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 renaissance of Ajax, a superclub back on the map

Pareidolia – the perceiving of familiarity where none exists – is a more common psychological phenomenon than you might think. Frequently reported examples include; finding images in cloud formations, visualising a man on the moon, and hearing recognisable voices in random noise. In Amsterdam last Wednesday, several thousand Ajax fans were dealt a severe case.…

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The making of Luis Suárez: a year in Groningen

As featured on Guardian Sport Despite its very obvious and pragmatic function, the humble umbrella has proven itself more foe than friend to football managers. The modern game’s umbrella-related history is short and sour. Wembley’s Steve McClaren, isolated and forlorn under the chasm of an official Football Association golf umbrella, and the likeable Dutchman Ron…

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Can a Dutch club win the Champions League again?

The goal was scrappy. Patrick Kluivert, on as a late substitute, slipped and stumbled through the penalty area before somehow stabbing the ball home. With five minutes remaining, Ajax were ahead in the 1995 Champions League final. AC Milan, their stunned opponents, could hardly muster a response. The seconds seeped away. The whistle was blown. Louis…

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How Amsterdam changed the world of football forever

On the outskirts of the city, where Stadionweg meets Amstelveenseweg, and new apartment complexes are thrown up to the backdrop of the Oud Zuid neighbourhood, there sits an unassuming sports complex. Obstructing the view of the stadium is a decidedly ugly and square building. It previously housed a Citroën garage and showrooms, but is now home to one of those annoyingly…

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How Steve McClaren went from wally to Dutch master

Teetering perilously close to the swaying trapdoor that is relegation to the Netherlands’ second tier, FC Twente can do little but hope their legs hold out long enough to preserve their top-flight status for another year. As they peer upwards, longingly wishing they were once again sat beside Dutch giants Ajax and PSV, whose seemingly permanent…

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