Piet Keizer was described as a 'genius winger' who was a critical component to the Amsterdam side dominating football in the 1960's and 70's. In May 2016, Player Development Project was privileged to sit with late, great Keizer in an old changing room at the top of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. The Ajax legend was attending the NextGen Series tournament as a special guest, watching the future of top European U19 talent play. We spoke to him about the past and the future of football in Holland.
In his recently published autobiography, Johan Cruyff selected his all-time world XI. Reviewing it, leading Spanish sporting magazine MARCA summarized as follows: “a smattering of fellow Dutch teammates from his playing days are joined by household names Diego Maradona, Pele, Garrincha and Franz Beckenbauer.” Yet one of those seemingly dismissed amidst the “smattering” happened to be Piet Keizer – the brilliant Ajax winger who was labelled alongside Cruyff as the “Royal Pair”.
Indeed, Dutch writer Nico Scheepmaker once famously wrote “Cruyff is the best, but Keizer is the better one.”
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