Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels

Rinus Michels

who?

a Dutch Football player and coach. He played his entire career for the club Ajax Amsterdam, whom he later coached, and was a member of the Netherlands National team both as a player and as manager.

Michels became most notable for his coaching achievements, having won the European Cup with Ajax and the Spanish League with FC Barcelona, and having had four tenures as coach of the Netherlands National Team , whom he led to reach the final match of the 1974 World Cup and to win the 1988 European Championship. He is credited with the invention of a major football tactic known as Total Football in the 1970s, and was named “coach of the century” by FIFA in 1999.

Total Footbal

“Total Football” is the label for an influential theory of tactical association football in which any player can take over the role of any other player in the team. It was pioneered by Dutch football club Ajax Amsterdam.

In Total Football, a player who moves out of his position is replaced by another from his team, thus retaining the team’s intended organizational structure. In this fluid system, no player is fixed in his nominal role; anyone can be successively an attacker, a midfielder and a defender.

Total Football’s tactical success depends largely on the adaptability of each footballer within the team, in particular their ability to quickly change positions depending on the situation. The theory requires players to be comfortable in multiple positions, hence it puts high technical and physical demands on them.

Rinus memang bukanlah pencetus utama total football yg tersohor itu, tapi di tangannyalah Total football semakin matang dan menjadi “Total Football” seperti yang kita kenal sekarang ini, selain Michels banyak pelatih yang mencoba untuk melakukan sistem ini namun tidak banyak di antara mereka yang berhasil, fakta bahwa Michels lah satu satunya pelatih Timnas Oranye yang mampu memberikan gelar internasional satu-satunya yaitu Piala Eropa 1988 menjadi salah satu bukti nyata kemampuannya dan mengapa saya mengatakannya sebagai most creative person,, ia mampu memberikan suatu gaya sepakbola yang menarik, atraktif dan menghibur serta style yg sangat berjaya di masa nya, hingga kini belum ada yang mampu menerapkannya sebaik michels.

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