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?

Ryan Babel Hits out at Liverpool and Former Boss Rafa Benitez

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

Danny Blind reckons what is absolutely necessary For the Dutch

Danny Blind reckons what is absolutely necessary For the Dutch to learn is how to finish off the games.

The manager was moaning the fact that after making it 2-2 from 0-2 against France, the Oranje wasted all the effort by letting the opposition score another one to take the game away.

Blind, however, touched upon the other parts of the game as well especially that initial period where the visitors were slapped two goals.

According to Blind, if his players had been alert enough, those strikes, which got the Netherlands in the position of huge disadvantage so early, could not have been possible

But, at the end, what Blind was finding hard to digest was that once those two goals were made up for and the draw was on the horizon, another bit of carelessness from the Dutch let another ball get into their post making it 3-2 for France again. Continue reading Danny Blind reckons what is absolutely necessary For the Dutch