Dutch Football

Amalfitano becomes the Magpies' latest French connection

Newcastle United took the latest step in their successful French revolution yesterday when Romain Amalfitano arrived in the North-east to finalise a three-year contract. The Stade de Reims midfielder agreed in principle to move to Newcastle in February, and he returned to their Benton training ground to push through his transfer from the French side, who have just won promotion to Ligue 1.

McClaren back on Twente radar

FC Twente have insisted Steve McClaren is not certain to return to the club after they sacked head coach Co Adriaanse yesterday.

Eredivisie ready for title 'play-off'

This weekend either AFC Ajax or FC Twente will win the Dutch league title. It just so happens that they will play each other on the final day in a dramatic climax to the season.

'We won't play like the Germans – we are not afraid of Spain,'

If the Dutch team hotel in Sandton felt a little under siege yesterday then that was understandable given that on Sunday they face one of the most awe-inspiring football teams in modern times. But it was Dirk Kuyt who led the way ahead of the World Cup final against Spain by telling the world: We are not afraid.

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Dream Teams: Ajax

Once upon a time Ajax played functional football within an overbearing system. Then Rinus Michels came along and created a way of playing that married the relationship between the individual and the collective responsibility of the team and totaalvoetbal was born.