Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Intercontinental /Toyota Cup-Part Two (1981, Flamengo vs. Liverpol)

The 1981 Edition of the Intercontinental Cup was the second in its ‘permanent’ home in Tokyo.
The participating teams were England’s Liverpool and Brazil’s Flamengo.
Liverpool had won their third Champions Cup in six seasons by defeating Real Madrid (1-0) on May 27, 1981.
Flamengo, led by Zico, had defeated Chile’s Cobreloa in the Final of Copa Libertadores (after three matches) just a few weeks before this encounter.
Bob Paisley’s Liverpool had relied upon for a number of seasons on a nucleus of players that included Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish among others.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 73, January 1982
(Teams entering the field, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

They had lost their long serving goalkeeper Ray Clemence in the summer. The new starter between the nets was Zimbabwe’s Bruce Grobbelaar.
Paulo Cesar Carpeggiani’s Flamengo was an exciting attacking squad that included many players present in Tele Santana’s excellent Brazil squad that would delight the World in months time in the World Cup in Spain.


Photo From: France Football, Issue 1863, December 22, 1981
(December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1863, December 22, 1981
(December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

Apart from Zico, the squad contained the likes of Leandro, Junior, Mozer, Tita and Adilio.
The encounter took place on December 13th at Tokyo.
Zico as Flamengo’s main threat was marked closely by the Liverpool defense but nevertheless took center stage in the proceedings.


Photo From: Onze, Issue 73, January 1982
(Tita and Leandro, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1863, December 22, 1981
(December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

He was followed to such an extent that the Liverpool defense exposed themselves.
Flamengo took the lead early in the 13th minute. Zico sent a cross that Thompson was unable to intercept. He jumped as high as he could but it fell for Nunes who went on to score.
Flamengo doubled up the lead in the 34th minute. Zico took a free kick that Bruce Grobbelaar was unable to hold. Lico shot the rebound and Adilio followed up to score.
Just a few minutes before halftime, Flamengo scored their third against a disorganized Liverpool, Zico once more sent Nunes clear who scored his personal second and Flamengo’s third.


Photo From: World Soccer, January 1982
(December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 73, January 1982
(Zico and Souness, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

The second half was uneventful as Flamengo held on to win comfortably (unexpectedly) against such a solid side as Liverpool.
In fact Liverpool had more possession throughout but it was Flamengo that had made the most of its opportunities.


Photo From: World Soccer, January 1982
(Zico’s free kick and Adilio’s second goal, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)


Photo From: World Soccer, January 1982
(Zico’s free kick and Adilio’s second goal, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

Liverpool Manager Bob Paisley felt Liverpool had been dull in the first half, physically and mentally. Just like Nottingham Forest, the previous year, the long journey had taken a toll on them. (a problem to be repeated by many European sides in the years to come).
Incidentally Flamengo had arrived in Japan one day after Liverpool and logically should have been less prepared than their opponents.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 73, January 1982
(The second goal by Adilio, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

Paisley stated that Flamengo had been deserved winners, but their third goal was suspiciously offside.
Craig Johnston was the one Liverpool player to come out with some credit.
Zico and two goal hero Nunes were named men of the match with Zico claiming the Toyota car.
The Flamengo delegation took the opportunity to pay tribute to the former Brazil Manager Claudio Coutinho, who had been tragically killed in a scuba diving accident the previous month.
At this point in time, Zico was on top of the World and eyeing another World title in a few months time (that unfortunately he missed out on).



Photo From:  World Soccer, February 1982
(Nunes, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 1863, December 22, 1981
(Zico, the player of the match, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)


Photo From: Onze, Issue 73, January 1982
(Zico with the trophy, December 13, 1981, Intercontinental Cup, Flamengo 3-Liverpool 0)


December 13, 1981
Clube de Regatas Flamengo- Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 3-Liverpool Football Club (England) 0
Intercontinental Cup (Toyota Cup)
Venue: Tokyo, National Stadium
Attendance: 62,000
Referee: Mario Rubio Vasquez (Mexico)
Goalscorers: (Flamengo):  Nunes 13,41, Adilio 34
                    (Liverpool): None

Lineups:
Flamengo:
1-Raul, 2-Leandro, 4-Carlos Mozer, 5-Junior, 13-Marinho, 6-Andrade, 7-Tita, 8-Adilio,10-Zico, 11-Lico, 9-Nunes

Coach: Paulo Cesar Carpeggiani
Other Substitutes:
12-Cantarele, 17-Nei Dias, 3-figueredo, 15-Peu, 16-Baroninho

Team Captain: Zico
Shirt Sponsor: None
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts with Black/Red Sleeves, White Shorts, Red Socks with Black Vertical stripes

Liverpool:
1-Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe), 2-Phil Neal, 4-Phil Thompson , 6-Alan Hansen (Scotland), 3-Mark Lawrenson (Republic of Ireland), 5-Ray Kennedy, 14-Sammy Lee, 10-Tery McDermott (12-David Johnson 51st), 11-Graeme Souness (Scotland), 16-Craig Johnson (Australia), 7-Kenny Dalglish (Scotland)

Coach: Bob Paisley
Otehrs: 13-Steve Ogrizovic, 15-Alan Kennedy, 8-Ronnie Whelan (Republic of Ireland), 17-Kevin Sheedy (Republic of Ireland)

Team Captain: Phil Thompson 
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Umbro
Shirt Sponsor:  None
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Man of Match: Zico (Flamengo)


References:
France Football, Issue 1862, December 15, 1981 )’Les cariocas Donnent La Leçon’ by Alain Fontan)
Onze, Issue 73, January 1982 (‘Rideau au Tokio’ By Jean-Pierre Frimbois)

World Soccer, January 1982 (‘Flamengo Sweep the Wold Board’ By Keir Radnedge)






Tuesday, September 27, 2016

UEFA Super Cup- Part Two (Ajax Amsterdam vs. AC Milan, 1974)

