Video: The story of Euro 1976

For championships that aren’t covered in the podcast, Clockwork Oranje is telling their stories through short videos instead. First up is Euro 76…

The tournament, held in Yugoslavia, was the first European Championships that the Dutch had qualified for, and many believed that they would win it at the first time of asking.

Just two years earlier the side had dazzled the world with their revolutionary total football as they finished as runner-up in the 1974 World Cup, despite being the best team there.

They may have lost manager Rinus Michels, but their squad still contained the likes of Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, Rob Rensenbrink, Johnny Rep and Ruud Krol.

Furthermore, due to it being a four-team tournament, the last of its kind, the Netherlands would only have to win two matches to finally get their hands on silverware.

With a repeat of the ’74 final against their arch-rivals, Germany, on the cards, Cruyff and co were determined to exact their revenge and go one step further than they did two years earlier.

Watch the video below the see how it panned out…

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