Koeman Is Netherlands Coach, Seedorf Is Deportivo Manager

Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been appointed as the new manager of the Netherlands men’s national football side. The Former Dutch international was sacked by the Toffees in October following a poor start to the new season despite huge expenses in transfers.

Koeman, who has been without a job since then, accepted to manage the Netherlands national team. He signed a four and a half year contract, meaning he would oversee the Euro 2020 and World Cup 2022. He replaces Dick Advocaat who failed to guide the team to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup. Continue reading Koeman Is Netherlands Coach, Seedorf Is Deportivo Manager

BESIKTAS EYEING EUROPE ELITE CLUB SPOT

Turkish football side Besiktas are looking to join European’s elite clubs after years of trying. The top Turk side is now the standard bearer after an impressive run in the Champions League this term. Besiktas are the first Super Lig side to enter the knockout phase of the UCL as group leaders.

Besiktas secured their top spot even before the round of final games against German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. For long, the club has been in the shadows of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in Istanbul but they have gradually broken loose and are keen on consolidating their reign at the top.

Besiktas won the league in Turkey back to back, made the Champions League and now qualified as the group leaders. Just few years back, the Black Eagles were embroiled in serious debt. They faced 142 lawsuits and were suspended from the UEFA competition until they cleared their issues. These were aside the match fixing allegations.

The club then new chief in Fikret Orman and the new board implemented several changes that turned the fortunes around. The management worked on branding, financials, getting top players and coaches, sponsorships etc. to reposition the club.

The recruitment policy the club implemented also helped greatly. Unlike their group members in the UCL, they spent just £7.1 million in transfer compared to RB Leipzig that spent £54 million, Porto that spent £19 million and Monaco that spent £91 million and yet finished last.

Beskitas got Pepe from Real Madrid for free, got Anderson Talisca and Jeremain Lens on loan and then got Caner Erkin, Alvaro Negredo and Gary Medel for relatively small fees. The Black Eagles social media campaigns have been a success, building followership and growing the brand of the club.

The club has also turned the fortunes of players that were thought dead career-wise. Former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel is a testimony as well as Ricardo Quaresma and Talisca.

The fans have also been a major source of support as the team grows strength onto strength.

Liverpool players should take responsibilities

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has stated that the Liverpool players should take responsibilities for their current form.


Indeed the Anfield side has made an average start to the season and has conceded nine goals so far.

This has prompted many pundits to criticize the defence for not being good enough.

However, Ryan Babel believes that it is the players that are not taking responsibilities. He said that he could understand that the side may have trouble against the better team in the Premier League because of their defence but the players do not appear to give their best on the field. He said that as a player you should be ready to fight for your team and he does not see the Liverpool players doing just that at the moment. Continue reading Liverpool players should take responsibilities

Is Rafael Benitez to be blamed for Babel’s lacklusterness?

In spite of the bright future that Ryan Babel appeared to have during his youth, he could never really live up to the expectations as the Dutch footballer made his way through various clubs around Europe but failed to become a world-class performer.


The biggest club that Ryan Babel joined in terms of trophies won was Liverpool which he signed for back on July of 2007 for a fee of around €12 million.

In 4 seasons, the Dutch footballer made 90 appearances and scored 12 goals as well as went on to receive various fines for his actions on and outside of the pitch.

During that period of time spent in Anfield wearing the Liverpool jersey, no piece of silverware could be lifted and he was eventually offloaded to the German outfit 1899 Hoffenheim.

Babel’s journey throughout a number of different clubs continued on but he failed to really make a mark and after just 1 or 2 seasons, he was always leaving or joining another team.

There was a point in time, when Ryan Babel said that it’s because of the former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez that he failed to develop himself as a world-class player as the Dutch player said: Continue reading Is Rafael Benitez to be blamed for Babel’s lacklusterness?

SNEIJDER’S THICK SKIN MUST BE COMMENDED

 When Wesley Sneijder formed the integral part of the squad that handed Inter Milan the treble 7 years ago, few would have imagined him playing for a club like Galatasaray.


It is not as if the club – that can be in its own right said to be part of the giants of Turkey’s version of the beautiful game – is a “hi ho” outfit as such. It is just that given the Dutch man’s well known ability and quality, joining such a side at a time many believed was his prime seemed like an anticlimactic way of managing his talent.

Some quarters though will tell you he was bundled out of Inter as the Nerazzurri looked to young blood that could protect the legacy of the old guard. His exit happened three years after the treble success though and the debate of how obsolete he was set to become especially on the international scene sprang up.

Sneijder had before his exit from Inter, powered the Oranje side of Netherlands to the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup hosted by the rainbow nation of South Africa. He was part of the team that sent the Samba Boys of Brazil back home in the quarter-finals, defeated a Diego Forlan-captained Uruguay in the semis only to fall to arguably the best national side witnessed in the past decade – Spain – in the final. Continue reading SNEIJDER’S THICK SKIN MUST BE COMMENDED

Ryan Babel learned to fight during his time spent in Liverpool

Ryan Babel was the star of the show during Besiktas UEFA Europa League match against Olympiakos which was played on March 16 of 2017.


The 30 year old Dutch footballer scored twice which helped his team Besiktas securing a 4-1 triumph over Olympiakos and an aggregate scoreboard of 5-2 which was more than enough for Ryan Babel and his team to advance into the quarter-finals of the European competition.

The goal that Ryan Babel scored in this particular UEFA Europa League match was the 1st one that he has ever scored ever since leaving the English Premier League club Liverpool back in January of 2011.

In this particular UEFA Europa League match against Olympiakos, Ryan Babel scored twice and when the match was over, the Dutch player went on to say that he dedicated those goals to Liverpool as he said: Continue reading Ryan Babel learned to fight during his time spent in Liverpool