World of Johan Cruyff



Last name Cruijff
First name Hendrik Johannes
Date of birth April 25th, 1947 (Johan passed away on March 24th, 2016, age 68)
Place of birth Amsterdam
Nicknames Jopie, Number 14, El Salvador
Burgerlijke staat Married to Danny Coster
Children Chantal, Susila, Jordi
Clubs Ajax, FC Barcelona, Los Angeles Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante,
International games 48 (33 goals, 34 times captain)
Favoriete trainer Rinus Michels
Favorite players Alfredo di Stefano and Faas Wilkes
Least favorite opponent Berti Vogts
Favorite stadium Camp Nou in Barcelona
Favoriete shirt Ajax. 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 match Ajax – Liverpool, de famous fog match (December 7th 1966)
Sport apart from soccer Golf
Holiday Spain, the mountains in winter and the sun in summer
Food I eat everything. I love fish, but I also love marrowfat peas with lard or stew. I am very easy
Drink Spanish red wine
Color Red
Stand-up comedian Used 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.
Writer I read all kinds of things. Especially detective novels. Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth, relaxing reading.
Music Nat King Cole. Beatles. Quiet music. Laurens van Rooijen, Richard Clayderman.
Painter Vincent van Gogh and all naïve art
Film The Godfather
Architect Gaudi
Politician Honest. Someone who does something good for the collective. I am not bound to a party, therefore I will not mention names.
Clothing Classical. I think Zegna is beautiful. So is Hugo Boss.
Car I have been driving Mercedes for years.
Happiness family life
Fear of failure I do not have it.
Uncertainty You do not know the final standing, but you must never be influenced by that.
Shape Does not exist. You are in control of that.
Joy All that is beautiful around me. That can be a painting, but my grandchildren as well.
Pride Of my children who, despite the extreme circumstances in which they grew up, as as they are. We are a tight family.
Courage Necessary to succeed. People who take the initiative have the most succes.
Anger People who use an institute in a cunning fashion without adding to it.
Birthday gift I ask for nothing, I get something. I like everything people put their time and attention to.
Soccer-playing son Lovely! I have been at all events. Including the Dutch national soccer team.
To favour or to neglect Neither. 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?
Emancipation Men and women will always be equals, but they will also be different.
Helping out in the house Of course. But not because I should.
Danny The 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 champion 14
Cup 10
European Cup I 4
European Cup II 2
World Cup 1
European Super Cup 2
National Super Cup 3

Total Premios: 36