Johan Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or three times and led the Dutch national team to the final of the 1974 World Cup. Cruyff started his career at Ajax Amsterdam where he won eight national titles and three European Cups. In 1973 he moved to Barcelona, Spain, for a world record transfer fee, winning La Liga in his first season. He was a proponent of the philosophy known as “Total Football.” In 1999, Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century. After his retirement in 1984, he became the manager of Ajax and later FC Barcelona. He managed the Cruyff Foundation, the Cruyff Institute, Cruyff Classics, and the Cruyff Library, and wrote a weekly column for De Telegraaf. Cruyff passed away in March 2016, in Barcelona.
Cruyff’s Turn on the World Stage
Daniel Friedman reviews “My Turn: A Life of Total Football” by Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff....