Netherlands: Koeman adds imports as Ajax set sights on reclaiming crown

Amsterdam club complement homegrown talent with trio of signings as established powerhouses seem certain to contest league

Robson targets perfect home run

Foootball: Vogel's misfortunemay be to Rangers' advantage

THE SWISS international Johann Vogel is in danger of missing PSV Eindhoven's Champions' League match against Rangers tonight.

The Critics: Theatre: Ulysses goes to Troytown

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Football: Interview - Jaap Stam: Stam's stamp of authority

United's Dutch defender is a late developer. Now, after early doubts, class is telling. By Andrew Longmore

Football: Dutch suffer talent drain

THE DUTCH Champions Ajax open their title defence at home to Willem II Tiburg today with plenty of problems on their hands. Brothers Ronald and Frank De Boer have launched a legal battle to be released from their contracts with the Amsterdam club - with Arsenal the preferred destination for Ronald and Barcelona the ideal choice for Frank, who was outstanding in France 98 - Holland's most successful World Cup campaign for 20 years.

European Football: PSV prey on the complacency of Ajax

A REFRESHED Ajax travel to Eindhoven today to face second-placed PSV in a match the home side must win to stand a chance of hauling in the runaway Dutch league leaders.

Football: Critics turn against Ajax

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Football: Swinging to the sound of `Half a Pint'

"Half a Pint of Lager", as well as being a phrase spoken in pubs across the land, is also the name of one of two Dutch brass bands following their national team at Euro 96.

Perfect art of football science

Simon O'Hagan analyses the reasons for Holland's thrilling victory over the Republic

FOOTBALL: Fifa rules on Welsh clubs

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Profile: Greatness still the goal: Johan Cruyf: Simon O'Hagan assesses the qualities of the Dutch enigma managing Barcelona's fortunes

THE GREATEST sportsmen often have their enigmatic side, but this seems to be more true of Johan Cruyff than most. The manager of Barcelona, Manchester United's opponents in the Champions' League on Wednesday, is still a puzzle to his long-time assistant, Tonny Bruins Slot, a man who knows him as well as anybody.

Football: Fretful Dutch search for guiding light: Ian Ridley meets a man who must conquer the enemies within on the high road to America

AT THE team's hotel on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the Netherlands' coach, Dick Advocaat, was concerned by the condition of his squad. Experienced players were missing and many of those present were in poor form.

World Cup Football: Gifted dissidents define Dutch tradition: Steve Coppell, the former England international, has admired the Dutch game for many years but believes the individualism it encourages is also its Achilles' heel

THE FINAL eliminator against Poland has been convincingly won, and although we do not have Don King to publicise it, the stage is now set for 'Judgment Day'. The winner of the Netherlands v England game in Rotterdam tomorrow will almost certainly go on to the World Cup finals in America next summer. Fortune will favour the team brave enough to go for a win, but which team will it be?
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