Football’s greatest – Pelé, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer and Alfredo Di Stéfano amongst others – may already have been surpassed by a 25-year-old.
The new Newcastle number eight favours a defensive midfield role, although he has more ability and passing range than Cheick Tioté, another Newcastle midfielder signed from the Dutch league.
Bert van Marwijk, who led Feyenoord to Uefa Cup triumph in 2002, resigned as Netherlands coach recently following their early exit from Euro 2012. The process of reverting Oranje to play the ‘Dutch way’ again can now begin.
The European Championships begin in just a few days with the Netherlands amongst the favourites once again. The Dutch are currently ranked as the fourth best team in the world according to the latest Fifa rankings
Gareth Purnell tipped us to back Bubba Watson at 60/1 in his US Masters preview column on 22 March.
Club icon can now finally implement his technical revolution at the Dutch giants.
Steve McClaren replaced Dutch coach Co Adriaanse last week after a combination of problems led Twente chairman Joop Munsterman to let the manager go with still six months remaining on his contract despite good results in general.
Steve McClaren has returned to the Netherlands, where he remains highly regarded, to once again become manager of FC Twente.
Cincinnati Bengals’ receiver Jerome Simpson flips over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington to score a remarkable touchdown during an NFL game.
The KNVB Beker (Dutch Cup) fourth round game between Ajax and AZ was abandoned last night after AZ goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado was sent-off for kicking a fan who had attempted to attack him.
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