“Fourteen years is a long time. ‘The Man of Glass’ lasted the longest” – Arjen Robben probably summed it up best himself. After an international career with 37 goals in 96 matches for Holland the 33-year-old bade farewell to the Oranje on Tuesday night. Early on in his career, he had been mocked for getting injured too often but in the end there was just a sense of loss. The Dutch had not only failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, they now have to try to regroup without t...
The Dutch ended 22 years of German domination to win the women’s European Championship
If, in many ways, the story of England in the last century could be told through the ascent of London and its surrounding arIn 1921, the Football Association succeeded in banning women’s football effectively as...
"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.
How Dirk Kuyt helped Feyenoord end an 18-year drought
There are few moments in Feyenoord’s history that quite compare to the flood of emotion that engulfed De Kuip on 14 May 2017. Confetti rained down before the match had even started, the sprawling stands awash with red and white and green, as t...
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.
A wild Max Rushden appears to talk about everything that’s happened in football since the last show, along with Barry Glendenning, Andy Brassell and Priya Ramesh.
We start with the biggest story of the week – the sacking of Mark Sampson over the latest revelations with regards to his inappropriate conduct.
Moving on, we discuss the Romelu Lukaku song and cover the fixtures in the Carabao Cup, stopping on the way to get a Dutch perspective from Priya on Frank de Boer’s removal from Crystal Pal...
Not for the first time, English football faces an intelligence crisis. There is evidence that unprecedented levels of ambient cash may be toxic to brain tissue. The hiring and immediate sacking of Frank de Boer is a new milestone in Premier League stupidity.
Whose fault is the De Boer fiasco?
"I'm just sorry we only discovered he had this in him at 28. Otherwise he would have been a big name on the world stage for years and years", said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri to Sky Italia after their 4-1 victory over Lazio.
The ‘him’ in this case being the mercurial Dries Mertens whose wonder-strike vs I Biancocelesti earned him plaudits from across the world, as well as several Italian newspapers likening him to another sensational player with the same initials who captured the wonder of Na...
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..
On Monday and Thursday mornings, at around 11 o’clock, I wander into an airless room with four microphones. Three other people walk in. We all say hello, and then we talk about football for about an hour or so. Some smart people edit out all the mistakes, and stick the results up on iTunes that afternoon.
And that is how we make the Guardian Football Weekly. It isn’t complicated, it isn’t scripted, and that’s probably why it works.
His young and dazzling Ajax side thrilled in Europe, leading to the Dutch Cruyff disciple getting the top job at Borussia Dortmund this summer.