The manager of Netherlands football team, Louis Van Gaal, has said that his team shouldn’t take its next World Cup qualifier against Andorra lightly.
Netherlands is currently at the top position in the Group D points table. They have won 6 out of the 7 World Cup qualifying games that they have played so far. They currently have 19 points which is 6 more than the no. 2 Romania.
However, Netherland’s last game against Estonia was a draw. They were actually in a spot of bother in that game and at one point of time; it seemed as if they would suffer a shocking defeat, but, a superb leveller scored by Robin Van Persie just a couple of minutes before the end saved them from that humiliation.
Talking to the reporters ahead of the game against Andorra, Van Gaal said, “We can’t take this game easily. Yes, we are a better side on paper, but, that doesn’t matter. It all depends on how you execute your plans out there. We were the favourites against Estonia as well, but, we just got one point from that game.”
The Dutch manager also backed Stefan de Vrij who is being heavily criticized for a poor outing against Estonia.
Van Gaal said, “Soccer is a team game. So, picking out a single player and saying that he is the main culprit, it’s not fair.”
Arjen Robben who was one of the two goal scorers for Netherlands in that game against Estonia will not feature against Andorra because of the suspension. When asked about that, Van Gaal said, “We haven’t got too any options on wing. So, his suspension is definitely a big blow.”
If the Dutch team wins the game against Andorra and Romania doesn’t secure 3 points against Turkey, the Oranje will make their way into the finals.
A number of Premier league clubs have been showing interest in Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld as we approach the final few days of the transfer window.
Alderweireld has done nothing to dismiss the speculation by admitting that he would be open to a move to the Premier league. He did admit that he has not taken a decision on his future yet. The 24-year-old is a highly rated young defender, who is on the eyes of several Premier league clubs. His future has also been much speculated along with midfielder Christian Eriksen, who has been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.
Tottenham also appear to be interested in Alderweireld, and he has said that the English outfit has not made an official offer yet. It is quite possible that Tottenham will be on the lookout for a new defender after allowing the likes of Caulker to leave the club in the last few weeks. The release of defender William Gallas has also made Tottenham extremely thin in this position.
The club has already enjoyed a lot of success in the form of signing a player who has played in the Dutch league in the past. Jan Vertonghen appears to have successfully settled following his transformation from the Dutch league to the Premier league.
“We will see, if they [Tottenham] are very interested then I will hear what their plans are. [There is no offer from Everton] that I know of, maybe my manager knows. But I was focusing on the [Belgium] game and now I’m focusing on Sunday. I didn’t hear from those clubs. But those are beautiful clubs and the Premier League is a beautiful competition, so we will see,” said Alderweireld. He has been at Ajax since 2009. His versatility of being able to play at right back along with centre back has appealed to a lot of clubs.
Ryan Babel has signed for the Turkish club Kasimpasa. The manager of the club, Shota Arveladze, confirmed his signing yesterday.
Babel’s former club Ajax Amsterdam decided not to give him a contract extension at the end of the last season. So, the Dutch international was available on a free transfer.
Babel had joined Ajax for the second time in his career at the start of the last season. He had signed just a 1-year deal with his boyhood club.
Babel’s performance for Ajax in the last season was not that poor. He had featured for them in 22 games and had found the back of the net 5 times. He had also assisted 7 goals.
Actually, Babel had begun his career at Ajax. He started playing for the senior team of Ajax in 2004. His debut match was against ADO Den Haag. That was an Eredivisie match and Ajax won it by a huge margin of 4-0.
Babel didn’t get any more playing opportunities in the remaining part of 2003-04 season. His first goal for Ajax came in the first half of the next season in a match against De Graafschap.
Babel always struggled for consistency during his first tenure at Ajax and that’s why, he never managed to cement his spot in the starting XI.
Babel played 73 games for Ajax during his first tenure and netted 14 times.
In July 2007, Babel was sold to Liverpool. The transfer fee paid by the Reds for buying Babel was 14 Million Pounds.
After signing for Kasimpasa, Babel said, “People of Turkey absolutely love their football and I am looking forward to playing there. It would be fun playing in front of jam packed crowds.”
Babel has signed a 3-year deal with Kasimpasa.
The director of football at Ajax Amsterdam, Marc Overmars, has admitted that Christian Eriksen might want to take a transfer at the end of this season.
A lot of big clubs have shown interest in signing Eriksen recently and a couple of months back, Eriksen himself had also admitted that he would like to play for a Premier League or a La Liga club. So, there have been speculations that Eriksen might leave Ajax during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Premier League clubs which have shown interest in Eriksen are Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
When asked if he thinks that Eriksen might leave the club at the end of the ongoing season, Overmars said, “That might be the case. Obviously, we don’t want him to take a transfer as he has been a match winner for us. Let’s see what happens. If Christian gets offers from big clubs, obviously, he would want to leave. But, if he doesn’t get big offers, probably, he would stay here.”
Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, has also hinted that the Danish midfielder would consider a move away during the summer transfer window.
Schoots said, “It’s not the right time to talk about transfer issues. The season is still in progress and Christian only wants to focus on his game at this point of time. After the end of the season, we will see. But, I would not say that he would not accept any offer during the summer transfer window. If he gets a good offer, he might accept it.”
Eriksen had joined Ajax in October 2008. Ajax had paid a transfer fee of 1 million Euros for buying him from Odense Boldklub.
Eriksen has played 99 matches for Ajax so far and has netted 20 times.
The Ajax manager Frank de Boer has revealed that he has already turned down two opportunities to leave the club. The manager of the Dutch team has said that he received a great offer from Spartak Moscow, who are currently without a manager following the sacking of the former Valencia manager Unai Emery.
