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LAST SEASON'S EUROPA LEAGUE FINALISTS ARE OUT OF EUROPE ALREADY
Spare a thought for Ajax, who thrilled at times on their way to last season's Europa League final before a Mourinho masterclass floored them.
Unsurprisingly, the stellar eleven which dazzled as recently as May has now been whittled away.

ADO Den Haag Supporters Bombard Feyenoord Fans With Hundreds Of Cuddly Toys Thrown From Upper Tier (Photo & Video)

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As requested before the game, ADO Den Haag fans subjected their Feyenoord counterparts to an onslaught of cuddly toys when the two sides met in the Eredivisie over the weekend.

The bombardment was all in the name of charity, with the Feyenoord fans in question being kids from the local Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam, who collected the toys and took them back to the wards with them.

ADO Den Haag Supporters Encouraged To Throw Cuddly Toys At Feyenoord Fans (In The Name Of Charity)

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ADO Den Haag fans are being actively encouraged to pelttheir opposing fans from the upper tiers when their sidetravels to take on Feyenoord in the Eredivisie this coming weekend.

According to Goal, the away fans are being asked to take cuddly toys with them to the game and throw them down to a group of patients from a local children's hospital who will be sat in the lower bough of the stand beneath them.

Swansea: New Signing Mike Van Der Hoorn Once Scored A Stunning Own-Goal For FC Utrecht (Video)

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The bloke holding the Swansea City shirt aloft you see up there is Mike van der Hoorn, who has just joined the Welsh club from Ajax in a deal worth€2.5million.

The 23-year-old, a former Netherlands U21 international, arrives from the Eredivisie with adecent reputation for being a tough, reliable young centre-half who seems to be improving year on year.

PSV Snatch Eredivisie Title From Ajax On Dramatic Final Day, Promptly Drop The Trophy (As Is Traditional In Dutch Football)

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There were scenes of a decidedly dramatic nature over in the Netherlands this weekend, with PSV leap-frogging Ajax on the final day of the season to win their 23rd Eredivisie title at the last possible moment.

Having topped the table for months, Ajax went into the last round of games knowing thattheir superior goal difference meant a win over relegation-flirtingDe Graafschap would be enough to seal the championship in their favour.

As Europe searches for drama, the Eredivisie’s title race...

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As Europe searches for drama, the Eredivisie's title race rises

With seven games remaining in the Eredivisie the destination of the championship is no clearer than it was at the beginning of the campaign.

Vilhena ready for the next stage after emerging from Feyenoord's fountain of talent

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By Mohamed Moallim

Ask a manager about the value of camaraderie and you could be there for a while. Ronald Koeman is no different, his situation unique to most, is common within the Netherlands, and even then it's different. No better demonstration this season and explicitly in Feyenoord's recent game against FC Twente.

Introducing the Dutch Iniesta, the "dancing butterfly", AZ Alkmaar's Adam Maher

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By Mohamed Moallim

Hearing the full-time whistle Samuel Eto'o knew where to head. Anzhi just beaten AZ 5-0 in Alkmaar, but there was no mood to celebrate, instead he had to see him up close and offer a few words to a talent without limitations that left a huge impression.

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Europa League Final preview: Ajax hope to channel spirit of ’95 against Manchester United

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Official: Arsenal Whippersnapper Gedion Zelalem Joins VVV Venlo And Could Not Be More Miserable About It (Photo & Videos)

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Arsenal have confirmed that Gedion Zelalem has moved to Dutch side VVV Venlo on loan for the remainder of the season.

Having spent last seasonat Rangers, the 20-year-old midfield prodigy had been a staple of the Arsenal Under-23s thiscampaign.

However, it's been decided that a short stint in the Dutch second divisionwould be a better option.

The #JF70 2017: Top 10 best Eredivisie young talents to watch in 2016/17

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We've reviewed 2015/16's most exciting young players to watch in the Netherlands, England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany on Just Football. Now it's time for us to announce the...

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Top 10 Eredivisie young players of 2015/16 – The JF60 Class of 2016 Review

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The #JF60 is our annual special feature on Just Football bringing you the best young footballers in Europe across six major leagues. Before we release our Class of 2017 later this week the 10...

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The remarkably rapid rise of Tottenham Hotspur new boy Vincent Janssen

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Vincent Janssen to Tottenham Hotspur is one of the biggest deals of the 2016 transfer window so far. Dutch football expert Michiel Jongsma has followed Janssen's career closely. Here's...

