Legendary Shirts:Ajax Amsterdam


Netherlands biggest club and one of Europe’s biggest clubs made an impact by popularizing the Total Football tactics concept by legendary coach Rinus Michels who played for the club between 1946 and 1958,but he became more famous as coach of Ajax who pioneered the concept of Total Football and launched both Ajax and the Netherlands in the 1970s into prominence in the football world.Also many legends wore the legendary Ajax shirt but most notably one shined more than any other-Johan Cruyff who won anything with Ajax and Barcelona but came short with the Dutch national team besides he participated in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany where the Dutch came short in the final against Beckenbauer and the Elf.Nevertheless the Michels-Cruyff alliance brought Ajax a hattrick of European Champions Cup triumphs in the beginning of the 1970s combined with dominance in the Eredivisie and Dutch Cup where they went to win a triple (1971-72) and a quadropole crown (1972-73) and became Europe’s most dominant side in the beginning of the 1970s.In the 1980s with Van Basten,Gulit and Rijkaard,Ajax went aain into glory but only in domestic competitions with only a single triumph in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1987,the last time Ajax made a forray into Europe was in 1995 when they won their fourth and last UEFA Champions League in the final in Vienna against AC Milan which featured the De Boer brothers,Van Der Sar,Davids,Litmanen,Seedorf and Overmars in the team.That was the last time that Ajax won a European trophy besides being for the last two decades a dominant side in Dutch football.But already Ajax is known across Europe and the World with its legendary shirt which was worn by Europe’s best player of all time-Johan Cruyff and the Total Football tactics which is known and beloved by fans,players and coaches across the World.



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