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Losing a Legend

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Growing up, my father and I had little in common. Even as a child I identified more with American culture than my Syrian heritage. We clashed constantly. He believed in an authoritarian upbringing, and like any adolescent, I rebelled. Times of peace were rare, but they shared a common theme — football.

Netherlands away shirt for 2015 [PHOTOS]

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Nike captured the spirit and distinctly Dutch style of the Holland National Team with the debut of the federation's 2015-16 away jersey. The white jersey with orange highlights is evocative of the speed, boundless energy and total football that's made Holland one of the most-watched and influential teams in the world.

Netherlands away shirt for 2015 [PHOTOS]

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Nike captured the spirit and distinctly Dutch style of the Holland National Team with the debut of the federation's 2015-16 away jersey. The white jersey with orange highlights is evocative of the speed, boundless energy and total football that's made Holland one of the most-watched and influential teams in the world.

Podcast: David Winner of “Brilliant Orange”

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During the World Cup, Pacifica Radio published quite a few podcasts with some unique people / personalities involved with, or enamored of the "jogo bonito". David Winner is a personal favorite, his book, "Brilliant Orange" is the best book I have ever read on Dutch football and society.

Click on the image to go to the podcast.

De Oranje - Fitting Champions

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The Netherlands have long been quite easy on the eye; a nation that plays with a common identity and shares a supreme level of technical ability. A forward-thinking footballing nation, the Dutch are known for their attractive passing patterns and creative ingenuity. Rinus Michels will not have lived to see this particular generation of Dutch stars flourish, but will surely be recognized as the

De Oranje - Fitting Champions

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The Netherlands have long been quite easy on the eye; a nation that plays with a common identity and shares a supreme level of technical ability. A forward-thinking footballing nation, the Dutch are known for their attractive passing patterns and creative ingenuity. Rinus Michels will not have lived to see this particular generation of Dutch stars flourish, but will surely be recognized as the


Clockwork Oranje – Can Holland win the World Cup this time?

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When every World Cup comes around, everyone places an outside bet on Holland. Based on their qualifying campaign, it seems a very safe bet. Their football is certainly entertaining and at times, dazzling for the spectator. But when it comes to tournaments, the Dutch will often begin with performances full of flair and vigour, but then collapse in the late stages.

The Nike Ad That Came Before The Nike Ad

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In the real world, it's awfully rare that I come across anything football-related in my travels, and yet I simply have not been able to escape That Nike Ad for the last week obviously for good reason. The YouTube embed is positively everywhere, in the most obscure, unsporting of places, putting the virus into viral, and causing nightmares of Wayne Rooney doing Brad Pitt's accent from Snatch.

What Does The Dream Of Total Football Mean Today?

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Yesterday, I looked at the expectations we often place on international football. This got me thinking about the Dutch and their legendary Total Football era in the 70s. What does this mean to us today? Does Cruyff's legacy still influence world football?

What do we want from our football?

Total Football?

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When Russia and the Netherlands square off today, there will be more than a semi-final birth at Euro 2008 at stake: the rhetorical prize of being today's instantiation of Total Football is also on the line.

Johan Cruyff

Diego Simeone And Atletico Madrid Play Their Own Version Of “Total Football”

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Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch player and former manager of Barcelona, was once asked his thoughts on the footballing philosophy known as "total football". The man, who is arguably the biggest proponent of the football tactic, replied: "Attackers could play as defenders and defenders as attackers.

Ranking the Top 10 Utility Players in World Football

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A utility player is someone who can play several positions on the field. The utility player became most common in Total Football, the Dutch invention where a player that moves into another position is replaced by another player moving into his role, creating fluid movement while retaining the formation and structure.

Aron Winter

The Toronto Sadvent Calendar: Day 19

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"THE LOST YEAR OF ELBEKAY BOUCHIBA"
Total Football etc! The Dutch revolution had begun and a trio of Hollandaise-covered players had arrived under Aron Winter's management. The most alluring of the three was sturdy defensive midfielder Elbekay Bouchiba! Then he blew out his ACL.

TFC Academy over MLS Draft way forward for The Reds

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Sign of the future?

With the majority of Toronto FC's management staff, both new and old, gathered at the MLS Combines, we ponder if future pre-seasons will devote as many resources to the league's SuperDraft. Since Aron Winter and his "Oranje Revolution" cohorts were named to lead TFC into the future, the words most heard have been "youth", "academy", "philosophy" and "development".

Ajax

World Cup Stars: Johan Cruyff

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Continuing our series of the world's best footballers, languagecaster.com takes a look at a player who would be in most people's top five best players ever Hendrik Johannes Cruijff. Check out previous posts on great footballers here.

The 'Impossible Goal'

Recently, a debate has started as to whether or not Messi is the best player ever, better than Pele or Maradona, the traditional choices of most people for that accolade.

Johan Cruyff, innovator and renaissance man

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A must-read for everyone!!
Spotted at "Far Post Report"

Some excerpts: "...When Barca wanted to sign Cruyff , there were numerous obstacles to overtake. All of them came from the direction of the Madrid based Spanish government (Real Madrid?). When at last the Spanish borders were opened up and the clubs reached an agreement (2 Mio Euro), the Spanish government prohibited the transaction.

