World of Johan Cruyff



Last nameCruijff
First nameHendrik Johannes
Date of birthApril 25th, 1947 (Johan passed away on March 24th, 2016, age 68)
Place of birthAmsterdam
NicknamesJopie, Number 14, El Salvador
Burgerlijke staatMarried to Danny Coster
ChildrenChantal, Susila, Jordi
ClubsAjax, FC Barcelona, Los Angeles Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante,
International games48 (33 goals, 34 times captain)
Favoriete trainerRinus Michels
Favorite playersAlfredo di Stefano and Faas Wilkes
Least favorite opponentBerti Vogts
Favorite stadiumCamp Nou in Barcelona
Favoriete shirtAjax. Is just a little more dynamic than other shirts. Barcelona’s is sometimes hard to make out in the distance, especially when a player walks close to the stands.
Favorite matchAjax – Liverpool, de famous fog match (December 7th 1966)
Sport apart from soccerGolf
HolidaySpain, the mountains in winter and the sun in summer
FoodI eat everything. I love fish, but I also love marrowfat peas with lard or stew. I am very easy
DrinkSpanish red wine
Stand-up comedianUsed to be Toon Hermans, André van Duin at a later stage. I find people who have the ability to give others a happy night special.
WriterI read all kinds of things. Especially detective novels. Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth, relaxing reading.
MusicNat King Cole. Beatles. Quiet music. Laurens van Rooijen, Richard Clayderman.
PainterVincent van Gogh and all naïve art
FilmThe Godfather
PoliticianHonest. Someone who does something good for the collective. I am not bound to a party, therefore I will not mention names.
ClothingClassical. I think Zegna is beautiful. So is Hugo Boss.
CarI have been driving Mercedes for years.
Happinessfamily life
Fear of failureI do not have it.
UncertaintyYou do not know the final standing, but you must never be influenced by that.
ShapeDoes not exist. You are in control of that.
JoyAll that is beautiful around me. That can be a painting, but my grandchildren as well.
PrideOf my children who, despite the extreme circumstances in which they grew up, as as they are. We are a tight family.
CourageNecessary to succeed. People who take the initiative have the most succes.
AngerPeople who use an institute in a cunning fashion without adding to it.
Birthday giftI ask for nothing, I get something. I like everything people put their time and attention to.
Soccer-playing sonLovely! I have been at all events. Including the Dutch national soccer team.
To favour or to neglectNeither. As a trainer, you are dealing with soccer players. Not with your son. I have protected every player. You cannot bring it onto someone to debut in a full Nou Camp when they are not yet up to it. Especially your son. You would not let them hiss at your son, would you?
EmancipationMen and women will always be equals, but they will also be different.
Helping out in the houseOf course. But not because I should.
DannyThe most important person in my life. Without her, I would have made so many mistakes… Not necessarily by your own stupidity, but because you are confronted by so many interests. She keeps me on course.


More than thirty years in football have resulted in an astonishing amount of championships, cups, prizes and personal awards, both as a trainer and as a player.

National champion14
European Cup I4
European Cup II2
World Cup1
European Super Cup2
National Super Cup3

Total Premios: 36