Hat-Trick for Total Football

Johan Cryuff lifts the European Cup for Ajax of Amsterdam for the third season in a row after beating Juventus 1-0 in the 1973 European Cup final. Dutch coach Rinus Michels, masterminded the ‘Total Football’ philosophy which was brilliantly orchestrated by the on-field captain Johann Cruyff.

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Footballing Icons: Johan CRUYFF

The Dutch attacking midfield maestro was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1947. He made his debut for his hometown club Ajax in 1964 and turned around their fortunes, becoming a dominant force domestically and on the continent with three consecutive European Cup titles between 1971-1973. On a individual level Johan was awarded the Ballon […]

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Germany 2 Holland 1

The 1974 World Cup final was contested by host nation West Germany and neighbours The Netherlands. Within just 2mins of the game starting and without the Germans actually touching the ball, talented Dutch number 14 Johan Cryuff burst into the German box and was brought down to give Holland an early spot kick which was […]

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Cruyff and Me: A 40-Year Love Affair

When you’re 12 or 13 years old, you have heroes. You have infatuations. You want to emulate and imitate. In 1972, that might have meant sticking platform shoes on or glitter in your hair. Or pretending to be Dutch. To most people, Holland was a flat country with windmills and people wearing clogs. But in […]

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