World Cup Accumulators: 18th-20th

World Cup Accumulators: 18th-20th

Having had my last accumulator rudely scuppered by a rather dull 0-0 draw between the Ivory Coast and Portugal, the World Cup duly decided to rub it in by allowing the Swiss to beat the favourites Spain and simultaneously splash a further helping of egg on my face. Despite this, I have come back for […]

Talking Points: Holland 2-0 Denmark

Talking Points: Holland 2-0 Denmark

1. Time for Plan….A? I wasn’t overly impressed with Holland today. Granted, they were missing their star man in Arjen Robben, but their lack of a contingency plan in his absence puzzled me more than anything. Rafael Van Der Vaart was brought in initially as a direct replacement, but it’s been nearly 10 years since […]

World Cup Scouting: Netherlands / New Zealand

World Cup Scouting: Netherlands / New Zealand

After a hugely impressive group stage performance at the European Championship two years ago (dispatching of France, Italy and Romania), the Netherlands will be desperate to replicate the same form beyond the first round this time around. Despite only playing in one qualifying match during Holland’s road to South Africa, Eljero Elia could be Bert […]

Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

As managers announce their provisional World Cup squads, Neil Sherwin takes a look at some of those who didn’t make the cut and won’t be going to South Africa. Diego Maradona has always been a tad crazy, and his tenure as Argentina manager has provided plenty for the media to write about. However the general […]

Van der Sar granted leave

Van der Sar granted leave

Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Dar has been granted an indefinite leave of absence by the club so he can return to Holland to be with his ill wife. The 39 year old had returned home for treatment on a knee injury when Annemarie van Kesteren suffered a brain haemorrhage on December 23. “Annemarie […]

Draw made for World Cup group stage

Draw made for World Cup group stage

England have today been given a favourable draw in today’s World Cup group draw, while Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast will meet in the ‘Group of Death’. Tournament favourites Spain will also be happy with their draw having been placed in Group H alongside Switzerland, Honduras and Chile. England boss Fabio Capello will no […]

RVP hit by injury KO

RVP hit by injury KO

Arsenal have been dealt a blow with the news that Robin Van Persie faces up to three months on the sidelines after reportedly tearing ankle ligaments during Holland’s friendly international against Italy last night. The 26 year old forward was the subject of a heavy challenge from Giorgio Chiellini and left the field on a […]

Moments Of Magic #1 - Dennis Bergkamp

Moments Of Magic #1 – Dennis Bergkamp

In the first of a new series, Neil Sherwin looks at individual moments of brilliance that have helped shape the game that we love. # 1 – Dennis Bergkamp v Argentina, 1998 “Dennis Bergkamp, Dennis Bergkamp, Dennis Bergkamp, DENNIS BERGKAMP, DENNIS BERGKAMP, OOOHHHH DENNIS BERGKAMP!!!” It’s amazing how the repition of just two words over […]