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Video: Arsenal target Daryl Janmaat scores a screamer for Feyenoord vs PSV

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Reports over the weekend suggested that Feyenoord's Daryl Janmaat will make a £3.5m switch to Arsenal this summer and Gooners...

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Arsenal set for cut-price signing of Feyenoord’s Daryl Janmaat

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Arsenal have been given the green light to sign Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat on the cheap this summer, according to reports. The Holland...

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Manchester United

Odds-on next Tottenham manager Louis Van Gaal ‘opens talks with Man Utd’

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Louis Van Gaal, the odds-on favourite to become Spurs' next manager, has opened talks with Manchester United about replacing David Moyes,...

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Robin van Persie: Five Premier League hat-tricks

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Robin van Persie: Five Premier League hat-tricks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robin van Persie hit a hat-trick in the Netherlands' 8-1 mauling of Hungary on Friday night.

In honour of this feat which makes him the Clockwork Orange record goalscorer, Soccerlens looks back at van Persie's five Premier League trebles.

Video: Man Utd’s striker Robin Van Persie scores long-range curler (Andorra 0-2 Netherlands)

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The Netherlands made hard work of beating World Cup qualification minnows Andorra before this Robin Van Persie strike gave them a breakthrough. After a goalless first-half, the Manchester United striker curled this effort inside the post from outside the penalty area. While that helped to settle a few Dutch nerves, they still only emerged with [.

Video: Manchester United Star Robin Van Persie Scores Fantastic Goal as Holland Book Place in Brazil

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Robin Van Persie scored twice as the Netherlands defeated Andorra and booked their place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The Manchester United striker's efforts put him just two goals away from becoming the Netherland's joint highest ever goal-scorer alongside Patrick Kluivert.

World Cup

Goalscorers don’t sit on benches and neither should...

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Goalscorers don't sit on benches and neither should Huntelaar

ByMohamed Moallim

It's reached the point where Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is no longer frustrated; this summer will be his fourth successive tournament with Oranje, under a third different manager, but Huntelaar's situation remains the same.

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A Monument to Losing: The Importance of World Cup Heartbreak

ByZack Goldman

No feeling is more coveted in football than World Cup triumph.

But, is there any one more fascinating—or important—as World Cup heartbreak?

Netherlands World Cup Home Shirt Unveiled: Modernity, Retro and Class Combined Into One: Official [PHOTOS]

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To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Dutch football association, Netherlands will be wearing a retro soccer shirt this year that features a larger than normal crest than what has previously been on the Holland shirts.

Combining modernity, retro and class, the 2014 World Cup shirt for Netherlands is a beautiful piece of design, featuring the iconic orange shirts of the Dutch, with the aforementioned lion crest, a sleek v-neck collar and a typeface used for the letters and numbers on the back of the shirt that is delightfully retro.

Holland Home Shirt For World Cup 2014 In Brazil: Leaked [PHOTO]

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An image of Holland's home shirt for World Cup 2014 has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, Holland's shirt for World Cup 2014 features an intricate design on the front of the shirt featuring an array of different shades of orange cubes.

The Holland World Cup shirt also features the retro KNVB crest (Royal Dutch Football Association) in addition to an orange v-neck collar and colors of the Netherlands flag on the inside back of the neck collar.

Chile Pokes Fun at Netherlands and Australia Ahead of World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

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We're over six months away from World Cup 2014 kicking off in Brazil, but a beer company in Chile is already poking fun at their opponents that the national soccer team will be facing in Group B.

Cristal, a Chilean beer company, has produced two videos thus far — one aimed at poking fun at the Netherlands, and another one trying to scare the Australia supporters.

2014 FIFA World Cup Groups Drawn... and Possibly Fixed

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Is this the toughest group of the 2014 World Cup?
The final draw of the 2014 World Cup groups has been made, and there's a definite certainty for some big nations to face early elimination as a variety of "Groups of death" have been formed.

Holland Home Shirt For World Cup 2014 Revealed: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Holland's home shirt for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

Holland's home shirt for Brazil 2014 is a combination of a retro look with a modern shirt. The Netherlands team crest looks more retro and regal than previous crests used in the past. This is combined with a shirt that has a modern look to it, particularly the lighter shade of orange stripe that runs up the back, and over the v-neck collar of the front of the shirt.

Latest FIFA World Ranking – Five Winners And Losers

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Latest FIFA World Ranking Five Winners And Losers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The release of today's updated FIFA World Rankings following the end of normal World Cup qualifying saw England miss out on a spot as one of the seeds for the draw.

