Johan Cruyff was born on April 25, 1947, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sportsman Hendrik Johannes Cruyff was born on April 25, 1947, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Growing up close to the arena of AFC Ajax, the neighborhood soccer club, the child grabbed the focus of team officials and joined its youth division at age 10. His mom also started working for the club two years afterwards, after her husband died of a heart attack.
At that time, manager Rinus Michels was preaching his “Total Football” strategy, in which players seamlessly rotated between locations on the field. The gifted Cryuff proved perfect with this system; nominally a center forward, he’d the speed and brains to flourish wherever placed. Between 1966 and 1973, Ajax won six Dutch tournaments, three European Cups and two UEFA Super Cups.
He won another Ballon d’Or Award midway through his first season in Spain, and became the initial three-time winner the next year. In 1974, Cruyff made his only World Cup appearance for the Netherlands. Although they lost in the final to West Germany, the sponsor state, the Dutch playmaker was named the most notable player of the tournament. Totally, he scored 33 goals in 48 international appearances.
Cruyff declared his retirement after the 1978 season, however he restarted his career in America, playing for the Los Angeles Aztecs in 1979-’80 as well as the Washington Diplomats the next year. After an injury-blighted season together with the Spanish team Levante UD, he completed his career in the Netherlands with two more successful seasons with Ajax and one with Feyenoord. Despite lacking proper training qualifications, Cryuff took over as manager of Ajax in 1985 and directed the team to two Dutch Cups and a UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup in 3 years.
His return to Barcelona in 1988 resulted in among the very most successful stretches in team history. But, the pressure to win in Barcelona was extreme; Cruyff got double heart bypass operation in 1991, and he was fired at the conclusion of the 1996 season after failing to win any major titles over a two-year stretch. Cruyff took some time to often his business interests, which included running the Johan Cruyff Foundation as well as the Johan Cruyff Institute. The conclusion of the decade also brought more private acknowledgement.
In 2009, the football great returned to the sidelines as coach of the Catalonia national team. He became an adviser for the Mexican team Chivas Guadalajara in February 2012, but was fired in December after the team’s disappointing season. One month after, he stepped down as Catalonia’s trainer. Cruyff stays an adviser for Ajax, and an open source for things associated with the sport he once so readily mastered.