Johann Cruyff : The Dutch Meister

Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (born  April 25, 1947, in Amsterdam), is a Dutch football legend. He won the Ballon d'Or three times—in 1971, 1973 and 1974, which is a record jointly held with Michel Platini and Marco van Basten. Cruyff was the most famous exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

After his retirement from playing in 1984, Cruyff became highly successful as manager of Ajax and later Barcelona; he remains an influential advisor to both clubs. His son Jordi has also gone on to play football professionally.

In 1999, Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by the IFFHS, and came second behind Pelé in their World Player of the Century poll. He came third in a vote organised by the French weekly magazine France Football consulting their former Ballon d'Or winners to elect their Football Player of the Century.

On November 2, 2009, Cruyff was named as manager of the Catalonian national team in place of Pere Gratacòs. This is his first coaching job in thirteen years. [source : Cruyff]

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