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Johan Cruyff

Soccer Player and Coach Johan Cruyff

Profession: Soccer Player and Coach

Nationality:
Netherlands
Dutch

Why Famous: A proponent of Total Football Cruyff won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974.

After his playing career he took up coaching and coached FC Barcelona between 1988 and 1996.

Born: April 25, 1947
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: March 24, 2016 (aged 68)

Historical Events

  • 1971-12-28 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins award for best European football player ahead of Inter forward Sandro Mazzola and Manchester United winger George Best; first Dutch national and Ajax player to win award
  • 1973-12-25 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins his second award for best European football player ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller
  • 1973-12-31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • 1974-12-31 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins back-to-back awards, and his 3rd overall, for best European football player ahead of Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Legia Warsaw midfielder Kazimierz Deyna
  • 1975-12-30 Ballon d'Or: FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Oleg Blokhin claims award for best European football player ahead of former winners, Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Ajax forward Johan Cruyff
  • 1984-05-13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match

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