Yet the brilliance of the Dutch left indelible memories which Johan Cruyff, the conductor of the orchestra, stands ready to rekindle as manager should they go forward to the United States.
Having followed Cruyff's trail from Ajax to Barcelona and then to the New York Cosmos, Neeskens then took a different path, via indoor football with Kansas City, to Switzerland, where he lives still, amid mountains and lakes outside Lucerne. He coaches a modest Third Division team, FC Stafa.
'I am 42 now but pretty fit,' he says. 'The coaching keeps me involved and I still play for the Club Variete in France, with Platini, Tigana and Giresse, as well as with a team of former Holland players. But the most important thing for me right now is to spend time with my family.' He has children aged six, three and 15 months with his Swiss wife, Marlies.
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