This was the First Super Cup organized by UEFA following the success of the previous years’ series.
These second series for the winners of the two main European Club Competitions, once again featured Holland’s Ajax Amsterdam after their third straight Champions Cup triumph (defeating Juventus 1-0). Their opponents were the Italians of AC Milan who had defeated England’s Leeds United in the Cup Winners Cup Final.
The Dutch had retained the backbone of their squad. However, in the early stages of the season, they had lost their inspirational star and most important player Johann Cruyff. He had departed for a then record fee to Spain’s Barcelona.
Ajax under George Knobel could nevertheless count upon stars such as Neeskens, Rep, Suurbier and Keizer.
However, Cruyff’s loss was to be felt as Ajax were eliminated in the Champions Cup in the previous November by Bulgaria’s CSKA Sofia.
They also lagged behind in the League.
Cesare Maldini’s Milan were still alive in European play but were also struggling in the League.
In the offseason they had lost key defender Roberto Rosato (to Genoa). Their main acquisition had been the defender Aldo Maldera (from Bologna).
The Milanese were still led by standard-bearer and Captain Giani Rivera

The first leg was played on January 9th, 1974 at Milan’s San Siro Stadium.
The home side had to contend with the unavailability of striker Albertino Bigon. As a result, Rivera was deployed as the number 9.
It was a somewhat dull match in a muddy field. This may have been perhaps why Ajax changed their jerseys at halftime (from white to yellow).
Ajax had chances but the state of the pitch hindered their usual flowing play.
Ajax did score through Neeskens in the first half, but was ruled out because of offside.
In the 77th minute Milan took the lead. Villiam Vecchi upfield kick reached Chiarugi and he ran clear to the goal. Ajax’s Horst Blankenburg even attempted to pull him down, but Chiarugi went on and from the edge of box took a hard shot to beat Stuy.


Photo From: Ajax, De Complete Werken, Aflevering 27 AC Milan
(Luciano Chiarugi scoring Milan’s winner past Stuy, January 9, 1974, UEFA Super Cup, AC Milan 1-Ajax Amsterdam 0)

The Second Leg took place the following week at Amsterdam’s Olympisch Stadion on January 16th, 1974.
Ajax fielded an unchanged side, while for Milan, the only change was the inclusion of Dario Dolci in place of Alessandro Turini.
It had been reported that the Milan hierarchy including Technical Director, the legendary Nereo Rocco, did not view this encounter with much importance. It was said for them the upcoming League match vs. Bologna had taken precedence.
This would show in Milan’s poor and uninterested display.
A dominant Ajax took a comfortable two-goal lead by halftime.
In the 26th minute, Jan Mulder scored through an indirect free kick (his shot hit the post and went in).

Photo From: Ajax, De Complete Werken, Aflevering 27 AC Milan
(Team captains Piet keizer and Gianni Rivera, January 16, 1974, UEFA Super Cup, Ajax Amsterdam 6-AC Milan 0 )

Piet Keizer doubled the lead in the 35th minute. Johnny Rep took a free kick from the right, Muhren headed it across for Keizer to score.
After halftime, Milan tried to pick up the pace and had a few early chances.
But Ajax were in irresistible form and with less than twenty minutes, the floodgates opened.

Photo From: Ajax, De Complete Werken, Aflevering 27 AC Milan
(AC Milan goalkeeper Villiam Vecchi, January 16, 1974, UEFA Super Cup, Ajax Amsterdam 6-AC Milan 0 )

In the 71st minute, Keizer took a short corner from the right side for Suurbier, who crossed it to Hulshoff, who in turn headed it down for Neeskens to score.
Ten minutes later, Keizer sent in a cross to an unmarked Rep in the box and he shot to the roof of the net.

Photo From: Ajax, De Complete Werken, Aflevering 27 AC Milan
(January 16, 1974, UEFA Super Cup, Ajax Amsterdam 6-AC Milan 0 )

Just a few minutes later, Krol was fouled by Schnellinger in the box. Gerrie Muhren scored from the spot.
With three minutes remaining, Arie Haan scored the sixth after a scramble in the box.
Ajax had been so dominant that many likened this match to a training session.
Despite the heavy loss, the busy Milan goalkeeper Villiam Vecchi had been the best Milan player and probably saved them from an even heavier loss.



Photo From: Ajax, De Complete Werken, Aflevering 27 AC Milan
(January 16, 1974, UEFA Super Cup, Ajax Amsterdam 6-AC Milan 0 )

Photo From: Ajax, De Complete Werken, Aflevering 27 AC Milan
(Ajax playesr with the Super Cup trophy, January 16, 1974, UEFA Super Cup, Ajax Amsterdam 6-AC Milan 0 )


This would be that last great achievement of Ajax’s glorious side of the 70s. It would take another decade for another generation (van Basten / Rijkaard) to achieve glory in Europe (1987).
In a number of years the star players such as Rep, Neeskens and others started leaving (just like Cruyff) to weaken the squad (at least on the European stage).
As far as that season, Ajax finished third in the League. AC Milan finished in a dismal seventh place in the League.
They did reach the Final of the Cup Winners Cup again that season, but lost in the Final to East Germany’s Magdeburg (0-2).



January 9, 1974
Associazione Calcio Milan (Italy) 1-Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Holland) 0
Super Cup- First Leg
Venue: Milano-Stadio San Siro
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)
Goalscorers: (AC Milan): Luciano Chiarugi 77
                    (Ajax): None

Lineups:
Associazione Calcio Milan:
1-Villiam Vecchi, 2-Giuseppe Sabadini, 3-Aldo Maldera, 5-Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (West Germany), 4-Angelo Anquiletti, 6-Maurizio Turone, 7-Alessandro Turini (14-Franco Bergamaschi 46th), 8-Romeo Benetti, 10-Giorgio Biasiolo, 9-Gianni Rivera (captain), 11-Luciano Chiarugi

Coach: Cesare Maldini
Booked: Angelo Anquiletti
Team Captain: Gianni Rivera
Other Substitutes: 12-Pier Luigi Pizzaballa, 13-Dario Dolci, 15-Giulio Zignoli, 16-Enrico Lanzi
Uniform Colors: Red and Black Vertical striped Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Ajax:
1-Heinz Stuy, 2-Wim Suurbier, 5-Ruud Krol, 4-Horst Blankenburg (West Germany), 3-Barry Hulshoff, 10-Gerrie Mühren, 9-Johnny Rep, 7-Johann Neeskens, 8-Jan Mulder, 6-Arie Haan, 11-Piet Keizer

