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Euro 2012

Van Gaal Admits He Was Tempted By Liverpool Job

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New Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has admitted that he was attracted by the opportunity to work in the Premier League with Liverpool.
The 61-year-old was linked with both the manager's job and a role as sporting director at Anfield following the dismissal of Kenny Dalglish, but Brendan Rodgers was eventually appointed.

WW: Louis van Gaal’s New Task As Netherlands Coach & Brazil’s Olympic Football Squad

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Louis van Gaal took the 'Oranje oath' today and in doing so, returned to his unenviable position as Dutch national coach after a decade. Sure, The Netherlands are an emotionally-stricken side at the moment, but you could almost say the same for Italy and Portugal after what happened to them at Euro 2012.

Oranje Crushed: Why did the Dutch fail at Euro 2012?

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By Jared Mercer

Along with Spain and Germany, the Dutch were pre-tournament favourites, but they went home with three losses out of three games and exit Euro 2012 along with the Irish as the only teams to have gained zero points for their efforts in Poland & Ukraine.

Crushed Oranje: What next for the Dutch?

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Euro 2012 will go down as a tournament to forget for the Netherlands. Now with the coach falling on his sword, who's up next? Making his debut for Just Football, Dutch-based football writer Michiel Jongsma reports:

Well, the inevitable has happened.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ronaldo talks PKs, van Marwijk resigns as Dutch coach & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Many have criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for waiting until the fifth shot -- an opportunity that never came -- to step up to the spot in Portugal's penalty kicks loss to Spain on Wednesday in the Euro 2012 semifinals.

It turns out it wasn't Ronaldo's idea after all.

OW: Rafael and Sylvie van der Vaart Head To St-Tropez, Wayne Rooney In LA, Tevez’s Sandcastle Holiday, Messi In Miami

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It's Offbeat Wednesday again! This week, Shakira's father denies pregnancy gossip, the Van der Vaarts head to Saint Tropez, The Rooneys head to LA, Carlos Tevez builds sandcastles for his daughters in Miami and Kaka wins the King of Cheesy Family photos.

After Holland's nightmare of an elimination from the group stages of the Euro 2012 (admit it het is een nachtmerrie!

Mid-Day Ticker: Van Persie to stay put, Van Bommel retires from Holland & more

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If Arsene Wenger's latest comments are any indication, Robin van Persie won't be leaving Arsenal this summer.

Van Persie has been widely speculated to be making a move from the Emirates, coming off a career-best season in which he won the Premier League golden boot with 30 goals and captured the PFA Player of the Year award.

Van Marwijk: Dutch stars were disappointing

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Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk is bitterly disappointed after his side's 2-1 loss to Portugal yesterday evening confirmed their elimination from Euro 2012.

While the head coach took accountability for a highly fancied Dutch side's three-defeat showing in the group stage, he also made it clear that the World Cup runners-up were beaten in all their matches due to below-par performances from main stars.

Zero Oranje as Bendtner’s Denmark Join Them On Flight Home

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Deserved dejection?

The dust finally settled for Group B with Germany and Portugal progressing to the next phase of European Championship 2012. Favourites, Germany went through by virtue of winning all 3 of their group matches while their victim in that very first match, Portugal joined them after picking up 2 consecutive wins.

Zero Oranje as Bendtner’s Denmark Join Them On Flight Home

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Deserved dejection?

The dust finally settled for Group B with Germany and Portugal progressing to the next phase of European Championship 2012. Favourites, Germany went through by virtue of winning all 3 of their group matches while their victim in that very first match, Portugal joined them after picking up 2 consecutive wins.

Portugal progress as Ronaldo returns to form

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Portugal progress as Ronaldo returns to form - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Group B threw up two enthralling and captivating games on Sunday night, as four good teams were all still in the mix to qualify for the quarter-finals ahead of play. Germany overcame a dogged Denmark side 2-1 to progress through to the last eight, whilst

Portugal were inspired by captain Cristiano Ronaldo to also win 2-1 against Netherlands and finish as runners up in the pool.

Dutch Futbolita: Do or Die – part two

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For the second time in a row: it's D-day for Oranje. But this time, they REALLY need to win this match. Last Wednesday the high hopes they had didn't result in a victory. After a good start for the Dutch NT they couldn't finish it and the German team won with 1-2. Today that result won't be enough.

Netherlands take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in bid to reach last 16

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Two years ago they were in the World Cup final, now the Netherlands are on the brink of exiting Euro 2012 at the first hurdle

Bert van Marwijk's side need some fortune from old rivals Germany to survive in the tournament as the Dutch sit bottom of Group B with no points to show from their two games so far.

