Neeskens – Biography of Neeskens

The soccer player Johann Neeskens was born in the city of Heemtede, in the Netherlands, on September 15, 1951. His position was that of organizing midfielder.

Johann started playing football in the lower ranks of Ajax Amsterdam, where he trained as a player. At the end of the 1960s, he rose to the first team, where, together with player Johann Cruyff, he began to become famous internationally.

The Netherlands team offers you the opportunity to wear the shirt of your country, with which you played 49 games, forming a group in it, with the other players, compact, homogeneous and of outstanding quality. This team was called “a clockwork orange.”

In 1973, FC Barcelona signed the midfielder with Cruyff, which allowed the Camp Nou fans to enjoy the quality of both. Even after Cruyff’s departure, Neeskens demonstrated his vision of the game and the great skill he possessed.

In his five years as a Blaugrana player, Neeskens participated in 232 games, participating in a large number of competitions, being the undisputed starter during his stay at the Catalan club.

In 1979, the player was not renewed and went to the United States soccer league, where he would play the last years of his career, the end of which occurred in 1984.

After his retirement as an active player, Neeskens coached various Dutch teams, including becoming part of the technical team of the Dutch national team. He was also as assistant coach at FC Barcelona.

The player’s record is impressive, since it includes 2 Dutch Cups, 2 Eredivisie, 1 King’s Cup, 2 North American Soccer League, 3 European Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup and 3 Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup. In addition, the player has 2 runners-up in World Cups for national teams, in the years 1974 and 1978.