Germany '74: The World Cup football owes Netherlands
One of the most repeated phrases in the world of football is: “Nobody remembers the runner”. But nevertheless, in the case of the selection of Holland in the World 1974, baptized with the name 'The Oranje’, that's not true.
In fact, for many the winner of this World Cup was the Dutch team. Not only morally, it was, but many people really thinks so incorrectly.
Tulips had managed to qualify for their third finals after 36 years. thus says, They were not favorites on paper, much less.
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But nevertheless, the combination of Netherlands He was oiling the machinery and managed, with Johan Cruyff absolute leader, qualify for the second phase after overcoming the first beating liguilla Uruguay Y Bulgaria (2-0 Y 4-1 respectively) and yielding a draw against Sweden (0-0).
The challenge posed much more complicated in the second group stage with Brazil, East Germany Y Argentina. But Holland He displayed his potential and ran over his opponents like a real roller.
In the first game the Dutch defeated by a resounding 4-0 a Argentina. Then he was one of the host, East Germany which fell 2-0, which he suffered the same result Brazil, He is defending the champion obtained in 1970.
Thus, Holland It was planted on the end with a balance of five wins and a tie with 14 goals for and only one against.
Germany vs Netherlands
The final, played at the Munich Olympic Stadium a 7 July 1974 should face Cruyff's Netherlands against Beckenbauer's Germany. This confrontation was born a great sporting rivalry while a huge friendship on a personal level.
Germany, and playing at home, It is always a tough opponent but the big football had deployed 'The Oranje’ They made her a favorite. And if that was not enough, two minutes into the game without the Germans had touched the ball, Cruyff It was shot down in the area. Neeskens was commissioned to write the 0-1 for Dutch.
But nevertheless, the competitiveness of German is beyond doubt and more rigorous penalty (if not nonexistent) put the tables on the scoreboard. Finally, one goal Muller, the insatiable goalscorer, World Cup gave the Germans and left without title to the Cruyff Holland, Neeskens and Co.
It is true that football can not speak of justice, but Dutch national team that ran out cup is like Pele Brazil 1970, Maradona's Argentina 1986 or Iniesta in Spain 2010 They would not have had their reward.
For many, Cruyff's Netherlands He was the winner of this World 1974 for that style of play that revolutionized the world of football. Shame on the list of champions that team does not appear and that huge player, for many The best of all time.