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 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
In spite of being one of the most troublesome players from the past decade, Ryan Babel still manages to join clubs and continue performing at a high-level as the Dutch footballer has recently joined Besiktas on a 2 year and a half year deal.
The 30 year old winger is believed to be earning around £3 million during his stay with Besiktas but for a player that has been involved with so many disciplinary issues, it’s rather surprising to see that there still are clubs interested in signing him and to secure his services.
Ryan Babel has consistently been fined and sanctioned in one way or another for some of the actions that he has made throughout his career. The Dutch player had problems during his time in Liverpool, Al Ain and Hoffenheim. He has even gone out to insult one of his previous managers, Rafael Benitez as Ryan Babel stated that it was because of Benitez that he has had so many problems in the past.
According to Babel, one of the biggest reasons of why he could not develop and live up to the expectations that was initially brought up back when Babel was just a youngster and was making waves in the youth academy of Ajax. Continue reading Ryan Babel continues his playing career by joining Besiktas
Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel took to his Facebook page to comment on the game between his side Deportivo La Coruna and Spanish giant Real Madrid.
Madrid stole a last minute winner through a powerful header courtesy of Sergio Ramos in injury time after the scoreline was held at 2-2. However, the game left the visitors raging due to the performance of the referee and match official.
Deportivo Coach Gaizka Garitano after the game said:
“When five minutes are added onto a game in which there was practically no time lost, we knew then that the stoppage time had been added so that Madrid could have a chance to score.
“Stoppage time seems to last longer at the Bernabeu, until Madrid score, full-time isn’t blown.”
Babel in his Facebook post claimed that Madrid influence referees. Continue reading RYAN BABEL CRITICISE REFERRING IN MADRID GAME
Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has hit out at his former boss Rafa Benitez by saying that the Spaniard is the reason that he did not perform well with the English club.
Babel came to Merseyside as a highly talented winger from Ajax. He was only 20 years old, but Liverpool were extremely confident in the player’s ability that they parted company with £ 14 million back in 2007. It remains an incredible sum of money more than a decade ago.Babel had an excellent first campaign after scoring 10 goals in 49 appearances, but his performances started declining thereafter.
Towards the end of the 2010-11 season, it was clear that the player would no longer be a first choice player at the club. It was largely down to the managerial change that saw Kenny Dalglish come to the club as a replacement for Rafa Benitez. Babel has since failed to get his career back on track even after going through several clubs like Hoffenheim and Ajax. Continue reading Ryan Babel Hits out at Liverpool and Former Boss Rafa Benitez
Prolific French striker Antoine Griezmann was on target again as Atletico Madrid defeated their La Liga counterpart Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Griezmann equalled Uruguay international Luis Suarez’s total goal tally in Spain after he got his fifth of the season from close range. It wasn’t all good news for the Madrid-based team as the Diego Simeone-led side suffered an injury blow ahead of the much awaited clash against German champions Bayern Munich.
Ahead of the game, Simeone rested Stefan Savic and Saul Niguez, leaving Gabi and Kevin Gameiro to start from the bench. The only possible rationale was that he wanted rest after their 1-1 draw against the defending La Liga champion Barcelona the same week. Atletico got off slowly, but got a clear advantage when Deportivo’s Faycal Fajr was sent off in the first half. Fajr, already on a yellow card, charged carelessly at Nicolas Gaitan to earn a second yellow. Continue reading Griezmann scores as Atletico defeat Deportivo