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Date of Birth 25 April 1947Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Birth NameHendrik Johannes Cruijff
Nicknames Jopie
Pythagoras in boots
Cruijffie
Height 5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Johan Cruyff (or Cruijffie) is voted the best European soccer player of the twentieth century (and the second best worldplayer). He started his career with AJAX Amsterdam and led them to 4 European finals of which 3 were won (1971/1972/1973). In 1973 Cruyff joined Barcelona (for a the then record-fee of 6 million guilders), He became a very popular player

  • also known as el salvador - and gave Barcelona (and Catalonia) their


pride back. One fan of the club was so pleased with Johan he gave him a bungalow in the mountains outside Barcelona. With the dutch national team he became the inventor of Total Football in 1974. The world finals were lost against the Germans, leaving the Netherlands with a lifelong trauma. After leaving Barcelona Johan played soccer in the States (Washington Diplomats) and then retired. Due to bad investments het was forced back to the pitch. He joined his first team on a highly profitable contract. In his first game against Harlem he scored a fantastic goal and thus silenced his critics. After two years with Ajax he then joined their great rivals, Feyenoord. Although he lost a game against Ajax 8-2, he made Feyenoord champion of Holland. He then retired as an active player.

After a few years he became involved again with his first love, Ajax. He coached them for a few years, winning the European cup winners cup, before he got fired after arguing with the president of the club. But he has not only a first love, but maybe he has an even greater second love, Barcelona. He coached them for a few years, winning the European Champions league for the first time and four times the Spanish league.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: jan

Spouse (1)

Danny Coster (2 December 1968 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (7)

Has three children with Cruyff: son Jordi Cruyff and daughters Chantal and Susila.
Invented a soccer-playing philosophy known as "Total Football".
Between 1966 and 1977, he played 48 matches for the Dutch national soccer team in which he scored 33 goals.
In Nijmegen, Netherlands, there is a Johan Cruijff College.
A few years ago he founded "The Johan Cruijff Foundation", which is a foundation that stimulates soccer for children and there are even "Johan Cruijff's Soccer-courts", spread out in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam, Netherlands: One of the four members of the supervisory board of AFC Ajax. [October 2011]
Living in Barcelona in Spain. Very active with his foundation, writing an sportscolumn in de Telegraaf (dutch newspaper).

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