Hello guest, if you read this it means you are not registered. Click here to register in a few simple steps, you will enjoy all features of our Forum.

Johan Cruijff
#1
The Holland football legend Johan Cruyff has died of cancer at the age of 68. The Dutchman, who on three occasions was voted the world player of the year, guided Holland to the World Cup final in 1974 and as a manager he spent eight years in charge of Barcelona.

R.I.P.

[Image: johancruyffdiesat68rip.th.jpg]
... best image hosts ...
imageupper, celebimg, imgbox,  sfwimg, imgur, pixhost
all credits to the celeb/model/photographer/agency/magazine and the original site/scanner/capper/uploader; thank you all
[-] The following 1 user says Thank You to jianguo for this post:
  • parker
Reply
#2
Short Bio
Hendrik Johannes (Johan) Cruijff was born on 25 April 1947 in Amsterdam, in a street five minutes away from the AFC Ajax's stadium, his first football club. Johan was the second son of Hermanus Cornelis Cruijff and Petronella Bernarda Draaijer, from a humble, working-class background in east Amsterdam. Cruyff, encouraged by his influential football-loving father and his close proximity in Akkerstraat to the De Meer Stadium, played football with his schoolmates and older brother, Henny, whenever he could, and idolised the prolific Dutch dribbler, Faas Wilkes.

In 1959, Cruyff's father died from a heart attack. Viewing a potential football career as a way of paying tribute to his father, the passing inspired rather than deterred the strong-willed Cruyff. His mother began working at AFC Ajax as a cleaner, deciding that she could no longer carry on at the grocer without her husband, and in the future, this would make Cruyff near-obsessed with financial security but would also give him an appreciation for player aids. His mother would soon meet her second husband, Henk Angel, who was a field hand at Ajax and would prove a key influence in Cruyff's life too.

In the summer of 1973, Cruyff was sold to Barcelona for 6 million guilder (approx. US$2 million, c. 1973) in a world record transfer fee. On 19 August 1973, he played his last match for Ajax where they defeated Amsterdam 6–1, the 2nd match of the 1973–74 season. He further endeared himself when he chose a Catalan name, Jordi, for his son.

At the age of 32, he signed a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He had previously been rumored to be joining the New York Cosmos but the deal did not materialize. However, he did play exhibition games for the Cosmos. He stayed at the Aztecs for only one season, but was voted NASL Player of the Year in that time. The following season, he moved to play for the Washington Diplomats.

After his spell in the US and a short-lived stay at UD Levante in Spain, Cruyff returned to play in his homeland, rejoining Ajax on 30 November 1980 as "technical advisor" of trainer Leo Beenhakker, Ajax being 8th in the ranking of the table of the Dutch League then after 13 games. Ajax would finish 2nd in 1980–81 in June 1981 after 34 games. In December 1981, Cruyff signed a contract with Ajax.

At the end of the 1982–83 season, Ajax decided not to offer Cruyff a new contract. This angered Cruyff, who responded by signing for Ajax's archrivals Feyenoord. Cruyff's season at Feyenoord was a successful one in which the club won the Eredivisie for the first time in a decade, part of a league and KNVB Cup double. The team's success was due to the performances of Cruyff along with Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman.

In 1988, Cruyff returned to FC Barcelona as manager. At Barcelona, Cruyff brought in players such as Pep Guardiola, José Mari Bakero, Txiki Begiristain, Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, Romário, Gheorghe Hagi, and Hristo Stoichkov. Cruyff's "Dream Team" won La Liga four times between 1991 and 1994, and beat Sampdoria in both the 1989 European Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley. Barcelona won a Copa del Rey in 1990, the European Super Cup in 1992 and three Supercopa de España as well as finishing runner-up to Manchester United and A.C. Milan in two European finals.
La Masia, Barcelona's youth academy, was the brainchild of Cruyff. In 1979 Cruyff wanted to establish a copy of the Ajax Academy in Barcelona. His proposal was accepted by president Josep Núñez.

Cruyff used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day prior to undergoing double heart bypass surgery in 1991 while he was the coach of Barcelona, after which he gave up smoking. He also led the anti-smoking campaign developed by the Health Department of the Catalan autonomous government.
... more ...
... it's nothing ...
Reply
#3
Photo Tribute to Johan Cruyff

[Image: cruijff.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_03.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_03e7518.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_04.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_05.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_06.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_07.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_08.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_09.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_10.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_11.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_12.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_13.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_14.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_15.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_16.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_17.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_18.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_19.th.jpg] [Image: JohanCruijff_20.th.jpg]
... best image hosts ...
imageupper, celebimg, imgbox,  sfwimg, imgur, pixhost
all credits to the celeb/model/photographer/agency/magazine and the original site/scanner/capper/uploader; thank you all
Reply
#4
... goosebumps ...


... best image hosts ...
imageupper, celebimg, imgbox,  sfwimg, imgur, pixhost
all credits to the celeb/model/photographer/agency/magazine and the original site/scanner/capper/uploader; thank you all
Reply
#5
... goosebumps 2 ...



... best image hosts ...
imageupper, celebimg, imgbox,  sfwimg, imgur, pixhost
all credits to the celeb/model/photographer/agency/magazine and the original site/scanner/capper/uploader; thank you all
Reply
#6
Johan Cruijff

[Image: johancruijff_0021.th.jpg] [Image: johancruijff_0022.th.jpg] [Image: johancruijff_0023.th.jpg]
... best image hosts ...
imageupper, celebimg, imgbox,  sfwimg, imgur, pixhost
all credits to the celeb/model/photographer/agency/magazine and the original site/scanner/capper/uploader; thank you all
Reply
#7
... died one year ago ...

[Image: johancruijff_0024.th.jpg]
... best image hosts ...
imageupper, celebimg, imgbox,  sfwimg, imgur, pixhost
all credits to the celeb/model/photographer/agency/magazine and the original site/scanner/capper/uploader; thank you all
Reply