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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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Cruyff senior railed against the way some top football clubs are being run by non-experts in his recently published autobiography 'My Turn' .
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Fortunately, most of us have enough inherent discipline to ensure we don't watch those special moments over and over, ostensibly because we want to experience that thrilling mix of awe, excitement, wonder and admiration for what we recall seeing 'live' such as Gary Sobers hitting six sixes, Liverpool coming back from 3-0 down to win the Champions League, or the outrageous 'Cruyff turn'.
Fortunately, most of us have enough inherent discipline to ensure we don't watch those special moments over and over, ostensibly because we want to experience that thrilling mix of awe, excitement, wonder and admiration for what we recall seeing 'live', such as Gary Sobers' hitting six sixes, Liverpool coming back from 3-0 down to win the Champions League, or the outrageous 'Cruyff turn'.
However, Koeman has revealed how he was tasked with taking the young Catalan under his wing by the great Johan Cruyff.