Robin Van Persie

  • World Cup stars fail to sparkle on Premier League return August 25, 2014

    Their dazzling displays lit up the World Cup, but the stars of the summer have failed to arrive on time for the Premier League party, with one of the tournament's flops stealing the early limelight. Whether it is Arsenal's World Cup winning heroes, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, Chile's leading light...
  • Louis van Gaal can bring the smile back to Manchester United August 8, 2014

    London: Charismatic, assured and meticulous, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has quickly stamped his authority on a club desperate to return to the summit of English football. After a dismal season under David Moyes, United acted quickly to appoint the experienced Dutchman to restore them to former glories and he...
  • Manchester United's Robin Van Persie to miss Premier League opener August 3, 2014

    London: Dutch striker Robin van Persie is set to miss Manchester United's opening Premier League match against Swansea City after being given an extended break after the World Cup. Van Persie, 30, did not travel with United on their pre-season tour of the United States, and will not appear in the...
  • Manchester United add Hernandez for US tour July 20, 2014

    Carson, California: Manchester United have added Javier Hernandez to their squad for the team's pre-season tour of the US. Relegated to the bench for much of last season, Chicharito will join the Red Devils before their friendly against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday in Pasadena, the team's first match under...
  • World Cup 2014: The best goals in Brazil July 14, 2014

    Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area. Sunday's final saw only one goal when...
  • World Cup 2014: The five highs and lows July 14, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Marcelo looked wide-eyed, stunned when he scored the first goal of the World Cup ... against his own team. Hardly the most auspicious of starts for Brazil. But that blooper just 11 minutes into the tournament was soon forgiven and forgotten as Brazil went on to win...
  • 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: A look at some of the best goals so far July 12, 2014

    Robin van Persie scored one of the most eye-catching goals of the World Cup with a diving header, and James Rodriguez blasted in one of the tournament's most spectacular after controlling the ball with his chest and volleying home from outside the area. The world will be treated to quite a...
  • 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 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: 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: Robin Van Persie sick, a doubt for Argentina clash July 9, 2014

    Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final against Argentina after coming down with stomach problems, coach Louis van Gaal said. Van Persie, the Netherlands' joint top scorer with three goals in the tournament, has been training separately from the squad and Van Gaal said he...
  • World Cup 2014: Five of the best goals from the tournament July 8, 2014

    The 2014 World Cup has produced several goals of outstanding quality. The following are five of the best so far according to Reuters. James Rodriguez (Colombia 2 Uruguay 0) Rodriguez had already caught the eye with his performances in the first round but his opener against Uruguay in the Round of 16...
  • 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: Van Persie's misses nearly cost Netherlands July 6, 2014

    Salvador: On the same ground where Robin van Persie's spectacular diving header earned him the nickname the Flying Dutchman, the Netherlands striker fell flat against Costa Rica on Saturday. Van Persie missed two chances from close range in stoppage time in a 0-0 draw before the Dutch prevailed 4-3 in penalty...
  • 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...
  • 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: Netherlands team offered space trip if they win the tittle July 1, 2014

    The Hague (The Netherlands): In an 'out of the world' incentive, a Dutch aerospace engineering company has offered the entire Netherlands team a flight into space if they win the World Cup. After finishing runners-up on three occasions, the Netherlands are keener than most to secure their elusive maiden World Cup...
  • World Cup 2014: Robin van Persie back for Dutch to terrorise Mexico June 29, 2014

    Robin van Persie returns to the Dutch attack to face Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday while Mexican defender Hector Moreno will lock horns with his former mentor Louis van Gaal. Van Persie was suspended for the Netherlands' 2-0 defeat of Chile in their final group...
  • As it happened: Netherlands vs Chile and Australia vs Spain, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group B matches as the Dutch and Chile battle for top spot and Spain look to avoid worst ever WC defence. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The Netherlands and Chile may have already qualified for the World Cup's round of 16, but...
  • World Cup 2014: Dutch and Chile to battle for Group B top spot June 23, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: The Netherlands and Chile may have already qualified for the World Cup's round of 16, but both still want to win Group B and avoid the likely prospect of facing host nation Brazil in their next match. Two of the tournament's early high-fliers meet on Monday at Sao...
  • Robin van Persie's ban leaves Dutch without a player whose surname begins with 'Van' for the first time in two decades! June 22, 2014

    Salvador, Brazil: The suspension of captain Robin van Persie for Monday's World Cup Group B decider against Chile means the Netherlands will play an international without a player whose surname begins with 'Van' for the first time in almost two decades. The last time it happened was in 1996 in a...
  • World Cup 2014: Chile will give Netherlands a real challenge, says Persie June 21, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: Chile will pose a real challenge for the Netherlands in their final World Cup Group B match on Monday and the Dutch will have to work hard for the draw they need to finish top, striker Robin van Persie said on Friday. The Dutch, who like the Chileans...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands come from behind to beat Australia, enter last-16 June 19, 2014

    Porto Alegre: A long-range strike by substitute Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 3-2 win over Australia in a thrilling World Cup Group B game but a brave, hard-charging Socceroos side had threatened to earn a famous victory. The game was marked by end-to-end action and spectacular goals - notably a...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, Australia vs Netherlands June 18, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group B match between Australia and Netherlands at the Estadio Beira-Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The key question for most ahead of Netherlands' second World Cup match is whether Robin Van Persie and co. can possibly top their...
  • World Cup 2014: How the big names performed in the opening round in Brazil June 18, 2014

    As the first round of matches of the group stage come to a close we take a look at the stars who were supposed to dazzle in Brazil. Neymar: He is one of the most exciting young footballers in the world, and at the age of 22, has already become somewhat of...
  • World Cup 2014: Netherlands still have a long way to go, says Robin Van Persie June 17, 2014

    Porto Alegre: Netherlands captain Robin Van Persie was happy with the impressive 5-1 win against defending champions Spain in their World Cup opener but admitted that the Dutch still have a long way to go before lifting their maiden World Cup trophy. "This is my fifth major tournament and I know...