The Great Johan Cruyff Passes Away

The soccer world is in mourning after the announcement that legend Johan Cruyff passed away. The 68 year old lost a five month battle with cancer. Johan Cruyff was arguably one of best footballers to ever play the sport having a great career as both a player and coach.

On October 22, Cruyff’s family made it known that he was diagnosed with cancer in the lungs.  Five months later, he passed peacefully and was surrounded by his family in Barcelona, Spain. Cruyff was born in Amsterdam and had a magical career with Ajax (1964-1973) and Barcelona (1973-1978). He then played in the USA before finishing his career in Europe with Levante, Ajax, and finally Feyenoord in 1984. Many place him on the same level as Pele and Maradona and is one of the best to ever play the sport.

As a player, with his beloved Ajax, he lifted the Champions League three times (1971-1973) and won the Dutch League on eight occasions. At Barcelona, he won both the Spanish League and Spanish Cup. With the Dutch National Team he did not win any titles but led his country to the 1974 World Cup final and 1976 Euro Semi-finals. Cruyff had 48 appearances and 33 goals with the national team. He was awarded the Golden Ball award three times (1971, 1973, 1974) and was given the European Player of the Century award in 1999.

As a coach he was in charge of his two beloved clubs, Ajax (1985-1988) and Barcelona (1988-1996). With Ajax he led the team to 2 Dutch titles and the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, while with Barcelona he won the Spanish League on 4 four occasions and the Champions League in 1994.

Farewell Cruyff, football will not be the same without…

 

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