The club from the capital, ADO Den Haag, were… well, just a small club. Aad Mansveld occasionally played for the national team. Ton Thie was relatively respected player in Holland. The two Swedish players – Augustsson and Berg – were fairly obscure. Dick Advocaat? The famous coach and the player have nothing in common – same person, but the player nobody ever heard of. ADO Den Haag were far away from Ajax and total football. True, they put a fight at the Cup final, but lost nevertheless. As finalists, they played in the Cup Winners Cup in 1972-73 edition of the tournament – and expired early, without notice. Total football was exceptional and Holland was not going to become superpower on club level.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Clearly the excitement was not in the South. Perhaps some of the middle range countries improved? Holland? Well, Ajax won everything possible in 1972 – Dutch champions and cup winners, European Champions Cup winners, Supercup winners, Intercontinental Cup winners… truly, 1972 was the best year Ajax ever had: total football – total domination. May be the whole of the Dutch football leaped forward? Not really… take a look at the Dutch Cup finalists: