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Thursday 19 June 2008
The Netherlands' manager Marco van Basten has a serious problem: how to select only 11 players to start Saturday's quarter-final in Basle against Russia when he has 23 fit and raring to go. Unlike Germany, Italy and others, the Dutch not only cruised through their group with a 100 per cent record but avoided picking up any injuries or suspensions along the way. Indeed, players not fully fit for the opening two games, like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Mario Melchiot, all demonstrated in the 2-0 win against Romania on Tuesday that they are back in contention.
Monday 16 June 2008
The Netherlands coach Marco van Basten has hinted he would rest Andre Ooijer and Nigel de Jong for tomorrow's game against Romania. Defender Ooijer and midfielder De Jong were booked earlier in the tournament and a second yellow card for the Group C winners in the next game in Berne would mean a suspension for the quarter-finals. "If someone is tired, has a problem with yellow cards or we think a player has done so well [in training] he deserves a chance," Van Basten said, adding that he still expected a good display even though his side have qualified for the last eight. "We want to perform at our best," he said. "For me every match is important and that won't change if some of the players don't play." One man who looks to be in the starting line-up is Arjen Robben. The winger missed the game against Italy through injury but did well when he came on as a substitute against France on Friday. "He is fit, he wants to play and he can play," Van Basten said.
Sunday 15 June 2008
"Where is victory?" the Italian national anthem asks at one point. The Azzurri cannot buy one at present – not that anyone involved in Italian football would ever consider doing such a thing, of course – but as France cannot either, the group of you-know-what is even more intriguing than expected going into Tuesday's final round.
Sunday 08 June 2008
If a response to this summer's irritatingly persistent BBC query "Who will you support?" had been elicited at the fag end of the last millennium, there would have been no doubt about our instinctive response. It had to be Holland, didn't it? The nation that speaks English better than many Britons; a nation with an interesting line in coffee shops and attitudes towards sex; and, from a footballing point of view, a nation which, given its freedom by the school of Johan Cruyff, was the one England (and the other home countries) would most like to be.
Saturday 19 January 2008
"¡No pasaran!", the cry on Madrid's barricades in the Spanish Civil War, could serve as a slogan for Real Madrid's defence at present were it not so politically inappropriate, Real being aligned, in the public mind, with the forces of General Franco rather than the left-wing Republic.
Sunday 04 June 2006
Tuesday 16 May 2006
Hopes of a bidding war for Enodis, the oven maker, sent shares in the company up by more than 13 per cent yesterday, despite the management's stern rejection of a £796m bid for the business at the weekend.
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Friday 11 February 2005
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