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Rinus Michels

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Full nameMarinus Jacobus Hendricus Michels
Date of birth9 February 1928
Place of birthAmsterdam, Netherlands
Date of death3 March 2005(age 77)
Place of deathAalst, Belgium
Playing positionStriker

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Marinus ("Rinus") Jacobus Hendricus Michels OON (9 February 1928 - 3 March 2005) was a Dutch association football player and coach. He played his entire career for the club Ajax Amsterdam, which 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 Barcelona, and having had four tenures as coach of the Netherlands national team, which 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.

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