Netherlands Wiretap

Arjen Robben Announces Retirement Following 19-Year Career

Jul 4, 2019 1:40 PM

Arjen Robben has retired from professional football after a 19-year career.

Robben scored 210 goals in his 606 appearances for a career that spanned Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid, among other clubs.

“It is without doubt the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career. A decision in which “heart” and “mind” collided. The love for the game gives you the conviction that you can still handle the whole world, as opposed to the reality that not everything works the way you want and you are no longer the 16-year-old boy who had no idea what an injury meant," released Robben in a statement. 

Tom Kershaw/Independent

Tags: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Netherlands, Real Madrid, IQ

Netherlands Fires Danny Blind As Manager

Mar 27, 2017 1:08 PM

The Netherlands have fired Danny Blind as manager following their qualifying defeat by Bulgaria.

Blind was manager of the team for just 20 months and 18 matches.

Blind took over the national team from Guus Hiddink in July 2015 but was unable to lead the team to Euro 2016.

Blind said it was “a pity” his stint in charge of the national team had come to such a sorry end.

Blind’s son Daley, the Manchester United defender, paid tribute to his father in a post on Instagram. “Worked at the highest level, a dream for both of us as father and son,” he said. “It was not easy and it has not always been that, but I’m proud of how you’ve always taken responsibility and never gave up!”

Press Association

Tags: Netherlands, Misc Rumor

Netherlands Interested In Hiring Louis Van Gaal Again

Mar 31, 2016 12:33 PM

The Dutch football association is targeting Louis van Gaal for a senior role.

Van Gaal parted ways with Netherlands as their head coach in 2014 after the World Cup to replace David Moyes as manager of Manchester United.

Van Gaal's current contract with United expires in 2017 but he's widely expected to be fired in favor of Jose Mourinho.

Netherlands have suffered a downturn in form since their showing at the 2014 World Cup, with the team missing out on qualification for Euro 2016.

Danny Blind is currently manager of the Netherlands and he's said he would welcome working with Van Gaal again.


Tags: Manchester United, Netherlands

Johan Cruyff Passes Away At 68

Mar 24, 2016 11:09 AM

Johan Cruyff has passed away at the age of 68 after a fight with lung cancer.

Cruyff was a three-time Ballon d'Or winner who starred for Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands' national team.

A statement on read: "On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. It's with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

Cruyff won eight Eredivisie titles at Ajax and was a key part of the side that won three straight European Cups between 1971 and 1973.

Cruyff moved to Barcelona in 1973 and spent five seasons there and later returned to the club as manager.


Tags: Ajax, Barcelona, Netherlands

Germany-Netherlands Match Canceled, Stadium Evacuated

Nov 17, 2015 1:23 PM

A scheduled friendly in Hannover between Germany and the Netherlands has been canceled.

The stadium is being evacuated due to a security threat.


Tags: Germany, Netherlands

Memphis Depay, Robin Van Persie Dropped From Netherlands' Squad

Nov 2, 2015 11:19 AM

The Netherlands have dropped Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay from their squad for upcoming friendlies against Wales and Germany.

The Oranje failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or even for a place in a qualification playoff.

Danny Blind played down a row in training between Van Persie and Depay last month, but he has now opted to do without them for their upcoming matches.


Tags: Manchester United, Netherlands

Johan Cruyff Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

Oct 22, 2015 12:06 PM

Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Cruyff discovered on Tuesday that he was suffering from the disease and will now undergo further tests to ascertain how much the condition has advanced. 

"He has been in hospital this week for tests and lung cancer has been confirmed," Carole Thate, a spokesperson for Cruyff, told the Associated Press.

Cruyff, 68, previously underwent heart surgery in 1991.

Cruyff was a key part of the Ajax side that won three straight European Cups between 1971-73, and also the Dutch national side which reached the World Cup final in 1974.


Tags: Ajax, Barcelona, Netherlands

Memphis, Van Persie Have Confrontation On Training Ground

Oct 12, 2015 12:22 PM

Memphis Depay and Robin van Persie had a confrontation on the training ground before Holland's win over Kazakhstan.

Danny Blind denied, however, that the argument was why Van Persie was dropped from the starting XI.

“We have discussed what happened, but that had nothing to do with my decision. It was a discussion during a training about a ball that should have been given over. Things like that happen often. There are sometimes situations in training where players think differently. That’s what happened and then it was over.

“I felt that he was not fit enough to start. I think that’s down to the fact that he has not played without pain for quite a while.”

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Tags: Manchester United, Netherlands

Newcastle Loses Tim Krul For Season With Torn ACL

Oct 11, 2015 4:44 PM

Tim Krul will miss the rest of the 15-16 season after tearing his ACL.

Krul sustained the injury during international duty with the Netherlands.

