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

GOTP Country Special: The Netherlands

HERE AT GOTP Towers, we are big fans of the Dutch – Total Football, Cruyff, Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV. No surprise that we’ve written quite a few pieces on our friends from across the Channel. February 2015: Feyenoord – ‘cause Rotterdam is anywhere In the 1960s, a geography field trip (if you lived in Thurrock) was a trip to Tilbury docks to look at one of the biggest container ports in Europe. At the time, Tilbury was in competition with Rotterdam, which gave the Essex town a slightly continental element to it. But while Rotterdam was a city with a … Continue reading GOTP Country Special: The Netherlands