Ecuador football federation hire former Barcelona, Manchester United midfielder Jordi Cruyff as national team coach
Jordi Cruyff, the son of coaching legend Johan Cruyff, has signed a three-year contract, the Ecuador football federation said
LaLiga: Barcelona appoint new coach Quique Setien; tasked with restoring Catalans' iconic passing style
Setien delivered an example of what his sides are capable of last season when Betis beat Barcelona 4-3 at Camp Nou — the first team in two years to triumph there and also the last side to do so.
Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Netherlands are 'back where they belong' says Virgil van Dijk after sealing automatic qualification
Virgil van Dijk, who will miss their final qualifier against winless Estonia on Tuesday due to personal reasons, said there was still room for improvement
Dutch court orders removal of allegations of Johan Cruyff taking money from charity from football icon’s biography
The author of a biography of Dutch football great Johan Cruyff was ordered Friday by a court to remove allegations in his book that the star took millions of euros from a charity bearing his name.
In two pre-season games, Frenkie de Jong, who excelled for Ajax on their run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, has already shown promising signs.
LaLiga: Frenkie de Jong says Barcelona's promise to make him 'key player' convinced him to sign for club
Frenkie de Jong said that Barcelona's promise to make him a key player convinced him to sign for the Catalan giants earlier this year, as he was presented at the Camp Nou on Friday.
European football talking points: Bayern Munich give Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery perfect send off; Ajax clinch Eredivisie title
Bayern Munich produced a trademark swashbuckling display of football to ensure the title remained in Munich on Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery's final match for the Bavarians.
Champions League: Lucas Moura repays Mauricio Pochettino's faith to fire Tottenham Hotspur into first final
Under Mauricio Pochettino's tutelage, Lucas has been given the opportunity to play to his strengths and now reach the Champions League final — a feat PSG are still trying to achieve.
Champions League: Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs need to counter Ajax's possession-based game with patient play
For Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs, the key to unlocking the Ajax puzzle might well be to not try and play the game they want you to.
Champions League: New generation Ajax mirror Johan Cruyff's Total Football to unsettle Tottenham in first leg
Spurs can pat their backs for clinging on to the tie and making a comeback after a first half that saw Ajax remind the world why they are the masters of Johan Cruyff's Total Football.
Champions League: Injury-hit Tottenham Hotspur need to dig deep to halt free-flowing Ajax in semi-final first leg
Ajax earned themselves the tag of the giant-killers in this year’s Champions League after beating Juventus and Real Madrid in the run into the semi-finals, and will be quietly confident of beating an injury-hit Spurs in the two legs
Pele says Lionel Messi 'only has one skill', rates himself and Diego Maradona above Barcelona forward
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is not even rated in the top three of football's greatest players by the 78-year-old Brazilian.
LaLiga: Former FC Barcelona president Josep Lluis Nunez passes away at 87, leaves behind incredible legacy of La Masia and tiki-taka
Nunez established La Masia in 1979, the club´s training centre, now famous for bringing through the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and Pep Guardiola.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Outcome of Croatia-England clash hinges on battle between Luka Modric and Jordan Henderson
Under Gareth Southgate, this England team has given more emphasis on awareness and positioning. Henderson finds himself as the metaphor of that furrowed brow of anticipation on the touchline and the lurking storm in Modric’s peripheral vision.
En route to guiding the Dutch national team to a runner-ups finish at the 1974 World Cup, Johan Cruyff first showcased the Cruyff Turn in a group match against Sweden's Jan Olsson at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.
Copa del Rey: Philippe Coutinho named in Barcelona squad for Espanyol clash; to wear iconic number 14 shirt
Coutinho has been cleared to make his debut at Camp Nou as Barcelona look to overturn a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol in the first leg of their quarter-final clash.
Real Madrid might be a model for other super clubs to follow, those which are not in thrall of a particular way of playing. By setting an example, Zidane has earned the right to be called great once again. It is time for the gates of the pantheon to reopen.
La Liga: Ernesto Valverde faces difficult task of delivering stability and renewed glory at Barcelona
Valverde needs to adapt to Messi, and not vice versa. It’s another challenge for Barcelona’s coach. He is tasked with delivering stability and renewed glory at Barcelona, an act that will be difficult to balance.
Unlike two of his more recent predecessors, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique, Valverde is little known outside of Spain having had a far less distinguished playing and managerial career thus far.
Europa League: Peter Bosz’s Ajax have gone a long way in restoring proud heritage of Johan Cruyff’s club
Ajax's victory over Lyon was a tribute to the Johan Cruyff era, with a flexible 4-3-3 formation that blended contemporary athleticism with the high press.