THE MORE time goes on, the more you wish you’d seen Johan Cruyff in his pomp on a regular basis. The early 1970s was a marvellous time for those that like their football “total” and the Dutch team of the era and Ajax provided us with a brand of football that has rarely been bettered. They had one thing in common – Johan Cruyff, arguably the greatest European player of all time.
Here’s 10 clips from the Cruyff back catalogue that are worth replaying over and over again:
The Cruyff turn
That game against Sweden in the 1974 World Cup.
Holland v Brazil 1974
Neeskens and Cruyff beat the holders.
European Cup Final 1972
Cruyff scores twice. An excellent Dutch TV review.
Dominant at Wembley 1977
His last appearance in England with Holland. He dictated play.
10 from Ajax
Clips from Ajax TV – 10 goals from the master.
Football’s greatest teams – Ajax
Obviously, plenty of Cruyff.
Thrashing Real Madrid
The 1973-74 game which announced Cruyff’s arrival in Spain.
Johan Cruyff 1977
A French film – lovely footage.
Football’s Greatest – Cruyff
A nice SKY TV film.
Liverpool in the fog
The 1966 game which brought Cruyff to the attention of Europe.