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FRANS AND ARNOLD: BAD SPELL FOR DUTCH FOOTBALL

17 June 2016

Thijssen and Muhren bemoan a lack of quality after their national side fail to qualify for Euro 2016

Town legends, Arnold Muhren and Frans Thijssen believe that their native Netherlands’ failure to qualify for Euro 2016 comes down to a transitional period in Dutch football.

The 1981 UEFA Cup winners spoke to Ipswich Player HD at the training ground of AZ Alkmaar during the recent Ipswich to Amsterdam cycle in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, and the duo hope the country can get back to its best again soon.

“We are having a bad spell at the moment in Holland,” said Frans.

“There are not many top players so you can see that in the Dutch league and in the national team.

 “It’s a bit strange having a tournament without Holland involved but we have to look at the other countries now and of course we look at what England are doing in tournaments.

“It’s great after so many years to be back in the area where we won the UEFA Cup and it’s great to see so many people from the Club in Holland.

“The top class players in Holland are leaving to go and play in other countries because there is more money there,” Arnold added.

“In our day we never thought about money, we just wanted to play football, enjoy our game and to play for a team like Ipswich was a great experience for both of us.

“We were successful in winning the UEFA Cup with Ipswich and that’s a time we’ll never forget.

“It was a big occasion for us, especially with it being in Holland. We were beating AZ Alkmaar 3-0 at home and got beat 4-2 at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam but it brings back memories.

“We’re still talking about it and I think a lot of people in Ipswich are still talking about that period which was a really big success for the Club.”


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