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By ESPN Staff
about an hour ago

Van Praag to stand for FIFA Presidency

Dutchman Michael van Praag has announced he will stand against Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential election.

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KNVB leader Michael van Praag to run for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter

Netherlands football federation president Michael van Praag says he will run against Sepp Blatter in the upcoming FIFA presidential election.

In a statement, the Dutch federation (KNVB) said Van Praag already has the support of five national federations, a requirement for pursuing FIFA's top position.

"I'm very worried about the deteriorating situation at FIFA. The public opinion, the trustworthiness, is very bad, and with me a lot of people in the world believe so," Van Praag said.

At the...

 By PA Sport

Injured Robin van Persie to skip travel to Ballon d'Or awards ceremony

Manchester United have the same number of points under Louis van Gaal as last year's campaign under David Moyes, but Steve Nicol believes Van Gaal is less scrutinised because he talks a great game.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down Manchester United's 1-0 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford where he seems just as confused as the players as to where their positions are.

Robin van Persie has confirmed he will not attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich because of the ankle injury he suffered in Manchester United's defeat to Southampton.

Van Persie's World Cup header against Spain is one of three goals shortlisted for the Puskas goal of the year award, which is due to be handed out at a lavish ceremony in Switzerland on Monday evening.

Van Persie has been told not to fly to the event, though, because of the ankle injury he sustained in United's 1-0 defeat at...

 By Chris Wright

Free-agent Dutch midfielder advertises for new club on LinkedIn

Demy De Zeeuw put Anderlecht in front at PSG.
Demy de Zeeuw last played in Belgium.

A free agent since being released by Anderlecht in July and with bills to pay, former Netherlands international Demy de Zeeuw has taken the unorthodox step of advertising his services on social media in a bid to secure gainful employment.

With 27 caps and stints at AZ Alkmaar, Ajax and Spartak Moscow to his name, De Zeeuw is an experienced campaigner but, rather than paying through the nose for an agent, the 31-year-old midfielder has set up a profile on business networking site LinkedIn in the...

Bayern centurion Arjen Robben named Netherlands Sportsman of the Year

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti reckons the current Bayern Munich squad may be the best Bundesliga side in history.

Arjen Robben was named Dutch Sportsman of the Year as football swept Netherlands' most prestigious end-of-year awards on the same night he brought up a century of goals for Bayern Munich.

Robben, 30, became only the third footballer in the history of the biggest Dutch sports accolade to pick up the Jaap Eden Award after Ruud Gullit in 1987 and back-to-back wins for Johan Cruyff in 1973 and 1974.

Robben excelled for Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil, as he was named the third best player of the...