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Cruyff, Johan,

1947–2016, Dutch soccer player. He played forward (1964–73) for the Dutch League's Amsterdam Ajax team, assuming a key role in their six league championships, four Dutch Cups, and three European Cups. In 1973 he was traded to the Barcelona, became its captain, and led it to the 1974 Spanish League championship. Cruyff later (1979–81) played for several teams in the North American Soccer League and ended his playing career with Ajax in 1982. A three-time winner (1971, 1973–74) of the European footballer of the year title, he was known for his versatile and intelligent play and his advocacy of "total football," in which players constantly pass the ball, interchanging roles as the situation changes, a style that influenced the worldwide game. After retirement he coached at both Ajax and Barcelona. In 1999 he was named the best player in Europe in the 20th century.
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And for the global publication of Cruyff 's autobiography in no fewer than 15 languages, Guardiola flew into London and recited his own eight-word tribute on the dust jacket.
Many of the games took place on the Cruyff Court, located at the community centre where the LFC Foundation is based.
A year after Cruyff 's death, former Ajax and Arsenal stars Overmars (above) and Dennis Bergkamp (right) have helped build a team that meets the legendary Dutchman's football philosophy.
Cruyff senior railed against the way some top football clubs are being run by non-experts in his recently published autobiography 'My Turn' .
Thankfully, however, Johann Cruyff was no one-trick pony.
Thankfully, however, Johan Cruyff was no one-trick pony.
Koeman said: "I lived nextdoor to Cruyff when I was playing for him at Barcelona and one day he called around to see me.
And while Guardiola considers Cruyff as his mentor - he gave an emotional speech when the late Dutch legend's autobiography was launched in London on Thursday - the Spaniard also spent a lot of time picking Koeman's brains.
Last Monday, on the day he would have turned 69, GVB unveiled the addition to their network of the new Johan Cruyff No.
The former French winger had starred for Paris Saint-Germain in a two-legged European match against Barcelona during the 1994-95 season, impressing the Catalan side's manager Cruyff - and the Dutch legend tried during the following off-season to take Ginola to the Nou Camp.
Cruyff was not merely the key figure in tactical revolutions in the 1960s and 70s that took them from being a football backwater to the world's most important football nation.