Mark van Bommel Thread

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http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/tacticsandanalysis/id/1510?cc=4716

Michael Cox' tribute to Van Bommel.

The death and subsequent re-emergence of the deep-lying passing midfielder has been a fascinating and deeply enjoyable development. AC Milan carried the torch throughout the mid-2000s by incorporating the wonderful Andrea Pirlo in their side -- "the exception," as Pep Guardiola termed him at the time -- as the rest of Europe concentrated on scrappers.

Guardiola had replaced Pirlo at Brescia, and later Guardiola's own Barcelona side took the theme further. Barca, of course, have now been superseded by the Bayern Munich side preparing to welcome Guardiola as their next coach, and the Germans are set to dominate the next few years in Europe. Javi Martinez's performance against Barcelona in Bayern's 4-0 first-leg victory showed how to blend physicality and technique wonderfully.

Peculiarly, Van Bommel played for all three -- Barca, Bayern and Milan. The Dutchman, however, never featured when those clubs were showcasing spectacular, era-defining football. He was instead the awkward alternative they reluctantly turned to during more desperate, cynical moments. He's the antithesis of proactive football.

I agree with several points, including the timing of teams signing Van Bommel (when they have no creative alternatives and need his grit).. But overall, he misses out on MvB's good points as well. And attributes teams going into a match in an aggressive mode (Portugal vs Netherlands) to just poor MvB.
 
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So just like Amborosini? red card in his last match.

Mark Van Bommel, The Master of Football's Dark Arts.
:proud:
 

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Well done, Michael Cox. Proved he's a true Englishman. :thumbsup: His opinion means zero to me from now on. Absolute moron. :lol:

Mark van Bommel said:
Once, after I'd been booked in a game, I asked the ref where he bought his groceries and I told him where he could get them cheaper. He let me off another foul

:lol: :proud:

Only one Mark. :star:
 

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Michael Cox is classless, the guy just retired and the first thing you try to do is shame him
 

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It is difficult to be unbiased about Van Bommel. I thoroughly enjoyed his spell here at Milan, that I've completely ignored how I used to hate him at Barca and Bayern - him and Puyol were two of my most hated footballers.

He's that kinda player. You love him when he plays for your team, because deep inside, most of us are cynics.
 

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Cox just released the English pundit on him

A bit more scope and he would praise the bravery of the lads

:lol:
 

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Liked him as a player, hope he can come back as some kind of coaching role, he seems like he'd be a great coach
 
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Van Bommel his testimonial match will take place this friday (streams are available).

Some pretty big names will play for his team 'Van Bommel and Friends' (which plays against PSV in Eindhoven).

Ibrahimovic, Robben, Ribery, Muller, Sneijder, Alex, Altintop, Gomes, Kuyt, vd Wiel and retired players like Kezman, Jaap Stam, van Bronckhorst, Vogel, Bruggink, Bouma, Makaay, Nilis, John de Jong, Frings, Salihamidzic and Waterreus.
 

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I miss this guy so much

His testimonial match is in 2 hours

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he was a bad-ass player:D you love him when he plays for your team,and hate him when he plays for the opponent:lol:
 

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good luck in your life general van bommel

thanks for your service in football
 

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Wasn't up in English.

"Sarà una partita difficile sia per il Milan che per il PSV, che ha cambiato tanti giocatori e ci sono tanti giovani ed è molto pericoloso. Il Milan non sa come gioca il PSV, corrono tutti molto ma il Milan è il Milan, è una grande squadra con tanti grandi giocatori. Sarà una partita difficile per me.


Penso che il PSV sia una squadra giovane, che ha molta forza in attacco e una difesa molto giovane. Sarà una partita molto interessante da guardare allo stadio perché l'avversario è il Milan e sinceramente chi lo sa cosa potrà succedere. Maher è il giocatore piu forte del PSV, l'attacco è talmente forte che può fare male anche in un minuto. Sarà difficile per il Milan perché il PSV è una squadra molto giovane, con tanta voglia di correre e di giocare all'attacco.

Il Milan è il Milan e se giochi in una squadra così importante è impossibile fare male. Boateng, Balotelli e anche la difesa è forte, altrimenti non giocherebbero nel Milan. Nemmeno l'ambiente del PSV è contento di aver trovato il Milan nell'urna.

De Jong è un giocatore forte, io ho giocato con lui in Nazionale e abbiamo raggiunto la finale mondiale insieme, è molto simile a me, ha avuto un infortunio davvero grave ma è ritornato davvero forte è una grande persona. Se tu giochi bene piaci a tutti ma penso che Nigel sia meglio sempre averlo come compagno che come avversario.

Per Urby Emanuelson non è stato facile venire al Milan, lui è arrivato dall' Ajax e per lui è stata una grande formazione, l'anno scorso è stato in Inghilterra e ora lui deve fare un passo in avanti nella sua carriera. Chiunque vorrebbe giocare nel Milan anche cambiando ruolo. Deve essere solo contento di vestire la maglia del Milan.

Ho giocato un anno e mezzo nel Milan, ma è come se avessi giocato 10 anni, è stato così bello per me, ho pianto molto quando me ne sono andato. Per il PSV ho giocato 7 anni ma io penso che i giocatori migliori con cui ho giocato, fossero nel Milan anche se la scorsa stagione sono andati via. E' veramente difficile per me decidere per chi tifare....solo una potrà passare.

Mi ha fatto piacere incontrare Ibrahimovic nella mia partita di addio al calcio. Per me è stata una serata speciale: ho rivisto Ibrahimovic, un sacco di amici di Milanello come Bubu e Riccardo Coli. È stato un piacere rivedereli. È stato difficile dire addio al calcio giocato, perché per me è la cosa più bella del mondo ma certe volte bisogna avere la forza di lasciare anche se ti senti in forma. Per me è stato un vero onore vedere così tanti amici alla mia partita di addio".


http://www.acmilan.com/it/news/show/148580

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It will be a difficult match for me.

I played for a year and a half in Milan, but it was as if I played there for 10 years. It was so beautiful to me. I cried a lot when I left.

It's really difficult for me to decide who to support.

:proud:
 

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Grande Mark!

"If I will support Milan or PSV? I hope that the best team wins. I played at Milan for a year and a half, but it feels like I played there for 10 years. It was really nice and that’s also why I cried when I left"

Loved him during his short stay here. I wanted him to reach 100 caps for us and maybe score at least one goal. It would have been nice if he did end up staying with us for a couple of years, and not be able to score a goal...and then during his last match, was given a chance to score a PK. That would have been a wonderful thing.
 

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He was unfortunate with goals. Almost scored a couple of times, including a thunderous drive which hit the crossbar.

Still, undeniably WC in his stay here.
 

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Boss van Bommel:

''PSV's squad changed a lot the past transfer period. There are many youngsters around now. But Milan has to be wary, they're not awareof the level PSV is performing at right now. It's not the same PSV I played in last season. But Milan is Milan, they always have a lot of quality.''

''PSV is a very young and quick team, with a young defensive line aswell. It will be a very interesting match, who knows what will happen.. Milan must keep an eye on Adem Maher, he's their best player who can score out of nothing and has a very high potential.''
 

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I love this guy.

what a player, what a man. :proud:
a true milanista. :star:
 

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So much love for Van Bommel, maybe one day he could become a coach for us or be involved somehow.
 

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