AZ Alkmaar put themselves right
back in the discussion for the top-four places, thanks to a comfortable win 3-0
against Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Calvin Stengs was the cream of
the crop for AZ on the night as his goal was the pick of the three goals – a
beautiful solo goal that was executed to perfection. AZ fans must have been
delighted to see Stengs play so well.
AZ Alkmaar went into the game
fifth on the Eredivisie log following Vittese’s win the day before.
Surprisingly, there was no
place for RiechedlyBazoer on the Utrecht starting lineup as the player was left
on the bench, in favor of Nick Venema in the team.
On the other hand, there were no surprises for AZ when the team sheets were revealed, as Stengs spearheaded the attack as expected, alongside Mats Seuntjens and Oussam aIdrissi.
AZ began the game very much on
the front foot and eventually went ahead on 36 minutes through Ricardo van
Rhijn. The Dutch midfielder fired a cracking effort from distance that narrowly
beat goalkeeper David Jensen.
The lead was double just before half time after Seuntjens received a long ball from midfield before tucking the ball home past a helpless Jensen. The goalkeeper must have wondered how this particularly one got in. He will be kicking himself for not saving that one! 2-0 the first half ended with AZ in full control.
There was a Utrecht change at
halftime with Jean-Christophe Bahebeck coming on in place of the disappointing
We saw the pick of the goals in
injury time however, as Stengs did well to glide a couple
of challenges in the Utrecht defense before firing the ball past Jensen.
That was Stengs first goal
since returning from his long-term injury and the delight on his face during
celebrations was clear for everyone to see.
Van Den Brom who is the
longest-serving coach of the AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie is in charge of the
club since the year 2014. But recently many doubts are raised regarding his continuation
as the coach of the club and there are many speculations that he will leave the
club. As per some reports, he will step down from the position of the coach at
the end of this season.
He was a former
professional footballer and even after retiring from professional football, his
tryst with football continued as he became the manager of a football club and
then a head coach of the AZ club. While he was a player, he had played for
Ajax, Vitesse, Istanbulspor and De Graafschap. He was a great player but he is
known as a coach more than a player.
The 52-year-old stalwart is having some issues with AFAS Stadion and things are not going in the right direction between them. The person who is most likely to be the successor of Brom is the current assistant to Van, named Arne Slot. Both Voetbal international and AD are reporting and claiming that after stepping down as the coach of AZ club, Van Den Brom will take over at the club of Utrecht as the reports suggested that there were talks between him and the owner of the club, Frans Van Seumeren.
Currently, Dick Advocaat
is the head coach of the club of Utrecht and under him; the club has reached
many milestones and has climbed to 4th position. But he has made it very clear
that he will only stay until the conclusion of the campaign and thereafter he
will say goodbye to the club. However, the news regarding Van’s leaving the
club is not much authentic as no official confirmation has been made.
The second round of the KNVB Cup continued on Wednesday evening with several Eredivisie sides in action. Below is a tour of all the results.
Vitesse is safely in the coming round after a victory over Heracles in Almelo. Martin Odegaard set Vitesse on his way with a big strike for 40 minutes before the young attacker Thomas Buitink freezed the victory at the last minute.
Az Alkmaar player Myron Boadu has admitted an offer to join Arsenal in 2016. He said that it was a tempting offer but he decided to remain with his club. He said that it was a tough decision to take and that he decided that it was not the right moment for him to make the move.
Myron Boadu is considered as one of the hot prospects of Dutch football and has made a strong start to the current season scoring three goals in four appearances for his club AZ Alkmaar. He said that he is feeling really good and that he wants to continue improving his game.
Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has confirmed that the club are doing everything within their reach to re-sign former defender Daley Blind from Manchester United. The Netherlands international left the Amsterdam club for United after his strong performance at the 2014 World Cup and he has since experienced plenty of ups and downs.
Speaking to Telegraaf, Ten Hag confirmed that Blind is being considered for a possible return this summer but the deal depends on different upon United and the potential interest from other clubs, he said: “[He is] a player with a lot of experience, in the Premier League and in the Dutch national team. He is a stable personality. Just like the arrival of Dusan Tadic, this also counts as a considerable effort of the club. We are doing everything, but it also depends on other parties.”
Manchester United has a lot of connections with the Dutch football and it continues through the presence of goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Despite being an Argentine, the 31-year-old made his name in European football with AZ Alkmaar. He played under the team constructed by Louis van Gaal and ended up winning the Dutch Eredivisie title in 2009. Even though he has not been able to win any league title since making the move to Manchester United in 2015, the 31-year-old has lifted a whole host of cup titles like the FA Cup, Europa League, and the League Cup.
Romero was one of the highly talented Argentine goalkeepers coming through the ranks during the early part of the century. He only played a few games for his first professional club – Racing Club – before AZ Alkmaar spotted him in 2007. He spent four years with AZ Alkmaar and made it 90 appearances – more than any other team in his career. Continue reading