Netherlands and FC Barcelona football legend died in Barcelona on 24th March, at the age of 68. He had lung cancer, announced last October. Per World of Johan Cruyff website statement, he died peacefully, with his family present.
The Dutch maestro won three Amsterdam, Cruyff began his career with . He won three consecutive European titles, eight titles (“Dutch league”), five (“Dutch Cup”), a , and an with the capital club. Later in his career, he signed for and won the Dutch league Dutch Cup with them as well.s in his nineteen-year career, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. Born in the Dutch capital
He joined the Catalans in 1973. In his first season at Barça, the Blaugrana won the league after fourteen years without. That season, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 5–0 at . He managed Barcelona for eight years, from 1988 to 1996. When he signed for the managerial position, he said, “I know the club and I don’t want history to repeat itself[…] If we want things to change, we must change history.” In his managing career at Barcelona, he won four consecutive titles and the club won its very first European Cup in 1992 at the . Before the match, he told the team “”Go out and enjoy yourselves”((es)). He won a total of eleven trophies before he was sacked. Before he became the manager, the Catalonians had only ten Spanish titles but after 1990, they won thirteen trophies in 26 years.
He took the Dutch national team to the 1974 FIFA World Cup final, but lost 2–1 to West Germany. He completed 34 dribbles, the most by any player in the tournament. Cruyff won the in that World Cup. The tournament also saw his famous ‘ ‘ for the first time in a match against Sweden. He also promoted the idea of ‘Total Football’, a style of playing the game.
He had a heart bypass surgery in 1991 and stopped smoking. He had been a heavy smoker. Last month, he said that he was he “2–0 up in the first half of a match” against lung cancer.
As a tribute, the Netherlands v France friendly football match on Friday was paused in the 14th minute, as his jersey featured the number 14. The French side won the match 3–2 with scoring an early goal in the 6th minute.
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