Netherlands won the European Championship in 1988 and reached two consecutive World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978. At the peak of its success in the 1970s, the team was famous for its mastery of Totaal Voetbal and was nicknamed "Clockwork Oranje" for its precision passing. In many countries and even the Netherlands itself, the team is colloquially referred to as "Holland" and it came out of the wilderness in the 1970s with the invention of Total Football, pioneered by Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Crujiff and national team coach Rinus Michels. The Dutch made huge strides, qualifying for two World Cup finals in the decade. In 1974, the Netherlands beat both Brazil and Argentina in the second group stage, reaching the final for the first time in their history. However, the team lost to West Germany in the final in Munich. In 1978, the Netherlands again reached the final of a World Cup, only to be again beaten by the hosts, Argentina.
Netherlands is full of fun and excitement, as the country has so many things to offer its guests. The capital city of Netherlands, Amsterdam serves as one of the most popular locations for foreigners for traveling purpose. Amsterdam has many lovely parks and gardens to sit and relax.
The adidas International Training Program offers you to explore one of the best soccer academies of the world - the academy of Ajax Amsterdam.