Coach: George Knobel
Team Captain: Piet Keizer
Other Substitutes: Weyer, 12-Arno Steffenhagen, 13-Zoltan Varga (Hungary), 14- Van Doort, 15 -Arnold Muhren
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Le Coq Sportif
Uniform Colors: White Shirts (Yellow shirts in the second half), Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Note: Ajax changed its shirts at halftime




January 16, 1974
Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Holland) 6-Associazione Calcio Milan (Italy) 0
Super Cup- Second Leg
Venue: Amsterdam -Olimpisch-Stadion
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Rudolf Glockner (East Germany)
Goalscorers: (Ajax): Jan Mulder 26, Piet Keizer 35, Johann Neeskens 71,
   Johnny Rep 81, Gerrir Muhren 84 pen, Arie Haan 87
                    (AC Milan): None

Lineups:
Ajax:
1-Heinz Stuy, 2-Wim Suurbier, 5-Ruud Krol, 4-Horst Blankenburg (West Germany), 3-Barry Hulshoff, 10-Gerrie Mühren, 9-Johnny Rep, 7-Johan Neeskens, 8-Jan Mulder, 6-Arie Haan, 11-Piet Keizer

Coach: George Knobel
Other Substitutes: Weyer , Zoltan Varga (Hungary), Dord, Arno Steffenhagen.
Team Captain: Piet Keizer
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Le Coq Sportif
Uniform Colors: White (Red in the middle) Shirts, White Shorts, White Socks


Associazione Calcio Milan:
1- Villiam Vecchi, 7-Giuseppe Sabadini, 2-Aldo Maldera, 5-Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (West Germany), 3-Angelo Anquiletti, 6-Maurizio Turone, 4-Dario Dolci, 8-Romeo Benetti, 10-Giorgio Biasiolo (16-Carlo Tresoldi 71st), 9-Gianni Rivera (captain), 11-Luciano Chiarugi

Coach: Cesare Maldini
Team Captain: Gianni Rivera
Other Substitutes: Pier Luigi Pizzaballa, Giulio Zignoli, Franco Bergamaschi, Enrico Lanzi

Uniform Colors: Red and Black Vertical striped Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks


References;
Ajax, De Complete Werken, Aflevering 27 AC Milan



Monday, September 26, 2016

Franz Beckenbauer and Johan Cruyff, Part Two


Franz Beckenbauer

(Magazine / Language : AS Color, Issue 124, October 2, 1973 / Spanish By Julian De Reoyo) 
(Magazine / Language : Fussball Magazin, Issue 5, September October 1979 / German By Wolfagnag Rothenburger) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2093, May 20, 1986  / French By Rainer Kalb) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2177, December 29, 1987 / French By Rainer Kalb) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2296, April 10, 1990 / French By Patrick Lafayette) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, January 1991 / English By Jonathan Shallard) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, December 2001 / English By Keir Radnedge) 
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, July 2004 / English By Karlheinz Wild) 


Photo From : AS Color, Issue 124, October 2, 1973
(Franz Beckenbauer)


Johan Cruyff

(Magazine / Language : AS Color, Issue 259, May 4, 1976 / Spanish) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 1713, February 14, 1979 / French)
(Magazine / Language : Mondial, new series, issue 36, March 1983 / French By Mick MIchels) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2267, September 19, 1989 / French By Paco Aguilar)
(Magazine / Language : Onze-Mondial, Issue 26, March 1991/ French) 
(Magazine / Language : France Football, Issue 2437, December 22, 1992 / French By Alexandre Valente and Paco Aguilar)
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, March 2004 / English By Johan Derksen) 

(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, September 2009 / English By Keir Radnedge)  


Photo From : World Soccer, March 2004
(Johan Cruyff at Barcelona)


Keep it in the Family, Part Two

1- Julio Montero and Paolo Montero
Uruguayans Julio Montero Castillo (the father) and Paolo Montero (the son) represented Uruguay in the 60s-70s (for the father) and 90s and 2000s (for the son).
They both played as defenders and represented Uruguay in World Cups.


Photo From: World Soccer, June 1993
(Paolo Montero at Juventus)


Photo From: Panini, World Cup 1970
(Julio Montero Castillo)


2- Ernst and Paul Kozlicek
Austrian brothers Ernst and Paul Kozlicek represented Austria in the 1950s and 60s. The elder Kozlicek (also referred as Kozlicek I) played for the National team in the 50s, while the younger (also referred as Kozlicek II) represented Austria in the 50s and 60s.
They both appeared in the 1958 World Cup.

Photo From: Österreichs Fußball Länderspiele Chronik 1902 – 1993, Author: Anton Egger
(Ernst Kozlicek)

Photo From: Österreichs Fußball Länderspiele Chronik 1902 – 1993, Author: Anton Egger
(Paul Kozlicek)

3- Gary Kelly and Ian Harte
Republic of Ireland defender Gary Kelly is the uncle of former Leeds United clubmate and National Team teammate Ian Harte.
They appeared many years together at club and country and represented Ireland in the 2002 World Cup.


Photo From: Football Association of Ireland, 75 Years, Author Peter Byrne, 1996
(Gary Kelly)


Photo From: Panini, World Cup 2002
(Ian Harte)

4- Rigobert and Alexandre Song
1990s Cameroon International defender Rigobert Song is the cousin of Alexandre who has played for Barcelona and West Ham United in the recent years.


Photo From: World Soccer, December 2008
(Alex and Rigobert Song Song)

5- Diego Maradona and Sergio Aguero

Former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona is the father-in-law of current Argentinean International Sergio Aguero.

