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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 »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Matches For 14-15 May, 2011

Both Barcelona and Manchester United should wrap up their respective titles this weekend, each needing just a point to do so. Yet neither are in our global cornucopia of matches. Strangely enough, their local rivals are. This week, we bring you two cup finals, two sets of playoff semi-final ties, a match which will crown a league champion one way or the other, one of the most passionate derbies in the world and any number of struggles for European contention and top flight survival. We dare you to read it all! 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 »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 7-8 May, 2011

Fair enough. This weekend sees Manchester United face off against Chelsea with the Premier League title at stake, the KNVB Beker and Paulista Cups being contested and AC MIlan on the verge of wrapping up their first Scudetto in eight years. So, why is there a picture of David Beckham and Thierry Henry on the cover of this article? Come on, isn’t it obvious? Henry in a full beard is major news! 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 »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 30 April & 1 May, 2011

The focus of football is on Europe as its various leagues head to the wire. There are some tasty matches, as well, including Manchester United’s trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, with the Premier League title partially in the balance. As well, Borussia Dortmund consider calling in Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth as they look for a cure to their late season stutter, America try to get over on Mexico’s most dangerous cats, Pumas, and Neymar leads Santos against hated rivals Sao Paolo in the Paulista. Keep the remote handy, you’ll need it! 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 »

WFC’s Weekend Catch – Choice Fixtures For 9-10 April, 2011

There are some intriguing matchups across the globe this weekend. The Championship features a showdown between two newly promoted sides in the hunt to repeat the feat this year, the first edition of the Felix Magath Derby takes place on Saturday, Real Madrid and Inter head into tough games with something to prove, the run-in of the Libertadores Group Stage begins and the best sides in both the Mexican Clausura and MLS face off. No matter where you are, there’s entertainment to be had. Enjoy! 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 »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Fixtures For 2-3 April, 2011

After a week of international fixtures, highlighted by Euro Qualifiers, it’s back to the club grind. Most of the top clubs across Europe can be thankful that the Fixture Gods have allowed them to ease back into their respective competitions. In Serie A, however, players will need to hit the ground running, with four key match-ups on deck, including the second leg of the Milan Derby, with 1st place on the line. As well, Barcelona, who limped into the international break, face a stern test against Villareal and young Seleção sensation Neymar has 2 key matches in the Paulista and Copa Libertadores, for Santos, on the heels of antagonising an entire nation by playing the race card after his brace against Scotland on the weekend.

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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 »

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 »

WFC’s Weekend Catch: Choice Fixtures For 19-20 March, 2011

This week’s tale of the tape: 17 matches from 13 competitions. The A-League wrapped up last weekend but MLS steps in to take its place. There are three enticing match-ups in Spain this weekend, the Old Firm.2011.6 is on deck with the Scottish League Cup at stake, Man City and Chelsea clash in a potential season-ender for one or the other and we look past Brazil and Argentina for some juicy matches elsewhere in South America. Enjoy!
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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 Weekend Catch: WFC’s Choice Fixtures For 5-6 March, 2011

WFC’s picks of the best weekend football on the planet. Twenty-one matches, fifteen competitions, eight writers. Pick and choose or down them all in one sitting, you greedy piglet! 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 Weekend Catch: The Choice Fixtures For 26-27 February, 2011

Arsenal v Birmingham in the Carling Cup is the biggest match of the week but it eclipses some other notable clashes. Milan and Napoli clash in a 1v2 Lega Calcio tilt, PSV and Ajax go at it, Lille OSC tangles with Lyon, Bayern makes their last stand against BVB and Brazilian champions Fluminense head to the fabled Azteca, in Mexico City, to take on Club America in the Copa Libertadores. But wait, There’s more! Read on…. 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 Premier League and UEFA Top Ten Transfer Window Movers & Shakers

Two mornings, a month apart every year, have something in common.  On 1 January, the morning after New Year’s Eve, and on 1 February, the day after the winter transfer window closes, football fans wake up, shake their heads in disbelief and ask themselves wtf happened the night before? On New Year’s Eve, all sorts … Continue reading »

Liverpool, Chelsea & Newcastle: Anatomy Of A Deadline Day Deal

It’s a volatile blend of the seller’s patience and the buyer’s procrastination.  In the US, it ignites on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when the Christmas shopping season officially kicks off.  In Europe, it explodes on the last day of January, when the transfer window slams shut.  Last year, at the height of the … Continue reading »

The Weekend Catch For 29-30 January, 2011

For those of you who follow the Weekend Catch, you’ll notice that we’ve rearranged the furniture a bit.  Instead of sorting by author and yanking you this way and that, we’ve placed all matches from the same competition together.  Hopefully, you’ll find it a bit easier to enjoy the tour of big weekend matches we … Continue reading »

The Scouser Report – Questions of Luis Suarez, Charlie Adam & Where Exactly Does Kenny Dalglish Stand In Liverpool’s Hierarchy?

The last time Liverpool won two consecutive games in the Premier League, curiously, was when they followed up their first away win of the season at Bolton with a very impressive win at home to Chelsea, back in November. This time around, the gritty win followed a very impressive away victory. Liverpool didn’t dominate Fulham … 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 Weekend Catch For 22-23 January, 2011

If you don’t think there’s much good footy to watch this weekend, well crank up the TiVo and fasten your seatbelt because we’ve got more than you can handle.  No less than seven WFC writers have selected 16 club matches from across the globe.  There has to be something in there to tickle your fancy. … 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 »

Catch Them If You Can! 2-3 Oct. 2010

The best matches of the weekend and a look back at European Nights! Continue reading »

This Is Not The Key Player In Real’s Title Dreams

Does Ronaldo have enough of a desire to win to put aside his ego and permit someone else to take the lead? Continue reading »

Catch Them If You Can! 18-19 Sept. 2010

The weekend is here! Long live the weekend! Continue reading »

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