Johan Cruyff death anniversary: Remembering the Dutch icon one year after his death

Johan Cruyff, thrice voted the world player of the year, guided the Netherlands to the World Cup final in 1974.

FP Sports March 24, 2017 17:52:08 IST
Johan Cruyff death anniversary: Remembering the Dutch icon one year after his death

Exactly a year after his demise due to cancer, Johan Cruyff's legacy has endured. Cruyff was not simply a legend, he was an icon who pioneered his own brand of the game called Total Football. His imprint on the sport is still visible in the way some great European teams play football.

Johan Cruyff death anniversary Remembering the Dutch icon one year after his death

File photo of Johan Cruyff. AP

The Dutchman, thrice voted the world player of the year, guided the Netherlands to the World Cup final in 1974. He also left an impact on the way Barcelona play football, having spent eight years in charge as manager.

His legacy, though, was not restricted to the field. After his retirement from playing and coaching, he initiated the Cruyff Foundation, Cruyff Institute, Cruyff Classics, Cruyff Football and Cruyff Library. While the Johan Cruyff Foundation aims at fostering the development of children through sport, the Johan Cruyff Institute educates athletes, sport and business professionals to become leaders in sport management. A part of the Cruyff Library's profits are given to the Cruyff Foundation. Cruyff Football was set up to aid professional football clubs and national federations to play attractive football, produce homegrown players and adopt sustainable football strategies.

All of this has contributed to Cruyff being a perpetual presence in the sport.

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