Photo From: World Soccer, May 2014
(Diego Maradona and Sergio Aguero)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Qualification Phase, Part Four (Holland 1988 UEFA European Championship Qualifiers)


Holland had failed to qualify for the Finals of a major Tournament in almost a decade when it started its 1988 Euros qualifiers in the Fall of 1986.
They had missed out on the two last World Cups (1982 and 1986), as well as the last Euros (1984).
Its last participation to any Finals had been the 1980 Euros which had signaled the end of the 70s glorious generation.
However, resurgence was on the horizon symbolized by two stars that many were tipping to be future greats.
Ajax striker Marco van Basten and PSV Eindhoven’s Ruud Gullit were the leaders of a young generation on the rise that included the likes of Frank Rijkaard (a childhood friend of Gullit), as well as Ronald Koeman and Gerald vanenburg.
In the previous year, former Legend Johann Cruyff had returned to Ajax and had instilled greater ambition on van Basten and his Ajax teammates.
Ruud Gullit had joined PSV Eindhoven the previous year from Feyenoord and had led them to the League Title.
The two clubs would form the nucleus of this new Holland that was to be managed by former 70s Manager Rinus Michels (who returned to the helm after an interim by Leo Beenhakker following Michels’ Medical issues).
As the season (1986/87) would progress the Gullit/van Basten duo would be linked with Serie A’s AC Milan and would join them for the following season.
Holland’s qualifiers started on October 15th, 1986 at Budapest. The other teams in the Group were Hungary, Poland, Greece and Luxembourg. 
Hungary were still shell-shocked from the (0-6) drubbing at the hands of the Soviet Union during the World Cup and would struggle for decades.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, October 15, 1986, EC Qualifier, Hungary 0-Holland 1)

In the end the Dutch won through a van Basten strike in the second half after a combination play by Jan Wouters and Gullit had drawn the goalkeeper out for van Basten to tap into an empty net.

Photo From: Футбол-Хоккей, №42, 19.10.86
(Marco van Basten, October 15, 1986, EC Qualifier, Hungary 0-Holland 1)

The score could have been higher as Holland were clearly dominant. Another goal by van Basten was ruled out due to an infraction.
Holland had started well winning away from home and looked forward for its next match at home vs. a declining Poland side that included veteran Zbigniew Boniek.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
 (Holland squad, November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)


Photo From: Foot Magazine , Issue 63, December 1986
(Ruud Gullit and Pawlak, November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)


Photo From: Onze, Issue 133, January 1987
(Ruud Gullit, November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)

Leading up to the match, Ajax Manager Cruyff had been critical of Michels for using so many of his players for National Team duty to the detriment of his own club’s interests. Ajax were the team on the rise with many technical players and it made sense that most would be selected from there as opposed to PSV that relied on foreign players such as Belgium’s Eric Gerets and Denmark’s Ivan Nielsen and Frank Arnesen.


Photo From: Foot Magazine , Issue 63, December 1986
(November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)

Photo From: Foot Magazine , Issue 63, December 1986
(Marco van Basten, November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)

In any case, the Dutch failed to capitalize on their dominance against the Poles and came away dissatisfied with a scoreless tie at home.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 139, July 1987
(Ruud Gullit, November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)


Photo From: Foot Magazine , Issue 63, December 1986
(November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)

Photo From: Foot Magazine , Issue 63, December 1986
(November 19, 1986, EC Qualifier, Holland 0-Poland 0)

The next match, on December 21st, was away at Cyprus and nothing less than a victory was expected.
Michels recalled Ajax veteran Arnold Muhren to the National Team and he would remain a vital element of the team. The former Ipswich and Manchester United midfielder, now in his late 30s, had found a new lease on life at Cruyff’s Ajax. He was the experienced member in an otherwise young Ajax side.
Gullit gave the Dutch the lead, heading in a free kick taken by Adri van Tiggelen. Ajax striker Johnny Bosman, who was deputizing for the injured clubmate van Basten, scored the second with another header from a cross by Gullit from the right side.
This match was veteran Simon Tahamta’s last match for Holland.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, December 21, 1986, EC Qualifier, Cyprus 0-Holland 2)


Holland’s next qualifier was in the new year (1987) on March 25th vs. Greece at Rotterdam.
By now Gullit and van Basten’s impending transfers to AC Milan had been confirmed.  Gullit’s transfer was especially a topic of discussion due to its record fee.
The Ajax and PSV dominance was exemplified in Holland’s starting lineup that featured players from the two teams only (7 Ajax+4 PSV).
The Dutch were heavily favored at home vs. the Greeks. However, the Greeks came away with a point. They scored early in the game after Dimitris Saravakos had lobbed over van Breukelen from outside of the box after being sent clear.

Photo From: Футбол - Футбол-Хоккей,  №13---29.03.87
(Ruud Gullit, March 25, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 1-Greece 1)


Marco van Basten tied up the score in the second half by volleying from close range after a corner by Muhren from the right had been headed across by Spelbos.
This match also marked Aron Winter’s debut for Holland who came in the closing stages of the match. Despite never really being a full starter, he would remain a feature in the Dutch National Team for over a decade.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, March 25, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 1-Greece 1)

The other noteworthy feature of this match was Michels’ positioning of Ronald Koeman who was developing into one of Europe’s best players. This was the first qualifier that he was positioned as sweeper (switching from the midfield). He would become one of the best Liberos of the game.
The Dutch bounced back for their next qualifier at home vs. Hungary on April 29th. The Dutch produced a positive display to erase the disappointment of the Greece match. By this point, Dutch Football was very much in trend with Ajax having qualified for the Cup Winners Cup Final (they would defeat Lokomotiv Leipzig in May to lift the trophy).
Starting goalkeeper Hans van Breuekelen was dropped for this match in favor of Joop Hiele, perhaps as a warning to shape up.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, April 29, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Hungary 0)



Photo From: France Football, Issue 2143, May 5, 1987
(April 29, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Hungary 0)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2143, May 5, 1987
(April 29, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Hungary 0)


Ruud Gullit gave Holland the lead in the 37th minute by heading in a cross from John van’t Schip from the left side.
Just a few minutes later, Ajax veteran Arnold Muhren doubled the lead by with a volley from the edge of the box after the Hungarian defense had cleared a Gerald vanenburg cross. The Dutch had been absolutely dominant with Gullit, van Basten and Frank Rijkaard at the top of their game.


Photo From: World Soccer, October 1989
(Holland squad, April 29, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Hungary 0)


Photo From: Mondial, new series, Issue 88, July 1987
(April 29, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Hungary 0)

Photo From: France Football, Issue 2143, May 5, 1987
(Gerald Vanenburg, April 29, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 2-Hungary 0)

Holland’s next qualifier was almost six months later on October 14, 1987, away at Poland,
A number of developments had taken place in the intervening months.
Ruud Gullit had taken to the Serie A with delight and had adapted better than most would have imagined.
In contrast, Frank Rijkaard had a tumultuous summer, which would force him to miss the Fall qualifiers. He was in a contract dispute with Ajax and had even signed two valid contracts with both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. In the end, the authorities ruled that he had to stay at Ajax, but the club would have to pay PSV compensation. This affected his season and he quarreled with Manager Johann Cruyff (Rijkaard eventually left the club by midseason).
PSV Eindhoven were in irresistible form in the Dutch League and abroad and Berry van Aerle benefited from the team’s fortunes to earn his first cap vs. Poland (and remain as a starter).
Strangely Gullit started with a jersey numbered 8 (he usually played as number 10) with Muhren taking the number 10 jersey.
Ruud Gullit, in excellent form, scored two near identical goals minutes apart to enhance his growing stature (His excellent from would earn him the Ballon d’Or on December).
Both goals came from crosses from the right side. For the first one, Gullit scored with a diving header from vanenburg’s cross. For the second, Debutant van Aerle supplied the cross from the right and this time Gullit scored with his feet.


Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, October 14, 1987, EC Qualifier, Poland 0-Holland 2)

Photo from: Bialo Czerwoni 1921-2001, Author Andrzej Gowarzewski
(Poland squad, October 14, 1987, EC Qualifier, Poland 0-Holland 2)

Two weeks later, the Dutch took on Cyprus; in a match that was seen as nothing more than a formality but events took a dramatic turn that could have derailed Holland’s qualification prospects.
First Holland had to deal with the long-term injury of Marco van Basten. He would miss the majority of the season. This gave an opportunity to his former Ajax teammate Johnny Bosman to step into the breach.


Photo From: Onze, Issue 144, December 1987
(October 28, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 8-Cyprus 0)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 144, December 1987
(October 28, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 8-Cyprus 0)


Then in the match itself, a flare from the stands struck Cypriot goalkeeper Andros Charitou in the early stages of the match. Antonis Kleftis substituted him in the third minute.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 150, June 1988
 (Ronald Koeman, October 28, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 8-Cyprus 0)



Photo From: Onze, Issue 150, June 1988
 (Johnny Bosman, October 28, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 8-Cyprus 0)


The Cyprus squad left the field in protest and returned only after the Dutch and UEFA Officials convinced them.
The Dutch unsurprisingly won (8-0) with Johnny Bosman scoring five goals in the process.

Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, October 28, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 8-Cyprus 0)

On November 12th, 1987, UEFA awarded Cyprus 3-0 win over Holland due to the incident. After the Dutch appealed, it was decided to replay the match in an empty stadium.
PSV Eindhoven’s Hans Gillhaus earned his first cap in this match (that was nullified). Ajax defender Ronald Spelbos also played his last match for Holland (that was nullified, so his last ‘Official’ match was the previous encounter vs. Poland).


Photo From: Onze, Issue 150, June 1988
(Ruud Gullit, December 9, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 4-Cyprus 0)

Photo From: Foot Magazine , Issue 79, May 1988
(Ruud Gullit, December 9, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 4-Cyprus 0)

Photo From: Onze, Issue 145, January 1988
(December 9, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 4-Cyprus 0)

The replay vs. Cyprus took place on December 9th behind closed doors at De Meer at Amsterdam. This time Bosman scored three goals on their route for a comfortable (4-0) win.


Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, December 9, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 4-Cyprus 0)


Photo From: Onze, Issue 150, June 1988
(Holland squad, December 9, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 4-Cyprus 0)

Photo From: Foot Magazine, Issue 76, February 1988
(December 9, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 4-Cyprus 0)


Photo From: Mondial, new series, issue 94, January 1988
(Gerald Vanenburg, December 9, 1987, EC Qualifier, Holland 4-Cyprus 0)


The Dutch already qualified took the opportunity to experiment for their Final qualifier vs. Greece on the following week.
Joop Lankhaar and Hendrie Krüzen earned their first caps as did John de Wolf in the second half. Feyenoord defender Sjaak Troost also earned a rare start in this experimental squad, where the recently capped PSV striker Hans Gillhaus scored twice in Holland’s (3-0) away win.

Photo From: de Internationals, de Historie van Oranje, Authors Matty Verkamman, Henri van der Steen, John Volkers
(Joop Lankhaar, December 16, 1987, EC Qualifier, Greece 0-Holland 3)


Photo From: Het Nederlands Elftal, De Histoire van Oranje, 1905-1989
(Holland squad, December 16, 1987, EC Qualifier, Greece 0-Holland 3)

The Dutch qualified from their Group unbeaten having won six matches and drawn two with one of the best records of the qualifiers.
By the time of the 1988 Euros, Ronald Koeman’s brother Erwin would also make a return for the National Team after a solid season with Belgian side Mechelen, as would striker Wim Kieft who was in sensational form with PSV Eindhoven after returning from the Serie A.
More importantly Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten would also make their return to the National Team and the rest is history.


1988 UEFA European Chanpionship Qualifiers- Group 5


October 15, 1986
Hungary 0-Holland 1
Venue: Budapest - Nepstadion
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Yury Savchenko (USSR)
Goalscorers:
(Hungary): None
(Holland): Marco van Basten 68
Lineups:
Hungary:
1-Joszef  Szendrei (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club- Budapest)
2-Sandor Sallai (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
3-Attila Pinter (Ferencvárosi Torna Club- Budapest)
4-Tamas Preszeller(Raba Eto Gyor)  
5-Jozsef Kardos (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club- Budapest)
6-Imre Garaba (captain) (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
7-Kalman Kovacs (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
8-Antal Roth (Pécsi Munkás Sport Club)  (12-Joszef Keller (Ferencvárosi Torna Club- Budapest) 46th)
9-Imre Boda (MTK (Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre )-VM (Voros Meteor) -Budapest) (14-Jozsef Szekeres (Békéscsabai Elöre Spartacus Sport Club) 65th)
10-Lajos Detari (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)
11-Marton Esterhazy (AEK (Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupolis)- Athina / Greece)

Coach: Imre Komora

Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
4-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
2-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
5-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
8-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
7-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
11-Simon Melkianus Tahamata (Feyenoord Rotterdam) (13-Wilbert Johan Suvrijn (Roda JC (Juliana Combinatie) Kerkrade) 88th)
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
9-Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels
Booked: Spelbos 12, van't Schip

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
Erwin Koeman (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen / Belgium)
Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam)



October 15, 1986  (Poland 2-Greece 1)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Poland
1
1
0
0
2
1
1
2
2
Holland
1
1
0
0
1
0
1
2
3
Hungary
1
0
0
1
0
1
-1
0
4
Greece
1
0
0
1
1
2
-1
0
5
Cyprus
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


