Ibrahim Afellay to play 'Zinedine Zidane role'

Ibrahim Afellay
© PA Photos
Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk hints that Ibrahim Afellay will fill the 'Zinedine Zidane role' at Euro 2012.

Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk believes that Ibrahim Afellay can fill the 'Zinedine Zidane role' at Euro 2012.

The 26-year-old is regularly deployed in a wide position for Barcelona, but the Dutch boss has hinted at a different role for the attacker.

"One of the best ever No.10s, Zidane, always played at Real Madrid coming in from the left. In their hearts, they all want, ideally, to play as a 10 - the Van der Vaarts, the Sneijders and the Afellays," Van Marwijk told Algemeend Dagblad.

"But if you play in the centre, you often have to play with your back to your opponent. [Afellay] has shown that he is excellent in that role for the Oranje.

"But on the wing is different, and you can go either way. You can go inside or outside the opponent and give a pass. Afellay has to be convinced."

The Netherlands begin their Euro 2012 campaign against Denmark on June 9.

Related Video
Scottish Premiership
12.45pm
Celtic
vs
Ross County
3pm
Hamilton
vs
Partick Thistle
3pm
Inverness
vs
Motherwell
3pm
Kilmarnock
vs
Dundee
Pre-Season Friendlies
2pm
FC Koln
vs
Stoke
2pm
Norwich
vs
Brentford
2pm
Rochdale
vs
MK Dons
3pm
Barnsley
vs
Huddersfield
3pm
Birmingham
vs
Leicester
3pm
Blackburn
vs
Wigan
3pm
Bradford
vs
Burnley
3pm
Burton Albion
vs
Derby
3pm
Bury
vs
Preston
3pm
Charlton
vs
Chievo
3pm
Doncaster
vs
Wolves
3pm
Fulham
vs
Crystal Palace
3pm
Hoffenheim
vs
Bournemouth
3pm
Ipswich
vs
FC Utrecht
3pm
Leeds
vs
Everton
3pm
Middlesbrough
vs
Getafe
3pm
Newcastle
vs
Borussia M'bach
3pm
Nott'm Forest
vs
Aston Villa
3pm
Reading
vs
Espanyol
3pm
Rotherham
vs
Mainz 05
3pm
Sheff Weds
vs
St Mirren
4pm
Hannover
vs
Sunderland
4pm
Stuttgart
vs
Man City
5.30pm
HJK Helsinki
vs
Liverpool
5.30pm
Swansea
vs
Deportivo
Scottish League Cup
3pm
Annan
vs
Queen of the South
3pm
Ayr United
vs
Brechin
3pm
Berwick
vs
Alloa
3pm
Dunfermline
vs
Cowdenbeath
3pm
East Fife
vs
Dumbarton
3pm
Hibernian
vs
Montrose
3pm
Livingston
vs
Clyde
3pm
Greenock Morton
vs
Elgin City
3pm
Queen's Park
vs
Forfar
3pm
Raith Rovers
vs
Albion Rovers
3pm
Stirling
vs
Airdrieonians
3pm
Stranraer
vs
Stenhousemuir
DFL-Supercup
7.30pm
Wolfsburg
vs
Bayern Munich
Trophee des Champions
Women's FA Cup
3pm
Chelsea Women
vs
Notts County Women
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Athletic Bilbao00000000
2Atletico MadridAtletico00000000
3Barcelona00000000
4Celta Vigo00000000
5Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo00000000
6EibarEibar00000000
7Espanyol00000000
8Getafe00000000
9Granada00000000
10Las PalmasLas Palmas00000000
11Levante00000000
12Malaga00000000
13Rayo Vallecano00000000
14Real Betis00000000
15Real Madrid00000000
16Real Sociedad00000000
17Sevilla00000000
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon00000000
19Valencia00000000
20Villarreal00000000