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Ruud Krol

Written by Sebastien on 11 April 2013. Posted in World Cup Legends

Ruud Krol Rudolf or commonly known as Jozef Krol was born 24 March 1949 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is a retired Dutch footballer who has capped 83 times for his native country. He is known as one of the very best defenders of his times. Krol mainly played a sweeper or a left-back, but he had the skills and ability to play anywhere in the back four or as a defensive midfielder.

He began his career at Ajax Amsterdam under the management of Rinus Michels. Krol made his international debut for the Netherlands in 1966. Krol decided to retire from the international scene in 1983. He was a crucial component in the Total Football side of the 1970s.

He played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where Netherlands reached the final stages and Krol primarily played at left back in all matches. Also, he played  for Netherlands as captain in 1980 during the European Championship. He is reminded to be also part of the team that failed to clinch the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. He was part of the squad that played the qualifying for Euro 1984, and played his last international in 1983. 

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