November 12, 1986  (Greece 2-Hungary 1)


November 19, 1986
Holland 0-Poland 0
Venue: Amsterdam -Olimpisch-Stadion
Attendance: 52,750
Referee: Joel Quiniou (France)
Goalscorers:
(Holland): None
(Poland): None
Lineups:
Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
4-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
2-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
3-Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
5-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
8-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) (14-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) 46th)
7-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
11-Simon Melkianus Tahamata (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  (15-René van der Gijp (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 74th)
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 
9-Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Wilbert Johan Suvrijn (Roda JC (Juliana Combinatie) Kerkrade
Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam)

Poland:
1-Jacek Kazimierski (Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa) 
Krzysztof Pawlak (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)     
5-Roman Wójcicki (Fußball-Club 08 Homburg-Saar e.V. / West Germany
Paweł Król (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)   
4-Dariusz Wdowczyk (Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa) 
8-Waldemar Prusik (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)   
Andrzej Rudy (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)    (14-Ryszard Tarasiewicz (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)  46th)
Jan Karaś (captain) (Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa) 
9-Zbigniew Boniek (captain) (Associazione Sportiva Roma / Italy)
10-Dariusz Dziekanowski (Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa)  (16-Jan Urban (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze) 66th)
Włodzimierz Smolarek (Eintracht Frankfurt e.V. / West Germany)

Coach: Wojciech Lazarek
Booked: Pawel Król

Other Substitutes:
Jan Furtok (Górniczy Klub Sportowy Katowice) 
Marek Koniarek (Górniczy Klub Sportowy Katowice) 
Waldemar Matysik (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze)       
Kazimierz Przybyś (Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew Łódź)  

Józef Wandzik (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze)       



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Poland
2
1
1
0
2
1
1
3
2
Holland
2
1
1
0
1
0
1
3
3
Greece
2
1
0
1
3
3
0
2
4
Hungary
2
0
0
2
1
3
-2
0
5
Cyprus
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0


December 3, 1986  (Cyprus 2-Greece 4)


December 21, 1986
Cyprus 0-Holland 2
Venue: Limassol-Tsíreio Stádio (Tsirion Stadium)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)
Goalscorers:
(Cyprus): None
(Holland): Ruud Gullit 19, Johnny Bosman 73
Lineups:
Cyprus:
1-Andros Charitou (Athlitikos Sillogos Omónoia Leukosías-Lefkosia (Nicosia)
2-Sotiris Tsikkos (Athlitikos Sillogos Omónoia Leukosías-Lefkosia (Nicosia)
3-Costas Miamiliotis (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia)
4-Demetris Misos (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia)
5-Avraam Socratous (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
6-Yiannakis Yiangoudakis (Apollonas Lemesou- Lemessos (Limassol
8-Panayiotis Marangos (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia) [15-Floros Nicolaou (Athlitiko Somateio Nea Salamina- Ammochostos (Famagusta) 84]
7-Pavlos Savva (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
10-Yiannos Ioannou (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia) [16-Loizos Mavroudes (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol) 46]
9-Georghios Savvides (Athlitikos Sillogos Omónoia Leukosías-Lefkosia (Nicosia)
11-Evagoras Christofi (Athlitikos Sillogos Omónoia Leukosías-Lefkosia (Nicosia)

Coach: Panikos Iacovou

Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
4-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  (12-Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 66th)
2-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
3-Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
5-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
8-Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
7-René van der Gijp (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
11-Simon Melkianus Tahamata (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
9-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
Wilbert Johan Suvrijn (Roda JC (Juliana Combinatie) Kerkrade

Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam)



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Holland
3
2
1
0
3
0
3
5
2
Greece
3
2
0
1
7
5
2
4
3
Poland
2
1
1
0
2
1
1
3
4
Hungary
2
0
0
2
1
3
-2
0
5
Cyprus
2
0
0
2
2
6
-4
0


January 14, 1987  (Greece 3-Cyprus 1)
February 8, 1987  (Cyprus 0-Hungary 1)



March 25, 1987
Holland 1-Greece 1
Venue: Rotterdam-De Kuip-Feyenoord Stadion
Attendance: 43,841
Referee: Carlo Longhi (Italy)
Goalscorers:
(Holland): Marco van Basten 55
(Greece): Dimitris Saravakos 6
Lineups:
Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
5-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) (14-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) 72nd)
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
3-Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
2-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
4-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
8-Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam 
7-René van der Gijp (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) (15-Aron Mohamed Winter (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) 83rd)
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 
9-Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
11-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
         
Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels
Booked: Marco van Basten

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
Wilbert Johan Suvrijn (Roda JC (Juliana Combinatie) Kerkrade
Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam)

Greece:
1-Theologos Papadopoulos (AEK (Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupolis)-Athina)
2-Efstratios Apostolakis (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas)  (12-Petros Xanthopoulos (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas) 68th)
3-Nikolaos Vamvakulas (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas
4-Stylianos Manolas (AEK (Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupolis)-Athina)
5-Petros Mihos (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas)
6-Andreas Bonovas (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas) (13-Yorgios Skartados (PAOK (Panthessalonikio Athlitiko Omilo Konstantinoupolis)- Thessaloniki) 83rd)
7-Dimitrios Saravakos (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas
8-Kostandinos Antoniou (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas
9-Nikolaos Anastopoulos (captain) (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas)
10-Anastassios Mitropoulos (Olympiakos Syndesmos Filathlon Pirea-Pireas)
11-Sevastianos Kofidis (Gymnasticós Sillegós Iraklis- Thessaloniki)  

Coach: Miltos Papapostolou
Booked: Tasos Mitropoulos


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Greece
5
3
1
1
11
7
4
7
2
Holland
4
2
2
0
4
1
3
6
3
Poland
2
1
1
0
2
1
1
3
4
Hungary
3
1
0
2
2
3
-1
2
5
Cyprus
4
0
0
4
3
19
-16
0


April 12, 1987  (Poland 0-Cyprus 0)
April 29, 1987  (Greece 1-Poland 0)


April 29, 1987
Holland 2-Hungary 0
Venue: Rotterdam-De Kuip-Feyenoord Stadion
Attendance: 53,035
Referee: George Courtney (England)
Goalscorers:
(Holland): Ruud Gullit 37, Arnold Muhren 40
(Hungary): None
Lineups:
Holland:
1-Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
2-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
3-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
4-Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
5-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
6-Jan Jacobus Wouters (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
7-Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
8-Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam 
9-Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
11-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  (15-René van der Gijp (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 79th)

