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Rinus Michels

1928 - 2005

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Marinus Jacobus Hendricus Michels (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 for four spells. He is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all-time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rinus Michels has received more than 873,966 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Rinus Michels is the 7th most popular coach (down from 2nd in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 29th in 2019) 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 7 out of 328Before him are Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti, Jupp Heynckes, José Mourinho, and Dino Zoff. After him are Guus Hiddink, Luis Aragonés, Giovanni Trapattoni, Louis van Gaal, Fabio Capello, and Sepp Maier.

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Among people born in 1928, Rinus Michels ranks 17Before him are Chinghiz Aitmatov, Serge Gainsbourg, Philip K. Dick, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Osamu Tezuka, and Jeanne Moreau. After him are Yves Klein, Didi, Shirley Temple, Roger Vadim, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and Alvin Toffler. Among people deceased in 2005, Rinus Michels ranks 12Before him are George Best, Claude Simon, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Paul Ricœur, Simon Wiesenthal, and Arthur Miller. After him are Pat Morita, Zhao Ziyang, Saul Bellow, Aslan Maskhadov, Omar Sívori, and Rafic Hariri.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Rinus Michels ranks 35 out of 1,427Before him are William I of the Netherlands (1772), Rutger Hauer (1944), Peter Debye (1884), Johan Huizinga (1872), Paul Verhoeven (1938), and Jan Steen (1626). After him are Michiel de Ruyter (1607), William II of the Netherlands (1792), Guus Hiddink (1946), Louis van Gaal (1951), Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1870), and Jan van Riebeeck (1619).

Among COACHES In Netherlands

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