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    FOOTBALL IS A FICKLE GAME. For every promising youngster that makes the grade, there are twenty who fail to make the grade. For these almost men, the chances of regaining a chance to make a career out of the game often appears non-existent. There are always exceptions, however. There are always the few men whom fortune smiles…

    The post The Harvey Esajas story of hope appeared first on These Football Times.


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    “Future: Feyenoord?” Those two humble words were the last to leave the medium-build Austrian’s pen as he hunched over a table in favourite cafe in central Vienna. After a relatively good season in The Hague, he was taking some time off and had travelled back home. He lights a cigarette and flips it into his mouth,…

    The post Ernst Happel: the Feyenoord years appeared first on These Football Times.


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    As featured on Guardian Sport IT WAS WITH A FIT OF PIQUE, REVENGE IN MIND and a double-winning flourish that Johan Cruyff brought the curtain down upon his remarkable playing career. He also crossed one football’s greatest divides to do it. Cruyff was 36 in the summer of 1983 and in his second spell at…

    The post When Ajax didn’t want Johan Cruyff he left for Feyenoord … and won the double appeared first on These Football Times.


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    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…

    The post Can a Dutch club win the Champions League again? appeared first on These Football Times.


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    Dutch football and those that hail from its shores are known to have little cutting edge, an extra spice to flavour the beautiful game. Former Arsenal talisman Robin van Persie certainly falls into this category, and the man who hails from Feyenoord has had quite the career. Persistent injury issues during the beginning of his tenure…

    The post Robin van Persie: a striker of astounding flair and capability appeared first on These Football Times.


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    On the southern fringes of Rotterdam’s eclectic centre, deposited between train tracks and the River Maas, Stadion Feyenoord encapsulates many of its city’s nuances. Better known by its moniker De Kuip (The Tub), the stadium is all at once contemporary and primitive. Traditionally, each year sees De Kuip host the Dutch Cup final. As is…

    The post Dirk Kuyt: a selfless hero for all the ages appeared first on These Football Times.


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    Dutch football is changing. Following the dismal qualification campaign for the now mostly-forgotten (everywhere except Portugal and the Netherlands) 2016 European Championships, the big wigs in Holland came together to find a solution. PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord academy chiefs decided that they, as the clubs in retention of the most talented players, would come together…

    The post How Feyenoord are changing the fortunes and future of Dutch football appeared first on These Football Times.


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  • 07/02/17--17:15: 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…

    The post The Netherlands Magazine appeared first on These Football Times.


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    When the monstrous army of Persia trampled over the slaughtered remains of a patchwork Greek force of a few thousand at the mountain pass of Thermopylae in 480BC, it could have been expected that the golden age of the Persian Empire would extend its grip across the city states of Greece and into Europe. Sparta’s finest…

    The post Sparta and Xerxes: an ancient conflict that lies dormant in Rotterdam appeared first on These Football Times.


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    FOOTBALL IS A FICKLE GAME. For every promising youngster that makes the grade, there are twenty who fail to make the grade. For these almost men, the chances of regaining a chance to make a career out of the game often appears non-existent. There are always exceptions, however. There are always the few men whom fortune smiles […]

    The post The Harvey Esajas story of hope appeared first on These Football Times.


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    “Future: Feyenoord?” Those two humble words were the last to leave the medium-build Austrian’s pen as he hunched over a table in favourite cafe in central Vienna. After a relatively good season in The Hague, he was taking some time off and had travelled back home. He lights a cigarette and flips it into his mouth, […]

    The post Ernst Happel: the Feyenoord years appeared first on These Football Times.


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    As featured on Guardian Sport IT WAS WITH A FIT OF PIQUE, REVENGE IN MIND and a double-winning flourish that Johan Cruyff brought the curtain down upon his remarkable playing career. He also crossed one football’s greatest divides to do it. Cruyff was 36 in the summer of 1983 and in his second spell at […]

    The post When Ajax didn’t want Johan Cruyff he left for Feyenoord … and won the double appeared first on These Football Times.


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    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 […]

    The post Can a Dutch club win the Champions League again? appeared first on These Football Times.


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    Dutch football and those that hail from its shores are known to have little cutting edge, an extra spice to flavour the beautiful game. Former Arsenal talisman Robin van Persie certainly falls into this category, and the man who hails from Feyenoord has had quite the career. Persistent injury issues during the beginning of his tenure […]

    The post Robin van Persie: a striker of astounding flair and capability appeared first on These Football Times.


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    On the southern fringes of Rotterdam’s eclectic centre, deposited between train tracks and the River Maas, Stadion Feyenoord encapsulates many of its city’s nuances. Better known by its moniker De Kuip (The Tub), the stadium is all at once contemporary and primitive. Traditionally, each year sees De Kuip host the Dutch Cup final. As is […]

    The post Dirk Kuyt: a selfless hero for all the ages appeared first on These Football Times.


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    Dutch football is changing. Following the dismal qualification campaign for the now mostly-forgotten (everywhere except Portugal and the Netherlands) 2016 European Championships, the big wigs in Holland came together to find a solution. PSV, Ajax and Feyenoord academy chiefs decided that they, as the clubs in retention of the most talented players, would come together […]

    The post How Feyenoord are changing the fortunes and future of Dutch football appeared first on These Football Times.


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  • 07/02/17--17:15: 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 […]

    The post The Netherlands Magazine appeared first on These Football Times.


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    When the monstrous army of Persia trampled over the slaughtered remains of a patchwork Greek force of a few thousand at the mountain pass of Thermopylae in 480BC, it could have been expected that the golden age of the Persian Empire would extend its grip across the city states of Greece and into Europe. Sparta’s finest […]

    The post Sparta and Xerxes: an ancient conflict that lies dormant in Rotterdam appeared first on These Football Times.


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    Illustration by Federico Manasse. Follow him on Instagram “MY BIGGEST DREAM is to play for the national team, to play for 40,000 spectators and to score a lot of goals.” Jon Dahl Tomasson’s words, spoken in his native tongue to a DR Sporten film crew on a visit to his classroom way back in 1994, shows […]

    The post Where do the disputed talents of Jon Dahl Tomasson rank? appeared first on These Football Times.