03/09/2017

Internationals | Latest Updates

It's already been a busy week for the Hornets' international players as qualification for next year's World Cup gets toward's its business end.

UEFA

Concerning news came out of Austria's Group D match-up with Wales at the Millenium Stadium as Sebastian Prödl pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury in the first-half of their 1-0 defeat. Look out for updates on his condition this week right here at watfordfc.com. Prödl's compatriot, goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, was an unused substitute in Cardiff. 

New stopper Orestis Karnezis' exploits are already over for this round, having kept goal for Greece in a stuttering 0-0 home draw with Estonia, before a battling 2-1 defeat to visitors Belgium on Sunday evening.

CONMEBOL

Recent signing André Carillo played 88 minutes in Peru's 2-1 win over Bolivia in Lima, keeping alive their hopes of qualification in a hugely competitive CONMEBOL race to Russia.

AFCON
  
Incoming and outgoing loan Hornets Molla Wague and Nordin Amrabat went head to head in the AFCON section of qualification. 

And it was Amrabat's Morocco who came out on top, 6-0, as Mali saw two players sent off in a bad-tempered game in the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah. 


Nathaniel Chalobah (Malta v England), Brice Dja Djédjé (Gabon v Ivory Coast) and Costel Pantilimon (Romania v Armenia) were all unused substitutes.

Fixtures still to come: 

Chalobah, England v Slovakia, Monday September 4 @ 7.45pm. 
Pantilimon, Montenegro v Romania, Monday September 4 @ 7.45pm.

Dja Djédjé, Ivory Coast v Gabon, Tuesday September 5 @ 6.30pm. 
Prodl (inj) & Bachmann, Austria v Georgia, Tuesday September 5 7.45pm.
Amrabat, Mali v Morocco, Tuesday September 5 @ 8pm.
Wague, Mali v Morocco, Tuesday September 5 @ 8pm.  
Carrillo, Ecuador v Peru, Tuesday September 5 @ 10pm. 

First Team 03/09/2017

Zeegelaar | “I Want To Grow”

After a few hours at the Hornets' London Colney Training Ground making sure of the dots and crosses on his Watford contract, new signing Marvin Zeegelaar sat down for a brief chat with watfordfc.com to discuss his move from Sporting Lisbon. 

It wasn't a difficult decision to make, despite the prospect of Champions League football in Portugal, which would have included trips to Juventus and Barcelona.

Like so many of his peers before him, Zeegelaar explained how he has looked at the English top flight from afar and hoped the day would come when he might take part.  

“Everybody wants to play in the Premier League,” he said. 

“For me, it's the best league in the world. The football is good, the fans are great and the atmosphere is always loud. Every player you speak to, more or less, has the same idea.”

That opportunity and the ambition of the Hornets to continue making progress after two seasons in the Premier League were an important factor in his decision to leave Lisbon, and the former Ajax man believes he can bring important assets to the Golden Boys' cause.

Zeegelaar in action against Real Madrid last season

"It's a good club, it's a club that wants to grow and I want to grow too. I just turned 27, I've played three years in the Portuguese league - one with Sporting Lisbon and two with a smaller club called Rio Ave. 

"I like to get forward and cross the ball from left-back, if I can help going forward I will. I feel I have a lot to offer. I want to help us finish as high as possible. You can't look too far into the future but I'm delighted to be here and hopefully we can have a good run.” 

Having never crossed paths with Marco Silva at Sporting, Zeegelaar sounded out those who did work with the Watford Head Coach before making his decision.

"I've heard very good things about the Coach. I never played under him, but everyone who I know that played under him said good things so I'm excited to join the group and start training.”