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Ons Oranje: One Nation, One Goal

Started on 13 July 2014 by InvertedWingbacks
Latest Reply on 16 July 2014 by Aaron
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Note: While this story was started in 2013; all personnel (players, managers, etc) will be up-to-date as of this summer, so I will be playing as Guus Hiddink, Holland’s new manager, as Louis Van Gaal is at Man Utd now :) Obviously the first major tournament is the 2014 World Cup.

Hiddink Takes Control Of Oranje

The Dutch FA have today confirmed what many in the football world already knew: Guus Hiddink will be the man to replace Louis Van Gaal, as the nations head coach moves to pastures new as manager of Manchester United. A move originally thought to be taking place after the 2014 World Cup, many have been taken aback by how quickly events have moved forward.

Manchester United, who many thought would unveil David Moyes as their manager, have backtracked on their decision, and installed Van Gaal with immediate effect, apparently to the outrage of club legend Sir Alex Ferguson, who hand-picked Moyes as his successor. However, it is said that a man who identified himself only as “M.M” in letters, delivered a warning from the future about how badly this appointment would fare, as he returned to his original time in the 1980s.

It is understood that the Dutch FA’s minimum expectation of Hiddink will be to qualify from the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil, without too much difficulty. It’s an expectation which, with the players and resources available to him, shouldn't be too much of a difficulty.

Hiddink is also due to unveil his assistant manager to the press in due course, and some are suggesting that person could be a female; a 25-year old Scot who holds Dutch dual nationality, and experience with the country’s youth setup; a possible indicator of the Dutch FA’s intentions to blood their latest generation of talent with a familiar face perhaps? Only time will tell.
It's a good start, a good update, and a fookin' great manager taking over a fookin' great team!
Good luck with this!
I'll defo be following, as I'm Dutch myself ;)
Good luck!
Good luck, love the Dutch team!

Holland Start New Era Against Finland

Holland opened their account under new manager Guus Hiddink against Finland this evening at the Olympiastadion, with a side which maybe wasn’t what everyone was expecting to see. Some familiar faces were of course included, but the line-up certainly wasn’t the strongest available to the new man.

Holland XI To Face Finland

Stekelenburg, Douglas, Heitinga, Indi, Janmaat, Blind, Clasie, de Jong, Sneijder( c), van Persie, Huntelaar
Subs: Krul, Viergever, van Ginkel, Lens, Vlaar, Robben, L. De Jong, de Vrij, Afellay, van Wolfswinkel, van Rhijn, Elia

With a new manager to impress, and World Cup places up for grabs, the game didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Oranje, Joel Pohjanpalo netting for Finland after a nervous opening 17 minutes, in which neither side had really impressed.

An impressive team move though, had the Dutch level merely a minute later. Some excellent passing between the Dutch defense and midfield saw the ball move up the pitch quickly, and when Heitinga put him through on goal, Robin van Persie made no mistake, lifting the ball into the top corner of the Finnish net, leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

The Dutch were well and truly in their rhythm, and another flowing team move, which started with Stekelenburg deep in the Dutch half, ended with van Persie playing Huntelaar in behind the flat-footed Finnish defence, and the veteran striker made no mistake, powering the ball high and hard into the net: 2-1.

Just before half-time, 3 quick passes showed that the Dutch side could make long-ball football work too, when van Persie played a long ball over the top to Huntelaar, who advanced mercilessly on the Finnish goal, and finished with aplomb.

Half Time: Finland 1-3 Holland

At half-time, the Dutch moved from the previously successful 5-3-2 formation, to a 4-2-3-1, which saw the introduction of Marco van Ginkel, Luuk de Jong and Eljero Elia, replacing Heitinga, van Persie and Huntelaar.

The Dutch started the second half with the same drive and intensity they finished the first with, and from a Sneijder corner, initially turned away by the Finnish defence, Jordy Clasie played the ball back into the box, and Elia turned on a sixpence to rifle the ball into the Finnish net to extend the lead to 4-1

Clasie was once again provider for the fifth Dutch goal, recieving the ball from Blind, who had advanced down the left wing, and lifting the ball over the Finnish defence to where Marco van Ginkel was waiting to turn the ball in at the far post to make it 5-1

Full Time: Finland 1-5 Holland

van Persie (19)
Huntelaar (24, 38)
Elia (68)
van Ginkel (70)

Man Of The Match: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (8.7)
An incredible performance from Huntelaar, with 2 goals, and having covered 4.8km, with 5 shots, and 2 on target for his goals, Huntelaar was a constant thorn in the Finland defence’s side, worrying defenders whenever he moved, and creating space for his team-mates.
Great start! Great performance from Huntelaar :)
Very nice start here TaT! :)
Great update!
Very nice presentation, and good win as well!
great win TaT!
Aaron: Yeah, he really impressed me: such a strong player

Josh: Thanks mate! means a lot coming from yourself!

