Johan Cruyff

(Hendrik Johannes Cruijff)

Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff
  • Born: April 25, 1947
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Profession: Athlete

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Hendrik Johannes Cruijff OON was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. Cruyff was the most famous exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dutch football rose from obscurity to become a powerhouse in the sport. Cruyff led the Netherlands to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. At the 1974 finals, he executed a feint that subsequently was named after him, the "Cruyff Turn", a move widely replicated in the modern game. Wearing the number 14 jersey, he set a trend for wearing shirt numbers outside the usual starting line-up numbers of one to eleven.

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Ajax is a multicultural club, and we have found that many talented immigrant players quit when they reach puberty. So we wanted to tackle this problem with someone from the same background who had come through it. And that was Edgar Davids. During one of our fights, I pointed that out to him. But it had nothing to do with his skin colour.
Before I make a mistake, I don't make that mistake.
Coincidence is logical.
Every disadvantage has its advantage.
Football is a game of mistakes. Whoever makes the fewest mistakes wins.
Football is about having the best offensive play possible. I always like to play offensive football, and nobody will convince me otherwise.
Footballers from the street are more important than trained coaches.
I don't want to be a thief of my own wallet.
I look at Messi, and he makes me laugh. A beautiful footballer who is still like a kid. A world superstar, but still a kid. Innocent, you know. He just plays.
I'm not religious. In Spain all 22 players make the sign of the cross before they enter the pitch. If it works all matches must therefore end in a draw.
Italians can not beat us, but we can certainly lose against them.
My foundation now has some 120 football pitches laid out for children, a lot of them immigrants. We live in a multicultural society. Society
One trophy is good, but two are better. That way, when a hero wears his medals on his chest, at least his steps are level as he walks by.
Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.
Sometimes something's got to happen before something is going to happen.
Speed is often confused with insight. When I start running earlier than the others, I appear faster.
The disabled people that do sport, they don't think about what they don't have but try to get better with what they do have. That is the same for me. Sports & Athletics
To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.
Without the ball, you can't win.
You have got to shoot, otherwise you can't score.

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