Book Review - Brilliant Orange

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David Winner's Brilliant Orange is half cultural guide, half nostalgic reminiscence for a faded beauty, and half the history of Dutch soccer, with all its attendant wonderful personalities and stories. Yes, your math is correct--three halves. But then such is the neurotic genius (note the book's subtitle) and strange perception of space that belongs not just to the Dutch, but to this book as

Arsenal Belong In The Championship

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Having watched Arsenal's Youth & Reserve Team All-Stars embarrass a proper Premier League side in the Carling Cup last evening, I can only think one thing: I want more. Yeah, Jack Wilshere could make his way onto the senior bench and Carlos Vela may soon ascend from cup legend to budding top flight superstar, but [.

Arsenal’s "Totaalvoetbal" a First in the Premiership. Wenger and Michels, Hleb and Cruyff

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By 1970's Gooner It has really been amazing to watch this young Arsenal team play such wonderful football with so much ease, skill and technique. Each and every player whether a defender, midfielder or attacker possesses an astonishing amount of talent that allows him to be almost equally proficient in various positions and areas on the football pitch.

Russia

Is Euro 2008 Boring Yet?

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I have to say I was flattered at the optimistic response to my hastily-written and therefore mistake-ridden posting last week ("the agonizing moaning...have gone silent" etc etc.). Written on the back end of Turkey's movie-perfect comeback against the Czechs, it expressed what I had hoped the tournament would mean for attacking football in Europe.

Something New, Something Russian

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Until Russia's lengthy dismantling exercise in Basle on Friday, Holland's blitz on the proclaimed 'Group of Death' had been Euro 2008's foremost point for exclamation. To English audiences in particular, the proposition of a Dutch rebirth after twenty years of bungled failure was a thrilling and unexpected boon to a competition tainted by the absence [.

Sarah from Sydney FC

Mark Milligan to Arsenal?

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Mark Milligan to Arsenal, according to Simon Hill on FoxSports tonight.

And the team went on to say Milligan could be replacing Matthew Flameni who is set to leave.

Well there is no doubting Milligan's class, although this season he struggled at times, but a move to Arsenal would surprise most of us.

Total Football on Fox Sports

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Haven't got the Fox on, don't worry I'll fill you in.

Robbie Slater, when asked about the impact of John Aloisi signing for Sydney FC, just ranted about what Dwight Yorke would bring and how good he would be for Sydney on and off the field.

Host Andy Harper tried to get Robbie to focus on Aloisi but Robbie was having none of it.

Mark Viduka

Total Football: Viduka can pick his games!

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Total Football sporting a new sponsor, and its a big one, Qantas, discussed the Asian Champions League and should Mark Viduka be able to pick his games for the National team.

Asian Champions League

Great tournament, with a great name.

But two teams need to go through from each group to keep the tournament alive for teams, for longer.

Kossie on Total Football

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John Kosmina always speaks his mind.

Except maybe when it comes to Mark Milligan. See earlier post today.

On Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka.
Has Harry Kewell got three more years football in him.
Kozzie says, "No, I think not."


It's not a nice thought, a nice thing to have to say, but Kozzie said what everyone is now thinking.

The Rest

Dutch ponder total flopball after World Cup failure

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The Hague (AFP) – Dutch football fans are in mourning after the once mighty Oranje failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, plunging the inventors of “total football” into a collective bout of soul-searching.

Not even two goals from retiring legend Arjen Robben against Sweden could save the stuttering Dutch football machine, which now has the dubious distinction of failing to make it to two major football competitions in a row.

I’d 8-2 be United’s next opponents

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A few weeks ago, the Manchester United FB Page asked the question 'Still thinking about the 8-2?'. I said hell yeah. What else was there to think about? The international break had most inconveniently followed, and I've never translated my United fandom to following England (for Roon one could argue, but now practically the entire right wing) or hating them (for Lumplard, Cashley and the likes).

random thoughts about the swiss, spanish, and united states teams

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In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.-- Harry Lime (Orson Welles) justifying his murderous amorality in The Third Man (1949).

Winning and Youth

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"Make no misunderstanding winning is part of Youth Development," says Technical Director Rob Baan discussing the future Youth A-League on Total Football last night.

Craig Foster might not agree. But make no mistake about football is about winning:)

Just in case you'd forgot that in the "let's play beautiful at all times," sentiment flying around the airwaves.

Assessing Your Mind

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What Shape Is Your Mind In? ... consider the video below

Let's hope it's in good shape :-) ... believe me your mental status is the most important element to being a total footballer. Without a good mental muscle, Your Body & Game will suffer. If you cannot discipline yourself to eat right, rehydrate, focus during strength and conditioning sessions let alone apply yourself in technical and tactical instruction you might as well forget playing at all.

Assessing Your Game

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What Shape Is Your Game In?

If you read the article below and are interested to improve your performance we are focusing on helping our community with total football assessment. If you are a member of ZZ you should personally reflect and assign yourself a score based on the short exercise.