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Van Dijk joins Celtic

In a major coup for the Glasgow club, Netherlands Under-21 centre-back Virgil van Dijk has signed a four-year contract with Scottish champions Celtic.

The highly sought 21-year-old has joined in a £2.6m deal from FC Groningen, for whom he made 37 appearances last season, with a 10% sell-on fee for the Dutch club.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon stated: “Delighted that we have acquired Virgil van Dijk… a highly talented young player.”

Virgil van Dijk – the big centre-back has signed a four-year deal at Scottish champions Celtic

Van Dijk moved to FC Groningen from Willem II in 2011 and had two years left on his contract at Groningen, and the young defender stated his delight in signing for the SPL champions and looking for to playing in the Champions League.

“Celtic is the biggest club in Scotland and they also play in the Champions League,” he said. “They’re a fantastic club and when Celtic came in for me I was so excited. Everything here is good so I can’t wait to get started.”

Standing at a massive 6ft 4inches, Van Dijk should fit right in the rough and tumbles of the SPL: “I hope to play many games for my country in the future but first of all I want to make things happen here. I’m a strong defender and I’m good in the air, but I also like to play football on the ground, and I hope that we’ll do even better than we did last season. I think I can bring something extra to the team and we will see how it works out. I’m ready for everything. I love to play football but I do love getting into duels.”

The pull of Champions League football seems to be the main reason the Jong Oranje defender has joined The Hoops and the Champions League qualifying draw will be made on 24 June, with Celtic’s first match scheduled for 19th or 20th July.



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NEWS: Van Gaal to step down after World Cup

On Friday, Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal stated his intention to retire after next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The ever revolving managers door must have the KNVB’s head spinning as they have to go back to drawing board and search for yet another successor. Van Gaal, 61, has grown tired of international management and the constraints it brings, but states that he misses club football.

This is Van Gaal’s second spell in charge of the Oranje after replacing Bert van Marwijk in May 2012, and he has coached Holland to top of their UEFA European World Cup qualification group ahead of the Brazil 2014 finals.

Van Gaal will end his second spell as Oranje coach in 2014

Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s summer trip to Asia: ”I took over as national coach with the ambition of going to a World Cup or a European Championship. It is something I have not achieved before and once I have achieved this I will leave.”.

“I am constantly having to borrow other coach’s players, and this is something I do not enjoy. I miss the opportunity working with players on a daily basis and at the end of the day I would like to return to this.”

Full retirement may well be on his agenda too when asked if a return to club football is in his future he replied: “Not unless a nice Premier League side comes along… If that happens, I will have to discuss it with my wife.”



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NEWS: News Corp’s investment revealed

In December 2012, the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) granted Fox International Channels’ (FIC) an acquisition of a 51% stake in the Eredivisie Media and Marketing (EMM), the media and commercial arm of the country’s top league. Today, the amount of money that is to be shared out to all 18 teams was revealed.

The initial deal between EMM and the broadcast subsidiary of News Corporation was struck last August for a reported €1 billion. EMM owns media rights to the Eredivisie and controls the Eredivisie Live pay-per-view television channel. Fox will pay the €1 billion over the 12 years encompassing the 2013-14 to 2024-25 Dutch football seasons, with NMa board member Henk Don stating the deal guarantees a payment of €80 million a year to clubs in the Eredivisie through 2025. EMM was established in 2008 through a partnership between the Eredivisie clubs and media and production company Endemol.

The agreement saw Raymond van der Vliet, managing director of FIC in the Benelux region, join the management of EMM. Speaking in December he stated: “Together we will first examine the optimal exploitation of all possible media rights of Eredivisie clubs to give football fans an even better experience. We have a healthy ambition and will also explore the creation of an additional TV channel. We are looking forward to making a positive contribution to the exciting and attractive Eredivisie in the Netherlands.”

