The debut of former Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruined with the 4-2 loss to PSV Eindoven on Saturday.

Krul moved to the Dutch side AZ Alkmaar after his spell at Ajax was terminated. He agreed a loan deal with his new club but the 28-year old had a poor outing on his debut as visitors PSV netted four times.

Jetro Willems opened the scoring in the first 15 minutes of the clash and soon added another. Gaston Pereiro returned the two goal lead after Fred Friday pulled one back for the host side. Continue reading

AZ Alkmaar Boss Van Den Brom Dismisses Speculation about Maccabi Tel Aviv Move

AZ Alkmaar managerJohn van den Brom says that there is no truth in the speculation linking him with a move to the Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The club are without a manager and have reportedly identified van den Brom as the best possible option to lead them ahead. Vanden Brom has largely been in charge of Dutch clubs in his managerial career, which started in 2010. He has been in charge of clubs like Vitesse Arnhem and ADO Den Haag before coming to AZ Alkmaar. However, his last job was outside Holland while being in charge of Anderlecht for a period of two years.

One of the major attractions for joining a club like Maccabi Tel Aviv is the possibility of managing in the Champions League. The club narrowly missed out on the Premier European competition for this current campaign after finishing second behindHapoelBe’erSheva in the Championship round. Continue reading

Van den Brom Confident of Victory against Roda JC

AZ Alkmaar are looking to stretch their unbeaten run to 6 matches when they take onRoda JC in the Dutch Eredivisie this weekend.

The game sees the return of the club game after the last two weeks were taken up by international commitments. Rather than just train during this period, AZ Alkmaar decided to have a friendly match against Besiktas last week. It turned out to be a successful exercise for the Dutch team, as they won 4-1. Since the 1-0 win over Emmen towards the end of October, AZ Alkmaar have been unbeaten in the league.

They, however, have not been able to climb the table much thanks to a draw against Ajax. Even then, it is a positive run for the team. During this period, they also failed to win against Maccabi Tel Aviv, and the 0-0 draw continues to destroy any hopes of qualification into the knockout stages. In the Europa league, AZ Alkmaar have managed to take only two points from the opening four matches.

Even though it is still possible that they would be able to leapfrog both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dundalk in the last two games, they need to recover quickly. Manager John van den Brom is hoping that the team can repeat the same brilliant performance against Ajax when they take onRoda JC.

“I like a small blow to the arm, but I think so. And if someone is not fit, then there are other players ready to have we have seen during the practice match against Besiktas. Guys like MuamerTanković, Gino Coutinho, mats seuntjens, Fernando Lewis, Iliass Bel Hassani and Fred Friday have really shown in that game. With Fred, you see that this week really back on training. his three goals against Besiktas are also a confirmation that it is a good striker,” said the manager about the team news.

John van den Brom and his squad are struggling

AZ Alkmaar is a club that has consistently managed to secure the 3rd or 4th spot of the Eredivisie League but have struggled trying to snatch anything higher than that.

In this current season, John van den Brom and his team has secured 16 points from the 9 opening matches of their campaign which is a fairly good position but they have recently been dropping a considerably high amount of points.

Vitesse, Sparta Rotterdam and Go Ahead Eagles are the latest opponents that AZ Alkmaar has faced off in the Eredivisie League and out of the possible 9 points that the team of John van den Brom could have secured from these matches, they were only able to snatch 3 points.

This string of results is evidence of how much AZ Alkmaar has recently been struggling in recent times. Ron Vlaar and WoutWeghorst are 2 key figures in the squad of John van den Brom and they were not able to perform during AZ Alkmaar’s match against Sparta Rotterdam due to injuries which was a huge blow for the team and that game finished in a 1-1 draw.
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Former Dutch international Marco van Basten has received an offer from world football governing body FIFA to lead the technical development unit.

Van Basten is the assistant manager of Netehrlands, but he would be the one to take charge of technical issues regarding football from next week. The former FIFA World Player of the Year is poised to oversee football technology innovation, refereeing, and others.

The coaching crew of Holland led by head coach Danny Blind would have to continue the rest of the FIFA World Cup qualification campaign without him.

“It’s a great honour for me to be appointed for this assignment, the former AC Milan and Ajax player said. I’m very proud to have the opportunity to work in the home of FIFA, the home of world football. I hope to be able to give my contribution to ensure that football remains the number one sport in the world, Van Basten added. Continue reading

AZ Alkmaar Should Not UnderestimateVojvodina – Van den Brom

AZ Alkmaar’s approach for the upcoming Europa League game against Vojvodinawill not change according to manager John van den Brom.

The Dutch team managed an excellent 3-0 win over the Serbian outfit in the first leg of the Europa League qualifying games. AZ Alkmaar are fighting to reach the Europa League since it will give the club a chance to progress of the divisions once again. Ultimately, reaching the Champions League will be the aim for the club but for now they are fighting in the Europa League. The comfortable victory in the first leg has almost assured them of a place in the next round, but van den Brom is not ready to take any chances.

The team comes on the back of good form after back-to-back victories in all competitions. It has served to put an end to the wobbly start to the season. AZ Alkmaar could only manage a draw and a defeat againstHeerenveen and PSV Eindhoven in the recent league encounters. As a result, the club are struggling to achieve a direction in the domestic competition. AZ Alkmaar have put together a run of wins in order to climb up the table, but the Europa League could be a distraction. Hence, it was suggested that AZ Alkmaar would rest players againstVojvodina.
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