Marinus “Rinus” Jacobus Hendricus Michels was a Dutch association football player and coach. He played his entire career for the club AFC Ajax, which he later coached, and was a member of the Netherlands national team both as a player and as manager.
Michels became most notable for his coaching achievements, 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 FIFA World Cup and to win the 1988 UEFA European Championship. He is credited with the invention of a major football playing style and set of tactics known as “Total Football” in the 1970s, and was named Coach of the Century by FIFA in 1999. In January 2017, Michels was named among the ten greatest coaches since the foundation of UEFA in 1954
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