An Age of Extremes – Tiki-Taka and Counter-Attacking Soccer

Let’s face it, we live in an age of extremes – and it’s not only due to our unseasonal, severe weather. As soccer continues to evolve in a bizarre, exponential way, seeing that 18 year olds can be sold for £30,000,000 and that a much-hailed Brazilian team can be completely annihilated in the semis of a World Cup hosted on home soil, it goes without saying that even game tactics...
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Cruyff questions Barca trio

Johan Cruyff has slammed Barcelona over the signing of Luis Suarez, believing it could signal the end of their renowned […]
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH Trailer For ‘Messi: The Movie’

Leo Messi will be hitting the silver screen soon when his film, “Messi: The Movie,” will be released in movie theaters and, later, on TV screens worldwide. Directed by Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia, the part-film, part-documentary, takes viewers on a journey from Messi’s childhood in Rosario, Argentina to the highs of international soccer with Barcelona and Argentina. Based on...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Cruyff blasts Barca board

Johan Cruyff has criticised the Barcelona board by claiming they control the team rather than coach Gerardo Martino. The legendary […]
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Cruyff: Hamburg not good for Van der Vaart

Johan Cruyff has criticised the way Hamburg are utilising Rafael van der Vaart as they battle against relegation from the […]
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Pep Guardiola Is One Of The Best Managers in the World

“We are sons of the Dream Team, trying to emulate them,” — a quote used from Pep Guardiola in 2009 to describe the Barcelona team he took over from Frank Rijkaard a year before. The quote was directed towards the ‘dream team’ Johan Cruyff had created in his stint of the club. Guardiola was primarily used as a defensive midfielder; beginning his career for Barcelona ...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Neymar reminds of Cruyff, says Fabregas

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has praised Brazilian attacker Neymar and says he reminds him of the legendary Johan Cruyff. Cruyff […]
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Man City to maintain goal glut

First, we'll state the plainly obvious: goals are important in soccer. They are both the point of the game and the currency of its wins and losses. Dutch soccer legend, oracle and torturer of language Johan Cruyff gets downright metaphysical about them. "You must always make sure to score one more goal than the opponent," he once said, helpfully. "Look, at a minimum...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona and Ajax meet for the 1st time

From the early 1970s, Barcelona and Ajax have shared a special relationship. On Wednesday, the two storied clubs will share the same field for the first time when they meet in Group H of the Champions League. ''The clubs share a nice history,'' said Johan Cruyff, who left Ajax after winning three straight European Cups from 1971-73 and moved to Barcelona. The Dutch...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Barca legend Cryuff calls out Messi

Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff believes the Catalan club should plan for the possibility of selling Lionel Messi now that they have signed Neymar. Neymar arrived at the Nou Camp on June 3, signing a five-year contract for $74.5 million from Santos, but Cruyff believes the 21-year-old Brazilian forward will struggle to work alongside Argentinian Messi in Tito Vilanova'...
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June 26, 2013  |  Discuss

What Johan Cruyff’s Flameout Says About Mexican Soccer’s Problems

Republished with permission from The Classical, which just launched a fancy new web magazine. The magazine is available via monthly or yearly subscriptions, as well as single-issue purchases, on the Apple iOS newstand. It’s $2.99 if you pay monthly, $29.99 if you sign up for a year in advance, and $3.99 to buy individual issues.Read more…    ,
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May 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Wheelchair Tennis Star Esther Vergeer Celebrates 10 Years Unbeaten

Esther Vergeer (January 30, 2013) Dutch wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer is celebrating ten years without a defeat on the international wheelchair tennis circuit today. Vergeer, 31 years old from Woerden, has won 470 consecutive matches since she was defeated by Australian Daniele di Toro in Sydney on 30 January 2003.   Vergeer is currently taking part in a Johann Cruyff Foundation...
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January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Catalonia draws with Nigeria in Cruyff's last game

