total football

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total football

n
(Soccer) an attacking style of play, popularized by the Dutch national team of the 1970s, in which there are no fixed positions and every outfield player can join in the attack
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The Spanish, after all, beat the Dutch at their own game, justice being served as the Dutch failed in their Faustian bargain for glory, forsaking the legacy of Cruyff, Michels, Van Basten and Bergkamp and their ideology of totaalvoetbal, ironically playing at preventing the Spanish from playing total football.
Ajax, even in the minds of those who never saw them during their heyday, will forever be associated with what is called Total Football - even though the word totaalvoetbal didn't actually enter the Dutch language until 1974, when it was used to describe the Ajax-inspired style of the national team at the World Cup.