Tallery: Thanks dude :D

ASR-PSV: Thanks :) I've been toying with the layout a wee bit, looks like it's paying off :D

fzemdegs: Cheers :D It's good to start with a win :)

Holland Announce Friendly Squad

Holland manager Guus Hiddink has announced his squad for the upcoming international friendly match against South Korea, with some pundits speculating that his choices point to a willingness to give the nations young players a chance, with Marco van Ginkel earning a place in the squad after his performances in the last game, against Finland.

Another surprise in the squad is the inclusion of PSV’s Luciano Narsingh, who gets the nod ahead of the more experienced Dirk Kuyt, who is thought to be struggling for fitness at this moment in time. Other than these two players, there are no real surprises in the squad, outlined below.


Tim Krul (Newcastle), Jeroen Zoet (PSV), Jasper Cillessen (Ajax)


Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (PSG), John Heitinga (Hertha BSC), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Nick Viergever (Ajax), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Douglas (Dinamo Moscow), Daley Blind (Ajax)


Nigel De Jong (AC Milan), Jonathan de Guzman (Villareal), Leroy Fer (Norwich), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Arjen Robben (Bayern), Luciano Narsingh (PSV), Eljero Elia (Werder Bremen), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasary), Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea)


Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Luuk de Jong (Newcastle)

Key Man: Eljero Elia (Werder Bremen)

The 24-year old left winger has something to prove on the international stage. Released by Ajax in 2001, Elia has had playing spells at ADO Den Haag, Twente, HSV, Juventus and Werder Bremen, but hasn’t scored a league goal in the past 3 seasons. Hiddink is certainly placing his trust in the man once touted as Holland’s next big talent, and with Memphis Depay pressing for a place in the squad, Elia has a lot of ground to make up to bag a spot on the plane to Brazil. Only time will tell if this was the right call for the side.
Good Luck , lets just hope you don't give away a penalty :P

Robben Ruled Out With Injury

Holland’s preparations for the friendly match with South Korea have been hit by the news that 29-year old Arjen Robben has been hit by injury, and will miss at least this game, and possibly the qualifier against Romania away from home.

Robben’s injury comes with a flip-side though: 19 year old Memphis Depay, of PSV, will have his chance to shine on the big stage, possibly as part of a new-look frontline with van Ginkel and Elia. Holland captain Wesley Sneijder has hailed this squad as the start of a new era for dutch football, and the new inclusions in the squad will be looking to vindicate that opinion against South Korea.

Holland’s New Boys Impress

Holland played their second game under new manager Guus Hiddink tonight at De Kuip, facing South Korea in their last friendly before their World Cup qualification campaign resumes. The side named by Hiddink wasn’t too different from the one which started against Finland, but there were some new faces.

Holland Squad to face South Korea

Krul, Douglas, Heitinga (c), Indi, Janmaat, Blind, Clasie, Viergever, van Ginkel, L. de Jong, Huntelaar
Subs: Cillessen, Vlaar, Elia, van Persie, N. de Jong, Sneijder, Depay, van der Wiel, Narsingh, Fer, de Guzman, Zoet

The first half started slowly, both teams probing and reaching, trying to pass their way through each other, with little luck, until a van Ginkel corner after 29 minutes met the head of a leaping Bruno Martins Indi, who made no mistake with his header, despite close attentions from the Korean defence, and the ball nestled snugly in the net to give the Dutch the lead.

Other than some nice passing, and one dangerous run down the right wing from Douglas, the first-half was an otherwise drab affair, and the sides went in for the break with Holland 1-0 ahead.

Half Time: Holland 1-0 South Korea

Half-time saw a switch of formation, as Holland moved to a 4-2-3-1 again, seeking greater penetration down the wings. Janmaat, Blind, Viergever and Huntelaar made way for Elia, Depay, van der Wiel and Nigel de Jong at the break, as Hiddink looked for more pace and incisiveness in the second half

Those changes quickly paid off, as Depay played a clever one-two with Clasie in the middle of the pitch, before crossing for Luuk de Jong, who squared the ball into the path of the onrushing van Ginkel, who finished with aplomb to make it 2-0 to Holland.

Van Ginkel then turned provider, beating 4 Korean defenders on the left wing before cutting the ball back to Elia, who lifted it over the goalkeeper. The ball looked to be going wide, until Depay popped up at the far post to turn it into the net for Holland’s 3rd goal. The changing of the guard looked to be going well, with Elia, van Ginkel and Depay all looking convincing in midfield.

South Korea hit back after 80 minutes, with Nam Tae-Hee scoring a stunning goal from 30 yards that left Krul with no chance of reaching it. The Holland fans though, were still in fine voice: and were almost celebrating again as Douglas rose at the back post to meet a Clasie corner, but he could only find the cross bar with his header.

Full Time: Holland 3-1 South Korea

Indi (29)
van Ginkel (48)
Depay (74)

Man of the Match: Marco van Ginkel (8.9)
The Chelsea youngster certainly made his international intentions clear tonight; scoring once and providing an assist on his way to a man of the match performance: at the center of everything Holland did, and carrying the pressure with ease.

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