Chamberlain inspired by Henry, but seeks to play like Sneijder
Chamberlain inspired by Henry, but seeks to play like Sneijder

English mid-fielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been one of the brightest stars for Arsenal this season, Friday asserted that he was inspired by former French goal-poacher Thierry Henry while he was practicing alongside him during his stint with the club in 2012.

Experienced Wesley Sneijder could be a vital addition for Southampton
Experienced Wesley Sneijder could be a vital addition for Southampton

Galatasaray's attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder has been reportedly seeking an exit from the Turkish club, with Premier League duo of Southampton and Manchester United have been alerted.

Carlos Vela brace helps Mexico stun Netherlands
Carlos Vela brace helps Mexico stun Netherlands

Carlos Vela scored twice in his first international appearance since 2011 as Mexico exacted revenge for their controversial World Cup exit with a 3-2 victory against the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Goalkeepers shine brightest in Brazil

Despite being a tournament labelled as the return of attack-minded football after the caution shown in South Africa four years ago, Brazil 2014 has been a platform for the world`s best goalkeepers to shine.

Holland exit robs Robben of chance to atone

The Netherlands` heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Argentina in the World Cup semi-finals looks to have definitively ended Arjen Robben`s hopes of exorcising his ghosts from the 2010 final.

Dutch fate undeserved, says Sneijder

The Netherlands` penalty shootout loss to Argentina in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday was an unjust way for them to exit the tournament, according to playmaker Wesley Sneijder.

Five Dutch players with outside interests

Footballers have been accused of being solely focused on their sport but here AFP Sport highlights five of the Dutch squad, who face Argentina in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, who have time for other matters whether it be hobbies or charity work.

Netherlands overcome Costa Rica on penalties for World Cup semis berth

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 Wednesday.

Sneijder happy to be one of Netherlands` boss Van Gaal`s WC `pawns`

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has reportedly revealed that he is happy to be one of Dutch boss Louis van Gaal`s World Cup `pawns`.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Huntelaar penalty gives Dutch last-gasp 2-1 win

A stoppage time penalty from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the Netherlands a dramatic 2-1 victory over Mexico in the second round of the World Cup on Sunday minutes after the Mexicans had seemed certain to reach the quarter-finals. With two minutes to play Mexico were leading 1-0 but Wesley Sneijder pulled the Dutch level with a fierce drive, seemingly forcing the match into extra time.

Netherlands can win this World Cup: Sneijder

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has stressed on his team’s ambition to win the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Dutch World Cup chances not RIP without RVP

Missing talismanic striker Robin van Persie, the Netherlands looked a pale imitation of the side that stuck five goals past Spain in their Group B opener, but Monday`s 2-0 win over Chile proved they can grind out victories without him.

Casillas would want to forget this match as soon as possible: Baichung Bhutia

It was a disastrous start for World Champions Spain in the FIFA World Cup 2014, where they were thrashed by Netherlands who won 5-1. In an exclusive chat with Aditi Tyagi of Zee Media, former Indian skipper Baichung Bhutia analysed the game.

The Dutch will rely on their seasoned triangle: Casillas

Spain`s goalkeeper Iker Casillas believes the Netherlands will be largely relying on their attacking triangle of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie when the two sides face off in a Group B match here Friday to start their 2014 World Cup campaign.

Key role for Wesley Sneijder as 100th cap approaches

Wesley Sneijder will mark a major milestone when he wins his 100th international cap in their opening World Cup Group B game on Friday but his return to the heartbeat of the Netherlands team was in doubt 12 months ago.

Van Gaal springs no surprises in World Cup squad

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will be looking to his experienced trio of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie to engineer a second successive appearance in the World Cup final after he named his definitive 23-man squad on Saturday.

Dutch old masters must raise their game for World Cup

A pivotal figure in European football in recent years, Arjen Robben leads a clutch of Dutch masters who know this year may represent their last chance to help the Netherlands finally get their hands on the World Cup.

Chelsea stars Mikel and Luiz wary of Galatasaray

The midfielder pointed to the threats of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder as reason to be fearful, while the defender feels the second leg at Stamford Bridge will be key

Juventus turn focus back on Serie A title defence

Juventus return to the defence of their Serie A title on Sunday when they host Sassuolo looking to pull further ahead of Roma and Napoli and forget their Champions League misery.

Decisive Galatasaray goal crowns difficult year for Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder ended a year of contrasting fortunes by scoring the winning goal against Juventus on Wednesday that propelled Galatasaray into the Champions League knockout stages.