Dutch great Johan Cruyff concluded his stint as the coach of Catalonia's regional selection by overseeing a 1-1 draw with Nigeria on Wednesday. The 65-year-old Cruyff is revered in the northeastern region of Spain for his years as both a player and coach for Barcelona. He became Catalonia's coach in 2009. Sergio Gonzalez gave Catalonia the lead in the fourth minute when...
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January 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Chivas fire Cruyff – Vergara ends the Dutch experiment

Vergara decided that the Dutch experiment in Chivas should end, and chose to release the news as the Liga MX final match between Toluca and Xolos was starting (Vergara can’t stand to not have the media talk about his team). After just 6 months, the Dutch experiment in Mexico’s most popular team ends with Cruyff getting fired. Who would have thought, right? Well, ok, we all saw...
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December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Cruyff fired as adviser to Mexican soccer club

Dutch soccer great Johan Cruyff has been fired as an adviser to the Mexican club Chivas. The dismissal Sunday came nine months after Cruyff was hired to help turn around the slumping Guadalajara team. Chivas reached the recent first-division playoffs but was knocked out in the first round. Cruyff is a former coach of Barcelona. He said at the time of his hiring by Chivas that he...
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December 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Chivas Guadalajara fires Cruyff

Dutch football great Johan Cruyff, a former Barcelona coach, has been fired as an adviser to Guadalajara club Chivas . The club released a statement on Sunday saying Cruyff's contract ''had been terminated.'' The move came just nine months after Cruyff was hired to help turn around the slumping Mexican side. Dutch football great Johan Cruyff, a former Barcelona...
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December 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Guadalajara Chivas fires Cruyff as adviser

Dutch football great Johan Cruyff, a former Barcelona coach, has been fired as an adviser to Guadalajara club Chivas. The club released a statement on Sunday saying Cruyff's contract ''had been terminated.'' The move came just nine months after Cruyff was hired to help turn around the slumping Mexican side. Chivas, which missed the playoffs in Mexico's just...
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December 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Cruyff: Guardiola ´wanted some distance´

Johan Cruyff has explained that Pep Guardiola’s decision to move to New York was motivated by a need to ‘distance’...
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October 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Agent Raiola slams Cruyff

High profile player agent Mino Raiola has launched an astonishing attack on Dutch legend Johan Cruyff. Raiola, who is the...
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October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Ajax confronts the age of austerity

Throughout a long and distinguished playing career as a central defender with a laser-guided long ball, Frank de Boer was poked fun at in his native Netherlands for his slurry speech, interspersed by endless hems and haws. He now manages Ajax , the club he and his twin brother Ronald joined at age 14, after being discovered by another club great, Johan Cruyff. And in almost two...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

High stakes for America, Chivas clash

The past few years have dealt a series of humbling rebukes to bitter rivals Club America and CD Guadalajara . Instead of throwing their weight around in the upper echelons of Mexican soccer, the two largest and most popular clubs in the country have suffered through a fallow period. The two sides have combined to win 21 championships during their storied histories, but neither team...
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October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Cruyff: Clasico season-defining for Real

Barcelona icon Johan Cruyff said reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid cannot afford to lose Sunday’s El Clasico at Camp...
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October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Mourinho hits back at Cruyff

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has launched a stinging attack on former Barcelona boss Johan Cruyff after he mocked their...
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August 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Cruyff: Mourinho is mad

Former Barcelona star Johan Cruyff has branded Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho a failure as a footballer. The Dutchman laughed...
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August 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Chivas gets off to losing start

Toluca kicked off their Mexican Apertura campaign with a 2-1 victory over Guadalajara on Sunday night. First-half goals from Carlos Esquivel and Juan Carlos Cacho put the hosts in the ascendancy, with Rafael Marquez Lugo's strike midway through the second period proving nothing more than a consolation for the visitors. The match was Dutch coach John Van't Schip's debut...
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July 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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