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Wilbert Johan Suvrijn (Roda JC (Juliana Combinatie) Kerkrade
Aron Mohamed Winter (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)

Hungary:
1-Joszef  Szendrei (captain) (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club- Budapest)
2-Sandor Sallai (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület) (14-Tibor Vegh (Videoton Sport Club- Székesfehérvári) 40)
3-Gabor Hires (MTK (Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre )-VM (Voros Meteor) -Budapest)
6-Imre Garaba (captain) (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)   
4-Tamas Preszeller(Raba Eto Gyor)  
11-Zoltan Peter (Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet)    (12-Gyozo Burcsa (Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise / France) 70)
10-Lajos Detari (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)   
8-Joszef Kardos (Újpesti Dózsa Sport Club- Budapest)
5-Peter Hannich (Association Sportive Nancy-Lorraine / France)
7-Jozsef  Kiprich (Tatabányai Bányász Sport Club)   
9-Kalman Kovacs (Budapesti Honvéd Sport Egyesület)   


Coach: Jozsef Verebes


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Greece
6
4
1
1
12
7
5
9
2
Holland
5
3
2
0
6
1
5
8
3
Poland
4
1
2
1
2
2
0
4
4
Hungary
4
1
0
3
2
5
-3
2
5
Cyprus
5
0
1
4
3
19
-16
1


May 17, 1987 (Hungary 5-Poland 3)
September 23, 1987  (Poland 3-Hungary 2)
October 14, 1987 (Hungary 3-Greece 0)


October 14, 1987
Poland 0-Holland 2
Venue: Zabrze, Stadion Sportowy KS Górnik   
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Robert Valentine (Scotland)
Goalscorers:
(Poland): None
(Holland): Ruud Gullit 30,38
Lineups:
Poland:
1-Marek Szczech (Morski Klub Sportowy Pogon- Szczecin)  
2-Kazimierz Przybyś (Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew Łódź)    
3-Paweł Król (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)    
5-Waldemar Prusik (captain) (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)     
4-Marek Kostrzewa (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze)        
8-Jan Karaś (Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa)  (13-Czesław Jakołcewicz (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)  46th)
7-Ryszard Tarasiewicz (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)    
9-Andrzej Iwan (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze)        
6-Jan Urban (Klub Sportowy Górnik Zabrze)        
10-Dariusz Dziekanowski (Centralny Wojskowy Klub Sportowy Legia Warszawa)  
11-Jarosław Araszkiewicz (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)   (15-Ryszard Robakiewicz (LKS (Lodzki Klub Sportowy)-Lodz)  68th)

Coach: Wojciech Lazarek

Other Substitutes:
16-Wiesław Cisek (Robotnicze Towarzystwo Sportowe Widzew Łódź)    
Ryszard Jankowski (Kolejowy Klub Sportowy Lech  Poznán)     
12-Janusz Jedynak (Wrocławski Klub Sportowy Śląsk Wrocław)    
Krzysztof Warzycha (Klub Sportowy Ruch Chorzów)
14-Witold Wenclewski (LKS (Lodzki Klub Sportowy)-Lodz)    
Jacek Ziober (LKS (Lodzki Klub Sportowy)-Lodz)    

Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
4-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
2-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
3-Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
5-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Matra Racing de Paris / France
6-Hubertus Aegidius Hermanus ‘Berry’ van Aerle (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
10-Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam 
7-Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
11-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
8-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy)
9-Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy) (13-Aron Mohamed Winter (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) 80th)

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels

Other Substitutes:
14-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
16-Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
15-Hennie Ingemar Meijer (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax)  

12-Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam)


Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Holland
6
4
2
0
8
1
7
10
2
Greece
7
4
1
2
12
10
2
9
3
Hungary
7
3
0
4
12
11
1
6
4
Poland
7
2
2
3
8
11
-3
6
5
Cyprus
5
0
1
4
3
19
-16
1



October 28, 1987
Holland 8-Cyprus 0  (****Result was Nullified due to crowd violence***)
Venue: Rotterdam-De Kuip-Feyenoord Stadion
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Roger Philippi (Luxemburg)
Goalscorers:
(Holland): Johnny Bosman 1, 38, 53, 60, 67, Ruud Gullit 20, Ronald Spelbos 42, John van't Schip 47
(Cyprus): None
Lineups:
Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
4-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
2-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
3-Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
5-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Matra Racing de Paris / France
6-Hubertus Aegidius Hermanus ‘Berry’ van Aerle (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
8-Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam 
7-Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
11-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy) (14-Johannes Paulus ‘Hans’ Gillhaus (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 74th)
9-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  
Hennie Ingemar Meijer (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax)  
Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Aron Mohamed Winter (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  

Cyprus:
1-Andros Charitou (Athlitikos Sillogos Omónoia Leukosías-Lefkosia (Nicosia)  (12-Antonis Kleftis (Enosi Neon Paralimniou-Paralimni)  3rd )
3-Costas Miamiliotis (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia) (16-Nicos Pantziaras (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia) 72nd)
Charalambos Pittas (Apollonas Lemesou- Lemessos (Limassol
Demetris Misos (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia)
Avraam Socratous (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
Yiannakis Yiangoudakis (Apollonas Lemesou- Lemessos (Limassol
Pavlos Savva (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
Christakis Christoforou (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
Georghios Mavroudes (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
Georghios Savvides (AEK (Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupolis)-Athina / Greece)
Evagoras Christofi (Athlitikos Sillogos Omónoia Leukosías-Lefkosia (Nicosia)

Coach: Panikos Iacovou



November 11, 1987 (Cyprus 0-Poland 1)
December 2, 1987 (Hunagry 1-Cyprus 0)


December 9, 1987
Holland 4-Cyprus 0  (****Match behind closed doors***)
Venue: Amsterdam-De Meer (Ajax)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ivan Gregr (Czechoslovakia)
Goalscorers:
(Holland): Johnny Bosman 35, 44, 66, Ronald Koeman 63 pen
(Cyprus): None
Lineups:
Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
4-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
3-Aron Mohamed Winter (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
2-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
5-Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Matra Racing de Paris / France)
6-Hubertus Aegidius Hermanus ‘Berry’ van Aerle (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
8-Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam 
7-Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
11-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
10-Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy)
9-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels
Booked: John Bosman 73'

