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This Ajax Team Goal From The 90s Is The Blueprint For Today’s Barcelona

This classic Ajax team goal from 1995 is the model for the style employed by Barcelona today.

This 1994-95 Ajax team under the management of Louis van Gaal, who would go on to manage Barcelona, served as the blueprint of the short passing, possession-based style that was the philosophy of Johan Cruyff.

To employ such a philosophy, you need talented players. This Ajax side had that in abundance as they would go through the entire Dutch league season without losing a match and defeat AC Milan in the European Cup final.

Dutch legends like Edwin van der Sar, Danny Blind, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Marc Overmans, Frank Rijkaard, Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert were all part of the first-team squad. 

This audacious goal, beginning with an almost suicidal will to play it from the back, encapsulates everything about the playing style.