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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Marco van Basten appointed FIFA's chief officer for technical development

Marco van Basten was most recently assistant manager of the Netherlands' national side.

FIFA have appointed Marco van Basten as chief officer for technical development.

The former Ajax and AC Milan forward will oversee all technical areas from football technology innovation to refereeing.

"It's a great honour for me to be appointed for this assignment," Van Basten said. "I'm very proud to have to opportunity to work in the home of FIFA, the home of world football. I hope to be able to give my contribution to ensure that football remains the number one sport in the world.

"Football...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben taking return from injury one day at a time

It's a perfect start to life at Bayern Munich for Carlo Ancelotti as his side prepare to host Ingolstadt.

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says he will not rush his return from injury.

The 32-year-old Netherlands international suffered a preseason groin injury and has has not yet featured for the German giants this season, despite resuming training recently.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star told Bayern TV: "You can train for yourself as much as you want, but now the part where I join the squad comes again.

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"That's the most beautiful part of it all, even though it also takes some adaptation...

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Danny Blind laments Netherlands missed chances in draw with Sweden

Wesley Sneijder rescues a point for the Dutch as they look to qualify for the World Cup after missing out on Euro 2016.
The ESPN FC panel rue the missed chances from the Netherlands that saw them settle for a 1-1 draw to Sweden.

Netherlands coach Danny Blind lamented his side's misfortune after seeing what would have been a stoppage-time winner from Bas Dost ruled out as their opening World Cup qualifier ended 1-1 in Sweden.

Blind has found himself under pressure to rebuild the squad following failure to qualify for Euro 2016, and saw his position under the spotlight again following last week's 2-1 loss against Greece in Eindhoven.

However, the Oranje produced enough to have come away from the Friends Arena on Tuesday with...

Sweden hold on for draw with Netherlands

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The ESPN FC panel rue the missed chances from the Netherlands that saw them settle for a 1-1 draw to Sweden.

Netherlands were left frustrated as a stoppage-time goal from Bas Dost was harshly ruled out to deny them victory in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Sweden, which ended 1-1.

The Oranje, who had failed to qualify for Euro 2016, failed to make the most of their first-half dominance as Sweden -- starting life without long-time talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic and under new head coach Jan Andersson -- took the lead just before the break with a fine lob from Marcus Berg.

However, Danny Blind's men...