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Harry Kane at it again, Gaudino growing… The 10 Series best youngsters in Europe, week 13

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The 10 Seriesis our annual feature onJust Footballin which – if you don't know by now – we selected the 60 best youngsters in Europe to watch in 2014/15in six major European leagues, with stars of the future selected from England, Spain,France, Germany, Italyand the Netherlands.

The 10 Series 2014/15: Keeping tabs on the best young players in Europe, Week 2: Rodriguez shines, Man Utd woe

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The 10 SeriesonJust Footballaims to give the inside track on the 60 best young players in Europe, with stars of the future from England, Spain,France, Germany, Italyand the Netherlandspicked out.

The 10 Series 2014/15: 10 of the Eredivisie best young players to watch this season

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We've reviewed the most exciting young players to watch in 2013 from England, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and The Netherlands. NowThe 10 Series is back with our 2014/15 edition thelowdown on 60 of the best young players in Europe this season.

The 10 Series – Class of 2013 Review: How did the Eredivisie’s most exciting young players of 2013 progress?

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The 10 Series, brought to you by Just-Football.com, is our annual special feature scouting the best young players in Europe.

Graziano Pellè: Ladykiller, Goal Assassin

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The men in Heerenveen cheered, the women wept. The cause of this was standing on the pitch, hands to his face. When Feyenoord come to town to face local pride SC Heerenveen, Graziano Pellè won't be on the pitch.

Oranje Wednesdays – The Eredivisie Title Race Heats Up….

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De Kuip, one of football's great cathedrals, has seen its fare share of dramas over the years. The events of a few weeks ago when PSV Eindhoven visited was another.

Dick Advocaat said of playing at the ground that it "turns you into a footballer.

The future of Holland? Van Gaal looks to Van Persie and the kids

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From the starting line-up of Holland's opening match of last year's European Championships versus Denmark, only one man started in the friendly versus Italy last Wednesday. Robin Van Persie.

Of course, it was a friendly, but it might be a sign of things to come.

The 10 Series – 10 Exciting Young Players to watch in the Eredivisie in 2013

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10 of the most exciting young football players to watch in the Eredivisie in 2013, rising stars breaking through in Holland. Part of The 10 Series brought to you by Just-Football.

Steve has work to do at Twente

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Following on from Joey Barton putting a new emphasis on the words of Englishmen abroad (and how those words are spoken), and looking only too happy to do so, the original man of accents himself is one unhappy fellow. Steve McClaren, whose claims to fame have differed over the years from world class coach to promising manager, awful national coach and now simply ‘Schteve', isn't enjoying himself in the Netherlands as he used to.

Good Player Guide #22 – Dušan Tadic

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After a few Europa League matches against opponents of a relative low stature, FC Twente's summer signing Dušan Tadic made his league debut for his new team against former club FC Groningen.

Oranje Wednesdays: The extraordinary swagger of Wilfried Bony

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'Phenomenal' was all a breathless Fred Rutten could say. A word so rarely uttered in the Eredivisie it took many by surprise. Phenomenal you say? In truth no other superlative could do justice to the display of incredible forward play he had the pleasure of witnessing from one of European footballs most in form strikers.

Oranje Wednesdays: Ajax struggling ahead of de Klassieker against old enemy Feyenoord

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October 24th is just another normal day in Rotterdam, but for some locals a poignant anniversary, one that will not be celebrated. It was on this day two years ago Feyenoord suffered their heaviest league defeat, a 10-0 mauling at the hands of PSV, in Eindhoven.

New Ajax Away Kit 2012-13

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The new Ajax away kit for the 2012-13 season could either be considered as bold and courageous or quite simply an eyesore. Ajax will play their away games this season in a combination of dark and light blue fused with a fluorescent lime green.

Oranje Wednesdays: Thriller in Arnhem, AZ lose their cool

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The inhabitants of Arnhem and Enschede have witnessed some memorable moments already this season. It was the same again in their recent eagerly anticipated home games separated by nineteen hours. On this occasion it wasn't a tale of two cities, but of two penalty areas; one incident leading to a missed opportunity, the other bedlam.

