus on WC in Qatar, choosing a coach that follow the principles. Not playing players older than 25 years, etc.

    1. Agree 100%.

      There is also an economic component that needs to be addressed — namely the continuing decline of the Eredivisie and the movement of players to foreign leagues at increasingly younger ages before any sort of Dutch footballing identity has been established, but I think your list is very good!

      The only thing I would add is to examine what other nations have done in recent years to improve their developmental system — Germany, Belgium and France are continuing to produce top young talent. Let’s learn from them as well.

  34. Advokaat most likely out after two friendlies that will be played while the eight 2nd bests play the play off games.

    Unless a miracle happens with Sweden but it will not happen.

    New coach maybe on the bench by March to lead the friendlies.

    I am very disappointed, after hearing the 8-0 I knew the extremely difficult became impossible.

    But we have to face the facts. We wouldn’t be able to do anything good in the WK. It would be sad.

    This generation is a flor, unfortunate but true. Especially the midfielders. We might as well focus on the rebuild and hope for a more progressive leadership and better talent.

    It is also true that no matter how good the development system is, it takes luck and chance to produce mega players. Look at Barca’s Macia what have they done lately?

    You don’t get Robben and Sneijder often and their accomplishments in 2010 and 2014 are amazing. Let’s cherish that and hopefully by WK 2022 we will be back.

    1. Not only is Dick a mediocre coach in today’s soccer reality but he is also demented. How do you go out and say Sweden can’t win 8-0 and then it happens? How can you motivate your opponent like this? Now he says 7-0 against them is not impossible. This guy is mental. He should have retired years ago to a nursing home. Also how do you play like that with Belarus when you know you need goals? You have to go for broke and field as attacking team as it could be. What a crappy coach. In fact I believe our coaches are a bigger problem than players’ quality. This player group is terrible but good enough to be better than Sweden. We have been going from bad to worse since LVG. And there is no light at end of the tunnel. While former players in other countries have turned into good coaches our former greats are mediocre at best. No matter the players if the coach is shit so will be the team too.

      1. We have a coach problem as well. Jan analyzed how our soccer style is a thing of the past and only Peter Bosz plays the new style.

        Sweden was very lucky. That is a fact. Disallowed goal from Dost, lucky equalizer with France… and 8-0 versus Luxemburg that held France to 0-0.

        Dick got the points and scores that are fairly reasonable.

        If you look at the big picture and the totality of things , considering that luck always plays a role and you can’t get all the referees right.. the crucial failure of this team was the game against Bulgaria and even though the players played shit it was the coaching of Blind that doomed us in that game. In a tight tough group, that predetermined our fate. Even a 0-0 and we would qualify…

        Anyhow and even if we qualified this is not a team to watch playing in a WK. We wouldn’t make it out of the group.

        In essence, it is better to know the cold hard truth and attempt a real deep rebuild.

        Let’s hope for a better future.

  35. i think adovacate should stay…He has done good ,really good compared to that Stupid Danny Blind..Things will get better…We need to drop certain players…its not a surprise that we are playing better with out strootman…
    if it was Danny blind he would have sleceted BMI over Reikik and BMI would have made it sure that we concede 2 goals vs even Belarus..thats how Danny blind worked in last 2 years..
    Advocate Got it late …We called him too late..
    i blame Blind and KNVB First..
    Then we should get rid of BMI,Strootman,Dost,Wijanldum as DM.(i like as forward).klassen(another useless).My new striker is Davy propper…he is Fox in the box,so clever ,so accurate finisher..
    —Van de beek—-Vilhena——-
    –Frenkike dejong—–Calvin stengs
    on stand bye

      1. Not just janssen many in current NT are orange material…they are so much downgrade to Johan,neeskens,vanbasten, etc,,,,
        who u will replce Janssen???Dost????

  36. Guys,

    it is very sad but at the same time very interesting stage in the evolution (devolution more correctly) of Dutch soccer. We will witness the second rebirth of Dutch soccer very soon (within coming four years). I am truly excited to see how Dutch football affair will start changing. Historically, Dutch has been considered as the nation that can adapt to any condition. Let’s see what KNVB will undertake.

    Last but not least, I found extremely hilarious Balkan’s comments about Dick Advokaat :))))) I could not stop laughing imagining Dick Advokaat forcefully diagnosed with dementia and placed to the Nursing House.

    We will miss Work Cup 2018 for sure but we will come back very very strong and win 2022 WC in Qatar!!!!! History repeats itself…

    1. Finally someone with some sense and knowing the world is gonna end just because of a few off games. Even Chicago Blackhawks had an awful year after winning two straight Stanley cups. And the next year they came back to win another

    2. I am skeptical about a rebirth anytime soon. Dutch soccer is a victim of today’s global economic reality. Too much money has destroyed the future of many talents who could become great players under normal circumstances. Soccer is super commercial nowadays. It is all about money. On the other hand Belgium and France have a great generation due to African origin players. Maybe this is the way to go. If it comes to that though I won’t be able to support dutch anymore. Decades ago I fell in love with Van Der somethings and not Amrabat, Kalou (nothing against these guys) etc. Anyway let’s hope. A period of calmness and reflection in needed. I hope KNVB takes its time and does a better job.

