Monday, April 30, 2007

Thrillers in Dutch Premier League

Yesterday was D-day in the Dutch Premier League. All eyes were fixed on the 3 candidates for the title, PSV, Ajax and AZ. They all could become national champions in their respective matches and by 1 goal difference PSV came out on top. I am a (not so fanatic) Ajax supporter, so I am a little bit disappointed of course, but there is some good news too... Rumour has it that next year Ajax wants to sign the Brazilian striker Alfonso Alves from Heerenveen (European top scorer, believe it or not!) Well, maybe this is just wishful thinking.

Yesterday's match between Heerenveen and Feyenoord didn't get as much attention as the other top matches, but if you look at this video you can see 4 (!) goals by Alfonso Alves and you can also see Pierre van Hooydonk's emotional reaction after he realises that he will not play in the Champions League next year. I really feel sorry for this great sportsman! Look at his tears when Alves scores with a beautiful free kick (and keep in mind that this is Pierre van Hooijdonk's speciality...)

Many of today's top players played in clubs in the Netherlands before taking on the world in their current top European teams. The Dutch league is packed with young and exciting talent - but you don't have to take my word for it. Just watch this video clip to see what I mean...