Rinus Michels

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Michels in 1984

Marinus Jacobus Hendricus Michels (9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) was a Dutch footballer and manager. He played the entirety of his career for AFC Ajax and played for the Netherlands national team, both of which he later managed.


  • Professional football is something like war. Whoever behaves too properly, is lost.
    • Often misquoted in the form "Football is war". "NRC Handelsblad". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved on 1 December 2007. 

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  • Both as a player and as a trainer there is nobody who taught me as much as him. I will miss Rinus Michels. ... I always greatly admired his leadership.

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