Alkmaar headed into their clash against Willem II looking to keep pace with
early pacesetters Ajax and PSV. There have been feel-good factors for the club
after holding Manchester United to a 0-0 draw on Thursday, where the away side
failed to make a shot on target.
as expected, dominated the opening exchanges with quick chances for Myron Boadu
and Calvin Stengs leading that charge. In the 22nd minute, the pressure paid
dividends as Boadu was brought down in the box by a clumsy challenge.
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.
AZ Alkmaar teenager Calvin Stengs could be out for the rest of the season after he suffered a gruesome injury on the opening day of the Eredivisie campaign.
The 18-year-old, who is highly-rated at AZ, could not have expected a tough start to his season after he twisted his knee 90 degrees in the wrong direction while battling for the ball in defence. Stengs immediately ended up in tears following the incident, and he was stretchered off to the hospital to check the severity of the injury.
The young winger wanted to impress in the first game of the campaign as he went across to make a tackle on one of the PSV Eindhoven players, but as he did so, his right knee also gave way. As a result, the Dutchman is likely to miss the rest of the campaign with AZ Alkmaar, who lost the game at PSV by a 3-2 scoreline.
Argentine legend Diego Maradona was spotted smoking a cigar in the stands during the game. The 56-year-old received a warm welcome from the fans at the Philips Stadion while being presented with a PSV jersey. Maradona is currently in a 20-day training camp in Holland with UAE side Fujairah as he prepares them for the new league season. Continue reading
German giants Borussia Dortmund are set to announce the signing of teenager defender Immanuel Pherai from AZ Alkmaar, once they receive clearance from FIFA.
The 16-year-old, who is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, has inked a three-year deal with the Bundesliga outfit. BvB have spent reasonable money on recruiting young talents in recent seasons with Christian Pulisic, and Ousmane Dembele being identifiable examples, and Pherai is the next in line after he confirmed the agreement via azfanpage.nl, he said: “We reached an agreement yesterday. I will join BVB.”
Pherai has been designated as a defensive midfielder by trade, and he could be groomed into the BvB first-team sooner rather than later with former Ajax coach Peter Bosz having taken over the reins from the departed Thomas Tuchel. Bosz made it a point to give teenagers a chance in Amsterdam, and he named a side with average age of just 20 during the final game of the Eredivisie season. Continue reading
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs have been bothered by the injury of first choice striker Harry Kane.
The Three Lions striker helped the team move past FA Cup rival Millwall but not without an injury. He is not expected to return in a few weeks but the club must play on.
Harry Kane was brilliant last term and he continued the form this season. He has been involved directly and indirectly in 40 percent of Spurs’ goals this season. In his absence, the team would have to rely on other attackers to do the job but the thing is they are not as potent as he is.
In the game against Southampton, Coach Mauricio Pochettino used Son Heung-Min as the main player upfront. The 24-year old is known for depending more on his pace when evading defenders. His ball hold-up is not as developed and we saw it against The Saints. Son expended more time in the flanks and around than playing the position he was deployed to. Continue reading
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.