Johan Cruyff viewed the game in a way that none had before him. Through this, he was able to excel on-and-off the pitch.
One year without Johan.
"Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is."
"I always threw the ball in, because then if I got the ball back, I was the only player unmarked."
"There is only one ball, so you need to have it."
"Someone who has juggled the ball in the air during a game, after which four defenders of the opponent get the time to run back, that’s the player people think is great. I say he has to go to a circus."
"Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate."
"In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker, and the striker the first defender"
"Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal."
"People who are not of my level can’t affect my integrity."
"If I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster."
"If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better."
In Memory of The Flying Dutchman.