Category Archives: Netherlands

Are they still the ‘Brilliant’ Orange?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of Dutch football. Maybe its just the last name and Dutch ties that attracted me, or maybe it is the fact that they’re consistently entertaining. But that’s the problem; they’re consistently entertaining without results. I thought being a fan of couldn’t get worse after… Read More »

The New Brilliant Orange

A 2010 article in the New York Times Magazine ( described the Ajax youth academy and told of how they go about creating world-class talent. Ajax takes promising soccer players into the academy at just 7 years old (sometimes scouting kids as young as 5) and then scientifically trains them to become stars that can… Read More »

Le football: Une Forme d’Art

Tout le monde apprécie l’art du football, mais quelques cultures l’apprécie plus que les autres. Dans son livre, Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, David Winner explique que la culture aux Pays Bas est centrée sur l’art et la beauté. Les citoyens voient l’espace avec une mentalité différente. Ils habitent dans une pays… Read More »

Would you like some Sushi..taka? The Japanese style of soccer

Recently, the Japanese soccer team has been on the rise. They’ve recovered from the recent criticisms arising from their poor performance in the Confederations Cup. In their most recent matches, the Japanese national team has stood toe-to-toe with both the Netherlands and Belgium. In the match versus the Netherlands, Japan was not fazed at all… Read More »