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Netherlands Euro 2016 Chances Cut

Sep 07, 2015
Turkey Netherlands EURO 2016 qualifier

The Netherlands EURO 2016 qualifying campaign has been a disaster so far (Photo: Reuters)

After they suffered a 3-0 defeat in Turkey, Netherlands Euro 2016 chances are under serious threat.

The Dutch national team can still reach the playoffs of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but they have to come back from a two-point handicap in two games. Now they will have a month of preparation. It is not expected that national team coach Danny Blind would leave his post after he took over the side in the summer. There is a crisis at the Dutch national side, and another change in management is hard to see bringing an instant solution.

Especially as Netherlands Euro 2016 chances are so bad that they don’t even have control over their fate. Next time they will play against Kazakhstan on the 10th October, so players will have time to clear their heads. Gambling news report that they will be 1.22 (2/9) favourites according to Betway Sportsbook in their next qualifier. However, looking at the side now, a draw for 6.00 (5/1) is also very tempting.

BBC: Euro 2016: What has gone wrong with Netherlands?

 
Several national teams celebrated the qualification for next year’s UEFA European Championships during the weekend. Two sides have booked their places for the tournament in France from Group A. They are Iceland – 67.00 (66/1) outsiders to win the Euro ’16 at Betway Sportsbook – and the Czech Republic, who are 81.00 (80/1) outsiders. Meanwhile the Dutch football giants continue to struggle.

Netherlands Euro 2016 qualifiers Iceland

The real blow was actually the side’s home loss to Iceland (AFP/Getty Images)

After a defeat in Turkey, Netherlands Euro 2016 chances suffered another blow under national team coach Danny Blind. The loss on Sunday came just three days after another defeat appeared in live sports results against Iceland. There are two rounds left from the qualifiers and the Dutch are trailing Turkey by two points. This means that they only have a chance to reach the playoffs, if the Turkish lose against the Czech Republic or Iceland.

So, Turkey have to play against two sides that already have qualified for the tournament. Moreover, they are boosted by the fact that they inflicted the heaviest defeat on the Dutch since Euro 1996, when England dispatched them 4-1 at Wembley. It is no wonder that Netherlands Euro 2016 chances were cut, but they still have an outside shot to win the Euros with betting odds of 34.00 (33/1) according to Betway Sportsbook.

ESPNFC: Netherlands’ arrogance and idealism in doomed Euro 2016 bid under Blind

 
It seems that the announcement of Danny Blind did not solve problems at the Dutch national team. The side struggled under Guus Hiddink, and they have been struggling under Blind too. Netherlands Euro 2016 chances are becoming weaker and weaker. They occupy fourth place in Group A. This means that they have considerable problems.

Danny Blind Netherlands Euro 2016 coach

The blame is on Blind for the Netherlands Euro 2016 failure (Ph: gooischetamtam.nl)

Their qualification is out of their hands. Don’t forget, this is the same side that went all the way to the World Cup semifinals last summer in Brazil. They were eliminated by Lionel Messi’s Argentina on penalties, but after that they swept aside the hosts to claim the bronze medal. Though it is clear that the pragmatic approach left the team together with Louis van Gaal, they are still a puzzle, even for many experts of gambling facts.

Dutch football is all about ball control, skills and attacking approach. These are more important values for them than points and results. Still, the Dutch were able to reach second and third places in the last two World Cups by pragmatic football only. They returned to their traditional way of football since, but after Netherlands Euro 2016 chances will be completely gone, they might try something less pretty again.

It seems that those times, when the Dutch were successful by totally controlling their games are gone. Whether it is temporary or permanent, we will see. But it seems, that they have to embrace a new identity to return to world’s elite on a permanent basis.

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Tiger Woods – The Billion Dollar Athlete

Apr 06, 2010
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Tiger is not his real name. This golf legend – perhaps the most famous golfer who ever lived – was born Eldrick Tont Woods. The name “Tiger” was given to him as a child by his father, and the nickname stuck with him through adulthood.

Woods’ father was a Vietnam vet. His mother was originally from Thailand. Both of his parents had mixed ancestry, making Woods one-quarter Chinese, one-quarter Thai, one-quarter African American, one-eighth Native American, and one-eighth Dutch. To keep things simple, Woods refers to himself as Cablinasian (Caucasian, Black, (American) Indian, and Asian.

In 1978, when Woods was 2 years old, he made his first television golf appearance, putting against showstar Bob Hope on The Mike Douglas Show. Before the year was up, he had won his first golf competition.  At age three, he shot a 48 over nine holes over the Cypress Navy course, and at age five, he appeared in Golf Digest. Woods established himself as a golf prodigy from an early age, and has yet to live down that title.

As a teenager, Woods’ career really picked up. He started getting noticed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, and he was winning more big events than ever before. In 1994, at the age of 19, he moved on from his Junior League career to play in the U.S. Amateur Championship, becoming the youngest winner the event had ever seen.

After high school, Woods attended Stanford University on a golf scholarship. After two years of mixing school and golf, he left university, went pro, and immediately signed a $40 million endorsement deal with Nike – the biggest such deal the golf world had ever seen. Since then, the sponsorship deals have only increased, during Woods into the most marketable athlete the world has ever seen.

Woods has had an impressive pro career. To date, he has won 71 official PGA Tour events including 14 majors. His focus is on raw power, and he is known for his long drives. His short game is also good – his putting skills, especially when he’s under pressure, are a sight to behold. Despite his incredible skill he remains cautious in his game – he plays fewer big events than most pros, preferring to spend more time preparing for each one to be sure he plays the best game he can play.

The man’s skills have certainly paid off. Last year, Forbes confirmed that Woods is the first male athlete in sports history to earn more than one billion dollars during his career.

Woods has had a bad year, there’s no question about that. He’s lost many of his most lucrative sponsorships, and his charities have taken a hit. But as of April 2010 Woods back in the game, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, both Both William Hill and Ladbrokes, two of the largest online sportsbooks, have Woods listed as the 4-1 favorite to win the next Masters. Does he still have what it takes?

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