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“Holland are a joke” is the headline in Volkskrant.

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Clubs' anger over their youngsters playing in the Euros is misplaced say Pearce et al, it will be beneficial

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German club can secure quarter-final place against Valencia tonight to make up for poor Bundesliga season

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