      1. Belgium is not a great team…Lukaku can easily be stopped..only Hazard who is too much skilled on ball ….
        Germany has kroos,Muller,lahm,hummels,only Boetang they had in starting 11 as african player..they are winning it…Germany has class ,i think some dutch players of this generation has it…like Van de beek,frenkie dejong,daley blind,davy propper,etc….

  37. I don’t agree with the statement that “Jansen Ian not orange material”

    Markus Berg scored three goals yesterday against Luxembourg.

    Is Jansen worse player? I don’t think so. The difference is that Berg play in a TEAM, whereas Jansen play in a summarily of players who are not a team.

    I believe that if Netherlands was a team, Hansen, Wijnaldum or Strootman would be play very well.

    So, the problems is not Jansen, De Light, or any player, the problem is that since Van Gaal we don’t have a team but a bunch of players.

    And all our players are better by far than de Swden players, but they are a team and we don’t

  38. For everyone saying the Netherlands will do trash when we make it to the world cup anyways, you guys are stupid. In 2010 and 2014 we weren’t even expected to make it out of the group stage but they proved them all wrong. Alot can change in a year of even 6 months

    1. yeah but in that year, we’re really killing it in the qualification.. and we have all the fabulous 4, who can decide the outcome of the match almost on their own (even Robben wasnt that fit in 2010 qualifications).

      now we have Robben only. and totally struggling in this qualifications.

        1. Most likely we will miss Euro 2020 too. In the Netherlands not everything is being re-done quickly. It is not Germany, it is the Netherlands. KNVB need to appoint Technical Director first, then new coach, etc

  39. It’s funny how Emmanuel says propper is awful and how he was walking in the France game and how he should never be selected for Oranje. Then he scores 3 goals in the last two international games and all of a sudden propper is his favourite player

    1. i still dont propper as midfeilder,he is not my choice,his defensive work is so poor…but he has shown me that he is incredible finisher,a fox in box…So why not him as striker…His goal vs belarus was evidence for that as if that was any other player in orange bar Sneijder or roben would have flew it over the bar..

  40. The oranje goal keeper will have to be on fire at the next match against sweden and oranje will have to take risks from moment one to have any advantage so go all out to win is the strategy. Play like it is the final of a tournament put everything into it.

  41. It is the current u19 generation which has and looks set to produce the next superstars for NT and if the development and transition goes smoothly, around 2026 is year when NT would be flourishing with their next and New golden generation.

    Malen,kadioglu,Piroe,Nunnely,Schuurs,Pierre,meulenhof,aboukhlal,add kluivert,De ligt. This group of players have the potential to make it big in another 4 years of time and let’s hope with some of the current NT players like Van Dijk, van Ginkel,Ake,Sinkgraven,Karsdorp,Hateboer (Atalanta),Riedewald,
    , stengs (AZ), will add a good depth in the team come 2022 WC

    2020 ECS again looks will be similar affair to.that of this one as the current u21s are in the same boat as the senior team.

    One thing that strike the most about u19s are their physic and I think they would weigh out the u21s in this department. Piroe has that similarity to that of likaku typo where he always likes to bully defenders. Nunnely,Malen in front also have a good built and are fast as well.

    I’m putting all my money on this generation plus with a good coach.2026.

  42. Danny Blind should be the #1 responsible person at the end of the day for Holland missing the World Cup. He failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and he should have been fired right there and then. Huge mistake by the KNVB for tolerating such incompetence. Instead Blind continued the same strategies in a tough World Cup qualification group.

    He lacked the quality of the past Oranje players to choose from (I’ll give him that) but his lack of leadership, improper team selection, lack of tactical adjustments during games compounded the situation from bad to total failure.

    Advocaat was handed a difficult situation. The damage had already been done by Blind. The 4-0 defeat to France and his lack of adjustments to cut his losses dragged the team into further disappointment. For the quality that they have, France have struggled scoring goals lately. 0-0 versus Luxembourg and 1-0 vs Bulgaria. A motivated and defensively organized Oranje could have managed a 0-0 draw. That one point could have been crucial. Making stupid comments in the media daring an opponent to score 8 goals just showed his lack of focus.

    At the end of the day, the minute you have to rely on others for your qualification (hoping Luxembourg doing us a favor) the plot has already been lost. Right now, the only thing that can be done is cope with this disappointment and hope that things change in the future.

  43. Teams that have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup:

    South Korea
    Saudi Arabia
    Costa Rica

  44. Not to continue to dwell on our current player selection, but when I look back over the years, whenever we have had any success at the international level, we’ve had top class players comprising the spine of our team – CB, CM, CF – plus some quality wide attackers and defenders.

    I’d consider our best years internationally to include 1974, 1978, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2014.

    During those years, our best central defenders were Haan, Krol, R. Koeman, Rijkaard, Stam, and F. de Boer, although the quality has since dropped off somewhat over the last 10 years.

