Johan Cruyff Profile

Johan Cruyff - Career

One of the genuine icons of football, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Born on April 25, 1947, in Amsterdam, Cruyff started his footballing career at Ajax, where he quickly established himself as a prodigious talent.

Cruyff was a key player in Ajax's famous Total Football team of the 1970s, which dominated both the Dutch and European football scenes. He helped Ajax win eight Eredivisie titles and three European Cups, scoring a total of 324 goals in 654 appearances for the club.

Cruyff's success at Ajax saw him become a national hero in the Netherlands, and he was named Dutch Footballer of the Year three times in a row from 1972 to 1974. He also won the Ballon d'Or, awarded to the best player in Europe, three times in 1971, 1973, and 1974.

After leaving Ajax, Cruyff had stints at Barcelona and the Los Angeles Aztecs before returning to Ajax and finally retiring from professional football in 1984. He made 48 appearances for the Netherlands national team, scoring 33 goals and leading the team to the 1974 World Cup final.

Cruyff was known for his incredible technical ability, vision, and creativity on the field. He was a master of the "Cruyff turn," a move that involved feinting to pass or shoot before dragging the ball behind his standing leg with the inside of his foot and accelerating away in the opposite direction. Cruyff was also a highly intelligent player and was known for his tactical astuteness, both on and off the field.

After retiring from professional football, Cruyff went on to become a highly successful coach, leading both Ajax and Barcelona to multiple domestic and European titles. He is also credited with popularizing the concept of Total Football, a fluid, attacking style of play that emphasizes positional interchangeability and collective movement.

Johan Cruyff - Career in Brief


Years Club
1964-73 Ajax Ajax
1973-78 Barcelona Barcelona
1978-79 Los Angeles Aztecs Los Angeles Aztecs
1980-81 Washington Diplomats Washington Diplomats
1981 Levante Levante
1981-83 Ajax Ajax
1983-84 Feyenoord crest Feyenoord


Team Netherlands
Debut 1966
Last Match 1977
Caps 48
Goals 33

Johan Cruyff - Playing Style

Johan Cruyff was known for his unique playing style, which combined technical ability, tactical astuteness, and creativity. Cruyff was also highly intelligent and had a deep understanding of the game, which allowed him to anticipate the movements of his opponents and teammates. He was a visionary player who helped revolutionize the sport with his innovative approach to attacking football, emphasizing positional interchangeability and collective movement.