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The Great XI’s: AC Milan 1989

Before the rise of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, Arrigo Sacchi’s late 80′s AC Milan was widely regarded as the greatest football club team of all time. Not just because it was filled with such an awe-inspiring array of great individual players that even Florentino Perez still views them with envy; no, Sacchi ensured that all these Ballon-d’Or dominating stars also operated as a single unit, with captain Franco Baresi in command of a pressing tactic that rendered most opponents powerless.

At their peak in 1989, this is how they usually played:

1989 Milan Sacchi Formation Van Basten Gullit

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1988 Euro Final ~ Holland vs USSR (10 minute Highlights)

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A mere thirteen days before this final, Holland and the USSR had clashed in a group match. Holland had been the favourites, but it were the Soviets who triumphed: 1-0.

Even on that day, there was little to seperate the two sides, though. In a sense they were evenly matched on various levels.

Whereas the USSR were coached by the masterful Valeriy Lobanovskiy, the Dutch had the equally genius Rinus Michels.

Whereas the USSR had 1986 European Footballer of the Year Igor Belanov, the Dutch had the 1987 European Footballer of the Year Ruud Gullit.

But in that group match, one player in particular was missing. The player who had subsequently shot Holland past England and Germany.

Marco van Basten.

Could he tip the balance in Holland’s favour?

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1988 Euro Semi-Final ~ West-Germany vs Holland (10 min. HL)

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On paper, it was just a semi-final. In practise, it was much more than that. As Holland coach Rinus Michels would later declare: “it was the real final”.

Michels’ statement reflects the hatred that the Dutch felt for the Germans at the time. The memory of the Second World War still loomed over Dutch society, and the trauma of the 1974 World Cup final had never healed. Since that epic defeat the Dutch had played against the Germans again and again, always insisting that this time, revenge would be exacted. But they just could not beat those Germans. Those diving, cheating, defensive and lucky Germans, as they saw it.

But maybe this time would be different. After the generation of the 70′s, Holland had fallen from grace as a power in international football. They’d missed the 1982 and 1986 World Cup. But with a new generation of great footballers – Rijkaard, Gullit, Koeman, Van Basten – they’d made their way into Euro 1988. A tournament held in Germany. And after stumbling through the group phase, they were now faced with West-Germany itself. The time to finally settle the score had arrived.

But they’d have to defeat an excellent opponent. The Germany of the mid 80′s had been average at best, despite excellent results, but a new crop of world class players was emerging: Matthaus, Voller, Brehme, Klinsmann. Coached by Franz Beckenbauer – captain of 1974, they’d do anything in their power to once again destroy the Dutch on German soil.

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1988 Euro Final ~ Holland vs USSR (Full Classic Match)

Download full classic match 1988 Euro Holland USSR
A mere thirteen days before this final, Holland and the USSR had clashed in a group match. Holland had been the favourites, but it were the Soviets who triumphed: 1-0.

Even on that day, there was little to seperate the two sides, though. In a sense they were evenly matched on various levels.

Where the USSR were coached by the masterful Valeriy Lobanovskiy, the Dutch had the equally genius Rinus Michels.

Where the USSR had 1986 European Footballer of the Year Igor Belanov, the Dutch had the 1987 European Footballer of the Year Ruud Gullit.

But in that group match, one player in particular was missing. The player who had subsequently shot Holland past England and Germany.

Marco van Basten.

Could he tip the balance in Holland’s favour?

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Holland All-Time Team

Netherlands All-Time All-Star best XIWith three lost World Cup finals on its resumé, Holland’s reputation as the eternal loser of international football can hardly be called undeserved. But what pleasent losers they’ve been. The iconic orange has graced the shoulders of so many of football’s finest players, that some of the countries that háve won the World Cup are made to look afwully bereft of talent.

From the 70′s onwards, the Dutch have had several world class generations. In the 70′s there was the total football team of Cruyff, Neeskens, Van Hanegem, Krol and Rensenbrink. In the late 80′s Koeman, Rijkaard, Van Basten and Gullit emerged to bring Holland its first silverware. The 90′s saw the rise of such players as Van der Sar, Bergkamp, Davids, Seedorf, Overmars, Stam and De Boer brothers. And currently, it’s the likes of Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie who are making sure that Holland continues to be a force on the world stage. But even in the 50′s, long before the Dutch national team amounted to anything, there were a few excellent players carrying a Dutch passport: Faas Wilkes, Cor van der Hart and Abe Lenstsra, to name a couple.

