Robben to miss Netherlands qualifiers
Netherlands have suffered a huge blow ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Their star player Arjen Robben, has been forced to the sidelines as a result of injury, the team coach Danny Blind has revealed.
Netherlands are set to face Belarus and then France, as they begin their World Cup campaign but this recent news about Robben, will definitely be morale dampener for the team.
The 32-year old had just returned from a long injury spell, which left him sidelined all through the season but it has been revealed that he suffered a rib injury during Bayern Munich’s draw against Cologne over the weekend.
“I spoke to Arjen this morning, he’s not coming – he’s not fit and that is unfortunate,” Blind said of the 32-year-old.
“We will have to do without him. That is now clear, and we know where we stand. He does just not feel fit yet. We knew it would be difficult for him.
“We hoped that we could take advantage of that extra quality he brings. Unfortunately that is not the case. We will have to do without him.”
Oranje, only managed to seal 1 point, in their opening group game against Sweden. They must seal a win if they are to stand any chance at securing a World Cup ticket.
Ozil names his Arsenal role model
Arsenal super star Mesit Ozil, is full of admiration for his compatriot and teammate Per Mertesacker.
The two share a lot of history, they both played for German based club Bremen a few years ago and have also played together in the national team and currently play for the same club, Arsenal.
The 32-year old defender is yet to feature for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, after picking up an injury which has kept him at the sidelines ever since pre-season.
Though, this did not stopped Ozil from singing his praises as he revealed admiration for Mertesacker and commended his commitment to the club.
“I’ve known Per for a while, because we’ve played together in Bremen, for the national team and here too,” Ozil told Arsenal Player.
“I can only say positives about him. He gives everything for the team, not just for himself, but for everyone.
“Off the pitch, he watches the games and comes into the dressing room. He’s just a role model and we’re pleased to have him here. I want him to get fit again and back on the pitch as quickly as possible.
“I sincerely hope that he comes back really quickly.”
Neymar nets 300th goal
Brazil star Neymar.Jnr was on point and dazzled on international duty as Brazil thrashed Bolivia 5-0 in a World Cup qualifying tie. Neymar registered an important milestone, scoring the 300th goal in career.
It was Neymar who opened the scoring for the Selecaos, thanks to a wonderful assist from Barcelona teammate Gabriel Jesus.
Neymar had to be pulled out, just before the end of the match, after receiving a nasty-looking blow to the side of his head as Bolivia’s Yasmani Duk left him covered in blood.
The 24-year old has definitely had an interesting and entertaining career. He has registered 49 goals for Brazil at senior level, while he scored 95 goals for Barcelona. He also scored in various junior levels for Brazil, that is U-17, U-20 and the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Neymar is currently ranked at No. 5 in Brazil’s list of all time scorers, with Pele (95), Ronaldo (67), Zico (66) and Romario (56) taking the first 4 positions.