Now due to this new investment in the league, the Dutch media had wondered how this new wealth would be divided between the 18 clubs of the Dutch top flight. A decision was made by the investors that the money to shared out on average positions in the league for the last ten years. Whoever finished highest on average would be awarded the biggest fee. The chart below shows the figures for the upcoming 2013/14 season with champions Ajax receiving the most funds topping nearly €8 million.

Last seasons Eredivisie runners-up PSV Eindhoven are set to gain just over €7 million. Around €1.5 million is set to be received at the inexperienced newly promoted teams like Cambuur, Go Ahead Eagles and PEC Zwolle.

As you can see in the table below this deal seems to be a case of making the rich, richer and the poor, poorer.

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NEWS: Twente sign young stopper

Sonny Stevens signs a four year deal with Twente

With the clumsy Sander Boschker in the dog house and first choice keeper Nikolai Mihaylov rumoured to be on his way, FC Twente have made their second signing of the summer a goalkeeper.

Sonny Stevens, 21 next month, has signed a four year deal with the Enschede club from Eerste Divisie side FC Volendam with an option to add another year.

The 6ft 4inch tall stopper made 42 appearances for Volendam since making his debut on 21st September 2010 in a KNVB Beker match at HVV Hollandia.

Since the departure of now FC Utrecht goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter from Volendam, Stevens became first choice. Volendam made a good go at promotion this year falling at the last hurdle in the playoffs against Go Ahead Eagles next week.

Current first choice, Bulgarian ‘keeper Mihaylov has been linked with Premier League side Fulham and with Boschker making disastrous mistakes as of late, Stevens may find himself receiving the number one shirt at Twente, sooner rather than later.

Twente’s first signing of the summer was Dutch youth international Kyle Ebecilio from Arsenal on a free transfer. Ebecilio, like Stevens, also signed a four year contract.



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NEWS: Fred Rutten leaves Vitesse

Fred Rutten will not be the coach of Vitesse next season. After discussions with club president Merab Jordania and technical director Ted van Leeuwen, the coach announced on Saturday afternoon that he will not agree to contract extension and has left the club.

Rutten leaves after only one season in charge of Vitesse

Rutten spent only one season in charge of the Arnhem club and led them to fourth place in the league and qualification for Europa League football.

Explaining the reasons behind the departure, Rutten told “There is no conflict between me and the owner. We exchange simple conversations, but it appears that our visions are far apart for the future of this club.”

“I’ve had a great year in which not only did we achieve the target of European football, but we also challenged for the title. For myself, it was an interesting experience, an experience I positively look back on, because you fully enjoy working with a serious group of players who were willing to work for you. I thank Vitesse for the opportunity and the fans for the support throughout my time here.”

In turn, Vitesse thanked the coach for the past year: “Together with his staff, Fred Rutten brought the club to a higher level with his methodical approach. We wish him every success in his future.”



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NEWS: Jong Orange Euro Championships squad announced

Jong Oranje coach Cor Pot has selected his final 23 players to take to the Under-21 European Championships in Israel in June, and the squad is a strong one.

In the selection of 23, there are twelve players who have full Dutch international caps. The squad involves Daley Blind, Jordy Clasie, Leroy Fer, Marco van Ginkel, Ola John, Luuk de Jong, Adam Maher, Bruno Martins Indi, Ricardo van Rhijn, Kevin Strootman, Stefan de Vrij and Georginio Wijnaldum. Also included are Tonny Vilhena and Jeroen Zoet, who were in the Dutch squad earlier this season, but was not chosen by coach Louis van Gaal to make an appearance.

Memphis Depay – ready to make his Jong Oranje debut

PSV striker Memphis Depay is also in the 23, the young rookie may make his debut in the friendly match against Australia next week. Goalkeeper Nick Marsman of Go Ahead Eagles has also not played yet for the Under-21 side, but was part of the squad last year against Slovakia.