Oranje Wednesdays: Stanley Menzo – The first ‘modern keeper’

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Oranje Wednesdays is a new regular Dutch football feature on Just Football. Today we take a trip down memory lane to look at Stanley Menzo, the first modern keeper:

It was fitting that Athens was the backdrop of Ajax ending their fourteen year wait for European silverware – the Greek capital a stone's throw away from Salamis Island where their namesake ruled as King – when they won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1987.

Oranje Wednesdays: McClaren magic returns at FC Twente

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Wednesday is your new day for Dutch football on Just Football. Bookmark it, dust down the fluorescent orange wig and dig out the classic retro Cruyff shirt. We start with an analysis of FC Twente.

Holland: The Life and Times of Gertjan Verbeek – carpenter, dreamer, football manager

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A visit to AZ Alkmaar's AFAS Stadion and there's no escaping one particular banner. Created with visiting supporters in mind, its message is succinct. "We have Verbeek" it reads in bold letters.

PSV Eindhoven: Dick Advocaat comeback begins with false start

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It was after PSV conceded their second goal that Dick Advocaat knew he was truly back in the Eredivisie. The maddest league in Europe, and he couldn't have started in a more significant setting – RKC Waalwijk's Mandemakers Stadion – scene of PSV's last (and now most recent) competitive defeat.

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Eredivisie: PSV Knocked Out Of Title Race After ‘Keeper Jeroen Voet Concedes Farcical Own-Goal (Video)

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PSV were all but knocked out of the Eredivisie title race on Sunday afternoon thanks to a 2-1 defeat away against league leaders Feyenoord.

The scores were level at 1-1 until the 82nd minute when PSV 'keeper Jeroen Zoet conceded an own-goal that may take some explaining.

With Zoet having saved ashot right on thegoal-line, the Hawkeye systemconcluded the ball did not cross the whitewashand Feyenoord's protests were waved away.

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Jonathan Reis: A Cautionary Tale for Would-be Ronaldos

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For some players, their story is written on the pitch, hero or villain, infamy or inspiration, their career is defined by what they produce on the field.

Liverpool Keen To Bring Dutch Hotshot To Anfield

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could further his youth revolution with a swoop for Dutch hotshot Jurgen Locadia, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Locadia, 18, announced himself to the world in spectacular fashion last month after scoring an 11-minute hat-trick on his Eredivisie debut for PSV during their 6-0 defeat of VVV.

Book review - Brilliant Orange: The neurotic genius of Dutch football

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Sometimes, superlatives aren't necessary. When a book is so fascinating that you go through nearly all of it in a single day and then spend the entire evening searching for YouTube clips related to the events of the book - you know that it's a good one. Brilliant Orange: The neurotic genius of Dutch football, written by David Winner, is a good book.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s aim at United, almost joining Liverpool and English football

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Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, Esquire, Unibet and Panorama among others.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Hugo Borst on Van Gaal’s history in Holland, Verheijen’s criticism and influence on Guardiola

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Print journalists, radio presenters, biographers, TV personalities, pundits; there are a lot of jobs in football, even if you are not a former professional. Hugo Borst has done it all though. Starting out as a journalist for esteemed Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Borst made his strides through journalism before ending up at Algemeen Dagblad, Esquire, Unibet and Panorama among others.

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Dutch ponder total flopball after World Cup failure

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The Hague (AFP) – Dutch football fans are in mourning after the once mighty Oranje failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, plunging the inventors of “total football” into a collective bout of soul-searching.

Not even two goals from retiring legend Arjen Robben against Sweden could save the stuttering Dutch football machine, which now has the dubious distinction of failing to make it to two major football competitions in a row.

OFFBEAT: The Drama Of Sylvie & Rafael Van der Vaart, The Rooneys At Beyonce & Irina Shayk’s Gift From Ronaldo

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Welcome to Los Chicas Chismes, your weekly footie gossip special! This week, The Rooneys attend a Beyoncé concert, Real Madrid's 86-year-old legend, Alfredo di Stefano, marries his 36-year-old secretary, Sylvie and Rafael van der Vaart's relationship drama hits insane proportions and Irina Shayk gets her model booker a gift from Cristiano Ronaldo!

Dutch journalist reveals Brazilian agent complications in Douglas deal

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Speaking in an interview for "talksport" radio, their consultant on matters of Dutch football, Marcel van der Kraan, suggested that Newcastle United's alleged pursuit of FC Twente centre back, Douglas Franco Teixeira, has been complicated by the fact that he is a Brazilian who is owned by three Brazilian agents, who will all want "a [.