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Cruyff, Barça and the Wembley Dream Team – Two Decades On


Ronald Koeman 

The scorer of the winning goal in extra time, Koeman was as good as it gets throughout his career with free kicks from just outside the box.

He had joined Barca in the second of Cruyff’s eight seasons in charge, having spent most of the 80s in the Dutch league, and he returned home in 1995 to finish his playing career with Feyenoord.

After spells as assistant manager of the Dutch national team and as number two to Louis van Gaal at Barcelona, Koeman’s managerial career began promisingly, with success on a modest budget at Vitesse Arnhem.

However whilst he has done reasonably in his home land, winning titles with Ajax and PSV, his spells with Benfica and especially Valencia were pretty disastrous. It was therefore no surprise to find him back as coach of Feyenoord this season where he guided the team to second place behind champions, Ajax.

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