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 By Simon Kuper

Is football facing a new age of stadium terrorism after Paris attacks?

ESPN FC's Iain Macintosh reports from Wembley, where security for the England vs. France match has reached unprecedented levels.

PARIS -- I am writing minutes after Germany-Holland was cancelled in Hanover on Tuesday over fears of a planned terrorist attack inside the stadium. This might be a new age of stadium terrorism. If so, I witnessed the start of it four days ago in Paris.

I left home for the France-Germany game on what felt like a normal Friday evening. I live in Paris and am a regular at the Stade de France. But about 20 minutes into that match, we heard a loud explosion that seemed to come from just outside the...

Robin van Persie, a former Man United star, is going through a sad decline

Robin Van Persie's struggles in 2015 continued in the Netherlands' 3-2 loss to Czech Republic.

There was something fairly depressing about watching Robin van Persie cushion his header toward his own goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet and into the bottom corner of the goal, making the Netherlands go 3-0 down in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic -- unless you're an Arsenal fan.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pulled one back shortly afterwards, before Van Persie scored a consolation goal, but this wasn't enough to stop the Dutch from losing against 10 men and failing to qualify for next summer's...

 By Simon Kuper

Why the Dutch seem to have forgotten how to play soccer

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down the Netherlands' poor performance and believes they didn't deserve to qualify with the way they played.

The last foreigner to manage Holland was Austrian Ernst Happel. Once a teenage solder in Hitler's army on the Russian front, Happel landed in the Dutch league in the 1960s. He never learned much Dutch, which didn't matter as he rarely spoke, preferring to smoke instead. Famously, he would win his players' respect by placing a bottle on the crossbar during a training session, then knocking it off with one shot of the ball. Mostly, he just drank cognac and played cards.

In 1978, Happel coached Holland...

Netherlands: An open letter after the Dutch fail to qualify for Euro 2016

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down the Netherlands' poor performance and believes they didn't deserve to qualify with the way they played.

Having missed out on your first European championship tournament since 1984, the pain you feel today is that of a slow-motion car crash. Deep down, you must have known it was coming; that sense of sliding towards the abyss and inevitability. In a qualifying process that's basically designed to offer second, third, fourth and even fifth chances, you squandered all of them.

Maybe you thought you had cut your losses when you dispatched Guus Hiddink in June. Hindsight being 20/20, you probably never...

 By Nick Ames

Netherlands fail to qualify for Euro 2016 leaving big questions over future

Despite a late rally, the Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in Group A with their 3-2 loss to Czech Republic.

Three thoughts from the Netherlands' 3-2 loss against the Czech Republic in a qualifier for the 2016 European Championship. 

1. The Dutch bow out ignominiously

It was an exit perfectly in tune with the skittish, error-strewn nature of the Netherlands' qualifying campaign.

While the team's qualification chances ultimately depended on the result of Turkey's match against Iceland (which Turkey won), Danny Blind's side might have been expected to at least keep its side of an unlikely bargain against...

 By Kevin Palmer

Memphis Depay and Kevin Strootman had to overcome a lot - mentor

They were the shining stars of the Sparta Rotterdam academy, yet the explosive temperaments of Memphis Depay and Kevin Strootman left the coach charged with honing their youthful talents questioning whether the duo would ever fulfil their potential.

Richard Grootscholten was a pivotal figure in Sparta's youth-team setup during the period when two of the best young players Dutch football has produced in recent years were learning the game.

Grootscholten, who has worked alongside Manchester United...