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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Holland 1978 - No.5 Krol.

One of the best defenders of his generation, Ruud Krol was a crucial component in the legendary Dutch 'total football' side of the 1970s. His versatility meant he could play in any position along the back four or midfield. Krol made his debut for the Netherlands in 1969 against England, and would go on to earn 83 caps.

Krol was also part of the majestic Ajax side that was managed by Rinus Michels and led on the field by Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Piet Keizer. Together they famously won three consecutive European Cups from 1970. He played for his hometown club for the majority of his career until 1980 when he moved to the NASL to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps for one season. He then joined Napoli where he played for the next four.

Krol was a key member of the great 1974 Dutch team that was probably the best side to not win the World Cup, and he captained the 1978 team that returned to the championship game only to lose to the host nation yet again.
He retired from international football in 1983, as Hollands most capped player of all time.

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