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The Low Country: Two Barcelona Alumni Enjoy Varying Degrees Of Success On Final Eredivisie Weekend

Albert Ferrer and Frank de Boer had widely disparate ends to their respective Eredivisie campaigns but they still have common roots. Continue reading »

The Low Country: Both Ajax and Twente Look To Do It Their Way

For the fourth time this season and the second in the span of a week, Ajax and FC Twente meet. On Sunday, the KNVB Beker was the prize. this weekend it will be the Eredivisie crown. Continue reading »

The Low Country: Ajax & Twente Set For A Perfect Ending To The Eredivisie Season

Spring is in the air, as is an exciting finish to the Eredivisie campaign. Either Mohamed Moallim is feeling the effects of the season or he’s had REM’s Shining Happy People on repeat in his iPod. Continue reading »

The Low Country: Roda JC’s Mads Junker – The King Of Garbage Goals

Roda JC’s Mads Junker has taken the lead in the Eredivisie scoring race. Aptly named, Junker is not picky about aesthetics. Whether it’s a sloppy clearance, a coughed up save or poor man-marking, Roda’s go to guy will take them anyway they come. Continue reading »

The Low Country: And Then There Were Three – PSV, Twente & Ajax All Within A Point Of Eredivisie Title

If you want your football plain and simple, with a clear cut champion, then look to the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A or even the Premier League. If you want a thrilling, back and forth title race, with a new team at the top every week, come to the Eredivisie! Continue reading »

The Low Country: Ajax Back In The Race, Louis Van Gaal Out The Door

Dutch football took it on the chin this week. Not only did PSV and Twente take massive beatings in the Europa League but Louis van Gaal was shown the door at Bayern Munich, no longer trusted even until the end of the season. The only bright spot was Ajax, whose two wins on the trot have lifted them back into the title chase. Continue reading »

Has The Eredivisie Been Hit By The G1N1?

As the goals come hot and heavy in the Dutch league, Mohamed Moallim wonders whether the race for the Golden Boot will heat up as well? Continue reading »

The Low Country: PSV Can’t Hold Off Twente Enschede

FC Twente took advantage of a favourable call and reclaimed first place from PSV on the weekend, while Ajax dispatched Heracles to keep their hopes alive. As well, Mark van Bommel and Clarence Seedorf ganged up on Wesley Sneijder in Milan and Louis van Gaal put to rest a rumour started by, of all people, the missus. Continue reading »

Cruyff Sparks Battle For Ajax Future

Johan Cruyff led Ajax to glory on the pitch and to championships from the dugout. It may be that he has decided to go for the historical treble by restoring the club to greatness as its next chairman. Continue reading »

Heracles Must Contend With An Eredivisie Titan On Their Europa League Quest

Much was made of newly promoted Hercules and their Argonaut-like recruitment of name players upon promotion this season. Unfortunately, not much has gone right since their epic victory over Barcelona in the early doors and they now look certain to head straight back down. On the other hand, Dutch side Heracles have been carrying the banner of demigoddery in the Eredivisie for some time and after just missing their crack at continental competition last season are fighting for a second opportunity, in 2010-11. Continue reading »

Is There No Place For Ajax In The New Eredivisie Order?

After initial success under Frank de Boer, Ajax have begun to regress. While much of the blame for that may be pinned on a defence lacking the direction of the injured Maarten Stekelenburg, the veteran keeper may not be back next year. As things stand, the Amsterdammers are not looking good to challenge for the title this year or in the immediate future. Continue reading »

The Low Country: Feyenoord’s Latest Youth Academy Treasure, Luc Castaignos

Luc Castaignos is not looking ahead to his already sealed summer move to Inter. The teenager has held his focus in the now and has been an integral part of Feyenoord’s steady move away from the threat of relegation. Mohammed Moallim looks back at the youngster’s rise to prominence and what may lay ahead for him in Milan. Continue reading »

The Low Country: ADO Den Haag’s Flight Of The Phoenix

ADO Den Haag’s brilliant 9 game run has them in position to play in Europe. It’s a long way to have come in four years for a team thought headed for the abyss. Continue reading »

The Low Country: Feyenoord Upstage Ajax, PSV & Twente On Super Sunday

Feyenoord reveled in the Eredivisie’s Super Sunday but the top three left their capes at home. Continue reading »

The Low Country: Groningen Wake Up To Reality & FC Twente Take Issue With Michel Platini

One of the dark horses in this year’s Eredivisie title chase dropped off the pace and FC Twente, with a clear goal disallowed and being forced to play in temperatures that only a polar bear could love, have much to complain about, once their teeth stop chattering. Continue reading »

The Low Country: Feyenoord Pin Their Hopes On A Rising Star & A Double Dutch Goal-Fest Across Europe

Red Son Rising Just when Feyenoord needed it the most, a new star has risen from the east, to restore hope to their withering season.  Step forward Ryo Miyaichi. On loan from Arsenal, Miyaichi left a lasting impression in his début for the Rotterdam giants.  In what was yet another must win game, Miyaichi produced … Continue reading »

The Low Country: PSV No Longer Lonely At The Top

Eredivisie Just when no one expected it, PSV, for only the second time this season, lost a league game at home. Worse, it was a bitter irony, as they were defeated in exactly the fashion in which they won against Willem II, last week. Deep into injury time, the game was goalless, and when it looked … Continue reading »

The Low Country: PSV Procrastinates, Mark Van Bommel Adjudicates & Arjen Robben Gesticulates

Always Play to the Whistle With seconds left on the clock, the unthinkable was becoming the reality at the Philips Stadion.  The top v bottom Eredivisie clash was inexplicably knotted at one apiece.  What were Willem II drinking and, worse, what were PSV thinking?  Finally, at the death, substitute Genero Zeefuik stepped up to deny … Continue reading »

In Memory Of Coen Moulijn, Mr. Feyenoord: 15 February, 1937 – 4 January, 2011

Football fans who do not follow Dutch football will at least know who Johann Cruyff is.  They may even consider him Mr. Ajax.  However, they may be less familiar with Mr. Feyenoord. Whereas Cruyff would be capped numerous times with the Dutch national side and move from Amsterdam to Barcelona and the US, Moulijn would … Continue reading »

The Low Country: Feyenoord Slump Continues, Ajax Sweat A Suarez Transfer

Feyenoord’s 3rd defeat at home, 10th overall, may have been the most emotionally dramatic of them all. With two minutes remaining on the clock against De Graafschap, who themselves haven’t been having the best of seasons, Leon Broekhof struck, giving the away side all three points and leaving Feyenoord in 14th place – just 4 … Continue reading »

The Eredivisie Mid-Term Report: Ajax Chasing PSV, Feyenoord Fleeing Relegation

The Dutch national team’s unexpected run to the World Cup final may have returned the feel good factor to the game in Holland – a renaissance of sorts, if you will – but the past two seasons have seen a similar revolution domestically. AZ and FC Twente, two sides from the lesser known cities of … Continue reading »

Culture Schlock: Brilliant Orange

Mohamed Moallim reviews David Winner’s look at Dutch football and Ajax in particular. Continue reading »

Frank De Boer: Re-Embracing The Ajax Tradition

December 6th, 2010 could be a date Ajax fans will look back with fondness. It was the day Martin Jol unexpectedly resigned as coach.  Not that I have anything against Jol, who came a whisker away from winning Ajax’s 31st league title, last season, with a goal difference of +86 and 106 goals, to boot. … Continue reading »

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