Euro 2012 paper review: Holland despair over black night for Oranje

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This article titled "Euro 2012 paper review: Holland despair over black night for Oranje" was written by Sachin Nakrani, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 14th June 2012 08.25 UTC

Sometimes you do not need a love of foreign languages, or a co-operative translator on hand, to understand a message from overseas.

Ruthless Germany looking ominous in early Euro 2012

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Ruthless Germany looking ominous in early Euro 2012 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wednesday night served up two exciting and enthralling Euro 2012 fixtures, with the ‘group of death' starting to take shape. Portugal made it hard for themselves in beating Denmark but got there with a late goal, whilst early favourites Germany continued their winning streak by all-but damning Netherlands to a competition exit.

Euro 2012: Wesley Sneijder slams ‘pathetic egos’ in Holland team

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Wesley Sneijder slams 'pathetic egos' in Holland team" was written by Marcus Christenson, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 13th June 2012 10.53 UTC

Wesley Sneijder has hit out at the "pathetic egos" inside the Holland squad as they prepare to face Germany on Wednesday night.

Do-or-die for golden generation of Dutch football

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Do-or-die for golden generation of Dutch football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Violence marred the Group A clash between Poland and Russia on Tuesday night, as 100 supporters were arrested in the build-up to the first game in the second round of fixtures. A fantastic equaliser ensured the home team got a point from the game, whilst Czech Republic gave their campaign a shot of life with a 2-1 win over Greece.

Euro 2012: Robin van Persie running out of time to collect his medals

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Robin van Persie running out of time to collect his medals" was written by Kevin McCarra, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 12th June 2012 12.20 UTC

Robin van Persie must sometimes sigh over his medals. There are too few for a Holland striker of such accomplishment.

Euro 2012 : The Politics Within The Netherlands Squad, Sun Tanning Bonus and Arshavin’s Mystery

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In the last few days, the Dutch national team has been left reeling from their shock opening defeat to Denmark. So the first thing they did on Sunday morning was to have a roll on the grass. You know how therapeutic lying in the sun can be, especially during such difficult moments and van Bommel, Sneijder and Afellay did just that during their stretching sessions.

Danish triumph gives hope to underdogs

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Denmark's unlikely victory over the Netherlands on Saturday proves you cannot take anything for granted in international football and gives England and Ireland hope that the unfancied teams can triumph at Euro 2012.

The Danes, marshalled at the back by Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer, put on an outstanding defensive display to deny Robin van Persie and co to throw Group B wide open and leave many who had predicted the Dutch as potential winners of the tournament looking silly.

Euro 2012 News: Spain v Italy, The Irish have Long-Cox and Denmark defy Euro 2012 odds

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Euro 2012 News: Spain v Italy, The Irish have Long-Cox and Denmark defy Euro 2012 odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After two close games in the group of death, Sunday sees holders and world champions Spain start their campaign, with a troubled Italy side first up for Vicente del Bosque's men (get the best bets on Spain v Italy here).

Sunday round up

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A quick one for you today, since an emergency at work, and an early hangover following my wine tasting marathon, have conspired to ensure I've only had a couple of hours sleep.

Yesterday's games at Euro 2012 saw Denmark pull off a shock as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a result that makes group B very interesting.

Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark – Dutch Shock At Krohn-Delhi Counter (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

To paraphrase cutting-edge pop trio Bros, this shock result has put the car among the pigeons. The Netherlands dominated the game in terms of possession and indeed shots on goal, but just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.

That scenario is  something that Robin Van Persie will be well used to with Arsenal, with the striker failing to make the most of a number of chances.

Top 10 Euro 2012 conclusions: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark

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1. Euro 2012 has its first mini-shock. Denmark were supposed to be the poor relatives of the Group of Death. This has thrown a cat and a pigeon into the applecart. 2. Netherlands missed so many chances that they looked they would've struggled to score in one of Amsterdam's seedier districts. 3. The Danes were [.

Dutch Futbolita: Here we go again!!

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After an exciting experience representing my country during the world cup two years ago, I am very happy to reprise my role as Dutch Futbolita for this European Championship. During the next couple of weeks (let's hope Oranje will participate all the way to the end of the show) I will update you all on the Dutch NT and the way the Euros are perceived in Holland.

Netherlands v Denmark – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 9 June 2012

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The Netherlands begin the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament against Denmark in Group B play. The match will take place at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 18:00 local time.

Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk

"They say they're going to be underdogs and I think so as well, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy for us.

Euro 2012: Holland camp unsettled by differing views on ‘racist’ abuse

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Holland camp unsettled by differing views on 'racist' abuse" was written by Paul Wilson in Kharkiv, for The Guardian on Friday 8th June 2012 19.55 UTC

Fault lines are developing within the Dutch squad over the alleged racist jeering at their open training session in Krakow this week.

