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Cruyff

(krɔɪf; Dutch krœjf)
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(Biography) Johan (joːˈhɑn). born 1947, Dutch footballer and manager: played for Ajax and Barcelona; European Footballer of the Year (1971, 1973, 1974); capped 48 times for the Netherlands, scoring 33 goals; as a manager he won the European Cup with Barcelona (1992)
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Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, Rob Rensenbrink and Wim van Hanegem were quite simply brilliant.
The names - Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep and Robbie Rensenbrink - roll off the production line of sainted memory.
The names of those great Dutch teams still roll off the tongue today, as do the European champions from 1988 - Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, Ari Haan, Ruud Krol, Wim van Hanegem, Rene and twin brother Willy van der Kerkhof, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten.
They are legends, Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and so on.
Now he wants to become even more successful than Dutch legends Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Wim Jansen - stars of the 1974 and 1978 teams that reached the final, only to fall short.
Revitalised Martin Grainger battles it out with Middlesbrough's Gaizka Mendieta; Defender Martin Taylor displaying his skills to carry the battle to Leeds, just as the Dutch masters, Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Johnny Rep (below), led the way at the 1974 World Cup
WHEN Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Franz Beckenbauer went to America in the 1970s to play, plastic pitches were common.
Even the worst coaches in the world, with the worst equipment and facilities, would have struggled to make bad players out of Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Ruud Krol, or Edgar Davids, Patrick Kluivert and the de Boer brothers.
Now he wants to become even more successful than Dutch legends Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Wim Jansen - the stars of the 1974 and 1978 teams that reached the Final only to fall short.
Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie are not the natural inheritors of the mantle left behind by Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Johnny Rep, while Mark van Bommel is more of a hired assassin than a languid passer in the mould of Wim van Hanegem.