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Johan Cruyff Biography

Hendrik Johannes Cruijff known as Johan Cruyff, is a former Dutch footballer and is currently the manager of the Catalonia football team. Cruyff joined Ajax youth system on his 10th birthday. He made his first team debut on 15 November 1964 in the Eredivisie, against GVAV. In the 1969–70 season, Cruyff won his second league and cup "double". On 2 June 1971, in London, Ajax won the European Cup by defeating Panathinaikos 2–0. In the summer of 1973, Cruyff was sold to Barcelona for 6 million guilder. He helped the club win La Liga for the first time since 1960, along the way defeating Real Madrid 5–0 at their home of Bernabéu. He was also crowned European Footballer of the Year. During his time at Barcelona, Cruyff scored one of his most famous goals, The 'Phantom' Goal. At the age of 32, he signed a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League (NASL). In January 1981, Cruyff played three friendly matches for FC Dordrecht. He soon shifted to Levante and took the field for the first time in March. Cruyff then returned to play in his homeland, rejoining Ajax on 30 November 1980 as "technical advisor" of trainer Leo Beenhakker. Cruyff joined Ajax's archrivals Feyenoord at the end of the 1982–83 season.   He won the Ballon d'Or a record three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. In 1999, Cruyff's profile was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by the IFFHS, and came second behind Pelé in their World Player of the Century poll  

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Video: Barcelona pay beautiful tribute to Johan Cruyff on the anniversary of his death
Video: Barcelona pay beautiful tribute to Johan Cruyff on the anniversary of his death
Cruyff passed away in 2016 and Barcelona remember his services to the club in this video
Barcelona legend to have a statue built outside Camp Nou
Barcelona legend to have a statue built outside Camp Nou
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