August 21, 2008

The changes in Dutch football regime/ England vs Czech Republic/ Bye bye Brian Barwick

Last night, Holland played Russia in an International friendly. But haven't they played each other before? Yes, Russia played Holland in Euro 2008 exactly two months ago and Holland was beaten 1-3 by Russia. But since that day, the Dutch national team has changed a lot. Let's compare:

Euro 2008

Coach: Van Basten

Captain: Van der Sar

Goalkeeper: Van der Sar

Key striker: Van Nistelrooy

Last night

Coach: Bert Van Marwijk (don't worry, no one here really knows who he is, apart from the fact that he is the father in law of Van Bommel)

Captain: Probably Giovanni van Bronkhorst (he looked a bit Italian to me during Euro 2008 because he had heavy tan)

Goalkeeper: Maarten Stekelenburg (new to me even though he played during Euro 2008 against Romania. Not a clue about who he is)

Key striker: Robin van Persie/ Klaas-Jan Huntelaar ( everyone should know Van Persie by now, whether we like him or dislike him is another question, but who the hell is Huntelaar?)

Well, the Dutch Football Regime has changed. Hope the Dutch will get into the World Cup. If they don't, then support Scotland because they are in the same qualification group!

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England played badly against Czech Republic last night. It was 2-2. It seems no coach can ever change the way England plays football, not even Capello. I predict in ten years' time, many people will say that Sven Goran Eriksson is the best England coach of the 21st century so far.

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I am glad that big-headed Brian Barwick is leaving the FA at the end of the year. He was the one who hired the useless Brollyman Steve McCLa-Laren as the England manager. As a gesture of goodwill, I dearly wish Barwick the best of luck in the future, whatever he will be, because he needs it.


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    I am glad that big-headed Brian Barwick is leaving the FA at the end of the year. He was the one who hired the useless Brollyman Steve McCLa-Laren as the England manager

    Well, that’s a contentious point. Barwick didn’t want McLaren at all, he wanted Martin O’Neill, but nobody else in the FA wanted O’Neill and Barwick didn’t really stand up for himself enough. He was forced to support the appointment of McLaren, rather than something he did willingly really.

    Huntelaar is a fantastic striker, will probably end up at Man Utd if they fail to get their hands on Berbatov/Santa Cruz.

    21 Aug 2008, 16:10

  2. Allan Smith

    Stekelenburg and Huntelaar both play for Ajax; Stekelenburg has been their no.1 for a while now and was expected to slip into VDS’s spot once he retired, and Huntelaar is enjoying a big reputation after scoring exploits for Heerenveen and Ajax (a number of big European clubs tend to be linked with his signature)

    22 Aug 2008, 13:27

  3. Thank you for your comments. I am hoping that England and Holland will do well in their World Cup Qualifiers.

    22 Aug 2008, 17:02


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