Feyenoord ahead of Cruyff’s Ajax in Europe

first_imgIn overtime the script did not change. He Feyenoord besieged Williams’ goal over and over again but could not pierce the net. When everything pointed to the 1-1 final, which would mean playing a tiebreaker game for the first time in the European Cup, Kindvall, at 117 ‘did justice on the scoreboard.In this way, Happel achieved his first European Cup (he would get another one with Hamburg 12 years later, being the first coach to win it with two different clubs) and the Feyenoord, which so far it’s his only orejona. Cruyff’s Ajax would pass him by for years to come and overshadowed his great conquest, but that cannot blur the truth: the Feyenoord came first. He happel team took advantage of the Ajax wear in Europe to take from the whole of Amsterdam the dutch league in 1969. Cruyff’s 90 goals in 34 games were insufficient to beat Feyenoord, the team less thrashed of the championship and that without reaching the offensive exceptionality of his rival, he put together a good team of very talented players, such as Van Hanegem, Jansen, and Kindvall.The following season, in Europe, the Feyenoord was planted in the final after having unexpectedly eliminated Milan, reigning champion. The rossoneri They expected to play their second consecutive final, which also took place that year at their stadium in San Siro, and after beating Rotterdam 1-0 in the first leg of the quarterfinals, they saw surprised at De Kuipwhere the Feyenoord overcame the tie (2-0). After beating the Legia Warsaw in the semifinals, the Celtic by Jock Stein, another of the giants of the time, awaited them. Despite having defeated the champion, the Feyenoord came as covered to the final. He Celtic had won the European Cup three years earlier, in 1967, and had stars like Jimmy Johnstone, Murdoch, and Lennox. Along the way, he had eliminated the Serie A champion, Fiorentina, Eusebio’s Benfica, and Leeds, the Premier champion. That the Scots achieved their second orejona It was expected.And everything seemed to indicate that this would be the case when Glasgow outfit went ahead in the final with a goal from Gemmell. With an advantage on the scoreboard and more experience in high-ranking matches, the final seemed to be defeated on the Scottish side. But the Feyenoord was not wrinkled. Rinus Israel tied the game in a few minutes and since then in the 90th minute, Happel’s team was focused on Celtic’s goal, which managed go to overtime more luckily than deserved.center_img Sometimes, legends monopolize so much mythology around them that the true story is distorted. Like Walt disney is not cryogenized and in the tombstone of groucho marx does not say “Excuse me for not getting up”, the magnificent Cruyff’s Ajax wasn’t the first dutch team in reign in Europe. A year before Rinus Michels’ team implanted his tyranny with three consecutive European Cup titles (the last two with Kovacs on the bench), his great historical rival, he Feyenoord, had conquered the first ‘orejona’ for a team from the country of tulips. The legendary Austrian coach Ernst Happel, the one whose name bears the stadium in which Spain was proclaimed champion of Europe in 2008, was the great architect of that formidable success.Ajax could have achieved success before its great rival. In 1969, the set of Amsterdam came to his first final of the European Cup, in which he faced the Milan by Nereo Rocco at the Bernabéu. In a frontal duel of styles, the Italian catenaccio, in its largest version, prevailed over the total football of the ajacied (4-1) and that generation led by Cruyff had to wait a couple of years to write his story in gold letters in the annals of football. That interval of time was used by the Feyenoord.last_img

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