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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
AZ Alkmaar


Robben: "Hard to grasp"
Van Bommel after defeat: "I'm a little speechless"
Van Marwijk: "In no mood to get negative"
Flat Dutch don't know what to do with 20+ chances
Netherlands-Denmark: lineup
Joris Mathijsen recovering well
Cruyff: "Kuyt at right back"
Mathijsen still uncertain - could miss entire tournament
Holland and Denkmark: head-to-head
Van Persie seems worth the confidence
Van Marwijk again opts for Van Persie instead of Huntelaar
Huntelaar: "Upset is not the right the word"
Ron Vlaar: "I know what I am capable of"
Van Marwijk: "We remained disciplined"
Ibi and Rafa show manager he has options
Ibrahim Afellay Oranje's Zidane?
Van Marwijk looking for certainties
Cruijff: "Not enough depth in your game is asking for trouble"
Bouma: "I've gone through the desert"
Van Persie: "Defeat at this point not a problem"
Euro 2012 finals squad
Mathijsen strains muscle
Bulgarians surprise Oranje
Ola Toivonen's goal sees Sweden beat Holland and qualify
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sinks Moldova
Oranje maintain perfection, beat Finland
Netherlands thrash San Marino in Euro 2012 qualifier
Kuyt kills off brave Hungary for Netherlands
Oranje trash Hungary
Sweden no match for Oranje
Van Marwijk: "We left them without chance"
Dirk Kuyt out for months
"We are prepared for all scenarios"
Minimal but easy win for Holland in Moldavia
Van Marwijk: "We played very well"
Holland want result after tumultuous week
Van der Vaart to replace De Jong
"This case only has losers"
Van Marwijk drops Nigel de Jong
Holland & Moldavia: head-to-head
Holland & Sweden: head-to-head
Wisgerhof replaces Maduro
Bouma back on the radar
Netherlands - Finland 2-1
Van Marwijk: "We were late all over the pitch"
Van Bommel: "There wasn't anymore in it"
Heitinga: "That can not happen"
Van der Vaart unhappy with role on the side
Kuyt and Boulahrouz out with injury
"It all revolves around Jari Litmanen"
Sneijder: "Don't tinker with it"
Alonso: "No hard feelings"
Van Marwijk: "Second half was better"
San Marino-Netherlands 0-5
Oranje: a new mission

Full name


Alkmaar Zaanstreek



Established as AZ'67 on 10 May 1967. Originated from a merger between Alkmaar '54 and FC Zaanstreek, which in 1964 split off from K.F.C. (established 20 Oktober 1910).



DSB Stadion
(fka: Alkmaarder Hout)






1 x Dutch champions

3 x Dutch Cup winners
(1978, 1980, 1982)

UEFA Cup finalist 1982 (lost to Ipswich Town)



Stadionweg 1
1812 AZ Alkmaar
Postbus 1010
1810 KA, Alkmaar
Phone: 072 515 47 44
Fax: 072 547 8080
Email - www

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Coach   Louis van Gaal
1 gk Joey Didulica
2 df Kew Jaliens
3 df Gijs Luirink
4 df Héctor Moreno
5 df Sebastien Pocognoli
6 mf David Mendes da Silva
7 fw Jeremain Lens
8 mf Stijn Schaars
9 fw Ari
11 mf Maarten Martens
12 df Milano Koenders
15 mf Simon Poulsen
16 mf Toni Kolehmainen
18 fw Moussa Dembélé
19 mf Kees Luijckx
20 mf Demy de Zeeuw
22 gk Sergio Romero
23 mf Nick van der Velden
24 fw Mounir El Hamdaoui
25 df Niklas Moisander
26 mf Marko Vejinovic
27 mf Brett Holman
28 df Gill Swerts
29 fw Graziano Pellè