Tag Archives: Netherlands

Greatest Football Controversies: The Battle of Nuremburg

The round of 16 match between the Netherlands and Portugal at the 2006 World Cup has earned notoriety for the sheer number of cards awarded by the referee for various infringements and is now referred to as the Battle of Nuremburg. The match was a stop-start affair due to the numerous times the Russian referee Valentin Valentinovich Ivanov blew his ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Johan Cruyff

  There are great players and then there are great managers. Many great players went into management and a bunch of them achieved some degree of success. However, very few can be considered legendary for both their playing career as well as management stints. Johan Cruyff makes both the lists. Tactics and man-management (Strengths) Cruyff was an exponent of attractive ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels is best remembered as a pioneering football manager, but he was also an accomplished footballer. He began his playing career with Ajax in 1946 and over the course of the next 12 years he went on to play over 300 games for the Dutch club. Operating as a striker, he scored over 150 goals in all competitions and ...

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The Greatest European Championships Teams

West Germany 1972 Back in the 1970s, West Germany were at the peak of their game. The national team, which comprised of a core of players plying their trade for Bayern Munich, went on to reach three successive major international finals: the 1974 World Cup triumph sandwiched between the 1972 and 1976 European Championships finals. Their team at the 1972 ...

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Biggest Controversies in European championship history

General Franco stops Spain from participating at the 1960 Euro Back in the day when the continental European competition was first played, the map of Europe looked a whole lot different than it does today. In fact, the European Championship or Euros were then known as the European Nations’ Cup and there used to be only four teams in the ...

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When Johan Cruyff played in Segunda Division

Johan Cruyff is one of the greatest players the world of football has seen. The Dutchman was a maestro on the field and was integral to the great success that Ajax Amsterdam and later Barcelona enjoyed in the 1960s and ‘70s respectively. The man was an epitome of the hugely successful and revolutionary Total Football. He was instrumental in helping ...

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Euro 1988: Netherlands win their first and only major international trophy

There were three bids for hosting the 1988 European Championship. West Germany, England and a joint bid from the Scandinavian countries, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, but ultimately the hosting rights went to West Germany. The qualified countries are in Blue There were eight teams in the finals, and Group A comprised of pre-tournament favourites, West Germany and Italy, apart from ...

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