I am reading the book by Simon Kuper "Ajax, the Dutch, the war," where he explains the history of Ajax, a club linked to the Jewish communities in Amsterdam that were practically exterminated during the Second World War.
Today Ajax cannot aspire to win the top European championship, because the rules of global soccer make it very difficult for teams from small countries to win. According to Branko Milanovic, globalization of soccer input markets has implied more concentration of talent among a small number of clubs, all of them playing in the leagues of the largest European countries. But globalization and the specific institutions of global soccer contribute to a more egalitarian structure among national teams, so that The Netherlands still present very talented teams in each edition of the World Cup. The best Dutch players play in the big teams of England, Germany and Spain from a very early age, but go back to their national team in the World Cup and the Eurocup.
To whet your appetite for Tuesday’s game, enjoy the video of the highlights of the game between Uruguay and The Netherlands in 1974.