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Total Dutch Football 2014/15 Breakthrough Talent of the Season


Throughout this year’s campaign, we have seen some great talents emerge as scouts from all over Europe honed in on them. Myself and the remainder of the staff at TotalDutchFootball.com have been assessing who can be declared as the best ‘Breakthrough Talent of the Season’.

All staff were asked to name their top three talents. Each first pick received three points, second place received two points and one point was awarded for the third pick. The results are below…



Winner – JESUS CORONA (FC Twente) 5 points

The little Mexican nicknamed “El Tecatito”, signed on a free transfer aged 20 from Liga MX side Monterrey after rejecting a new contract from the Mexican club in 2013. After taking a while to settle in under Albert Schreuder, Corona now 22-years-old, has shown he is perfect example of a pacy winger with a tremendous dribbling ability to torment full-backs down either flank.

He appeared in 27 games for Twente this year, notching nine goals and supplying four assists, showing to be a shining light, in a what has been a disappointing season for his side. Tecatito’s consistency has enhanced his already impressive skills. His speed and trickery make him a very elusive footballer who provides depth to the team, which results in goal opportunities.

Due to Twente’s crippling financial status, Corona looks to be moved on next season and could end up leaving the Eredivisie. However, the young Mexican has finally shone in Holland and he is surely set to raise a big chunk of funds for the Enschede club.

Joint 2nd – MARK UTH & SAM LARSSON (Heerenveen) 4 points

The Heerenveen pair have been surprising successes for Dwight Lodeweges this year. Both used as replacements for summer sales, Alfred Finnbogasson and Hakim Ziyech respectively have excelled. The stocky German striker, Uth has scored 15 times in 32 outings to become the club’s top scorer and managed to use his strength to hold the ball up and created 10 assists. Also notching goals is Swedish winger Larsson with eight with four assists. Both players have linked with moves away themselves this coming summer, not an unusual process for Heerenveen.


ALBERT RUSNAK (FC Groningen) 3 points

TJARONN CHERY (FC Groningen) 3 points

ANWAR EL GHAZI (Ajax) 3 points

TOM VAN WEERT (Excelsior) 2 points

TERENCE KONGOLO (Feyenoord) 2 points




BERTRAND TRAORE (Vitesse) 1 point


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Eredivisie Team Of The Week – Round 5


Welcome to week five of our Eredivisie Team of the Week which leads into our Eredivisie ‘Player of the Season’ competition.  All players have performed so well this weekend that Martijn Hilhorst and Will Burns have decided they should be in our team of the week.  Each player in the eleven receives one point and whichever player is declared ‘Player of the Week’, he receives an extra point.



ERIK CUMMINS (Go Ahead Eagles): Although the Eagles fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Twente, Cummins saved a spot-kick to give his side a lifeline, but his efforts were wasted as the outfielders failed to get a goal for a point.


KELVIN LEERDAM (Vitesse Arnhem): A great performance from Leerdam in Vitesse’s 3-1 win over Excelsior, maurading down the wing to cause trouble throughout.

ETIENNE REIJNEN (SC Cambuur): Solid display from the big central defender in which he created an assist in his side’s comfortable 3-0 win over Groningen.

JOOST BROERSE (PEC Zwolle): Made amends from a first-half handball to concede a penalty to hammer home a wonderful second half free-kick to help Zwolle defeat PSV 3-1.

BART VAN HINTUM (PEC Zwolle): Gave Santiago Arias no time at all to create any chances for Luuk de Jong and attacked the left wing well to help out the Zwolle attack.


BEN REINSTRA (PEC Zwolle): The defender/midfielder scored a sublime strike to clinch all three points against PSV in Saturday’s late game.

ALBERT RUSNAK (SC Cambuur): The on-loan Manchester City man made his second ‘Team of the Week’ with a cracking performance against Groningen capped with a great goal.

JESUS MANUEL CORONA (FC Twente): A bit of a forgotten man in Enschede made everyone remember his name on Saturday with a wonderful goal, an assist and won a penalty in Twente’s win over Go Ahead Eagles.

JESPER DROST (PEC Zwolle): Played a great part in the 3-1 win over PSV with the equalising goal before half-time, although PSV keeper Jeroen Zoet should have done better with the shot.


SAMUEL ARMENTAROS (Willem II): The former Feyenoord striker tore his former team apart with a goal and assist in Willem II’s shock 2-1 win at De Kuip.

