Johan Cruyff

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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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Over recent weeks, Johan Cruyff has undergone various medical check-ups at a hospital in Barcelona.
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The legendary Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona have described him either as "genius of the goal area" or an "incredible finisher".
Rodgers spent his formative years as a coach going to Barcelona, Ajax and Twente (pre Ssschteve, of course) to tap into the knowledge of passmasters like Johan Cruyff and Louis van Gaal.
Summary: Louis van Gaal will return to Ajax as general manager in July 2012, the club announced Thursday, provoking the anger of club legend and board member Johan Cruyff.
FORMER Ajax coach Louis van Gaal might have expected a warm welcome back to the club as general director, but he won't be getting it from Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.
IF Johan Cruyff is stuck for something to do in June 2014, I hope the BBC signs him up as one of their pundits for the next World Cup in Brazil.
NETHERLANDS legend Johan Cruyff has launched a scathing attack on the Dutch team's performance last night, slamming their "dirty" tactics and their style of "anti-football".
Barca boss Pep Guardiola has clearly been paying too much attention to the notoriously-defensive club legend Johan Cruyff, so who can blame him for refusing to allow his side the freedom to play the beautiful game?