Saturday February 22, 2020

OBITUARY: Johan Cruyff

The most complete footballer of his generation

25th March, 2016
19 July 1974: Johan Cruyff in action against Uruguay. Pic: Getty

Dutchman Johan Cruyff, who has died of cancer aged 68, was one of the very few gifted players who enjoyed equal success as a manager.

He was widely acknowledged as the most complete footballer of his generation.

Cruyff brought the Dutch team he captained during the 1970s to the heights of "total football". Total football dispensed with rigid team formations and expected each player to be equally adept in every outfield position.

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