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Vincent Janssen at Spurs and 6 other Eredivisie stars who flopped in the Premier League

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A penny for Vincent Janssen's thoughts. He would have expected to start this season as Tottenham Hotspur's second choice striker, battling with Son Heung-min for the right to understudy Harry...

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From Lampard to Totti, five football legends who retired in 2017

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When reflecting on the 2016/17 season, it's important to remember more than just the trophy winners and great goals. It's a time to look back on the legends that decided to hang up their...

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

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On Wednesday evening in Stockholm, Manchester United and Ajax will contest the Europa League, each hoping for a victory that would add some shine to a below par season (and provide a back door route...

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Marcus Rashford and Kasper Dolberg star in our #JF70 top young talents of week 19

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Another week, another chance for 70 of our hand-picked top young players in Europe to shine. But which players from our #JF70 list of Europe's best young talents most impressed us this week?...

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AS Roma, Monaco and Manchester City starlets shine in our #JF70 young talents of week 15

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Bored of the international break? Never fear, dear reader: occupy yourself with a look at how our #JF70 best young players around Europe got on this week. After Kylian Mbappé won our #JF70 young...

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Mbappe leads the French revolution, AC Milan and Ajax stars shine – JF70 young talents of week 14

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Which #JF70 youngsters impressed for their clubs across Europe this week? Among the wonderkids who caught the eye include an Ajax striker, AC Milan's ever-impressive teenage goalkeeper and...

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Bayern Munich, Torino and a Chelsea loanee star in our #JF70 young talents of the week, week 12

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Another week, another roundup of the Just Football #JF70 wonderkids making waves across Europe. Deji Faremi selects the stars who have caught the eye in recent weeks.... Kingsley Coman Embed from...

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Sense and sensibility: How Feyenoord climbed back to the top

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Feyenoord have been sleeping giants in the Netherlands for nearly two decades, with their last league title coming in 1999. But steady growth has led them to top of the Eredivisie and a shot at a...

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Justin Kluivert: Like father like son for Ajax’s hottest new talent

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Recognise the name? Justin Kluivert has to deal with the increased scrutiny of being the son of Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert. One of Europe's best strikers, Patrick Kluivert represented major clubs...

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PSG, Monaco and Ajax stars among our #JF70 young talents of the week, week 11

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Our #JF70 review is back for another week on Just Football. From our chosen 70 best young talents to watch in Europe in 2016/17 which stars are standing out lately? Deji Faremi selects a handful of...

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Real Madrid and Porto stars among our #JF70 top young talents of the week, week 10

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Each week on Just Football we analyse and praise the star performers from our #JF70 handpicked 70 best young players to watch this season around Europe. So which young talents shone this past...

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Real Madrid agree Martin Odegaard loan

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Martin Odegaard will join Dutch club Heerenveen for the rest of the season after Real Madrid agreed to loan out their teenage wonderkid. Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivisie announced on their Twitter...

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Nathan Ake, Kasper Dolberg, Franck Kessie… #JF70 young talents of the week, week 6

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It's #JF70 young talents of the week time. Let's get into it. Which of our 70 chosen star young players shone in the latest round of action around Europe? Read on and find out......

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Enes Unal, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe… #JF70 Young Talents of the Week, week 5

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The #JF70 is our annual selection of the top most exciting young players to watch in Europe around a variety of Europe's major leagues. After selecting the best young talents to watch in...

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From Marcus Rashford to Renato Sanches: How the #JF70 wonderkids stats weigh up in Football Manager 2017

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The day has finally arrived. Laptop managers everywhere are dusting off their best cup final suits, studying the methods of Pep Guardiola and practicing a discreet fist pump for when they're...

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The magnificent Gianluigi Donnarumma and the #JF70 best young players in Europe, week 4

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November is here and we're back with the latest review of our #JF70 most exciting young players to watch in 2016/17. After Renato Sanches won the Golden Boy award last week which of our...

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Renato Sanches, Golden Boy – #JF70 young talents of the week, week 3

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We're back with another look at a selection of starplayers from our #JF70 best young players in Europe. Who impressed in our seven chosen leagues this week? Who's on form? And, if you...

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Diogo Jota and the Manchester City loan starlet on fire – #JF70 best youngsters in Europe, week 2

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The #JF70 is our regular feature on Just Football keeping tabs onthe 70 best young players to watch in Europe in 2016/17. Having selected 10 players from seven of the best leagues in Europe,...

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Alex Iwobi, Kasper Dolberg and the #JF70 best young players in Europe review – week 1

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At the start of the season we released our #JF70 Class of 2016/17 the 70 best young talents you need to keep an eye on this season (22 or under as of 1st September 2016). Each week...

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English Premier League

Vincent Janssen exiled from Spurs squad by Pochettino

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen has been exiled from the first team squad by manager Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports from the Netherlands.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf are claiming that Janssen refused to go out on loan this summer and is waiting for the January transfer window for a permanent move out of the club.

Everton agree deal to sign playmaker; €27m star poses in club shirt, delivers message to the fans

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Everton have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax. The deal, worth €27 million, was announced by the Toffees late on Thursday. Earlier on in the same day, the club also unveiled goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland.

International football

‘I’ll Be Out For About Three Weeks’ – Robin Van Persie Refutes Reports That Latest Knee Injury Could Be Devastating Career-Ender

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Robin van Persie has assuaged fears that his latest injury, suffered while on international duty with the Netherlands, is bad enough to leave his career in the balance.

The 34-year-old striker was called into the Dutch squad for the first time in almost two years to face France and Bulgaria in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers.