With that to come in December after the playoffs for the remaining spots have been decided, Soccerlens looks at other winners and losers:

Switzerland

Ottmar Hitzfled masterminded Borussia Dortmund's period of dominance, now he coaches Switzerland.

Holland Away Shirt for 2014 World Cup: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photograph of what appears to be the Netherlands away shirt for the 2014 World Cup has been leaked on the Internet.

Designed and manufactured by Nike, the new Holland away shirt is blue with orange trim. One of the unique features is the retro design of the Dutch lion as the crest for KNVB (aka the Royal Dutch Football Association).

Andorra vs Netherlands 0-2 Highlights 2013 Van Persie Goals Video

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Andorra vs Netherlands 0-2 Highlights 2013 Van Persie Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Andorra vs Netherlands 2013 (Andorra Holland VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Andorra vs Netherlands 0-2 ( Van Persie*2) Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella- 10 September, 2013- 19.

Estonia vs Netherlands 2-2 Highlights 2013 Vassiljev Robben Van Persie penalty Goals Video

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Portugal vs Netherlands: Preview and Projected Lineups

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As the European leagues slowly return after a summer break, so will big matchups among national teams from the Old Continent. And a much-anticipated battle will be between FIFA's fifth and seventh place teams. Portugal and the Netherlands will clash today at 3:25 pm ET in Faro at the Estádio Do Algarve.

International Friendlies

France vs Netherlands 2014 Friendly Highlights 2-0 Benzema Matuidi Scissor Kick Goal Video

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France vs Netherlands 2014 Friendly Highlights 2-0 Benzema Matuidi Scissor Kick Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter France vs Netherlands 2014 (France Holland VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- France vs Holland 2-0 (Benzema, Matuidi) Stade de France, Paris- 5 March, 2014- International friendly- 5/3/14 Blaise Matuidi scores [.

Netherlands vs Japan 2-2 Highlights 2013 Van der Vaart Robben Osako Honda Goals Video

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Netherlands vs Japan 2-2 Highlights 2013 Van der Vaart Robben Osako Honda Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Netherlands vs Japan 2013 ( Holland Japan FRIENDLY VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Netherlands vs Japan 2-2 ( Van der Vaart, Robben/ Osako, Honda) Cristal Arena, Genk- 16 November, [.

Portugal vs Netherlands Friendly 1-1 Highlights 2013 Strootman Ronaldo Goals Video

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Portugal vs Netherlands Friendly 1-1 Highlights 2013 Strootman Ronaldo Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Portugal vs Netherlands 2013 ( Portugal Holland VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Portugal vs Netherlands 1-1 ( Ronaldo/ Strootman) Estadio Do Algarve- 14 August, 2013- International Friendly- 20.

China vs Netherlands 2013 Highlights 0-2 Friendly Van Persie penalty Sneijder Goal Video

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China vs Netherlands 2013 Highlights 0-2 Friendly Van Persie penalty Sneijder Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter China vs Netherlands 2013 ( China Holland VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- China vs Holland 0-2 ( Van Persie pen, Sneijder) Workers' Stadium, Beijing- 11 June, 2013- 13.

Indonesia vs Netherlands Highlights 2013 Friendly 0-3 Siem de Jong Robben Goals Video

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Japan

Would you like some Sushi..taka? The Japanese style of soccer

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Recently, the Japanese soccer team has been on the rise. They've recovered from the recent criticisms arising from their poor performance in the Confederations Cup. In their most recent matches, the Japanese national team has stood toe-to-toe with both the Netherlands and Belgium.

In the match versus the Netherlands, Japan was not fazed at all by the goals of Van der Vaart and Arjen Robben.

Japan vs. Netherlands: 4 Players to Watch

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In a rematch from the 2010 World Cup group stage, Japan take on the Netherlands on Saturday in an international friendly. Both teams qualified for the 2014 World Cup with relative ease as Japan breezed through Asian qualifying and the Netherlands easily overcame a group where their closest rivals were Romania and Hungary.

Culture

Dutch Fields by Hans van der Meer In honor of Holland’s 8-1...

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Dutch Fields byHans van der Meer

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.

Fat Tuesday and the Paradox of the Post-Season John Ray reviews...

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Fat Tuesday and the Paradox of the Post-Season

John Ray reviews yesterday's matches

It's a funny paradox: when the season ends there's just more and more football. I was looking forward to a brief moment of stasis after the weekend's full slate of friendlies, World Cup qualifiers, and U21 action, but the Americas would just not listen.

