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Robben Reveals Dive In World Cup

Netherlands managed to scrape a victory against Mexico but it only happened after the referee allowed the team of Louis van Gaal on scoring a penalty kick during the last few seconds of the match after Arjen Robben appeared to have been brought down inside the penalty box but it was later confirmed to be a dive.

A few days later after the match was over, Robben announced to the public that he indeed had dived.

Robben said: “It’s a shame because yesterday in an interview I was very honest. Maybe honesty is sometimes punished. I always prefer to be honest and I said there was one foul in the first half where I went to the ground when the opponent took his leg away at the last moment. That was silly from me but it didn’t influence the game. It had nothing to do with the game and the penalty was a clear penalty. I apologize for the action in the first-half but that’s football and it had nothing to do with the game. We had two clear penalties, one was given and that’s it. We shouldn’t think about it anymore.”

Even though the Dutchman later revealed that he had indeed dived, FIFA announced that no bans or sanctions will be made towards Arjen Robben and his late actions which ultimately gave the victory for Netherlands as they advanced through while Mexico was eliminated.

Klass- Jan Huntelaar blasted the set-piece into the back of the net as he secured the triumph for his country.

Arjen Robben has played a pivotal role in the squad of Netherlands through the group stages of the World Cup with consistent performances that has immensely helped his team in all of the matches that have been played.

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Robben Reveals Guardiola And Van Gaal Are The Best Managers

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben revealed to the media that working alongside with Pep Guardiola and Louis van Gaal have been some of the best managers he has ever played with in his career and it is known that the Dutch manager Louis van Gaal is a huge fan of Robben which sparked a series of rumors which linked Robben with a possible move to Manchester United but it has been shut down by the player himself.

‘’The chance is zero that I make the switch. The fact is that I’m at a club where my family and I have a great time. Look, it’s very different when you‘re not completely happy. I would certainly be open to it, because I had a fantastic time with Van Gaal at Bayern and know him well. It is very important for my career.  But the fact is that I’m at a club where my family and I have great time’’ Robben revealed as he spoke during a training session with Holland in Portugal.

Almost 1 month ago, Louis van Gaal was appointed as the new coach of Manchester United as he will take up the hot seat of the Premier League club when the 2014 World Cup finalizes and already there are a number of players in the wish-list of the Dutch manager which includes players such as: Edinson Cavani, Cesc Fabregas and Bastian Schweinsteiger as some of the performers that Louis van Gaal wants to add into the squad of Manchester United and more recently Arjen Robben.

Along with Manchester United’s Robin van Persie, Robben is expected to be one of the main attacking powerhouses of Netherlands as they have to lock horns against Spain, Chile and Australia in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup.

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Robben Praises Louis Van Gaal

Dutch national team star Arjen Robben has claimed that Louis van Gaal will be a success at Manchester United. The Premier league outfit are set to appoint Dutch national team coach as the next manager. This was after David Moyes was sacked a few weeks ago following a run of very poor form throughout the campaign. United are set to record their worst ever season in the Premier league with a seventh place finish. The appointment of van Gaal has been seen with a lot of positivity, but there has also been some scepticism as well.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has won numerous trophies at club and international level. However, he has not been a manager of club team for the last few years after taking over as the Dutch national team coach in 2011. He has managed to help the Dutch rediscover the winning philosophy after failing to get past the final hurdle at the World Cup 2010. They lost in the final of the World Cup at the hands of Spain. Robben, who has played in the different managers in the past, says that van Gaal has all the necessary attributes to make him succeed at United – a club that demands attractive football along with winning style.

“I owe Van Gaal a lot – he really helped me as a player. I was not always playing for Bayern – but still he continued to pick me for the national team. That faith he showed in me helped me as a player – and then I went on to play some of the best football of my career for Bayern. I was not a special case – he shows faith in all of his players – and that is one of the reasons why players want to play for him – and why they like to play for him,” said Robben.


Pep Guardiola has never played or coached any Premier League team in either his playing or coaching career but it has not stopped him from voicing his opinion about the English league as he stated that clubs from the Premier League usually use a defensive playing style on big matches.

“It’s never, never easy in my experience in the Champions League against English teams. Not all teams, but most of them. They are so defensive and use the counter-action very, very, very well.” Guardiola expressed.

The former Barcelona coach also went on praising Liverpool’s recent burst at the top of the Premier League.

“I’m happy Liverpool is coming back. It’ll be good for the Champions League next season. The academy of the Liverpool is the only one that can compare to La Masia of Barcelona FC.” Guardiola added on.

Following the outstanding Bundesliga season that Pep Guardiola is enjoying with Bayern Munich as he secured the league title on a record breaking time, Guardiola is now being taken into consideration as a successor of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Wenger has been unable to secure a trophy for the Premier League club in over 8 years and his contract expires at the end of the season with his future still being unclear on whether or not a contract extension will be penned a number of potential candidates has risen.

Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Roberto Martinez are some of the potential candidates as potential coaches that can follow the legacy of Arsene Wenger. Guardiola has already ruled Spain with Barcelona and now he is in charge of the best club in Germany and one of the few pieces of silverware that Guardiola has not lifted is the Premier League title.

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Around 1 week ago Bayern Munich knocked out Arsenal from the Champions League with an aggregate score of 3-1 but there was something that did not settle in very well for Arsene Wenger as he labeled Arjen Robben to be a very good diver.

“Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing. He’s a great player and as well a very good diver but it’s part of him. He is a fantastic player, I would not deny that. He gets in front of a player and then he slows down, he goes down. If the referee gives him a yellow card on the first one when he goes down, he will not do it again.” Wenger said after the conclusion of the match.

The 30 years old Dutch winger of Bayern Munich, Arjen Robben was brought down by a challenge of Laurent Koscielny and the referee awarded Bayern Munich with a penalty set-piece but it made no difference at all towards the final outcome of the match as Fabianski was able to save Thomas Muller’s penalty kick.

Robben responded to the criticism of Arsene Wenger by suggesting the French tactician on handling his defeat with pride instead of complaining.

“It was a clear penalty, although the red card was perhaps debatable. I never saw the ball again after he hit me. It was the turning point of the game.”

“I always say that if you are a big manager, take your loss. If you win, be happy, enjoy, but if you lose, don’t start complaining about the silly things. It was two penalties, but I don’t want to have to defend myself. From a big manager, you expect a little bit more if you lose.” Robben added.

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