    During those same years, our best midfielders were van Hanegem, Neeskens, Wouters, Gullit, Jonk, Cocu, van der Vaart, and Sneijder.

    During those same years, our star forwards and best attacking players were Cruyff, Rep, Rensenbrink, van Basten, Bergkamp, Overmars, Kluivert, van Nistelrooy, van Persie and Robben.

    Admittedly, there were plenty of solid players that rotated in and around these stars who were not quite at the same level – Reizinger, van Tiggelen, van Bronckhorst, Kieft, Kuyt, E. Koeman, Vanenburg, Winter, Davids, N. de Jong, etc., but they were complimentary players who made significant contributions.

    Nowadays, however, we just don’t seem to be producing the top level players anymore – Since 2010, the following players have made their international debuts and have at least 10 appearances for the Netherlands:

    Martins Indi
    de Vrij
    de Guzman
    L. de Jong
    van Dijk

    To me, virtually all of these players are complimentary players (the Aron Winters and Richard Witschges of the team) rather than the stars. The hope for Strootman and Depay to become legitimate stars has pretty much evaporated, but maybe there’s still time for Promes, de Vrij and van Dijk.

    The next wave, who have made their debut since 2014 (not including Promes, Dost, Klaassen, van Dijk and Janssen, each of whom was already named above) include:

    El Ghazi
    de Roon
    de Ligt

    Do you see any future stars here to make up the spine of the next great Oranje? I really don’t.

    Finally, just as a point of reference, in the 80s, Ronald Koeman made his international debut at age 20, while Rijkaard, Gullit and van Basten all had their first Oranje appearance at age 19. In the 90s, Frank de Boer’s debut came as a 20 year old, while Bergkamp’s was at 21 and Kluivert’s was at 18. Finally in the 2000s, van der Vaart was at 18, Sneijder and Robben at 19 and van Persie at 22.

    Our current players in this age range are Ramselaar (21), Tete (21), van de Beek (20), Fosu Mensah (19) and de Ligt (18). Perhaps they will be the next generation of stars, or maybe the players who are coming after them will be.

    But as of right now, the current generation of players appearing for our national team (born between 1985 and 1994) are not at the same level of those who came before them. And until that changes for the core of our team, it will be very difficult for us to compete internationally…

    1. I would focus on 21 years old adding some great players younger than 26, such Blind or Van Dijk and De Vrij.

      For instance, Kardoshp and Tete over Jannmat. Depay and Promes over Babel. Kluiver, Berguis over Robben.. etc.

      pd: for me Davids was a world class holding midfield. One of the greatest. Why do you think the opposite?

      1. You’re probably right regarding Davids. It’s a tough line to draw. He and I are very close in age, so maybe I didn’t give him enough respect.

        Late 90s-early 2000s he was certainly a dominant player for us.

  45. I am reading your comments and all I can say is that I love this blog. It’s even psychologically therapeutic.

    My analysis:

    This qualifying campaing everything went wrong form Blind’s huge tactical mistakes and lack of leadership, many injuries all the time, and wrong referee decisions. And the obvious fact that the new generation is still not as good as Robben’s (at least not yet).

    Blind was sacked too late. The damage was already done.

    Advocaat has done OK. I believe against Bulgarie and Belarus we could’ve won bigger. And losing against France 4-0 was so bad!.

    I believe myself and all of us have been very harsh on some players like Janssen, Wijnaldum, Strootman….I believe the system and the tactical plan has been so bad that these players are not playing well.

    1) We have good goalkeepers.
    2) Our defense is good but we couldn’t play the same defense in consecutive games. Too many injuries!!!. But we have a good defensive line with Van Dijk, De Vrij, Tete, Hoedt, De Ligt, Blind, Aanholt.
    3) OUR MIDFIELD. Here is where I am really worried. Especially because we do not have defensive midfielders. I’d have used Marten de Roon but Advocaat simply doesn’t watch the Serie A. In the near future I hope Frenkie de Jong, Van de Beek and some other can step up for Oranje.
    4) The attacking line is OK. We have enough talent with Depay, Promes, Locadia, J.Kluivert, Janssen. Where we do lack real talent is in the center forward spot.

    We are not playing as a team, we lack passion, we don’t have a leader on the pitch. I remember Davids, Cocu, De Boer shouting and giving instructions.

    1. agree Miguel. This blog is a therapy for me after this huge disappointment.

      I feel I need to write and focus on the future of the team to overcome this sadness that I feel for not going to the WC.

  46. I THINK Roben,Vaart,RVP,Sneijder,Huntlaar,Babel,Dejong,Generation underachived considering their huge class..
    Germany and spain won everything in our fab 4 era..
    We had the better playera than Germans and spain still we lost it..
    2006—Stubbornness benching RVN for kuyt..
    2008—Injury to Roben,RVP(we canntwin with out them)
    2010–Stubbornness/ignorance..kuyt for Vaart..
    2012–biased coach Son in law for Strootman
    2014–Inury to Dejong,RVP bad Luck..
    2016–Blind-Hiddnki stupidity

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