Rinus Michels

1928 - 2005

Rinus Michels

Marinus Jacobus Hendricus "Rinus" Michels OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɪxəls]; 9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) was a Dutch association football player and coach. He played his entire career for AFC Ajax, which he later managed, and played for and 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 573,678 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 2nd most popular coach.

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Among coaches, Rinus Michels ranks 2 out of 280Before him are Alex Ferguson. After him are Arsène Wenger, Jupp Heynckes, José Mourinho, Dino Zoff, Luis Aragonés, Fabio Capello, Giovanni Trapattoni, Jürgen Klopp, Louis van Gaal, and Marco van Basten.

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Among people born in 1928, Rinus Michels ranks 11Before him are Hosni Mubarak, Ariel Sharon, John Forbes Nash Jr., Ennio Morricone, James Watson, and Eduard Shevardnadze. After him are Philip K. Dick, Serge Gainsbourg, Agnès Varda, Osamu Tezuka, Chinghiz Aitmatov, and Jeanne Moreau. 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, Arthur Miller, Paul Ricœur, Simon Wiesenthal, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Claude Simon, and Zhao Ziyang.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Rinus Michels ranks 29 out of 908Before him are Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (1852), Pieter Zeeman (1865), William III of England (1650), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Juliana of the Netherlands (1909), and Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880). After him are Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1165), André Rieu (1949), Johan Huizinga (1872), Paul Verhoeven (1938), William I of the Netherlands (1772), and Jan van Riebeeck (1619).

Among COACHES In Netherlands

Among coaches born in Netherlands, Rinus Michels ranks 1After him are Louis van Gaal (1951), Marco van Basten (1964), Guus Hiddink (1946), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Ronald Koeman (1963), Dick Advocaat (1947), Bert van Marwijk (1952), Huub Stevens (1953), Co Adriaanse (1947), Henk ten Cate (1954), and Pim Verbeek (1956).