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Van der Vaart Ajax ultimatum

 By John Duerden

Indonesia need more superstars like Michael Essien for 2018 season

PJ Roberts assesses if Rafael van der Vaart is suited for a move to Indonesian club Bali United.

After making the 2016 final, Indonesia will fancy their chances at November's AFF Suzuki Cup, which will introduce a new home-and-away format for the group stage.

But ASEAN success is just one of the hopes for Southeast Asia's most populous nation.

Here are five 2018 football wishes for Indonesia.

1. More big names

The build-up to the 2017 Indonesia Liga One season was sent into the stratosphere by the arrival of five world stars. Michael Essien, Didier Zokora, Mohamed Sissoko, Peter Odemwingie,...

 By John Duerden

Rafael van der Vaart offered 2018 move to Indonesia's Bali United - report

Terens Puhiri turned on the jets as he outran nearly everyone on the opposing team in the Indonesian first division.

Dutch master Rafael van der Vaart could be the latest big name to head to Indonesia.

The 34-year-old, who is on the books of Denmark's FC Midtjylland, is being chased by Bali United, according to Indonesian media outlet, Bolasport.

The club has a strong Netherlands connection. Indonesia's Dutch-born international Stefano Lilipaly is reportedly acting as a go-between with the former Real Madrid midfielder, who has yet to appear in Denmark this season.

Bali president Pieter Tanuri admitted to reporters...

Rafael van der Vaart wants Tottenham return in a coaching capacity

Former Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart has told Press Association Sport that he wants to return to the club as a coach.

Van der Vaart spent two seasons at Tottenham, scoring 24 goals in 63 Premier League games, after joining from Tuesday's opponents Real Madrid on deadline day in August 2010.

The former Netherlands international quickly became a crowd favourite at White Hart Lane and has since said he regrets leaving the club to return to Hamburg in 2012.

Van der Vaart, 34, is still playing...


Former Ajax Amsterdam striker Rafael van der Vaart reveals Barcelona snub

Van der Vaart's calf injury likely spells the end of his international career.
Rafael van der Vaart made 117 appearances for the Netherlands where he scored 52 goals.

Former Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart revealed how he snubbed a move to Barcelona at the age of 16, opting to prove his worth at Ajax Amsterdam.

Van der Vaart, 33, was one of the brightest stars of his generation but despite firm interests from some of Europe's biggest clubs, he chose to stay at Ajax from 2000 to 2005 where he amassed 117 appearances, scoring 52 goals in the process.

Now in the twilight of his career with FC Midtjylland, Van der Vaart is worried about the trend of young...


Rafael van der Vaart signs for Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland

Rafael van der Vaart made 109 appearances for Netherlands.

Former Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has signed for Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland on a two-year contract the club have confirmed.

Van der Vaart, 33, had been without a club since leaving Real Betis at the end of last season and spent the summer working with a personal trainer in Amsterdam.

The former Netherlands international had been in the crowd alongside his agent to watch Midtjylland qualifying for the Europa League.

Cristiano Ronaldo is rather boring as a person - Rafael van der Vaart

Cristiano Ronaldo has been described as "rather boring as a person" by his former Real Madrid teammate Rafael van der Vaart, who sees that the Portugal international's dedication was the basis for his great success.

Ronaldo, 31, has grabbed his customary share of attention at Euro 2016 for his angry reaction to the 1-1 draw with Iceland and then failing to convert a penalty in the 0-0 draw with Austria.

Van der Vaart, who was a teammate of Ronaldo's at the Bernabeu for one season before leaving...