Pot surprisingly has left defenders Jeffrey Bruma of Hamburg and PSV’s Jetro Willems out of the squad. For Feyenoord’s Kelvin Leerdam, he has not played for some time in the Rotterdam’s club’s first team due to a contract dispute but Pot has shown faith in him to take him to Israel.

Heracles Almelo’s central midfielder Lerin Duarte has been chosen as first reserve if any of the 23 pull out before the tournament.

Jong Oranje have been drawn into the tough Group B against Spain, Germany and Russia, the tournament begins on June 5th.


GOALKEEPERS: Marco Bizot (FC Groningen), Nick Marsman (Go Ahead Eagles), Jeroen Zoet (RKC Waalwijk)

DEFENDERS: Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Daley Blind (Ajax), Mike van der Hoorn (FC Utrecht), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Bram Nuytinck (Anderlecht), Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)

MIDFIELDERS: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (FC Twente), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse), Florian Jozefzoon (RKC Waalwijk), Kelvin Leerdam (Feyenoord), Adam Maher (AZ), Kevin Strootman (PSV), Tonny Trindade de Vilhena (Feyenoord), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)

STRIKERS: Memphis Depay (PSV), Ola John (Benfica), Luuk de Jong (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jürgen Locadia (PSV)



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NEWS: De Vrij signs new deal at Feyenoord

Staying – Stefan de Vrij signs on until 2016 at Feyenoord

Feyenoord central defender Stefan De Vrij has joined team-mate Jordy Clasie and elected to extend his stay at the Rotterdam club.

Oranje international De Vrij had been linked with Premier League rivals Everton and Liverpool but the 21-year-old has elected to join Clasie in deciding to extend his stay at De Kuip.

The Rotterdam outfit announced on Thursday morning that battling midfielder Clasie had signed an extension to his current deal to keep him at the club until 2016. The club have quickly moved to tie up the future of another young mainstay by convincing De Vrij to extend his deal until 2015, his deal was due to expire at the end of next season.

Despite much speculation regarding his future, De Vrij insisted he is delighted to have agreed to an extension and is hoping to help deliver silverware to the club after they were pipped to Champions League football on goal difference by PSV Eindhoven.

Speaking to Voetbal International, De Vrij said: “I still see a lot of room to improve myself and the team. I am very pleased that I can continue to be part of Feyenoord. I hope that we will be fighting for silverware again next season.”

Technical director Martin van Geel was quick to hail De Vrij’s decision to stay in Rotterdam and believes both he and Clasie will be vital to the club’s fortunes next term.

“It’s fantastic that we have brought our talks with Stefan to a satisfactory conclusion along with the agreement with Jordy,” Van Geel told “These are two are key to our team, so we are very happy that they have extended their contracts with Feyenoord with an eye to next season.”



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NEWS: Feyenoord nails down Clasie

Feyenoord has clinched highly-rated midfielder Jordy Clasie to a one-year contract extension, and the young prodigy is now contracted to the club until the summer of 2016.

Feyenoord capture Jordy Clasie until 2016

Clasie went through his entire youth development of Feyenoord and during the 2010/2011 season he was loaned to Excelsior, where he debuted in the Eredivisie. Since returning, the past two seasons, the midfielder has notched up 66 league games for Feyenoord and scored five goals, and has made the number six shirt his own.

Talking to, the 21-year-old midfielder is delighted with the new deal: “My choice is to stay longer at Feyenoord, I want to help this club next season to play for trophies.”.

The future of Clasie has hung in the air for some time now, being linked with various clubs and the latest being in Italy with Fiorentina. The Dutch international added: “It means a lot to me to be able to stay here. I have been here fourteen years now and they have been fantastic to me. The last two years have been the most enjoyable and I consider myself and the team are doing well.”.

