Winter takes Toronto by storm

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

If Aron Winter can bring a Dutch treat to Toronto FC, many fans are hoping it will be the “total football” style of play developed in the Netherlands.

And at Ajax, Winter’s former club, the fluid brand of soccer was a mainstay.

It was nurtured under legendary coach Rinus Michels and later adopted by the nation’s World Cup team. The system of offence first and foremost was taken and perfected by Barcelona when Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff took the blueprint to the Spanish powerhouse.

Winter cautions, however, it won’t be an overnight transition for TFC.

“Everybody is speaking of total football,” he said. “Everyone is comparing TFC to Ajax but we (will) have our own identity, we want to play our own style.”

— Dean McNulty


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