His debut against ADO Den Haag was exciting. It was won with 8-3 and Rinus, which is in the forefront, do not know less than five times the holders of ADO Dolf Sneeze, to intervene in the nets.Later when bondschoach he gets very quickly nicknamed `The Generaal`. In 1999, FIFA voted him as the best coach of the 20th century.
In Amsterdam, a few hundred meters from the Olympic Stadium son was born on Thursday morning February 9, 1928 by Piet Michels and Wil van Brederode. This guy will later become one of the most famous Dutch is from the world of football, nicknamed The General ?? ??, Just that they do not know yet. He gets the names of Marinus Jacobus Hendricus.
It does not sound strange at all that the young Rinus is crazy about football and Ajax. For his 8th birthday he receives his first grass, football socks and a shirt. Of course, in the most beautiful colors he knows, the red / white Ajax.
Vader Piet called a ball can kick and it does not have to come at Ajax, son loves the quiet hope of playing again at this club. Good knowledge of the family, Joop Köhler accountant of the club, the tiny Rinus seen play football. He is impressed by his ability and in 1940 Rinus member of his Ajax.
Unfortunately the war, especially the Hunger Winter, a jammer in the career of 17-year-old football player. Instead of training, he regularly with his mother in the direction of Alkmaar to get food.
His Time in Ajax
But on a beautiful Monday, June 9, 1946, he in the first team replaced the injured He Lambregt. His debut against ADO Den Haag was exciting. It was won with 8-3 and Rinus, which is in the forefront, do not know less than five times the holders of ADO Dolf Sneeze, to intervene in the nets. He was a dangerous striker, was not graceful but strong. Each keeper, who got hairstyle with weapons with the typical rubber band before him, knew he was in the nets.
Rinus began his football career in 1946 and ended forced by severe hernia symptoms, 1958. All these years, he is only true for Ajax and thus reached he:
- A total of 269 games played
- A total of 121 goals
- The country championship in the 1946-1947 season
- The country championship in the 1956-1957 season
- Five times a spot in Orange in 1950 and 1954, where he does not score
Rinus as Coach
Had he been a lot of matches to his name as a player for the club, as a coach, he has now achieved, namely 393 duels he sat on the bench. Of these, 279 won and made it Ajaxieden total of 1099 goals together. He was four times champion, KNVB Cup, and put Ajax reached the European football map, but without the prices.
He was coach of Ajax from season 1965/1966 to 1970/1971, after which he went to Barcelona for six years, interrupted again for a season Ajax . This is followed by two years as coach of the Los Angeles Aztecs in four years and FC Cologne in Germany.
As he is the head coach of Orange, he is only two years technical director of the Dutch.
As a coach, he not only rock hard, making him the nickname The general, but also full of humor and led his team in 1974 with great names like:
- Johan Cruijff
- Wim Jansen
- Johan Neeskens
- Willem van Hanegem
- Robbie Rensenbrink
- Keeper Jan Jongbloed
Unfortunately for Rinus was not every team reports. The Dutch Oranje broke against the West German team, but in 1988 he was defeated by his boys Germany in the semifinals of the European Championship. We were champions!This team played oa:
- Marco van Basten
- Ronald Koeman
- Ruud Gullit
- Goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen and
- Frank Rijkaard
When life Rinus has Received the Following Awards:
- 1974 Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassa
- 1988 Officer i Order of Orange-Nassau
- 1999, Dutch coach of the century
- 2002 Federal Knight of the KNVB
- 2002 liftime Award from UEFA
- 2004 Best Coach since the establishment of the KNVB 50 years ago
Typical for an anecdote about Michel during his farewell tournament in Sweden.
- After a workout, he informally to the press. Suddenly climbing up a small Dutch boy over the fence, Rinus pulls the jacket and shouts: Rinus?? Hey, can I get your autograph??. Manager responds?? Dear boy, since you asked so politely, you get a signature from Mr. Michels??.
Rinus Michels, a successful football player and coach, with its own voice and humor, has died at the age of 77 3 March 2005 in Aalst, Belgium, from complications following heart surgery.
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