Technical director Martin van Geel states that it was important that the club sorted the future of Clasie out as soon as possible: “Over the last two seasons, Jordy has been an important part of Ronald Koeman’s team and has made great strides in his own personal development. He has already gained five international full caps for Holland. We always said to him that we would talk in May at the end of the current season, and we saw this as a vital part of the summer transactions, regarding the future of this tremendous young prospect.”.

Feyenoord also hopes to gain an agreement with central defender Stefan de Vrij on a new contract. The players current contract ends in July 2014. De Vrij has been linked with a move to the English Premier League with Everton.



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NEWS: KNVB release financial report

Three clubs in Dutch football are in poor financial shape, the KNVB announced on Wednesday morning. Based on their interim results, ADO Den Haag, Fortuna Sittard and FC Emmen are listed in Category 1.

Clubs listed in Category 1 must work on their financial recovery and gain Category 2 status within three years. The KNVB will investigate each case and set-up a plan to clean up each club’s financial difficulties.

The report, compared with earlier this year, is a vast improvement. In January, five clubs were listed in Category 1 and were put under scrutiny by the organisation. Helmond Sport and FC Dordrecht were then also listed as being in financial danger but the clubs reported last month to now being classed in the second category. The now-defunct SC Veendam, who went bankrupt last month, is removed from the list, while FC Emmen have dropped into Category 1 from the last report.

Mark Boetekees, who is responsible for the KNVB report is pleased with the progress. “It’s good to see that clubs now realise that a good and consistent financial policy is important. They must continue to work on financial recovery to ensure that their future is secure.”

In total they are 23 of the 34 professional clubs in the safe category 2. These are: AZ, FC Den Bosch, SC Cambuur, FC Dordrecht FC Eindhoven, Excelsior, Feyenoord, De Graafschap, Helmond Sport Heracles Almelo, MVV Maastricht, NAC Breda, NEC, RKC Waalwijk Roda JC, Sparta Rotterdam, Telstar, FC Twente, FC Utrecht, Vitesse, VVV-Venlo, Willem II and PEC Zwolle.

Eight clubs are in excellent financial condition and are listed in Category 3: Ajax, Almere City FC, Go Ahead Eagles, FC Groningen, Heerenveen, FC Oss, PSV and FC Volendam.

All clubs have to submit their figures to the federation for the year 2013/14 by the next financial assessment, which will be on June 15.



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NEWS: Overmars signs on for four more years

Marc Overmars has agreed a new contract with Ajax as Technical Director. The former Oranje international has signed for four more years at the Eredivisie champions.

Overmars will remain at Ajax for the next four years as Technical Director

“I am delighted that I am now fixed into this position for four years” said Overmars to De Telegraaf. Previously, the former Arsenal winger had stated that he would have also preferred to extend his contract on a yearly basis.

In the interview with the newspaper, Overmars looked back and discussed his first year as Technical Director in Amsterdam.

“Our dealing in the transfer market has gone fairly well so far, although we would have liked to keep some of our talent. But despite the departures of Jan Vertonghen, Vurnon Anita, Gregory van der Wiel, Theo Janssen and Andre Ooijer we were still champions again, and that is very comforting that we coped with these losses.”

For the next season, Overmars has a lot to examine with head coach Frank de Boer. “What do we offer?  I like to turn it over to Frank and ‘say what you want’, then we can look how to improve the team. And we will do this for the next four years.”



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NEWS: Phillip Cocu confirmed as new PSV coach

On Monday morning, Phillip Cocu was appointed new PSV Eindhoven head coach on a four-year deal.

Cocu replaces Dick Advocaat, who had previously stated his intention to step down at the end of the season if PSV Eindhoven failed to win the Eredivisie title. With the club finishing as runners-up and seven points adrift of Ajax in the standings, the former Holland coach is stepping aside to give Cocu the chance to lead the club.

42-year-old Cocu, who enjoyed two spells at the Eindhoven club as a player and six years at La Liga giants Barcelona, spent three months as PSV’s interim coach at the end of last season following the dismissal of Fred Rutten, before Advocaat then came in to take over the reins.