ABIOLA DAUDA (Vitesse Arnhem): The Nigerian became our Player Of The Week after scoring a 25 minute hat-trick against Excelsior on Sunday afternoon – looking a snip at €500,000 in the summer from Red Star Belgrade.

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Eredivisie Team Of The Week – Round 1


Welcome to week one of our Eredivisie Team of the Week which leads into our Eredivisie ‘Player of the Season’ competition.  All players have performed so well this weekend that Martijn Hilhorst and Will Burns have decided they should be in our team of the week.  Each player in the eleven receives one point and whichever player is declared ‘Player of the Week’, he receives an extra point.



KENNETH VERMEER – AJAX: A forgotten man since last season due to the emergence of Jasper Cillessen, Vermeer yesterday may have give Frank de Boer some food for thought in a great display in the 4-1 win over Vitesse. The goalkeeper stopped a total of eight shots to send Ajax into half-time a goal ahead.


DION MALONE – ADO DEN HAAG: Malone starred at right-back in ADO’s late 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord and smashed a 35-yard first-half shot that cannoned off Erwin Mulder’s crossbar.

ERIC BOTTEGHIN – FC GRONINGEN: The Brazilian led well from the back in Groningen’s dramatic 3-2 win over Go Ahead Eagles, winning all aerial challenges.

WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG: The former Tottenham defender looked good in his first appearance for Dordrecht since his loan move from FC Groningen. The Cameroonian kept Mark Uth at bay in the first-half and Thomas Dalgaard quiet in the second.

MARVIN PEERSMAN – FC DORDRECHT: Winning a total of six tackles and all aerial challenges, the left-back helped show the Eredivisie that Dordrecht will not be pushovers this season.


LASSE SCHONE – AJAX: Scoring twice in Ajax’s 4-1 win over Vitesse, the Dane showed to all he will be amongst the goals again this season in the Eredivisie.

ALBERT RUSNAK – SC CAMBUUR: The Manchester City loanee scored a wonderful free-kick and put in an five-star performance in Cambuur’s unlikely 1-1 draw with FC Twente.

JORIS VAN OVEREEM – FC DORDRECHT: The on-loan midfielder (from AZ) scored an excellent winner to give a vital 2-1 win away to Heerenveen.


JODY LUKOKI – PEC ZWOLLE: The 21-year-old Lukoki made PEC Zwolle’s fans forget all about Kamohelo Mokotjo tearing FC Utrecht apart in an excellent and exciting performance.

JARCHINIO ANTONIA – FC GRONINGEN: With two assists and an 88th minute winning goal against former club Go Ahead, Antonia is Total Dutch Football’s Player of the Week.

MUAMER TANKOVIC – AZ ALKMAAR: Signing on a free in the summer from Fulham, the young Swede put in a Premier League performance and topped it off with a great goal.

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The Man City midfielder excelling in the Eredivisie


This past Saturday night, Will Burns sat watching the SC Cambuur-FC Twente match and he saw a new name on the team sheet – it was ‘Albert Rusnák’.

I remember researching the 20-year-old earlier last month when I heard Manchester City was allowing the player to cross the North Sea and head into Leeuwarden on a season-long deal.

I discovered that Rusnák played youth football in homeland of Slovakia for MFK Košice before signing for the Citizens in 2010, where he joined the club’s academy on Platt Lane. After approximately three years of youth and reserve-team football, he was farmed out to League One in England, down the road in Oldham to gain some experience. Rusnák made his first senior appearance as a substitute on 31 August 2013 against Tranmere Rovers in a league encounter. Obviously impressing, he did not have to wait long for his first professional start, just three days later, in a Football League Trophy win over Shrewsbury Town. However, later in mid-September, Rusnák’s loan was cut short and he was returned to Manchester after he refused to play for Oldham’s reserve team. On his return to the Etihad, the Daily Mail reported that the head of youth development at the club, Patrick Vieira, ordered Rusnák to go back to Oldham and apologise for his actions.

In the January window this year, Rusnák was on his travels again joining Championship side Birmingham City for a month. Manager Lee Clark selected the Slovakian Under-21 international into his starting eleven for the FA Cup defeat to Swansea City. After three starts in the month spell, he returned to City for the remainder the season and played consistently for Man City’s Elite squad.

