• Luxembourg 1-3 Holland: Memphis Depay double and Arjen Robben goal help spare Danny Blind’s blushes

    Luxembourg 1-3 Holland: Memphis Depay double and Arjen Robben goal help spare Danny Blind’s blushes

    Memphis Depay spared the blushes of Holland with two second-half goals as they won 3-1 in Luxembourg in an unexpectedly tricky World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

    Depay came on to score just before the hour mark and break the deadlock as Holland were still being held 1-1 in a match they were expected to win comfortably.

    The Manchester United attacker rose to head home an inch-perfect cross from club-mate Daley Blind from point-blank range in the 58th minute to hand the momentum […]

  • Babel: I was badly coached at Liverpool, I needed help

    Babel: I was badly coached at Liverpool, I needed help

    Ryan Babel has blamed poor coaching for failing to fulfill his potential at Liverpool.

    Liverpool signed Babel from Ajax in 2007, with the forward arriving as a highly-rated 20-year-old.

    Howevever, the Holland international largely struggled in his four years at Anfield, although he suggests it was not completely his fault.

    “I think I was badly coached. Neither the coach nor the coaching staff advised me well. I was 20 years old went I went to the Premier League,” Babel, now of Deportivo, told […]

  • Paul Pogba scores 30-yard screamer in France victory over Holland

    Paul Pogba scores 30-yard screamer in France victory over Holland

    Paul Pogba silenced his critics by scoring a stunning winning goal for France in a World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands.

    Pogba, who has been heavily criticised since his world record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United, picked the ball up from distance and rifled a powerful strike past Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

    Stekelenburg, earning his 57th cap for Holland, will be disappointed in his efforts to save Pogba’s shot after his diving hand wasn’t strong enough to keep the ball out.

    Having […]

  • Louis van Gaal responsible for Netherlands crisis – Mark van Bommel

    Louis van Gaal responsible for Netherlands crisis – Mark van Bommel

    Former Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel has warned his nation are “going through a real crisis” and blames Louis van Gaal for the situation.

    PSV Eindhoven youth coach Van Bommel won 79 caps for the Oranje and was part of the side that reached the 2010 World Cup final.

    But although Van Gaal guided the country to the semifinals in Brazil four years later, Van Bommel says the decline of Dutch football had already been set in motion.

    “I think France-Netherlands in March […]

  • I was right to choose Nigeria – Troost-Ekong

    I was right to choose Nigeria – Troost-Ekong

    Norway-based defender William Troost-Ekong has said with the way his international career has flourished, he was right to have chosen Nigeria ahead of Holland.

    Troost-Ekong has featured for the Dutch age-group teams by virtue of his mother before he opted to change his international allegiance to the country of his father.

    The tigerish-tackling central defender won Olympic bronze with Nigeria last month and he underlined his Super Eagles future with another solid showing against Tanzania on Saturday.

    “I was right to choose to […]

  • Ex-Nigeria star Pius Ikedia hospitalised in Amsterdam

    Ex-Nigeria star Pius Ikedia hospitalised in Amsterdam

    Former Nigeria star Pius Ikedia is now in hospital in Amsterdam after he collapsed playing in a friendly for ex-Ajax Amsterdam stars earlier today.

    According to Dutch newspaper Telegraaf, the 36-year-old winger had to be revived on the pitch after several attempts before he was later rushed to hospital for proper care.

    The ex-Ajax stars known as ‘Lucky Ajax’, were leading 7-2 in an exhibition game to the mark the 50th anniversary of the Haarlo Sports Club when the incident happened late […]