The first of the “flying Dutch”
Holland – one of the oldest “football” countries in Europe. The National Football Association was founded here in 1899. Date of birth of the famous Amsterdam club Ajax – 1900. In 1904, the Netherlands was one of the seven European countries that established FIFA (together with France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland).
Nevertheless, for a very long time, Holland remained in the shadow of the football world. Dutch clubs were amateur. Not surprisingly, the national team, formed from the same fans, suffered frequent defeats. Only in 1957, the best of the Dutch clubs were transferred to a professional basis. At the first position in the national championship immediately moved “Ajax”, Rotterdam “Feyenoord” and “PSV Eindhoven.” And at the turn of the 1960s – 1970s, the unexpected and dazzling bright takeoff of Ajax in all of European football followed.
He was associated with the name of Rinus Michels – the coach who brought the idea of ”total football” into the game. For the sample, Michels took the principle of the actions of the basketball team, where everybody is involved in the attack while holding the ball, and defeating the whole team when he loses the ball.
Ajax1970 “Ajax” Michels was struck by the tremendous speed and coherence of the game, the players interacted perfectly on the field. Constantly changing places, they were quickly freed from the guardianship of the opponent in the attack and insured each other in defense of their gates in time. When the defenders went on the attack, the attackers were delayed on the defensive. Therefore, the attack could begin from any point of the field and develop in the most unexpected way for the enemy.
It was especially difficult to resist the “total football” teams practicing the tactics of “personal care”. In this case, the defender was constantly “attached” to his attacker and did not move a single step away from him.
Therefore, when the Ajax attackers retreated, the defenders followed them. And the defenders of Ajax, connected to the attack, entered the zone thus freed. The spectacular game of the Amsterdam team was very beautiful and hid a lot of unexpected collisions. But, of course, such football demanded from players universal technical equipment and excellent physical data. And Amsterdam “Ajax” became famous for the fact that he did not buy “ready-made” football players abroad, but prepared his own. When the club was created a wonderful football school, which brought up more than a dozen later glorified players. It began the football career of the great Johan Cruyff (approx. Or Cruyff, there are different opinions of philologists).
Cruijff1 It can be said that he was associated with the Amsterdam club almost from birth. As a child, he did not know prosperity, because he lost his father early. Her mother was a laundress, but not anywhere, but at the Ajax club. She washed red and white T-shirts, and baby Johan often watched the training of football players.
It is not surprising that he himself too early began to drive the ball to the wastelands of the Amsterdam suburb, where the family lived. When he was twelve, his mother asked the coaches to take Johan to the Ajax school. Four years later, in 1963, he signed his first professional contract. At seventeen, he played for the first time in a match of the main team. It soon became clear that Johan Cruyff not only fits perfectly with the tactical concept of Rinus Michels, but is capable of leading the entire team game.
Light and graceful Kroyf constantly maneuvered around the field. His movements now and then became a complete surprise for the enemy. That is why he subsequently received his famous nickname – “The Flying Dutchman.” Rivals incredibly confused his game, not only with the ball, but without the ball – the way he, at that time no longer played no one. He himself once explained the meaning of his actions as follows: “Modern football in its essence is proactive and anticipatory football. Quickly confront your opponent with difficult tasks after you have given the ball away. Make decisions on the go, trying to bring the game idea to the end. Distract the goalkeeper and keep him in suspense, cause confusion in the defense of the opponent, distract defenders with false maneuvers, in short, influence your authority on the course of the fight. ”
Cruijff6 Cruyff had a great speed – he ran 30 meters from the spot in 3.8 seconds. He could “turn it on” at any time, but also stop instantly. At full speed, he was able to change direction. If he played beautifully without a ball, then he was equally amazing with him.
It was very difficult to take it away from Cruyff. Despite his lightness, he kept his feet tight and, closing the ball with the body, again, unexpectedly, changed the direction of movement. But just as instantly, Cruyff could, having received a pass from a partner, with one short touch to change the direction of the ball’s flight, again putting the opponent at a dead end.