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Costa Rica coach learned from Dutch master of ‘total football’

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RIO DE JANEIRO — At this point in the World Cup, the Dutch know plenty about Costa Rica — once one of the surprise packages of the tournament. What they may not know is that Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto learned his coaching from the Dutchman who invented ‘total football’.

Well-traveled Colombian coach Pinto studied at the University of Cologne early in the 1980s when Dutch coach Rinus Michels was coaching the city’s Bundesliga club.

“In those years I spent…

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