Rinus Michels

1928 - 2005

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Marinus Jacobus Hendricus Michels OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɪxəls]; 9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) was a Dutch football player and coach. He played his entire career for AFC Ajax, which he later managed, and played for and later managed the Netherlands national team. He is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time.Michels became most notable for his coaching achievements; he won the European Cup with Ajax and the Spanish league with Barcelona, and had four tenures as coach of the Netherlands national team, who he led to reach the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and to win the 1988 UEFA European Championship.He is credited with the invention of a major football playing style and set of tactics known as "Total Football" in the 1970s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rinus Michels has received more than 762,251 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Rinus Michels is the 2nd most popular coach, the 29th most popular biography from Netherlands and the 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 2 out of 329Before him are Alex Ferguson. After him are Dino Zoff, Jupp Heynckes, Giovanni Trapattoni, Arsène Wenger, Fabio Capello, Luis Aragonés, Sepp Maier, Ronald Koeman, José Mourinho, and Luiz Felipe Scolari.

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Among people born in 1928, Rinus Michels ranks 14Before him are Ariel Sharon, James Watson, Eduard Shevardnadze, Philip K. Dick, Chinghiz Aitmatov, and Serge Gainsbourg. After him are Shirley Temple, Osamu Tezuka, Didi, Yves Klein, Jeanne Moreau, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Among people deceased in 2005, Rinus Michels ranks 5Before him are Pope John Paul II, Rosa Parks, Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and George Best. After him are Peter Drucker, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Arthur Miller, Paul Ricœur, Claude Simon, Rafic Hariri, and Simon Wiesenthal.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Rinus Michels ranks 29 out of 1,209Before him are Pieter Zeeman (1865), Juliana of the Netherlands (1909), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880), and Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1165). After him are William I of the Netherlands (1772), Johan Huizinga (1872), Rutger Hauer (1944), Michiel de Ruyter (1607), André Rieu (1949), and Jan Steen (1626).

Among COACHES In Netherlands

Among coaches born in Netherlands, Rinus Michels ranks 1After him are Ronald Koeman (1963), Louis van Gaal (1951), Marco van Basten (1964), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Guus Hiddink (1946), Dick Advocaat (1947), Bert van Marwijk (1952), Huub Stevens (1953), Co Adriaanse (1947), Henk ten Cate (1954), and Wiel Coerver (1924).