And in that little summation, already 23 different players have been mentioned. There might be some national teams whose best XI is relatively straight forward to pick – such as Denmark – but that’s clearly not going to be the case with Holland.

So how would All-Star Holland look like? One thing’s for sure: the formation will be Holland’s trademark 4-3-3.
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1988 Euro Semi-Final ~ West-Germany vs Holland (Full Classic Match)

Download the full match Germany Holland 1988
On paper, it was just a semi-final. In practise, it was much more than that. As Holland coach Rinus Michels would later declare: “it was the real final”.

Michels’ statement reflects the hatred that the Dutch felt for the Germans at the time. The memory of the Second World War still loomed over Dutch society, and the trauma of the 1974 World Cup final had never healed. Since that epic defeat the Dutch had played against the Germans again and again, always insisting that this time, revenge would be exacted. But they just could not beat those Germans. Those diving, cheating, defensive and lucky Germans, as they saw it.

But maybe this time would be different. After the generation of the 70′s, Holland had fallen from grace as a power in international football. They’d missed the 1982 and 1986 World Cup. But with a new generation of great footballers – Rijkaard, Gullit, Koeman, Van Basten – they’d made their way into Euro 1988. A tournament held in Germany. And after stumbling through the group phase, they were now faced with West-Germany itself. The time to finally settle the score had arrived.

But they’d have to defeat an excellent opponent. The Germany of the mid 80′s had been average at best, despite excellent results, but a new crop of world class players was emerging: Matthaus, Voller, Brehme, Klinsmann. Coached by Franz Beckenbauer – captain of 1974, they’d do anything in their power to once again destroy the Dutch on German soil.

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1990 World Cup Round of 16 ~ Germany vs Holland (Full Classic Match)

The 1990 World Cup may be the worst one of all time, but this game is a true classic, played when the rivalry between the Dutch and Germans was at its height. Only two years before, the Dutch had finally gotten their revenge for the lost final in the 1974 World Cup, by beating Germany in the semi-final of Euro 1988, in the very same stadium where Cruyff & Co had lost fourteen years earlier. Now it was time for the Germans to restore their lost pride. The Dutch had played miserable in the groups, but the sight of their great rival would bring out the best in them – and the worst.

 

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1989 European Cup Semi-Final ~ AC Milan vs Real Madrid (Full Classic Match)

The monopoly on European football that Barcelona enjoys today, mirrors the iron grip AC Milan had over Europe in the late 80′s. The one game that demonstrates this more than anything is the second leg of the 1989 European Cup Semi-Final. The first leg had ended in 1-1, and now the two teams moved the battlefield to Milan’s San Siro stadium. It was here that Sacchi’s Milan gave a master class in modern football. Real Madrid could count on greats such as Hugo Sanchez, Emilio Butragueño and Bernd Schuster, but they proved no match for a rampant Milan, whose Italian core of Baresi, Costacurta, Maldini, Ancelotti and Donadoni was enhanced by the three greatest Dutchmen of their era: Gullit, Rijkaard and Van Basten.

 

Line-ups:

AC Milan
Galli – Tassotti, Baresi, Costacurta, Maldini – Donadoni, Colombo, Rijkaard, Ancelotti – Gullit, Van Basten
Coach: Arrigo Sacchi

Real Madrid
Buyo – Llorente, Sanchis, Chendo, Gordillo – Gallego, Schuster, Vazquez, Michel – Butragueño, Sanchez
Coach: Leo Beenhakker

 

Download links:
Part 01 – https://mega.co.nz/#!4Fx2GLwT!azW6WipSnC8hv7K7UDKijSg-8iQQ9j0rXyDO9iwGIgQ
Part 02 – https://mega.co.nz/#!0QIE2JyY!fayGyXlo4xVDcLK0Vv3uin3-vkkuz9q4ACOpjRduFTk
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Part 04 – https://mega.co.nz/#!8UZWAAaY!byPTa3kf2xN1iflGkap1ZgjLY3JEEcIHUwlurY1SSpY

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