Ahead of this month's Euro 2016 qualifiers, former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk stressed that he would rather have Arjen Robben in his team than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, voicing his belief that the Bayern Munich star is a more ... Sudan Vision Daily, 2 months ago
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Here are my three thoughts on Portugal's 2-1 win over the Netherlands in Group B: 1. The Dutch midfield: Finally Bert van Marwijk gave the Dutch public what it wanted, dropped Mark van Bommel and played a holding pair of Nigel De Jong and Rafael ...SI.com, 3 days ago Three quick thoughts: Netherlands-Denmark SI.com, 3 days ago
The Netherlands' "Fab Four" has a fifth member, and he is the embodiment of this Dutch team's approach under coach Bert van Marwijk . While playmaker Wesley Sneijder takes the credit for his two goals (FIFA credited Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo's ...SI.com, 3 days ago
The end of a major tournament often brings a rash of coaching changes. Euro 2012 has been no different. Some, like Franciszek Smuda (Poland), Dick Advocaat (Russia) and Slaven Bilic (Croatia) already were at the end of their contracts -- but Laurent ...SI.com, 3 days ago
LONDON -- Robin van Persie is sitting next to a Dutch journalist in an otherwise deserted cinema, watching images of himself as a young boy flickering on the big screen . He looks pensive, then smiles as he sees each goal: at 13, dribbling past ...SI.com, 3 days ago
I recently spoke with a number of baseball people about the concept of "makeup," which is one of those things in sports that everyone thinks both exists and matters, but about which everyone has a different opinion as to how to define it, and how to ...SI.com, 3 days ago
FIFA's slightly odd decision not to impose the usual yellow-card amnesty after the group stage or second round was always going to create difficulties for somebody, and it is fortunate for the spectacle of the semifinal and the prospects of a ...SI.com, 3 days ago
We knew the Dutch were no longer the Total Footballing purists of old, but who would have expected them to become a side reliant on set pieces? The Netherlands, did, in fairness, have other chances in the final minutes of Friday's 2-1 quarterfinal ...SI.com, 3 days ago
Given its history, given its qualifying form, given the way it played in the warmup friendlies, there was perhaps something slightly disappointing about the way the Netherlands began the World Cup on Monday. The 2-0 victory over Denmark was ...SI.com, 3 days ago
There is a great line at the start of James Ellroy 's American Tabloid . "Mass-market nostalgia gets you hopped up for a past that never existed," he writes. "Hagiography sanctifies shuck-and-jive politicians and reinvents their expedient gestures ...SI.com, 3 days ago
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