For the size of the country it is astonishing how many football greats come from the Netherlands.
Names like Johann Cruijff,Johan Nesskens,Ruud Gullit,Marco van Basten and Arjen Robben to name but a few, but the name Sjaak Swart certainly belongs in that list. Sjaak (Sjakie) Swart was pivotal to the successes of Ajax in 1971 to 1973 the 2 consecutive years when they won the European Cup.
For his 31 caps for the Dutch National team he scored 10 goals.
However the legendary midfielder nearly never kicked a ball, leave alone score goals and win cups.
Born in in the small fishing village of Muiderberg some 20 kilometres east of Amsterdam in 1938 as Jesaia Swart , the son of a Jewish Fisherman.
His father and he were forced to disguise themselves as non-Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 to 1945, hiding from the prying eyes…
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