Rinus Michels

1928 - 2005

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Marinus Jacobus Hendricus "Rinus" Michels (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrinʏs ˈmɪxəls] ; 9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) was a Dutch football player and coach. He played his entire career for Ajax, which he later managed, and played for and later managed the Netherlands national team for four spells. Throughout his career, he played as a forward. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rinus Michels has received more than 1,018,285 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Rinus Michels is the 12th most popular coach (down from 7th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 35th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Dutch Coach.

Rinus Michels is most famous for his "total football" tactic, where players can play in any position and interchange positions during the game.

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Among coaches, Rinus Michels ranks 12 out of 471Before him are Jupp Heynckes, Louis van Gaal, Luis Aragonés, Marco van Basten, Guus Hiddink, and Giovanni Trapattoni. After him are Fabio Capello, Vicente del Bosque, Frank Rijkaard, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Marcello Lippi, and Sven-Göran Eriksson.

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Among people born in 1928, Rinus Michels ranks 18Before him are James Watson, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Roger Vadim, Osamu Tezuka, Philip K. Dick, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. After him are Zbigniew Brzezinski, Didi, Jeanne Moreau, Yves Klein, Alexander Grothendieck, and Jean-Marie Le Pen. Among people deceased in 2005, Rinus Michels ranks 9Before him are Rosa Parks, Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, George Best, Arthur Miller, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, and Claude Simon. After him are Peter Drucker, Hans Bethe, Paul Ricœur, Simon Wiesenthal, Rafic Hariri, and Omar Sívori.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Rinus Michels ranks 37 out of 1,646Before him are William I of the Netherlands (1772), William III of England (1650), Marco van Basten (1964), William II of the Netherlands (1792), Guus Hiddink (1946), and André Rieu (1949). After him are Gerrit Dou (1613), Johan Huizinga (1872), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Jan Steen (1626), Ruud Gullit (1962), and Theo van Gogh (1857).

Among COACHES In Netherlands

Among coaches born in Netherlands, Rinus Michels ranks 4Before him are Louis van Gaal (1951), Marco van Basten (1964), and Guus Hiddink (1946). After him are Frank Rijkaard (1962), Ronald Koeman (1963), Dick Advocaat (1947), Leo Beenhakker (1942), Bert van Marwijk (1952), Huub Stevens (1953), Pim Verbeek (1956), and Co Adriaanse (1947).