Football in general. Dutch football in particular. The odd literary essay, some poetry, now and then.
"It's ridiculous. It's brilliant!"
Hans Nijland, general director of FC Groningen, is talking about the rapid rise of Luis Suarez from a chubby teenager in the Dutch club's white-and-green strip to arguably the best striker in the world. He uses the two words that perhaps best summarize Suarez in general.
Barcelona’s brilliant winger will come up against Lucy Bronze in a duel that could help decide a potentially thrilling semi-final
Memphis Depay’s father walked out on him and his mother when he was four, but having dealt with a difficult upbringing he is now poised to bring his talents to a wider stage with Holland and Manchester United...
Six months before Euro 2017 the hosts were in disarray but their coach galvanised the players into a team who dominated the tournament
It seems strange how much has transpired in the last 12 months in Dutch (men’s) football. This time last year, PSV were still playing in a European competition, Feyenoord were still trying to shrug off tags of perennial ‘also-rans’, and Ajax were getting off to a slow start under a new manager after a season in which they could have won the title on the last day. Oh wait.
To say Peter Bosz is an interesting man would be an understatement. From the way he handled his own contract negotiations as a player to his religiously-compiled notes on the words and insight of Johan Cruijff and Rinus Michels and his obsessive need to re-watch games and reflect. And that’s..
An attempt at an Elizabethean sonnet about Lionel Messi, on his 30th birthday.
His young and dazzling Ajax side thrilled in Europe, leading to the Dutch Cruyff disciple getting the top job at Borussia Dortmund this summer.
From the favourites Germany to rank outsiders Portugal and Russia via the hosts and England, the lowdown on the 16 teams gunning for glory
“Future: Feyenoord?” Those two humble words were the last to leave the medium-build Austrian’s pen as he hunched over a table in favourite cafe in central Vienna.
On May 23rd, the whole of Almelo was on its feet in jubilation. Less than 75,000 people inhabit the little city tucked away in the east of the Netherlands and, as faces dotted the windows and people w...
On 8th May, 2016, Ajax travelled to the home of De Graafschap, needing a win of any sort to seal.....
A poem on the greatest footballer of all time, and certainly the most influential; on his first death anniversary.
July 3, 1974: crowds the Westfalenstadion in a match between two immensely talented sides. A match whose victor would face the host nation in a quest to etch their names into the history books indelibly; to hold and cradle the newly-commissioned, fresh-from-the-workshop five kilo golden baby that was the World Cup.
In the Dutch media, Hakim Ziyech has come to be known as ‘Hakim the Silent’. Since the start of 2016, he no longer attends press conferences or interviews of any sort; Ziyech and his agent feel the…...