Italy

Italy, the Netherlands, Argentina & USA Secure World Cup 2014 Spot

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Italy, the Netherlands, Argentina and the USA have become the latest set of teams to book their place for next summer's World Cup. All four teams bagged the three points they needed to confirm their participation in Rio come 2014. Italy booked their place in next summer's World Cup finals after recovering from going a [.

Italy U21 vs Netherlands U21 Highlights Euro 2013 1-0 Semifinal Fabio Borini Goal Video

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2013 UEFA Euro Under-21 Semifinals Preview

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The group stage of the UEFA Euro Under-21 Championships has come to a close and the semifinal matchups that will begin Saturday, June 15th have been set. The matchups were decided based on how each team finished in their groups: the winner of Group A, Italy, will play the team that finished in second in Group B, Netherlands, while the Group B winners, Spain, will play Group A's second-placed side, Norway.

2013 UEFA Euro U-21 Championship: Round One Review

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UEFA U21 European Championship Trophy (Image via UEFA)

The first round of fixtures is now complete and we were treated to some great matches featuring some of world football's stars of tomorrow.

The first match, played on Wednesday at Netanya Municipal Stadium, featured host nation Israel and Norway and finished in a 2-2 draw.

2013 UEFA Euro U-21 Championship: Team Previews

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The 2013 UEFA Euro Under-21 Championships gives some of world football's next crop of superstars the chance to shine on the international stage. This year's installment is being held in Israel and will culminate on June 18th in Jerusalem, Israel's capital city.

The U-21 tournament is smaller than the senior version, featuring eight teams as opposed to sixteen.

Brazil

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By MICHAEL KLINE

Today's quiet soccer action heads to the European Under-21 Championships before Brazil and France meet in a friendly.

The Netherlands face Russia to kick-off the day, followed by a showdown between Germany and Spain.

The Netherlands and Spain sit atop the group table, with both squads on three points, while Germany and Russia are level on zero points at the bottom.

Latest FIFA Rankings Puts Spain 1st, England 9th & Brazil 22nd!

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England have dropped to ninth in the latest official FIFA rankings. Elsewhere, Spain held top place whilst Brazil plummeted to an all time low of 22nd! Five-times world champions & World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil plummeted further down the rankings as they hit a record low of 22nd place in between Ghana and Mali.

The Rest

Friday Kickoff: Hiddink returns as Netherlands manager, PSG mull Oscar bid; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

The Netherlands have found a new coach for their national team – and it's a familiar name.

Guss Hiddink, who took the Dutch to the 1998 World Cup semifinal, will return to lead the team on a two-year contract. He will start after the World Cup this summer when Louis van Gaal steps down.

Crunch Match for Terim and Turkey !

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Turkish National team coach Fatih Terim has revealed his side's determination to finish the job in its 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, claiming his players had already booked tickets to Brazil 'in their head and their hearts'.


Turkey starts the final round of fixtures second in Group D but withRomania level on points, Hungary just two behind and unbeaten group leader Netherlands its opponent in Istanbul, it perhaps faces the longest odds of any of the teams still fighting for a place in the play-offs.

Quest goes on ! Estonia 0- Turkey 2

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Turkey steps closer to World Cup finals: 0 - 2 Turkey beats Estonia, one of the weak teams of Group D, in a critical match by 2-0 and succeeded to keep their hopes alive. Turkish National team snatch three points from Estonia by 2-0 on Friday, climbing to 2nd place in their group after Hungary's historical defeat against the Netherlands by 8-1.

Luc Castaignos Works In Small Spaces

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Remember when Luc Castaignos was the new Thierry Henry? Not just the same skill set but nearly the same damn thing? Yeah, that didn't turn out so well for he or Inter and he spent one whole year in Milan before being shuffled back to the Eredivisie, where he's actually done quite decently for Twente.

Tottenham Hotspur Center Back William Ekong On Trial With D.C. United

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D.C. United is in desperate need for defensive help, and Ben Olsen has been very open about wanting to bring new faces in on trial. Therefore, it should be no surprise that United announced today that William Ekong, a Dutch center back with Nigerian heritage currently with Tottenham Hotspur, is on trial.

Mark Van Bommel shows that he’s more than a hard man at PSV training

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Mark Van Bommel was known throughout his career as something of a footballing bastard, so much so that he was even sent off a couple of weeks ago in his last ever professional match. However, in this video of PSV training shows that Van Bommel also had a more delicate side. The enforcer pings football [.