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Johan Cruijff
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Soccer Player
    (April 25, 1947-March 24, 2016)
    Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Birth name was Hendrik Johannes Cruijff
    Last name also spelled 'Cruyff'
    Played for Ajax (1964-73,1981-83), FC Barcelona (1973-78), the Los Angeles Aztecs (1979-80), the Washington Diplomats (1980-81), Levante (1981) and Feyenoord (1983-4)
    Played for the Netherlands in the World Cup (1974)
    Managed Ajax (1986-88) and FC Barcelona (1988-96)
    During a match against Czechoslovakia, he became the first member of the Netherlands national team to earn a red card and was suspended for a year from international play (1966).
    Because he had a sponsorship deal with Puma, he wore two stripes on his sleeve instead of the three Adidas stripes worn by all other Dutch players.
    When Ajax did not offer him a new contract, he responded by signing with their archrivals, Feyenoord.
    He was a chain smoker until he underwent heart bypass surgery.
    He then became a chain lollipop sucker.
    He was one of three people named European Footballer of the Year three times (1971,1973-74).
    He was dubbed 'Pythagoras in boots' for his precisely angled passes.
    FC Barcelona fans called him 'El Salvador' for his successful careers as player and coach.
    He appeared in anti-smoking ads for the Catalan government.
    He was named European Player of the Century (1999).

Credit: C. Fishel


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