It is thought that they had made Frank de Boer their number one target, but the Ajax manager has revealed that he has turned down that opportunity to remain with the Dutch club. De Boer is in the process of rebuilding the Ajax team to the former glory.
Despite being in a very tough group in the Champions League, de Boer has been able to get Ajax to the Europa league knockout stages. They are also third in the Dutch Eredivisie, but just three points behind leaders PSV. Hence, they have a real opportunity to win the title this season. Despite having a number of volatile players in the squad, de Boer has been able to bring them together and get results. It has impressed the eastern European club Spartak Moscow, who were on the lookout for a replacement for Emery. As a result, Spartak Moscow have now appointed the technical director Valery Karpin as the manager till the end of the season.
"My work with Ajax is not finished. There is still a lot of growth in this team and at Ajax I have fun every day. Also my family played a part in my decision. I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife. She owns her own shop where she has a lot of fun. Was I supposed to tell them 'we are going to Russia?' No. Money is not the most important thing. Six million euros net per year from Spartak was a lot of money but that's me," said de Boer.
The Ajax midfielder Ryan Babel has said that he is extremely happy with the performance put in by their team in the last two European matches against Manchester City, which has helped them to the third position in the Champions League group stage.
Ajax have taken a total of four points from the last two matches against Manchester City. This means that they are ahead of the Premier league champions in the group, with a real chance of being able to seal a spot in the latter stages of the Europa league in the reckoning. The former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel, who plays for the Dutch club now, says that he is happy with the performance of the team in these two matches.
Babel said prior to the two matches that it is extremely important that Ajax look for at least a win from these two matches, but they have excelled by getting a worthy 2-2 draw at the Etihad stadium as well. Now, they will be going into the remaining two matches against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund with real confidence that they can progress to the Europa league at least even as the prospect of reaching the last 16 stage of the Champions League looks really tough.
"It was a statement to the other teams. We have to analyse what the gameplan will be for the next two games but I think these two games will give us confidence. We have to take it step by step but I think we made a little statement," said Ryan Babel after the match. Despite their good run of form in the European competition, Ajax are struggling in the Dutch Eredivisie. There are currently in the fourth position after having won only once in the last five matches in the league.
Ryan Babel’s club, Ajax, has been defeated by Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League match at Signal-Iduna-Park. It was a very close match. There was only goal scored in the entire match.
The Dortmund players didn’t disappoint more than 60,000 home supporters who were out there in the stadium to watch this important encounter. Both the teams lost a few opportunities in the match, but, the Dortmund boys were just fantastic in the last 10 minutes.
The Ajax players attacked right from the outset and had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the first half. Ryan Babel got the ball in the midfield and he got rid of a couple of Dortmund midfielders and then, passed the ball to Christian Eriksen inside the penalty area. Eriksen just had to beat the goalkeeper, but, he didn’t manage to do that. Roman Weidenfeller didn’t have to do much to stop that ball.
Just a few minutes later, the hosts also had the opportunity to get ahead in the game. Mario Gotze made his way through the midfield and entered the penalty box. But, his shot was brilliantly cleared by Niklas Moisander. The first half went without a goal.
Ajax again had the opportunity to score a goal in the earlier part of the second half, but, Babel was not able to place his header perfectly. The ball hit the bar of the goal post and another chance went begging. There was no goal scored in the match till the 85th minute and the match seemed to be going towards a goalless draw. But, that wasn’t the case to be. Robert Lewandowski was the one who scored the match winning goal for Dortmund in the 87th minute. He beat Kenneth Vermeer with a powerful shot. Ajax didn’t manage to score the leveller in the remaining time and lost the match.
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West Ham have gone a long way to alleviating the pressure of Premier League survival with the signing of Andy Carroll. Carroll may not be everyone’s idea of a modern striker but there can be no doubt he’s the best in the league at doing what he does, and with Sam Allardyce’s direct tactics his career could be reborn this season.
Liverpool seem to have made a rash decision in getting rid of Carroll so soon without any real cover in the striking area. They’ve lowered the wage bill but at the expense of being left with just two recognised senior strikers. After Carroll shone in West Ham’s 3-0 demolition of Fulham many Liverpool fans are asking questions of the people who make the financial decisions at Anfield.
Carroll is a real battering ram of a centre forward and his all action display against Fulham showed exactly how effective he can be if a team plays to his strengths. West Ham surely couldn’t have imagined having a £35million pound striker playing for them last year, but Carroll’s fall from grace at Liverpool means they have just that.
With Carroll heading the ball into 50-50 areas and Nolan feeding off the scraps West Ham will be looking to emulate the success Newcastle had with that exact same combination. Throw Vaz Te, Noble and Jarvis into the mix and the Hammers look to have a genuinely effective side.
If Carroll can overcome his early hamstring injury and pick up where he left off you’d think that West Ham would be near certain to avoid the drop. As long as Carroll is up there wreaking chaos chances will occur.
West Ham are around about 3/1 to go down which means that the uk online casinos and bookies think they are now reasonably safe. Southampton remain firm favourites for the drop at around about even-money.
The manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Markus Babbel, has made it clear that the club wants to release Ryan Babel. As per the manager, when Babel joined the club last season, the club had a lot of expectations from him. But, he has not been able to stand up to the expectations. He has not shown enough commitment and that is not acceptable. He doesn’t work hard in the training sessions. He said that Babel doesn’t give his 100% for the team and there is no place for such a player in the Hoffenheim team.
Sunday’s match in Kharkiv sees Portugal face 1988 winners the Netherlands, with the latter knowing that victory is imperative if they are to have any chance of qualifying from Group B. They must beat Portugal by two clear goals, as well as hoping fierce rivals Germany pick up all three points in their game against Denmark.