The clash of titans between Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam at the Friends Arena in Stockholm will close this year‘s Europa League. Two great names of the European football – in one corner is Manchester United, three-time European Champions, and in the other, Ajax Amsterdam – the European champions on four occasions. Ajax has all
Ajax Amsterdam, one of the biggest football names in The Netherlands, have had a mediocre presence in the Europa League in the past, in 2014 getting out of the group stage just to be demolished by the Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg 6-1 on aggregate (0-3 away and 3-1 at home). An unexpected result, where
Ever since Robin Van Persie controversially swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford in 2012, it has felt like Arsenal have been crying out for a striker. The latest man to be touted as the answer to the Gunners’ goalscoring problems is AZ striker Vincent Janssen. The 21 year old had an outstanding season in the
The Netherlands have had a history of producing some of the finest talents in the world. Johan Cruyff, Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Dennis Bergkamp and Robin Van Persie are only a few that come to mind. But despite coming third in the 2014 World Cup Holland failed to qualify for Euro 2016. The mercurial
Reports this week that Chelsea have completed the signing of another young player from abroad will have come as no surprise to anyone and cynics may argue that Juan Familia Castillo is yet another name to sign for the London club and most likely depart in a few years’ time having had little if any
In the past few weeks, Riechedly Bazoer’s profile has steadily grown from a precocious talent who has become a prominent fixture in Frank De Boer’s starting lineup to scoring on his debut for the Dutch Under-21 side in its qualifying campaign for the Under-21 European Championship to a much deserved call up by Danny Blind
Ricardo Kishna: Exceptional raw talent. An Ajax youth system product. Future star winger for the Dutch national team. Recently moved to Lazio after having a fallout with Ajax manager Frank de Boer. Can he develop his skills at Lazio under Stefano Pioli? Beginnings At the beginning of his career, Ricardo Kishna joined ADO Den
One of the most exciting talents to emerge from South Africa in recent years is Nhlakanipho Ntuli, the nineteen year old currently plying his trade in Netherlands at FC Twente. A product of the Orlando Pirates development system, ‘Nanana’ moved to the Netherlands the moment he turned eighteen, having signed a pre-contract a year earlier.
As you may have read in my last few articles, the majority which have been to discuss whether the next Eredivisie starlet was ready for the Premier League and today is another. But this is different, this one has legs as Southampton have already contacted Feyenoord for their star’s services, which is why I am
Well, for the people who have followed my articles on O-Posts (if so, thank you), you will know I have had an article on Anwar El Ghazi and whether he was ready for the step up and another concerning the Sergio Ramos to Man United rumors. This article is a mix of those two. Because
There is a talent walking around Amsterdam. His name is Anwar El Ghazi, who is of Moroccan origin and he is being linked with some big European clubs. But the question is: is he ready? But before I tell you my verdict on whether this talent is ready for the next step, let’s take a
Name: Tommy Oar Position: Winger Age: 23 Country: Australia Club: Out of contract Although he has an Asian Cup winners’ medal, A-League Young Player of the Year medal and FIFA U-20 World Cup Goal of the Tournament to his name already, Tommy Oar has yet to reach anywhere near his full potential as a footballer.
After countless rumors, so-called “exclusives”, turnarounds, Memphis Depay has finally signed for Manchester United. In the course of one month, the young Dutch winger went from “close to signing for PSG”, to “very close to signing for Liverpool” to “officially a Manchester United player”. This whole battle wasn’t very surprising. Memphis Depay was easily the
Lucas Piazon is widely regarded as one of the big upcoming talents in world football. Chelsea paid quite a large fee to acquire Piazon back in 2011, and the Brazilian only played one game for Chelsea’s first team so far. His loan move to Málaga last season proved to be interesting, yet unconclusive. A dozen
On the fifth of May – Dutch Liberty Day – Ajax claimed their third consecutive Eredivisie title under Frank de Boer. The whole of Amsterdam heaved a sigh of relief. It hadn’t been an easy season: The Amsterdamsche Football Club’s title ambitions only properly started to take shape at the end of February, just like