Dutch Football

Ere Divisie

Ere Divisie

Holland until 1954 had no professional football teams and as recently as the 60's were humiliated by Luxemburg however since then and the Rinus Michels revolution at Ajax they have become one of Europes Success stories.

Qualification for the Champions League is automatic for the top team 2nd place team goes into the qualifying rounds while 3rd and 4th placed teams go into the Europa League and 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th placed will play off for the final europa league spot. the bottom team is automatically relegated whilst 16th and 17th will play off to see who remains up.

PSV only narrowly missed out on a finalist in the Champions League. Dutch football has been through a rough time in the last few years but there are signs that it is on the way back up.

Dutch teams are renowned for their inventiveness and abundance of talent.

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Top Team

The top teams in the Ere Divisie are without doubt Ajax, PSV & Feyenoord although the talent in Holland is not restricted to these three teams FC Twente AZ Alkmaar can also boast talented squads.

The list of top quality dutch footballers is quite extensive with Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, René van de Kerkhof, John Rep, Ruud Gullit, Ronald Koeman, Marco Van Basten, Denis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Ronald de Boer, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin Van Der Sar, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie, Arjen Roben. To name but a few players who have graced football fields all over the world.

How does a country the size of Holland produce such amazing stand out talent, it's all down to the total football revolution created by Marinus "Rinus" Jacobus Hendricus Michels born on 9 February 1928 – 3 March 2005) Michels was a Dutch association football player and coach. He was a one club player spending his whole career for the club Ajax Amsterdam, which he later coached, he also played and coached the Dutch national team.

Despite a glittering career as a player it was Michels abilities has a coach that was to become his most notable achievement, having won the European Cup with Ajax and the Spanish league with Barcelona, and having had four tenures as coach of the Netherlands national team, which he led to reach the final match of the 1974 World Cup and to win the 1988 European Championship. He is credited with the invention of a major football tactic known as "Total Football" in the 1970s, and was named "coach of the century" by FIFA in 1999.