|Name||Rudolf Jozef Krol|
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Ruud Krol is a defender for Classic Netherlands. He was a defender in the 1970s for the Netherlands and AFC Ajax. He was one of the '12 Disciples' of arguably the greatest European footballer of all time, Johan Cruyff and Krol were an integral part of the legendary Ajax team that won three consecutive European Cups from 1971 to 1973.
He was one of the most famous exponents of the philosophy developed by Rinus Michels at Ajax known as 'Total Football', a system where the outfield players could easily move into each other's positions, allowing quick attacks and great freedom on the pitch. This style of play was used to great effect by the Dutch national team of the 1970s, for whom Krol played 83 times, and was captain after Johan Cruyff retired from international football.
Quick, versatile and reliable, Krol was able to play in any position in defence or even in midfield, though he was best at left-back. He was also famous for his long-range shots, particularly his 25-yard screamer against Argentina in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.