# Johan Cruyff

Last year
# much loved
'We earned more praise and respect during the tournament than most world champions before or since'
Read an extract from ‘The Nearly Men: The Eternal Allure of the Greatest Teams That Failed To Win the World Cup’ by Aidan Williams.
All time
# Drama
The rise and fall of the world's greatest football club
Simon Kuper on documenting Barcelona’s successes and struggles.
# Brilliant Orange
Cruyff inspiration for new Barca boss Koeman
Koeman was named as replacement for the sacked Quique Setien last week.
# Wave Goodbye
Jordi Cruyff quits as Ecuador coach without leading team in match
The FEF said in a statement that severance ‘terms have been agreed’.
# rock 'n' roll soccer
'I was an apprentice down the shipyard so it was just a privilege to be on the same field': Cruyff and the Irishman
How Bill Irwin from the Ards Peninsula in County Down ended up playing with and against football’s biggest stars.
# transition
'As an ex-football player, you need to overcome the addiction of attention'
Former Ajax and Nottingham Forest star Bryan Roy on working under Johan Cruyff, the tough transition to retirement and his new venture.
# Ready to go
Philippe Coutinho set for Barcelona debut, handed Mascherano's number 14 shirt
The ex-Liverpool star has been named in the Catalan side’s squad for Thursday’s Copa del Rey clash against Espanyol.
# Double Dutch
The iconic Irish international and the unmitigated disaster of signing for Johan Cruyff's Ajax
Frank Stapleton swapped Manchester for Amsterdam in 1987, played alongside Frank Rijkaard and kept Dennis Bergkamp out of the team.
# Icon
Ajax rename Amsterdam Arena to honour club legend Johan Cruyff
Today would have been his 70th birthday.
# The master
Dutch legend Johan Cruyff on how he learned to play football
The Dutch legend explains how he honed his skills on the streets of Amsterdam.
# Criticism
Luis Enrique hits out at 'ridiculous' Messi 'golden melons' comparison
“Professional footballers are far more prepared these days, much stronger physically,” he added.
# Remember when
How Cruyff saved a young Guardiola from Barcelona axe
The Catalan giants were supposedly ready to sell the young midfielder because they considered him “scrawny and bad defensively”.
# Brilliant Orange
My Turn, the Johan Cruyff autobiography, will be published later this year
Today would have marked the Dutch master’s 69th birthday.
# Legend
Ajax's tributes to Johan Cruyff would bring a tear to a glass eye
Fans and former players of the Eredivisie leaders honoured the famous number 14 in the club’s first home fixture since his death.
# 14
Camp Nou brilliantly paid homage to Johan Cruyff before El Clasico
A fitting tribute to the father of Barca football.
# Respect
Netherlands-France match halted for Cruyff tribute
The Dutch legend died on Thursday from lung cancer at the age of 68.
# Icon
Amsterdam ArenA could be renamed after Johan Cruyff
The Dutch legend tragically passed away on Thursday, leading to a number of suggestions on social media suggesting the Amsterdam ArenA be renamed in his honour.
# lasting legacy
From Pele to Maradona - How the football world reacted to the death of Johan Cruyff
The Dutch legend died from lung cancer yesterday.
# unforgettable
‘3 back-to-back European Cups' - The numbers that made Johan Cruyff a legend
Using Opta data, we take a look at the stats that tell the story of Johan Cruyff’s remarkable career.
# 14
Johan Cruyff tribute: Netherlands v France friendly will be stopped after 14 minutes
Plans to honour Dutch legend at Friday’s international friendly.
# Johan Cruyff
Ajax have released this beautiful video tribute to their iconic former player and coach
It’s hard not to get emotional watching the legendary attacker in his pomp.
# Brilliant Orange
'The Dutch team of 1974 is often compared to The Beatles with Johan Cruyff as John Lennon'
David Winner looks back on the genius of Cruyff and his role in the magnificent Dutch team of the 1970s.
# Brilliant Orange
'Too great to ever be forgotten' - World of football pays tribute to the late Johan Cruyff
The Dutch football legend has died aged 68.
The Cruyff Turn: If ever there was a day to watch this moment of genius, it's today
Iconic moment at the 1974 World Cup at the heart of Cruyff’s brilliant legacy.
# Cruyff Turn of Phrase
'If I wanted you to understand, I would have explained it better' - The Wisdom of Johan Cruyff
The 68-year-old was known for his philosophical take on football.
Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff dies aged 68
The former Barcelona and Ajax player and manager had fought a long battle with lung cancer.
# Looking Back
After Lionel Messi's brilliance, 5 more 'two-touch' penalties
Johan Cruyff and others who’ve attempted the audacious spot kick.
# Get Well Soon
Johan Cruyff says he is ‘2-0 up in the first half' of his fight against cancer
“I am sure that I will end up winning.”
# Football
Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer - reports
The Dutch legend won three successive European Cups with Ajax.
# Legends
Power ranking the 12 best players to win the Ballon d'Or
Ahead of tomorrow night’s ceremony, we look at some of the greats who previously won the coveted prize.
Cruyff: Balotelli attitude comes from lack of education
The Italy international completed a €20 million move to Liverpool in the summer but has struggled so far and has been criticised by the former Ajax boss.
# innovator
Opinion: Guardiola's 3-3-4 genius maps out Bayern future
The Spaniard has blended tactics from Hungary’s great side of the 1950s and his all-conquering Barcelona team.
# essential reading
Cruyff on football's lost values and Roger Goodell's parental paradox; it's the week's best sportswriting
Also, the divisive Joey Barton talks Immanuel Kant while a NBA curiosity is remembered.
# dutch master
Happy birthday Johan Cruyff, here are your best goals
The former Ajax and Barcelona star turns 66 today.
# La Liga
Cruyff turns: Barcelona legend slams 'sore losers' Real Madrid
“Madrid either win or they are left angry. There is no middle ground,” according to Dutch great Johann Cruyff.