The Netherlands national football team will take on Australia tomorrow in their second game in the FIFA World Cup 2014 which is currently going on in Brazil.
The Dutchmen would be bubbling with confidence coming into this game after the result that they achieved in the opening game of their campaign against the defending Champions Spain. They just crushed Vicente Del Bosque’s team and pushed them on the verge of a shocking exit.
Defeating Australia shouldn’t be a big challenge for Holland at all. There is just no comparison between the two teams. While, Holland is filled with versatile players, the Australian team only has one or two guys who can be termed world class.
The majestic season of Luis Suarez has seen him scoring 31 goals as he managed to breeze past everyone else in the Premier League and position himself as the top goal-scorer with ease.
His consistent string of performances have attracted the likes of many clubs around the world but Real Madrid has taken a special kind of interest for the Uruguayan attacker as the Spanish club is believed to be preparing an offer in the region of €70 million for Suarez.
Throughout the years, Real Madrid has made a number of astronomically high transactions which has been the main tool that they use in order to sign their targets.
Glen Johnson’s contract with Liverpool is entering its final year and rumors started building up linking him with Real Madrid as the Spanish club could make a move for the 29 years old defender when his contract expires.
Brendan Rodgers will be releasing some of his players that have high wages and Johnson is one of them and it was believed that was going to be one of the players which will be seeing their way out of Liverpool at the end of the season and considering that the former Chelsea player has been hampered with injuries, the rumor of him leaving the club was becoming very plausible but Rodgers recently revealed that he wants to keep Glen Johnson for the time being.
This must be an ecstatic time for the Liverpool players and fans and Twitter surely knows that. Thanks to the club’s recent fantastic 3-2 win over Fulham, the club members have rushed to the famous social networking site only to fill it with tons of congratulatory remarks & compliments.
Among the many tweets complimenting Liverpool for its Fulham win at the famous Craven Cottage, some of the most interesting are those sent by Ryan Babel & Glen Johnson.
The erstwhile Liverpool forward Babel who is well aware about all the late victories at the same venue sent a congratulatory tweet for his old club- Babel’s tweet has complimented the triumph as “great win”.
Barcelona spent a huge amount of money in trying to bring Neymar and they were ultimately successful to be competitors like Real Madrid for his signature. It has been reported that they have spent close to € 87 million in securing Neymar from Brazil.
He has been extremely good for the club in the opening half of the season and it has helped Barcelona go top of the table – albeit on goal difference. Neymar has already scored 11 goals and created 10 more in just 26 appearances for the club. He has now been compared with former Barcelona great Johan Cruyff by midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Former Liverpool midfielder Ryan Babel has said that he is happy to see his former club at the top of the table. Liverpool have been suffering a lot over the last few years, but Brendan Rodgers has been able to get the team to the top of the table on Christmas Day.
The last time they were in position was under Rafa Benitez five years ago. Babel played for the club during that period, as he was a Liverpool player from 2007 to 2011. He has already called those memories and has also stated that he is happy that Liverpool are doing well right now.
Ryan Babel's former club Liverpool’s 5-0 victory against Tottenham allows them to keep up the pressure on the table toppers Arsenal who are only 2 points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Luis Suarez was the backbone of Liverpool during that match as he scored twice and created the same amount of assists for his teammates. Thanks to the burst of success that he has been experiencing this season, he was awarded with the Football Supporters Federation.
The former Ajax player thanked the Liverpool supporters for having faith with him and believing in his capabilities when things got tough for him in the club.
Kasimpasa failed to close the gap between themselves and the current leaders of the Turkish league Fenerbahce as they could only manage to claim 1 point in their latest encounter that saw them drawing 1-1 against Bursaspor.
Since the creation of the club in 1921, they have spent much the majority of the time in the lower divisions of Turkish football until making a breakthrough after 43 years as they got promoted to the Super Lig for the 2nd time of their history.
Following a number of events that saw them being relegated and promoted they are now making a statement by fighting at the top spots of the Super Lig.
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.