Netherlands: Trading on the past

May 13, 2008
By Dominic Raynor
Rinus Michels' vision of 'Total Football' during the 1970s endeared the Dutch national team to fans all over the world and to a certain extent their current reputation is still based on that historic concept. The Oranje continue to churn out players of excellent technical ability and are always ranked among the favourites for any tournament they enter yet they have not contested a final since winning the European Championships 1988. The subsequent 20 years have been peppered with semi-final appearances ...

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