Holland 1970's Retro Football Jacket

€ 79.95

Colour: Blue

Article # 810

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  • 50% cotton, 50% polyester
  • 100% football
  • Packed in gift box
  • Made in Europe
  • Machine wash

While history might suggest the 70s was ultimately a frustrating decade for the Dutch because of those twin World Cup Final defeats in 1974 and 1978, that the national team rose so sharply to the very top of the world game during these years was a meteoric achievement in itself. Dutch club teams dominated the European Cup and yet the national team's appearance at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany was the country's first since 1938. This wonderful new generation of Dutch footballers played an innovative carousel style of football that was technically far ahead of anything seen in the world at the time. Quickly adopted as the neutrals favourite, the Netherlands team progressed all the way to the Final before coming up short against West Germany. It was a similar story four years later in Argentina with another Final lost to the host nation. The Dutch could easily have won both games had circumstances been just marginally different. For all the talent on show the Dutch's greatest enemy was often themselves, well demonstrated by the disruption in the latter stages of the 1976 European Championships caused by the difficult relationship between squad and coach George Knobel.

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