Arjen Robben

  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Europe award Yesterday

    Monaco: Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League. The Real Madrid and Portgual forward beat Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer of Germany and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben. The voting was by journalists from UEFA's 54...
  • Neuer, Ronaldo, Robben on UEFA award shortlist August 14, 2014

    Nyon, Switzerland: World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Champions League-winning forward Cristiano Ronaldo are in a three-player contest to win UEFA's best player in Europe award. Arjen Robben, who helped the Netherlands and Bayern Munich reach both major competition semifinals, completes the shortlist announced on Thursday. UEFA says they topped a poll...
  • World Cup 2014: IBNLive's Dream XI July 14, 2014

    As the month-long football carnival drew to a close on Sunday, IBNLive takes a look at some of the standout performers in Brazil who find a place in the Best 2014 World Cup XI. STRIKERS: Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben Before the world cup started Argentina were picked by many as favourites....
  • World Cup 2014: Success based on Dutch way with novel tweak, says Van Gaal July 13, 2014

    Brasilia: Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal said his team's run to third place at the World Cup was proof that there was more than one "Dutch" way of playing the game. Van Gaal's side played a more defensive, containing style than that preferred by many Dutch coaches. "We were able to show...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands beat hosts Brazil 3-0 to finish third July 13, 2014

    Brasilia: Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over hosts Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday. With the result, the Netherlands finish a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to...
  • World Cup 2014: Robben, Van Persie empty-handed again at World Cup July 10, 2014

    Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam on Wednesday in the World Cup semifinals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. How different to a month ago and the start...
  • World Cup 2014: Robben,Van Persie empty-handed again at World Cup July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie came up empty again. The Netherlands forwards, and the rest of the team, essentially ran out of steam on Wednesday in the World Cup semi-finals, losing to Argentina in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 draw. How different to a month ago and the...
  • World Cup 2014: Arjen Robben laments 'grim' World Cup exit July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Dutch striker Arjen Robben rued his team's "grim" exit from the World Cup after being knocked out by Argentina in the semi-finals on Wednesday. "It hurts but we gave it our all this evening and it's grim going out in this way," Robben told Dutch television after the game. The...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach final July 10, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Argentina set up a FIFA World Cup final clash against Germany after overcoming the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout. Both teams failed to score at the end of regular and extra time at the Arena Corinthians here on Wednesday. For the first time in 26 years, a World...
  • World Cup semis, Argentina v Netherlands: as it happened July 10, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the semifinal match between Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The match, starting in Sao Paulo will be a clash of the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben. After Germany's 7-1 evisceration of...
  • The Beautiful Game: Who will face Germany in the World Cup final? July 9, 2014

    Argentina and Netherlands clash in the second semifinal in Sao Paulo for a place in the final against Germany on Sunday. ...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Dutch Messi' Arjen Robben ready for Argentina July 9, 2014

    Sao Paulo: Former Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk is betting on Arjen Robben to outshine Lionel Messi as the Netherlands prepare to take on Argentina for a place in the World Cup final on Wednesday. The diving controversies which have shrouded Robben's campaign in Brazil cannot mask the fact that...
  • World Cup 2014: Wounded Netherlands, Argentina eye Germany showdown July 9, 2014

    Sao Paulo: With a rampant Germany awaiting in the final, Argentina and the Netherlands face selection dilemmas going into their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The match, starting in Sao Paulo at 1.30 am IST, will be a clash of the brilliance of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben. After Germany's...
  • World Cup 2014: Dribblers Messi and Robben face off in semi-finals July 9, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The World Cup's best dribblers - Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben - face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semi-finals. In Brazil, Robben has been quick, Messi has been quicksilver. On Wednesday in Sao Paulo, either one could turn the semi-final with a dazzling turn of pace...
  • The Beautiful Game: Netherlands beat Costa Rica on penalties to reach semis July 6, 2014

    Louis van Gaal put on reserve goalkeeper Tim Krul just before the shootout, and his move paid off with Krul pulling off two saves in the tiebreaker. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Holland beat Costa Rica on penalties to reach semis July 6, 2014

    Salvador: Substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul turned out to be the unlikely hero at the Arena Fonte Nova here Saturday as the Netherlands beat Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties to set up a mouthwatering FIFA World Cup semifinal clash against Argentina on Wednesday. In a masterstroke from Dutch coach Louis van Gaal...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Costa Rica, quarterfinal July 6, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the fourth quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Pre-match: The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal's hard, calculating Dutch side on Saturday...
  • World Cup 2014: Watch out for Robben's dives, says Costa Rica coach July 5, 2014

    Salvador: Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto urged referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Dutchman Arjen Robben in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands. "We are really worried about Robben's diving," Pinto told reporters on Friday. "I would like to ask FIFA and the referees to watch out...
  • World Cup 2014: Costa Rica fairytale faces Dutch reckoning July 5, 2014

    Salvador: The irresistible fairytale of Costa Rica faces a day of reckoning against Louis van Gaal's hard, calculating Dutch side on Saturday in the Brazil World Cup's most unlikely quarter-final. Few believed that Costa Rica, a small Central American country with an undistinguished footballing record, would still be standing, especially after...
  • Goal! Magic mix making World Cup score-fest: how? July 3, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Since Day 1, when Brazil put three past Croatia, the World Cup has enjoyed a goal deluge as sustained as an Amazon forest downpour. A combination of factors gelled to put Brazil on a trajectory to smash the record for most goals at any of the 20 World...
  • World Cup 2014: FIFA not to punish Arjen Robben July 1, 2014

    Fortaleza: FIFA does not intend to impose sanctions on Arjen Robben after the Dutch winger admitted having dived to claim a 93rd minute penalty against Mexico which gave Netherlands a 2-1 win in the Round of 16 World Cup clash. Robben had said that he provoked a fall to claim the...
  • World Cup 2014: Germany and France end African hopes, Suarez sorry July 1, 2014

    Brasilia: Germany and France snuffed out African hopes and reached the World Cup quarter-finals on Monday with hard-won victories over Algeria and Nigeria, while Uruguay striker Luis Suarez broke his silence to apologise for biting. Both European powerhouses struggled for their wins, France needing late goals to see off African champions...
  • World Cup 2014: Arjen Robben says he dived but not for key penalty award June 30, 2014

    Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has said the controversial penalty he won in stoppage time against Mexico to secure victory in Sunday's last-16 clash was legitimate but admitted he dived earlier in the game. The Dutch FA (KNVB) issued a statement on Monday seeking to clarify the media interpretation of Robben's quotes...
  • World Cup 2014: The hilarious internet memes that went viral after Robben dived to save a penalty for Holland June 30, 2014

    Is Arjen Robben really the best diver in the world after the Netherlands vs. Holland match last night? Or is he just a 'cheat' as Mexico boss Miguel Hererra labelled him? Arjen Robben was slammed with the label 'cheat' after winning a penalty that allowed Holland an amazing comeback against...
  • World Cup 2014: Arjen Robben penalty raises questions about the modern foul June 30, 2014

    Mexico defender Rafa Marquez stuck his foot out and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went down for an injury-time penalty that took his team into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win. Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez? Or - to ask the fashionable question that evades the issue...
  • World Cup 2014: Game-changer Arjen Robben does it again for the Dutch June 30, 2014

    He may not have been on the scoresheet, but once again it was Arjen Robben who won the match for the Netherlands on Sunday with the tricky footwork that has brought so many goals and so much controversy over the years. With the score at 1-1 and extra time looming against...
  • World Cup 2014: Robben confessed penalty unfair, says Mexico captain June 30, 2014

    Mexico's captain Rafael Marquez said Arjen Robben had admitted to him that the Dutch forward should not have been awarded the penalty that decided Sunday's last-16 clash. With extra time looming, the pacey Robben went down in the box under a challenge from defender Marquez, giving the Netherlands a penalty that...
  • As it happened, World Cup 2014: Netherlands vs Mexico, Round of 16 June 30, 2014

    Catch all the live updates from the Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The World Cup's highest-scoring team are about to meet arguably the tournament's best goalkeeper. If the free-scoring Netherlands want to progress to the quarter-finals...
  • The Beautiful Game: Netherlands take on Mexico in the round of 16 June 29, 2014

    Skipper Robin van Persie will be back for the Dutch and they would hope for the Robin-Robben pairing to continue its scintillating form. ...