Ryan Babel’s Holland return may prove bittersweet after years of wasted talent | Jacob Steinberg

The Besiktas player is back in the Dutch squad for the first time since 2011, and the intervening six years have seen Babel and Holland slip into decline

On 28 August 2015, a little over five years since he watched from the bench as Holland lost the World Cup final to Spain, Ryan Babel got himself caught up in a Twitter storm. Babel aimed a dig at Rafael Benítez, the man who brought him to Liverpool, and then he ended up sparking a sexism furore after an ill-advised response to a female fan who had disagreed with the initial post from a stagnant 28-year-old footballer who had seen better days.

Related: What formation did Holland’s Total Football side actually play?

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The Besiktas player is back in the Dutch squad for the first time since 2011, and the intervening six years have seen Babel and Holland slip into declineOn 28 August 2015, a little over five years since he watched from the bench as Holland lost the World Cup final to Spain, Ryan Babel got himself caught up in a Twitter storm. Babel aimed a dig at Rafael Benítez, the man who brought him to Liverpool, and then he ended up sparking a sexism furore after an ill-advised response to a female fan who had disagreed with the initial post from a stagnant 28-year-old footballer who had seen better days. Related: What formation did Holland’s Total Football side actually play? Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/07/ryan-babel-holland-return-world-cup-qualifiers

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