Five double Dutch disputes after reported Memphis-Van Persie bust up
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | October 14, 2015
Many a time have the words Netherlands footballers and fallouts been used together, and once again as tensions ran high just before their final Euro 2016 Group A qualifying games with Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic, two of their star players clashed.
On this occasion it was Manchester United’s Memphis Depay and his brief former clubmate Robin van Persie who reportedly locked horns, before they eventually lost in Amsterdam to the Czechs and thus failed to qualify for the France finals.
Under-fire head coach Danny Blind, while attempting to play it down, confirmed the spat, saying: “It was a discussion during a training about a ball that should have been given over. Things like that happen often.
“There are sometimes situations in training where players think differently,” added Blind, who left Van Persie out of the starting line-up for Clockwork Orange’s final two matches. “That’s what happened and then it was over.”
So, in light of the duo’s heated “discussion”, Coral writers find five other high-profile disputes between Dutchmen in the world of football…
Edgar Davids v Guus Hiddink
This first fallout is between then-player Davids and manager Hiddink in the Netherlands national team (11/8 to win their 2018 World Cup qualifying Group A) during Euro 1996, and involves current Dutch boss Blind.
It all sparked off when the midfielder said the following words about the former Chelsea coach: “He’s too deep in the a*** of Blind (after being left out of a group game with Switzerland)”. It led to Davids being sent home from the England finals, before his side went out in the quarters.
Louis van Gaal v Johan Cruyff
Man Utd manager LvG and former legendary player Cruyff are not known for holding their feelings back, and having managed at the same clubs Ajax and Barcelona they were bound to disagree on their ‘philosophies’.
The self-confident pair, who also played together at the Amsterdam outfit, have certainly let their opinions about each other been known in the past, with Cruyff recently being a critic of Van Gaal’s tactical management.
Robin van Persie v Wesley Sneijder
Two of the Netherlands’ key players for Euro 2008, Van Persie and Sneijder also happened to be set-piece specialists, and in a knockout match with Russia tempers flared between the duo over a free-kick.
The Netherlands (18/1 to win the 2018 World Cup) eventually lost 3-1 in extra-time, and it is said the duo have never really got on since.
Arjen Robben v Bruno Martins Indi
Perhaps not as long-standing as other fallouts on this list, but in a practice session before the 2014 World Cup, winger Robben and defender Martins Indi clashed numerous times.
The latter said of the incident: “Arjen is a good dribbler. I thought he fell needlessly once. We had a little head-to-head.”
Louis van Gaal v Ronald Koeman
Van Gaal makes this list for a second time but, to be honest could’ve featured many more, having had tiffs with compatriots such as Mark van Bommel and Van Persie in the past.
This time, it is between fellow Premier League boss Koeman, and it all happened during their time at Ajax, when the current Southampton manager was in charge with Van Gaal his technical director. They have traded insults about each other ever since, but have since seemingly cooled their animosity.