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Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff
Cruyff as coach of the Catalonia team in 2009
Personal information
Full nameHendrik Johannes Cruijff
Date of birth25 April 1947(age 70)
Place of birthAmsterdam, Netherlands
Height1.80 m (5 ft 10.9 in)
Playing positionAttacking midfielder/Forward

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Hendrik Johannes Cruijff OON (-nlˈjoˑɦɑn ˈkrœy̆flangJohanCruiff, known as Johan Cruyff, is a retired Dutch footballer and is currently the manager of the Catalan national team as well as a member of the AFC Ajax board of directors. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, which is a record jointly held with Michel Platini and Marco van Basten. Cruyff was one of the most famous exponents of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

After his retirement from playing in 1984, Cruyff became highly successful as manager of Ajax and later FC Barcelona; he remains an influential advisor to both clubs. His son Jordi has also gone on to play football professionally.

In 1999, Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by the IFFHS, and came second behind Pelé in their World Player of the Century poll. He came third in a vote organised by the French weekly magazine France Football consulting their former Ballon d'Or winners to elect their Football Player of the Century.


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