Euro 2012 News: Racism, John Terry, Ireland’s stroll in the park and the next psychic

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Euro 2012 News: Racism, John Terry, Ireland's stroll in the park and the next psychic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After weeks of waiting, squad announcements, international friendlies and travel plans being sorted, Euro 2012 is finally here! The first day of this three week-long journey sees the co-hosts Poland in action against Greece and Russia take on Czech Republic, as a tight Group A will look to take shape.

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Robin van Persie – one of the best No. 10′s

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"Because he[RvP] is one of the best no10's in the world" Van Marwijk.

The Dutch national manager Bert van Marwijk opted to play RvP behind the striker, in the no10 position, against Portugal last Sunday. He was desperate to turn things round and for once he gave in to the strong calls in Holland to play Huntelaar, the Bundeslega top scorer, and RvP, the PL top scorer, together up front.

Robin van Persie – one of the best No. 10′s

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"Because he[RvP] is one of the best no10's in the world" Van Marwijk.

The Dutch national manager Bert van Marwijk opted to play RvP behind the striker, in the no10 position, against Portugal last Sunday. He was desperate to turn things round and for once he gave in to the strong calls in Holland to play Huntelaar, the Bundeslega top scorer, and RvP, the PL top scorer, together up front.

The Netherlands: From FIFA finalists to fractured football team

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Countries have always had footballing stereotypes attached to them, often unwittingly reflecting the nation's wider living philosophy. Erstwhile West Germany were all about strict formations, defensive discipline and attacking organization; conversely, the Latin American countries exercised their creative license with exuberance, as the samba beat of attacking laterals replaced the stoic violin of conservative full-backs.

Van Marwijk – Van Persie will start against Portugal

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The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie managed to score his usual excellent goal in Holland's defeat against Germany but has been roundly critized in the Dutch press for the amount of shots he has been missing in the two games at the Euros so far. His manager, Bert Van Marwijk, has decided to come out [.

Holland On Brink Of Elimination As They Lose To Germany 2-1

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Two first half goals by Mario Gomez have all but assured Germany's place in the quarter-finals and left Holland needing to be Portugal by three clear goals if they are to have any hope of progressing in the competition.

Holland's camp has been torn apart by infighting between players and the duo at the centre of the Dutch storm, Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were once again left on the bench.

Holland v Germany – The First Must-Win Book Of The Euros

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After their shock 1-0 defeat to Denmark on Saturday, the Netherlands faces a must-win game against rivals Germany tomorrow. Lose, against a Germany side that comprehensively outplayed them in a November friendly, and the Dutch can forget about becoming European champions. Holland will be the first casualties of the Euros "group of death".

Agger Shines In Denmark Win

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Daniel Agger skippered Denmark to an unexpected victory in their Group B opener against one of the tournament's favourites Netherlands on Saturday night.
The Dutch side boasted an attacking line-up that featured some of the most talented players in European football, like Arsenal's Robin van Persie, Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder and Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben.

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Bert van Marwijk hatte immer Hoffnung

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Ich hatte immer Hoffnung und glaube auch heute noch an die Chance. Sie ist aber nur sehr klein. Letztlich fehlt es auch an Qualität.

Bert van Marwijk, Ex-Trainer des Hamburger SV, erklärt nach seiner Entlassung in Hamburg, woran sein Scheitern begründet ist. (Quelle: Interview Hamburger Morgenpost)

It’s turning ugly at Hamburg

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Last Wednesday, about 400 Hamburg fans march to the club's training ground as a demonstration of support for the beleaguered squad who had lost five games in a row, a run that saw the club descend to second from bottom of the Bundesliga. Hamburg have never been relegated from the first division and they were founder members when the league was formed in 1963.

Saturday Kickoff: Dutch hire Van Gaal, Park leaving Man United, and more

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The next manager to try and help the Netherlands finally meet expectations is a man who has tried before.

Louis Van Gaal has replaced Bert van Marwijk as manager of the Dutch national team, taking the same job he previously held from 2000 to 2001, when he led the Netherlands in a failed bid to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

Denmark face Germany in quarter final showdown

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Morten Olsen's Denmark are desperate for victory against much-favoured Germany, having put themselves in a strong position after beating the Netherlands in their opening Group B game.

Late defeat to Portugal followed, leaving the Danes needing a win against Joachim Low's side in the group of death.

Bert van Marwijk will nicht negativ denken

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Ich weigere mich, schon von einem Ausscheiden zu sprechen. Es macht keinen Sinn, jetzt negativ zu denken.

Bert van Marwijk, Hollands Nationaltrainer, nach der überraschenden 0:1 Niederlage im EM-Spiel gegen Dänemark.