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Johan Cruyff: Game Changer

It is difficult to overstate just how much of an influence Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff has had on the sport. From his time on the pitch, starring for Ajax, Barcelona and the Dutch national side, to his time in management at the same institutions, Cruyff has always been at the cutting edge of football development. Player Development Project spoke to Cruyff in 2015 about his coaching philosophy and more.

 

Winner of the Ballon d’Or an incredible three times, Cruyff started his footballing career at Ajax, where he led the Dutch giants to eight league titles and three consecutive European Cups in 1971, 1972 and 1973.

Winner of the Ballon d’Or an incredible three times, Cruyff started his footballing career at Ajax, where he led the Dutch giants to eight league titles and three consecutive European Cups. He joined the club aged 10, and was a talented baseball player alongside his football development until he decided to concentrate on football at age 15. He first established himself in the Ajax first team aged 18 in 1965–66, a season in which...

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