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Johan Cruyff, a life in pictures

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A footballing legend who was born in the Ajax academy

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Johan Cruyff became the chief exponent of a style: one-touch football and passion for the ball. The spirit of Ajax was embodied in Cruyff.

The flag-bearer of the 1970s Ajax side

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Just with Ajax, he won 8 league titles, 6 Dutch Cups, 3 European Cups, an Intercontinental title and one European Super Cup.

The indelible mark he left on Barça

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The talent he showed at Ajax caught the attention of Barcelona, where he played from 1973 to 1978. But they were not his only club in Spain: he also turned out for Levante, in 1981.

The 'Clockwork Orange'

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The idea of total football started with Cruyff's Netherlands team. At the only World Cup he ever took part in, the 1974 tournament, he led the 'Oranje' to the final, where they went down to the West Germany team of Beckenbauer and company.

Captain and commander-in-chief

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He won 48 caps for Holland, 33 of them as captain, before taking the decision to retire from international football in 1977.

Third in the 1976 Euros

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He did not manage to earn total success with his national team at continental level either: he only took part in the 1976 European Championship, in which the Dutch side finished third.

A legendary rivalry

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The duels between Cruyff and Beckenbauer were legendary, espcially the one in the 1974 World Cup final. Despite that, they were always great friends.

The father of the Dream Team

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Everything he ever learned as a footballer, he put into practice from the dugout. With him at the helm, Barcelona adopted a philosophy that was based on possession and good ball play that is still being copied today. Nobody has had a greater influence on the Blaugrana playing style than Cruyff.

A sad departure from Barcelona

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Despite being an institution for players and fans, he was ignominiously sacked as Barcelona coach in the 1995-96 season, when he and then club president Nuñez had a big falling-out.

Golf, aside from football, was his other passion

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Johan Cruyff was an accomplished golfer, the game was one of his other passions besides football.

Support from Laporta

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He was Barcelona's honorary president during Joan Laporta's time at the head of the club. Cruyff always supported the former president, and when Laporta left, so did he.

The 'Johan Cruyff Trophy'

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For some years now, one of the top summer tournaments in the Netherlands is the 'Johan Cruyff Cup'.

Not everyone can be a chip off the old block

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Although his son Jordi was also a footballer, he never quite cut it like his father Johan.

Damn you, cancer!

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When it was announced that he had lung cancer, there was an outpouring of sympathy from the whole world of football, and FC Barcelona especially.

The Wembley heroes

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Koeman scored the winning goal in the final at Wembley and gave Barcelona their first ever European Cup, but the brains behind that feat was Cruyff. Koeman himself has said on many occasions that his former coach had been his inspiration that night.

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