Commitment: Besotted Georgian Fan Gets Gigantic ‘All-Time Holland XI’ Tattooed On His Back (Photo)

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Step this way and behold perhaps the most audacious example of tactical football body art we've ever witnessed.

According to Four Four Two, the bloke in the photo below is actually Georgian but is so enamoured with all things Oranje that he felt inspired to have his all-time NetherlandsXI tattooed on his back, and at an immense scale.

Den Bosch Introduce Clever ‘Pay Per Point’ Season Ticket Scheme, Fans Charged €10 For Wins And €5 For Draws

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Ahead of next season's Eerste Divisie campaign, FC Den Bosch are hoping to up their attendances by introducing an unorthodox new 'Pay Per Point' season ticket pricing system.

Basically, as outlined on the Dutch club's website, the amount charged for attending matches will be in direct correlationwith how well their team performs on a game-by-game basis.

Dirk Kuyt Retires From Football Just Days After Winning Feyenoord’s First League Title In 18 Years

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Threedays after winning the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord, Dirk Kuyt has formally announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

Kuyt scored all three goals in the 3-1 win over Heracles the saw Feyenoord crowned Dutch champions for the first time since 1999.

Feyenoord-legend for life!

Feyenoord: Dirk Kuyt Celebrates Momentous Eredivisie Title Win With 100,000 Of His Closest Friends (Video)

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With Ajax just one point behind them going into the final match of the season, a hat-trick from captain Dirk Kuyt saw Feyenoord beat Heracles 3-1 and more importantly take the three points they needed to shore up the club's first Erevidisie league title since 1999.

In doing so, Feyenoord also became the first team in the history of Dutch football to top the Eredivisie table for the entire season.

Argentina Fan Gets Tattoo Tribute To Infamous Sliding Tackle That Split Javier Mascherano’s Anus In Twain (Photo)

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Javier Mascherano was forced to relive painful memories over the weekend when he came face to face with a tattoo tribute to his goal-denying sliding tackle at the 2014 World Cup.

With the score locked at 0-0 and mere seconds of normal time left to play in Argentina's drab semi-final against the Netherlands, Mascherano made up several metres on Arjen Robben to slam the door shut in dramatic fashion.

‘It’s Difficult To Adjust Sometimes’ – Johnny Heitinga Opens Up On Life Without Private Jets And Personal Shoppers

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Ex-Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has been breaking hearts in his native Holland after giving an interview that exposed the hardships he and his family are facing since he retired from professional football.

Turns out that since calling time on his career at the end of last season, Heitinga has been scrimping and saving to get by, even having to forgo some of life's basics private jets, luxury villas, personal shoppers as a result.

Join Us In Praying That This ‘Van Gogh-Inspired’ Monstrosity Isn’t Holland’s New Home Shirt (Photo)

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A cursory flick back through the archives has shown that the Netherlands have never really suffered with a duff kit.

Sure, there have been some slightly drab incarnationsof the famous Oranje over the years, butthe Dutch have never actually endured what you might call a 'bad' strip.

Till now, that is.

FAIL: Romelu Lukaku Misses Glaring Sitter As Belgium Squeak 1-1 Draw Against The Netherlands (Video)

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Mere hours after being told by his club manager that he could play for Barcelona if he wanted, Romelu Lukaku went and cemented his credentials by missing an absolute whopper of a sitter in Belgium's friendly against their beloved lowland neighbours, the Netherlands.

With Belgium trailing 1-0 to a first-half Davy Klaassen penalty, Roberto Martinez sent Lukaku and Thorgan Hazard on for the last 30 minutes or so.

France Pip Netherlands As Paul Pogba Scores From Outside The Box For First Time In 60 Attempts (Video)

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France pipped the Netherlands by a goal to nil in Amsterdam on Monday evening to keep themselves perched at the top of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group on goal difference.

The decisive goal was scored by Paul Pogba on the half-hour mark, with the £89million man rasping one in from distance his first goal for France from outside the box in his last 60 attempts.

Netherlands

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Heracles Almelo Become First Club In World To Create ‘Youth Academy’ For Their E-Sports Team

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Heracles Almelo have become the first football club in the world to open a 'youth academy' for their own in-house eSports team.

Yes, you read that correctly and that is why you're now involuntarily weeping.

Not only do Heracles have an eSports team, but they now have an eSports academy with which they plan to gather, nurture and cultivate young eSports proteges of the future.

Netherlands Women’s National Team Change Royal Crest From Lion To Rampant Lioness (Photos)

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For the first time in 46 years, one of the latest incarnations of the Netherlands' famous orange kit will carry a different crest.

Nike have revealed that the new Dutch women's national team kit will swap out the prancing lion that features on the royal crest in favour of an altogether more fitting lioness design.

Eredivisie: Multi-Tasking Father Bottle Feeds Newborn Baby While Watching Roda JC Match (Video)

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There was some seriously impressive multi-tasking going on in the terraces during Roda JC's Eredivisie tie against PEC Zwolle on Thursday night.

With one eye on bottle-feeding his newborn baby and one eye on the tense midfield action, this utility-dad really put in a shift...

CRAZY DUTCH!

‘I Do Not Think I’ll Return’ – Former Man Utd Boss Louis Van Gaal All But Confirms Retirement

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Louis van Gaal has all but confirmed that he has retired from management after knocking back a potentially lucrative offer to coach in Asia.

The Dutchman has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last May, two days after winning the FA Cup.

However, what started as an extended sabbatical is now looking like a permanent retirement from football, with Van Gaal citing "family reasons" (believed to be the recent sudden death of his son-in-law) for not wanting to wade back into the mire at the age of 65.

Spain

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

3 to See: England’s new dawn (again), Italy v Spain and can Belarus stage an upset?

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The Rest

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.