MORE THAN 50 years ago, Feyenoord pulled off one of the great shocks of European club football. While everyone remembers Ajax and Cruyff, Rinus Michels and the European hat-trick, Feyenoord’s 1970 European Cup triumph has been somewhat overlooked by many. … Continue reading Europe’s Champions: Feyenoord 1970, the forgotten Dutch masters
CLUBS like Ajax and Benfica once created some of the most exciting teams we have ever seen. Today, their names still carry enormous weight, but they have been pushed into the shadows by clubs gorging on TV broadcasting fees and … Continue reading Paradise lost…but we’ll never forget Cruyff, Eusebio and their pals
I TRAVEL a lot to watch football, on business and just for the hell of it. Mostly, I return home enriched by the experience, but sometimes, I am just thankful to be back. On occasion, football lets you down, but … Continue reading Two sides of the coin
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
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?