This past Saturday, Rusnák was named to make his debut in Cambuur’s starting line-up and from the kick-off you could see this boy was special. In the opening moments, on the ball, he was a delight to watch. Tremendously creative, pacy with a quick brain, spotting players movement and quickly laying the ball into their feet.

Then when things were not working out for his side, he tracked back and with great tenacity, won back the possession and laid the pass off. However, he made a statement after just 13 minutes. Cambuur won a free-kick on the edge of the area; Rusnák stepped up and curled it perfectly into the top corner giving Twente keeper Nick Marsman no chance of stopping. His first game for Cambuur and his first ever goal in professional football.

Starting at 40 seconds check out the goal in the video below shot by a Cambuur fan.

After the match, Rusnák was interviewed by NOS Studio Sport (Dutch version of ‘Match of the Day’) regarding the goal, the game and the move to Cambuur: “It’s a perfect start I think, except that maybe we deserved more than a draw but I’m happy with the goal. But if it was a winning goal for three points, it would be better. I’m not a [free-kick] specialist but I hope to be one day. I have been practising all this week and happily, it paid off.”

Rusnák stated he knew very little regarding Cambuur before the move so he did some research: “A week before I first came here, I looked up on the internet and learned about the club and the fans. I read about they are very passionate and that’s what I love about football”

Rusnák also added why he chose the Netherlands to further his career instead of staying in England: “I think the Dutch league is perfect for the young players. They like to play football and Holland develop many young players so I think this is a perfect opportunity for me.”

If the Slovakian continues to play like he did on Saturday night, it will be a happy and productive season for Rusnák and Cambuur. He will gain excellent first-team experience that Karim Rekik achieved last year at PSV, and has now took back to the City of Manchester Stadium to try and win the affections of City boss Manuel Pellegrini.


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EREDIVISIE: SC Cambuur 1-1 FC Twente





A Youness Mokhtar equaliser, with just two minutes to go, denied Cambuur of all three points against FC Twente this evening, after Manchester City loanee Albert Rusnák had put the hosts ahead.

Slovakian midfielder Albert Rusnák stole the show and demonstrated to everyone watching that he could be a real force this campaign for Cambuur. Formerly having loan spells at Oldham Athletic and Birmingham City, this was the 20-year-old’s debut on a season-long loan from Premier League champions Manchester City. He announced his arrival on 13 minutes after Kyle Ebecilio fouled Michiel Hemmen on the edge of the area. The 18-year-old stepped up and curled the free-kick into the top corner out of Nick Marsman’s reach. This was Rusnák’s first goal in professional football.

Twente were struggling to get going and Cambuur looked the more likely team to score. The impressive Rusnák showed great movement throughout and worked hard, showing great tenacity to get back deep into the midfield and win the possession for his team.

Twente coach replaced Robert Schilder with new signing Kamohelo Mokotjo at half-time to try and lift his side, however, even though the link-up play improved, no decent chances were created and Leonard Nienhuis’ gloves stayed cold.

With two minutes of play remaining, the game was tied due to a deflected shot from Youness Mokhtar. The winger cut inside and on the edge the box tried his luck, the ball flicked off the boot of Cambuur defender Lucas Bijker and ended up past Nienhuis for the equaliser. An undeserving goal for the team from Enschede.

Twente will feel fortunate to leave Leeuwarden with a point, for Cambuur, it may feel like two points lost although if you would have asked coach Henk de Jong before the game, I’m sure he would have took a draw. Today was all about Albert Rusnak, the Manchester City youngster that we will all be treated to this season.


CAMBUUR: Nienhuis, Droste, Reijnen, Bijker, Pereira, El Makrini, Bakker, Rusnák, Meleg (Schepers 61), Hemmen (Dijkstra 78), Ogbeche (Barto 90).

SUBS NOT USED: Zeinstra, Mac-Intosch, Janzen, Schokker.

GOALS: Rusnák 13.


TWENTE: Marsman, Breukers, Lachman (Tapia 81), Martina, Koppers, Schilder (Mokotjo 46), Ebecilio, Castaignos, Mokhtar, Børven, Kusk (Ould-Chikh 72).

SUBS NOT USED: Stevens, Andersen, Hölscher, Corona.

GOALS: Mokhtar 88.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Albert Rusnak (SC Cambuur)


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