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Paulus ‘Hans’ Gillhaus (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Willem Cornelis Nicolaas ‘Wim’ Kieft (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Erwin Koeman (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen / Belgium)
Jacob ‘Joop’ Lankhaar (Football Club Den Haag)
Stanley Purl Menzo (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax)  

Cyprus:
1-Georghios Pantziaras (Apollonas Lemesou- Lemessos (Limassol
2-Antonis Elia Andrellis (Apollonas Lemesou- Lemessos (Limassol
4-Demetris Misos (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia)
5-Avraam Socratous (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
3-Charalambos Pittas (Apollonas Lemesou- Lemessos (Limassol
9-Floros Nicolaou (Athlitiko Somateio Nea Salamina- Ammochostos (Famagusta)
8-Georghios Christodoulou (Athlitikos Sillogos Omónoia Leukosías-Lefkosia (Nicosia)
7-Pavlos Savva (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
6-Yiannakis Yiangoudakis (Apollonas Lemesou- Lemessos (Limassol)  [13-Ara Petrosian (APOEL (Athlitikos Podosfairikos Omilos Ellinos Levkosías) Lefkosia (Nicosia) 59]
10-Loizos Mavroudes (AEL (Athlitikí Énosi Lemésou) –Lemesos (Limassol)
11-Marios Tsingis (Aris Lemessos (Aris Football Club- Limassol) [14-Georghios Savva (Enosi Neon Paralimniou-Paralimni)   88]

Coach: Christos Charalambous
Booked: Loizos Mavroudes 21, Georghios Pantziaras 63



December 16, 1987
Greece 0-Holland 3
Venue: Rhodos - Ethniko Stadio
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Keith Hackett (England)
Goalscorers:
(Greece): None
(Holland): Ronald Koeman 19, Hans Gillhaus 75, 81
Lineups:
Greece:
 1-Christos Michail (Athlitiki Enosi Larisa)
Lyssandros Georgamlis (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas
Georgios Mitsimbonas (captain) (Athlitiki Enosi Larisa)
 Ioannis Kalitzakis (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas)   (12-Theodoros Pachatouridis (Gymnasticós Sillegós Drámas Dóxa) 32nd)
Ioakovos Chatziathanasiou (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas
Pagonis Vakalopoulos (Gymnasticós Sillegós Iraklis- Thessaloniki)  
Theodoros Kanaras (Panionios Gymnasticós Sillegós Smyrnis-Athinas)
Vaggelis Vlachos (Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos-Athinas
9-Pavlos Papaioannou (AEK (Athlitiki Enosis Konstantinoupolis)-Athina) (16-Sotiris Mavromatis (PAOK (Panthessalonikio Athlitiko Omilo Konstantinoupolis)- Thessaloniki) 11th)
Michalis Ziogas (Athlitiki Enosi Larisa)
Ioannis Samaras (OFI (Ómilos Filathlós Iráklion)-Kriti)

Coach : Miltos Papapostolou

Holland:
1-Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
4-Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
2-Jacob ‘Joop’ Lankhaar (Football Club Den Haag)
5-Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
3-Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam)  (13-Johannes Hildebrand ‘John’ de Wolf (Football Club Groningen) 65th)
6-Hubertus Aegidius Hermanus ‘Berry’ van Aerle (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  (12-Johannes Paulus ‘Hans’ Gillhaus (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) 65th)
8-Hendrik ‘Hendrie’ Krüzen (Den Bosch 67 Football Club- 's-Hertogenbosch)
7-Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
10-Aron Mohamed Winter (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
9-Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
11-Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  

Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels

Other Substitutes:
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)



Table

P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
Holland
8
6
2
0
15
1
14
14
2
Greece
8
4
1
3
12
13
-1
9
3
Hungary
8
4
0
4
13
11
2
8
4
Poland
8
3
2
3
9
11
-2
8
5
Cyprus
8
0
1
7
3
25
-22
1

P-Played, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Loss, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD-Goal Difference, Pts-Points



Holland players during the qualification matches

Goalkeeper:
Johannes Franciscus ‘Hans’ van Breukelen (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)  
Johannes Frederik ‘Joop’ Hiele (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Stanley Purl Menzo (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax) (did not play in any of the matches)

Defenders:
Franklin Edmundo ‘Frank’ Rijkaard (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
Jan Jacobus ‘Sonny’ Silooy (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) and from 1987/88: (Matra Racing Paris / France)
Ronald Spelbos (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
Adrianus Andreas ‘Adri’ van Tiggelen (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht / Belgium) 
Wilbert Johan Suvrijn (Roda JC (Juliana Combinatie) Kerkrade)
Hubertus Aegidius Hermanus ‘Berry’ van Aerle (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Jacob ‘Joop’ Lankhaar (Football Club Den Haag)
Jacob ‘Sjaak’ Troost  (Feyenoord Rotterdam
Johannes Hildebrand ‘John’ de Wolf (Football Club Groningen)

Midfielders/Forwards:
Arnoldus Johannes Hyacinthus ‘Arnold’ Mühren (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
Jan Jacobus Wouters (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
Ronald Koeman (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Johannes Nicolaas ‘John’ van't Schip (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)  
Simon Melkianus Tahamata (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
Rudi Dil ‘Ruud’ Gullit (captain) (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) and from 1987/88: (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy)
Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam) and from 1987/88: (Associazione Calcio Milan / Italy)
Johannes Jacobus ’John’  Bosman (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
René van der Gijp (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Gerald Mervin Vanenburg (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Aron Mohamed Winter (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax-Amsterdam)
Johannes Paulus ‘Hans’ Gillhaus (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven)
Hendrik ‘Hendrie’ Krüzen (Den Bosch 67 Football Club- 's-Hertogenbosch)
Willem Cornelis Nicolaas ‘Wim’ Kieft (Philips Sports Vereniging Eindhoven) (did not play in any of the matches)
Erwin Koeman (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen / Belgium) (did not play in any of the matches)
Hennie Ingemar Meijer (Amsterdamse Football Club Ajax)  (did not play in any of the matches)


Coach: Marinus Jacobus Hendricus ‘Rinus’ Michels