At a press conference on Monday morning, general manager Tiny Sanders said the appointment of Cocu will signal a shift in focus from instant success to bringing through young players and building a team for the future.

“PSV and Phillip Cocu have agreed a four-year contract as head coach,” Sanders said. “This expresses the intention to build a new PSV with the involvement and appearance that characterises the club.

“Both parties see the selection of Phillip Cocu, after a good debut as interim coach, as the right choice.

“After focusing on the championship in 2013, partly fuelled by the return of Dick Advocaat, we are now aiming to implement a long-term vision.

“Extra attention and investment will be made in our youth system. While individual training and guidance and a recognisable style of play at all levels are important examples of our priorities.

“Qualification for the Champions League this year is a great windfall but is secondary to the priorities previously mentioned.

“PSV would like to thank Dick Advocaat for his hard work in the 2012/13 season and wish him every success in his future challenges.

“He was willing to show his loyalty and was the same passionate man with a warm heart as he was during his first spell in charge, so we are very grateful.”

Faber, van der Weerden and Cocu to lead PSV for the next four years

Cocu will be joined by assistants Chris van der Weerden and Ernest Faber.

The former Oranje international said: “We are all eager to start. This is a challenging job with an ambitious new staff.

“We are going to build a new team. There will be changes in the squad. PSV will always go for the title but there is time enough.

“I am someone who likes to learn step by step and don’t want to go too fast. I also think you’re never too old to learn.

“I’m ready to take this step. It is a long-term thing but I am someone who, if he start something, wants to do well.”

It is rumoured that Ruud van Nistelrooy and recently retired Mark van Bommel will join the coaching staff in Eindhoven in the next few weeks.



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NEWS: Cocu to be named new PSV coach

Cocu, Van Der Weerden & Faber – the management team in Eindhoven

Voetbal International state that Phillip Cocu will sign a four-year contract early next week to become the new head coach of PSV.

Cocu, currently coach of the PSV A1 youth team replaces Dick Advocaat in the manager’s hotseat after just one season.

Former FC Eindhoven coach Ernest Faber and Chris van der Weerden be his assistants and the trio will be presented on Monday or Tuesday in a press conference.

Advocaat, had already decided in December already that he did not wish to stay beyond this season: “I think it’s too much at the moment. As I feel now, I will not go to another club to manage.”

“We all know what the problem is with PSV,” said Advocaat after the 2-1 defeat to AZ in the KNVB Beker final on Ascension Day. “There will be a number of players leave and therefore this makes money available to strengthen the squad. I think Cocu, Faber and Van der Weerden know what they want for next season.”



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NEWS: De Boer is ‘Coach of the Year’

Championship winning manager Frank De Boer of Ajax has been awarded the Rinus Michels Award for being voted ‘Coach of the Year’.

The Rinus Michels Award is an annual prize in Dutch football and is supported by the official football coaches union (“Coaches Betaald Voetbal”). The award is named after Rinus Michels, who was named ‘Coach of the Century’ by FIFA in 1999.

De Boer wins the award for the first time in his coaching career, fending off last years winner Feyenoord’s Ronald Koeman, PEC Zwolle’s Art Langeler, Vitesse’s Fred Rutten and FC Utrecht’s Jan Wouters.

De Boer adding more trophies to his vast collection

No-one can deny De Boer of the award, who has guided Ajax to their, and his third Eredivisie championship in a row.

Oranje coach Louis van Gaal picked up the ‘Oeuvre’ award, which congratulates a coach for their career, while Marcel Groninger of Be Quick 1887 won ‘Best Amateur Coach’.

Finally, Feyenoord won the ‘Best Dutch Youth Academy’ award for fourth straight season. An academy which has produced such talent as Stefan de Vrij, Jordy Clasie, Tonny Vilhena, Jean Paul Boetius and Bruno Martins Indi over the past few years.



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