In honor of Holland's 8-1 thrashing of Hungary yesterday, I present these photographs from Hans van der Meer's fantastic work "Dutch Fields". That collection, while often paling in notoriety to the scope he accomplished with his later work "European Fields", is more representative of what van der Meer knows and a more honest retelling of the game at its most basic state.
Jozy Altidore of AZ Alkmaar (Google Creative Commons)
The storyline going into the final of the Dutch Cup on Thursday in Rotterdam mirrors the one going into Saturday's FA Cup Final.
PSV Eindhoven are sitting pretty in second place in the Eredivisie table and all they have to do to confirm their spot in Europe next season is win the cup on Thursday or earn a point in their final league match on Sunday.
It's strange, in a sort of good way, how a song can remind you of someone, their image instantly etched into your mind."The Saints Are Coming" (Green Day/U2 version), is one example, the goal music atDe Grolsch Veste – home of FC Twente – now forever associated with Luuk de Jong, largely responsible for many of its airing last season, now plying his trade in Germany he's hoping for a similar amount of encore performances.
Members of football clubs in Almere held a banner as they attend a silent march to commemorate the passing of volunteer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen over the weekend. His sons and friends, in particular, held up a banner with a message to him reading : "time will heal wounds, but we will never forget.
A year before the 2014 World Cup: Argentina are favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
On Wednesday, it will officially be one year before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil gets under way. Despite a number of highly impressive sides around at the moment it is Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, who look favourites to lift the World Cup trophy on 13th July 2014.
Top 5 European Under-21 players to watch (including Manchester United and Liverpool future stars) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Under-21 European Championship gets under way today with England playing their first match against Italy tomorrow evening. It's an exciting event which will showcase some of the best young talent Europe has to offer.
Champions League: The most successful countries and cities - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This year's Champions League will obviously go to Germany and it will be the seventh time a German club will be crowned the champions of Europe. Which makes one wonder, how many Champions League trophies have gone to the other top European football nations.
Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium can all pack their bags. They're going to Brazil.
The trio of nations each recorded victories on Friday that secured their automatic qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, joining Italy and the Netherlands as entrants from Europe in the summer tournament.
Photo: Marco van Ginkel smiling again after successful operation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel has undergone a successful operation on Thursday in Barcelona. The 20-year-old, who joined in the summer from Vitesse Arnhem, will be out of action for six months after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Wilfried Bony Age: 24 Position: Striker Signed from: Vitesse Arnhem Fee: £12m Did you know? Bony is nicknamed Daddy Cool, for obvious reasons. What's the deal? The Swans have smashed their club record transfer fee to boost their goalscoring options for next season.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jozy Altidore Age: 23 Position: Striker Signed from: AZ Alkmaar Fee: Undisclosed (rumoured £6million) Did you know? Altidore's £5.7million move from New York Red Bulls to Villarreal in 2008 remains the most expensive MLS sale. What's the deal?
Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord Rotterdam (Photo via Getty Images)
Arsenal once again will be looking to make new additions over the summer with their defensive issues this season being a key area of concern for manager Arsene Wenger.
The January addition of Nacho Monreal was a great piece of business but with veteran right back Bacary Sagna believed to be a potential summer exit there are new faces rumored to be headed to the Emirates Stadium.
Robin van Persie attributes United's success to first team coach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Robin van Persie has scored 18 goals in the 22 Premier League games he has played. With that, Manchester United have moved nine points clear of any title challengers. Manchester City and Chelsea linger behind with 53 and 46 points respectively.
2013 Under-21 European Championship Best XI is a post from: Just Football
The UEFAEuropean Under-21 Championships have been graced in the past by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, Andrea Pirlo and Luis Figo and judging from some of the action this last fortnight, some of the crop of 2013 will be added to that illustrious list in the years to come.
Graziano Pellè: Ladykiller, Goal Assassin is a post from: Just Football
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.
Ajax turn to their Danish prodigies to make a difference is a post from: Just Football
When it comes to Danish talent, all eyes have been on Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen the last few years. But in the season's second half ouverture against Feyenoord, Viktor Fischer popped up and stole the show.
Steve has work to do at Twente is a post from: Just Football
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.
Arsenal are plotting a double raid on Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali. Reports in Holland suggest the Gunners are interested in bringing both youngsters to the Emirates. Voetbal International claims that Peter Clarke, who scouts players in whom the club has already established serious interest, watched PSV's opening league match [.
If the reports about Arsenal and the acquistion of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Schalke for only around £4 million when the transfer window opens in January are true, it will be the bargain of the season, comparable to Swansea getting Michu in the summer for around £2 million. The Spaniard was not that well known outside of Spain, but Huntelaar is an experienced international with 59 caps to his name, so it would be even more remarkable.
Taking in the Ajax experience in Amsterdam with The Eurofan
It's the home of bicycles,nightlife, Van Gogh and Ajax Amsterdam, of course. Since the launch of Copa90 last summer, one of their most entertaining shows follows the adventures ofThe Eurofan. It's a show presented by Tom Deacon, who's also a comedian and DJ for Radio 1, where he's sent to different football cities each Champions League week to become a fan of the home team.
Der Name Rooie Marck ist seit einigen Tagen sehr vielen Fussballfans ein Begriff. Der Niederländer, der leider vor einigen Tagen verstorben ist, war ein großer Fan von Feyenoord Rotterdam und als er von seinen Ärzten erfuhr, dass er nur noch wenige Tage zu leben hatte, bat er seine Freunde, ihm einen letzten Wunsch zu erfüllen.
Portugal and Holland have both got new away kits, both are supremely smart...
According to the Nike blurb, Portugal's svelte black strip is apparently inspired by the volcanic basalt rock that is used extensively in constructionthroughoutthe country while Holland's immaculate white, red and blue kit is inspired by Dutch football's "relationship with geometry and space.