NAC Breda vs. Twente  0 - 2

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Steve McClaren's side began the match with a one-point advantage over Ajax, meaning that they would not have to depend on results in other matches if they won their own.

Twente dominated from the start at Breda's Rat Verlegh stadium, even more when NAC had Csaba Feher sent off with a red card after just 21 minutes.

Two minutes later, Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz put Twente in the lead after poor defense from Snoyl.

NAC pushed forward a little more after half time but failed to create any major chances. Instead, Miroslav Stoch doubled Twente's lead in the 73rd minute as his effort from the left of the penalty area sailed in at the second post.

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Twente win Dutch championship

2 May 2010 16:25

(GSM) - FC Twente have won their first ever Dutch championship. At NAC, a 0-2 win was more than enough to keep second-placed Ajax at bay.

Steve McClaren's side began the match with a one-point advantage over Ajax, meaning that they would not have to depend on results in other matches if they won their own.

Twente dominated from the start at Breda's Rat Verlegh stadium, even more when NAC had Csaba Feher sent off with a red card after just 21 minutes.

Two minutes later, Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz put Twente in the lead after poor defense from Snoyl.

NAC pushed forward a little more after half time but failed to create any major chances. Instead, Miroslav Stoch doubled Twente's lead in the 73rd minute as his effort from the left of the penalty area sailed in at the second post.

For Ajax, a 1-4 win at NEC was of little influence, apart from having their already impressive goal record improved a bit more.

AZ Alkmaar drew 1-1 with third-placed PSV, which cost them their fourth place and a direct Europa League spot as Feyenoord defeated Heerenveen 5-2 to surpass the 2009 champions.

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'Wally with the Brolly' McClaren on verge of triumph

1 May 2010 02:45

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Former England coach Steve McClaren, once the object of scathing ridicule in his native country, is set to pull off one of the most remarkable transformations with Dutch club FC Twente.

On Sunday, McClaren will be bidding to beat league rivals NAC Breda and, depending on second-placed Ajax's result, become the first English manager since Bobby Robson at Porto in 1996 to win a major European league title.

With one game left, FC Twente are one point clear of Martin Jol's Ajax and poised to win a first Championship since 1926 after being runners-up last season.

Lampooned as "The Wally with the Brolly" after England's dreams of qualifying for Euro 2008 were washed away in the Croatian rain two years ago, McClaren quickly fell out of favour in his native country.

Despite building a solid reputation during his time with English club Middlesbrough from 2001 to 2006, Sir Alex Ferguson's former deputy at Manchester United found himself with little choice but to try his hand abroad.

Two years on, the 49-year-old can return home with his head held high, with his once savage critics in the media already touting him as a possible manager of Premier League clubs such as West Ham.

Portuguese giants FC Porto have also expressed an interest in his services.

"Seeing our results these past two seasons we can only applaud this choice," said FC Twente president Joop Munsterman.

"We quickly realised that Steve is a great tactician."

The Englishman has transformed the club from the lively university town of Enschede in the northern Netherlands, just west of the German border.

The Tukkers (The Reds) have long left PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord and title-holders AZ Alkmaar in their wake, clubs with budgets largely superior to McClaren's.

A victory at NAC Breda will give his side the title at the expense of bitter rivals Ajax Amsterdam.

McClaren acknowledges that it has been a remarkable journey since he announced he was moving to the Netherlands "to enjoy himself again."

"When Twente contacted me I took advice mainly from Sir Bobby Robson (who won the Dutch title with PSV), who told me that the Dutch championship, and the club, would be to my liking," he said.

Eredivisie table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +40 86
2 34 +86 85
3 34 +43 78
4 34 +23 63
5 34 +30 62
6 34 +5 56
7 34 +6 53
8 34 +1 49
9 34 -4 47
10 34 -7 46
11 34 -20 37
12 34 -14 35
13 34 -24 33
14 34 -24 32
15 34 -21 30
16 34 -36 26
17 34 -34 23
18 34 -50 15