The Netherlands Magazine

No country has given more to the modern game than the Netherlands and no single city has given more than Amsterdam. Simply put, it’s a nation that has reinvented, redefined and reshaped football as we know it. It’s also a history that is rich beyond just the names we know so well; the likes of…

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The soap opera of Antonio Cassano

Most of what attracts football fans to the beautiful game is all a matter of personal preference and taste. For the dramatic, an individual moment of magic and unexpected brilliance to lead their club to a late victory delivers instant gratification. Tensions raised between two opposing sides in a heated derby will surely satisfy the…

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Terry Cooke: the Class of ‘92’s long lost graduate

On the day legendary Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrison was formally honoured for his extraordinary developmental work with young footballers – most notably his discovery and nurturing of the Class of ‘92, “Fergie’s Fledglings”, the cherished crop of youngsters who burst free from the Manchester United academy and into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team…

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Claudio Gentile: in defence of the dark arts master

The brutality was as effective as it was violent. The claustrophobia inflicted on his opponents was stifling to the point of suffocation. Reputations were swept away as easily as a standing leg when receiving the ball. Such was its effectiveness and the relentlessness with which it was pursued, Claudio Gentile’s performances in the second round…

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Six decades of uncertainty for Karlsruher SC

Two years ago, Hamburger SV came within seconds of a very first relegation from the Bundesliga. The Dinosaur, the only club to contest each and every Bundesliga campaign since its inception in 1963, were all but down. A 91st-minute equaliser from Chilean international midfielder Marcelo Díaz succeeded in halting the 1983 European Cup winners from…

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The tragedy of Robert Enke

Bodo Illgner, Andreas Köpke, Oliver Kahn, Jens Lehmann, Manuel Neuer; the list of Germany’s first-choice goalkeepers over the past three decades reads off like a reel of dynastic succession. Not only is it successively easier on the tongue, it also represents some sort of evolution in the goalkeeping lineage, eventually culminating – for now –…

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