Rinus Michels

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Marinus (“Rinus”) Jacobus Hendricus Michels (9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) was a Dutch football player and coach who was named “coach of the century” by FIFA in 1999. He played his entire career for the club Ajax Amsterdam, whom he later coached, and was a member of the Netherlands national team both as a player and as manager.

Michels became most notable for his coaching achievements, having won the European Cup with Ajax and the Spanish league with Barcelona, and having had four tenures as coach of the Netherlands national team, whom he led to reach the final match of the 1974 World Cup and to win the 1988 European Championship. He is credited with the invention of a major football tactic known as “Total Football” in the 1970s.

— Wikipedia on Rinus Michels

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