Great Reputations: Feyenoord 1970, the overlooked Dutch masters

Feyenoord and Ajax fought out a dismal derby game a week or two ago and it served as a reminder that these two great names of European football have seen better days. Despite Dutch football’s decline over the past couple of decades, the memory of Total Football still sends a tingle of excitement down the spines of football historians. But while everyone remembers Ajax and Cruyff, Rinus Michels and the European hat-trick, Feyenoord’s 1970 European Cup triumph has been somewhat forgotten by many. Feyenoord were the first Dutch team to win the competition, although Ajax reached the final first, in … Continue reading Great Reputations: Feyenoord 1970, the overlooked Dutch masters

Why is Amsterdam a one-club city?

Game of the People is in Amsterdam these next few days, home of a club that has a much more glorious past than future. Ajax Amsterdam may still be the top club in the Netherlands, by some distance, but on the European stage, we are unlikely to see a Dutch side standing astride the continent as we did in the early 1970s. Ajax attract very good crowds to the impressive Arena, but they have no local rival. The Dutch version of Spain’s “clasico”, “De Klassieker”  is Ajax v Feyenoord . It’s a derby that has attracted hooliganism, fierce rivalry and … Continue reading Why is Amsterdam a one-club city?