A Newcastle statement read: "Krul will now return to Tyneside for further treatment and rehabilitation and everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery.

"Following Krul's injury, Freddie Woodman has been recalled from his loan spell at Crawley Town."


Tags: Netherlands, Newcastle United, Injury

Löw, Sabella, Klinsmann On FIFA's Coach Of The Year Shortlist

Oct 28, 2014 11:17 AM

FIFA released the 10 candidates for the Coach of the Year award.

It included Joachim Löw and Alejandro Sabella, the coaches of World Cup finalists Germany and Argentina, as well as the winners of the domestic club leagues in England (Maneul Pellegrini), Germany (Pep Guardiola), Spain (Diego Simeone) and Italy (Antonio Conte).

The list of 10 contenders:

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid
Antonio Conte, Juventus/Italy
Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich
Jurgen Klinsmann, United States
Joachim Löw, Germany
José Mourinho, Chelsea
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City
Alejandro Sabella, Argentina
Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid
Louis van Gaal, Netherlands/Manchester United


Tags: Argentina, Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Germany, Italy, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Netherlands, Real Madrid, United States, Personal Award

Arjen Robben Rejects Van Gaal's Recruiting Efforts To United
Arjen Robben rejected Louis Van Gaal's recruiting efforts to join him at Manchester United.


Messi, Müller, James Headline 10 Golden Ball Finalists
Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller of Germany, along with Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel di María of Argentina are on the list.

RealGM Staff Report

Three Words Most Often Used To Describe All 32 World Cup Teams
The team at Cambridge scoured over 15,000 football-specific online sources to produce the following chart.

Chris Wright/WhoAteAllThePies

Messi, Robben, James, Neymar, Howard Headline World Cup Best XI
Lionel Messi headlines the WhoScored Best XI leading up to the World Cup Final with a rating of 8.77.

RealGM Staff Report

Van Persie In Doubt For Semifinals With Stomach Bug
Robin van Persie did not train with the Netherlands on Tuesday due to a stomach bug and his status for the semifinals against Argentina is in doubt.

Owen Gibson/The Guardian

Nigel De Jong Likely Out For Quarterfinal
Nigel de Jong will likely miss the Netherlands' quarterfinal match on Saturday against Costa Rica due to a groin strain.


70 Percent Chance Brazil, Argentina, Germany Or Netherlands Win WC
In terms of winning the World Cup, Brazil are still most likely to do so (23.4%), but Argentina (19.3%) and Germany’s chances (15.6%) are much closer than many believed prior to the start of the tourn


Adios Group B: Netherlands, Chile Advance
The Oranje will face Mexico in the knockout stage, while Chile draws Brazil.

RealGM Staff Report

FIFA Data Shows Arjen Robben Ran 37 Kilometers Per Hour For Late Goal
Arjen Robben broke the previous record of 35.7 kilometers per hour by Theo Walcott.

De Telegraaf

Van Persie's Header Inspires Memes
Robin van Persie's remarkable header on a 50-yard strike from Daley Blind immediately went viral.

RealGM Staff Report

Spain, Germany Lead ESPN's World Cup Rank
ESPN completed its #WorldCupRank with Lionel Messi ranking first ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Spain and Germany had the most players featured.

RealGM Staff Report

Spain, Germany, Brazil Ranked 1-3 In Final FIFA Rankings Before WC
Group B features top overall Spain, followed by 14th ranked Chile, 15th ranked Holland and 62nd ranked Australia.


Rafael van der Vaart Ruled Out Of World Cup With Calf Injury
The 31-year-old Hamburg midfielder, who has 109 international caps and appeared at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, was in contention to make Louis van Gaal’s 23-man squad.

The Guardian

Louis Van Gaal Signs Three-Year Deal With Manchester United
Louis van Gaal has previously been at Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.

RealGM Staff Report

Van Gaal Submits Targets To United For Summer Transfer Window
Louis Van Gaal has a list of A, B and C desired players, with prime potential acquisitions including Arjen Robben, Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Four World Cup Teams Have German Manager
Argentina, Colombia, Italy and Portugal each have three managers, while Bosnia and France have two apiece.

Louis Van Gaal Hopes Deal With United In Place By End Of Week
Louis van Gaal prefers to have his future decided before World Cup preparations as national coach of Holland begin on May 7.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

United Denies Having Deal In Place With Louis Van Gaal
Louis van Gaal will manager the Netherlands at the World Cup and then he intends to return to club management.

Richard Jolly/ESPN

Roger Bennett: Soccer Is Perfect Sport For Internet Era
Roger Bennett moved to the United States in 1996 and had to follow big Everton matches by telephone with his father holding the receiver up to the radio.

Alex Williams/New York Times

Tottenham Could Already Have Deal In Place With Louis van Gaal
Louis Van Gaal has previously managed Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich.


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