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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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Holland All-Time Team

With 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,…

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