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JOHAN CRUYFF RUMORS & GOSSIP

Dutch great Johan Cruyff backs Van Praag's FIFA candidacy

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Dutch football great Johan Cruyff has thrown his support behind the bid by his longtime friend Michael van Praag to unseat Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Cruyff says Van Praag, who is head of the Dutch football association and a member of UEFA's executive committee, is ''somebody you can count on.'' In his column Monday in top-selling Dutch daily De...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Cruyff laughs off Laporta claims Barca will sign CR7, Mourinho

Johan Cruyff has dismissed Joan Laporta's talk of bringing Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona as completely without substance. Laporta was president of the Catalan giants between 2003 and 2010 and met with Jorge Mendes - agent of the Real Madrid forward and current Chelsea boss - in midweek. Reports in Spain have been circulating that Laporta will contest the...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 Best Barcelona Players Ever

Wow, this was tough to limit this to 10 players. I originally had 15 and it was tough to take 5 of those players off because they all deserved to be on the list. Just like with the Real Madrid article, you will not see any current Barcelona players on the list. So that means no Messi although he certainly seems like he’ll end up being 1st when he retires.   10. Ronaldo While...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Greatest El Clasico Games

As I was researching what to include in the top 10 greatest El Clasico’s, I realized that there are way too many worthy games to put on this list. I’m sure I have left off some your favorites so I’m sorry in advance. I wanted to mix in history, great individual performances and great games to creat a well rounded list so enjoy. 1) Alfredo Di Stefano’s First El Clasico ...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Diego Simeone And Atletico Madrid Play Their Own Version Of “Total Football”

Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch player and former manager of Barcelona, was once asked his thoughts on the footballing philosophy known as “total football”. The man, who is arguably the biggest proponent of the football tactic, replied: “Attackers could play as defenders and defenders as attackers. Everyone could play everywhere.” Total football is an attack-oriented strategy...
Via World Soccer Talk
August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 21 – Total Football

No. 21: Total Football, (Germany, 1974) Every so often, one team can capture the imagination of the watching world. Typically, they are sides that play in a striking style, with unique ideas and ultimately, sample their fair degree of success. In 1974, the Dutch national team—competing at their first World Cup in 36 years—did exactly that. With Rinus Michels at the helm, the...
Via World Soccer Talk
May 22, 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 ...
Via World Soccer Talk
March 26, 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 the ball has...
Via Fox Soccer
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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