JOHAN CRUYFF (1947-2016)
Heaven has a new playmaker
In March 2016, the world was shocked by the sad news of Johan Cruyff’s death. He was not just a legend at Barcelona, Ajax or the Dutch national team. He was the greatest legend of the entire world of football.
The “Flying Dutchman” struggled with cancer for a really long time, but after all failed attempts Johan Cruyff passed away at the age of 68. His football philosophy is reflected in strategies of such renowned European couches like Frank Rijkaard, Josep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup, Arsene Wenger, Eric Cantona. Thanks to the refined tactics of Johan Cruyff, Spanish football has reached unprecedented heights in the world of football. The Dutchman has not only changed the approach and method of training but also became the first player who:
Do you remember feints that are called after other famous football players?
Indeed, Messi has got 5 Golden balls, Ronaldo – 3 Golden balls. But when Johan Cruyff became the first player who managed to get 3 Golden balls, those Spanish stars were not even born yet.
Nowadays this amount sounds ridiculous because the biggest transfer of the football player is 100 million euro, but back into 1973, Cruyff’s transfer from Ajax to Barcelona was worth more than 2 million – a fantastic amount of money for those times.
Even though it’s hard to classify as his achievement, Johan was that player who destroyed the stereotype about the Dutch in the match against Czechoslovakia in 1968. The “Flying Dutchman” managed to get a red card in the 2nd game in his national team.
In 1992, the “Flying Dutchman” was recognized as the best European football player of the 20th century by the IFFHS organization. This says it all.