Saturday, 30 October 2010
Holland 1974 - No.14 Cruyff.
The World Cup final in 1974 was supposed to be player of the tournament Johan Cruyffs defining moment. Unfortunately for him the hosts Germany hadnt read the script.
It was a tribute to the Dutch that they were overwhelming favourites in a match against a German team that started with 6 players who had just won a European cup.
Maybe the fact Holland started so well, scoring before a German player had touched the ball led to a relaxed approach and goals from Breitner and Muller sealed their fate.
Cruyff was known for his technical ability, speed, acceleration and dribbling but his greatest quality was vision, based on an acute sense of his team-mates' positions as an attack unfolded. He played centre forward but would drop deep to confuse his markers or suddenly move to the wing with devastating effect. Due to the way Cruyff played his game, he is still referred to as "the total footballer".
In the early seventies he won 3 successive European cups with Ajax, the Ballon d'Or a record three times and is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time.
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