Cruyff Management


As a player

1964 – 1973Ajax (318 appearances, 250 goals)
1973 – 1978Barcelona (184 appearances, 61 goals)
1979Los Angelas Aztecs (27 appearances, 14 goals)
1980 – 1981Washington Diplomats (32 appearances, 12 goals)
1981Levante (10 appearances, 2 goals)
1981 – 1983Ajax (52 appearances, 20 goals)
1983 – 1984Feyenoord (44 appearances, 13 goals)
1966 – 1984Netherlands (48 appearances, 33 goals)
AjaxEredivisie 1966, 67, 68, 70, 72, 73, 82, 83;
KNVB Cup 1967, 71, 72, 83;
European Cup 1971, 72, 73;
European Super Cup 1972, 1973;
Intercontinental Cup 1972
BarcelonaLa Liga 1974; Copa del Rey 1978
FeyenoordEredivisie 1984; KNVB Cup 1984

As a manager

1985 – 1988Ajax (KNVB Cup 1986, 87; European Cup Winners? Cup 1987)
1988 – 1996Barcelona (La Liga 1991, 92, 93, 94; Copa del Rey 1992; European Cup 1992; European Cup Winners’ Cup 1989)
2009 – 2013Catalonia
1971Ballon d’Or
1973Ballon d’Or
1974Ballon d’Or and World Cup Player of the Tournament

Significant dates

1947(25 April) born in Amsterdam
1957(25 April) joins Ajax youth team
1959(8 July) father dies
1964(15 November) makes first-team debut for Ajax and scores his first goal in 3’1 defeat to GVAV
196566 season: scores first hat-trick and 25 goals for the season; Ajax win Eredivisie
1966(7 September) makes debut and scores for Netherlands in Euro ’68 qualifier against Hungary (2’2)
1967(6 November) becomes first Dutch international to receive a red card
1966 – 1967is leading scorer in the league (33 goals) and Dutch Footballer of the Year; Ajax wins the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup
1967 – 1968named Dutch Footballer of the Year; Ajax are Eredivisie champions for third successive year
1968(10 December) marries Danny Coster
1969(28 May) Ajax lose European Cup final to Milan (4’1)
1970returns from injury wearing No. 14 shirt; he would wear the same number for the rest of his career
1970(29 November) scores six goals in 8’1 defeat of AZ ’67
1971named Dutch and European Footballer of the Year; (2 June) Ajax win the European Cup final for the first time (2’1 vs Panathinaikos); signs seven-year deal with Ajax
1972(31 May) scores both goals as Ajax win second European Cup (2’0 vs Inter Milan); Ajax win Intercontinental Cup
1973(30 May) Ajax win European Cup for third successive season (1’0 vs Juventus)
1973(19 August) plays last match for Ajax before moving to Barcelona for world record fee ($2 million approx.)
1974(9 February) son Jordi born; birth registered in Amsterdam as name is illegal in Spain under Franco’s regime
1974(17 February) Barcelona beat Real Madrid 5’0 at the Bernabéu and go on to win La Liga for first time since 1960
1974leads Netherlands to World Cup final, losing 2’1 to West Germany; named Player of the Tournament; first demonstrates the ‘Cruyff Turn’ during a group game against Sweden
1974(December) named European Footballer of the Year
1977(October) retires from international football
1978(19 April) Barcelona win Copa del Rey (3’1 vs Las Palmas)
1978Netherlands reach the World Cup final again, losing 3’1 to Argentina in extra time
1979Barcelona’s La Masia youth academy founded on Cruyff ‘s advice
1981moves to Los Angeles Aztecs; voted NASL Player of the Year
1981moves to Washington Diplomats
1980(November) rejoins Ajax, then in 8th place, as technical advisor; Ajax finish season in 2nd
1981moves to Levante after a transfer to Leicester City falls through
1981 – 1982signs as a player for Ajax
1982 – 1983Ajax win Eredivisie
1983 – 1984Ajax win Eredivisie and KNVB Cup double
1983 – 1984moves to rivals Feyenoord after Ajax fail to renew his contract; Feyenoord win the league and KNVB Cup double
1984named Dutch Footballer of the Year for a fifth time
1984(13 May) retires from competitive football
1985(June) joins Ajax as technical director (de facto manager)
1985 – 1987Ajax win KNVB Cup in two consecutive seasons
1987(13 May) Ajax win European Cup Winners’ Cup (1’0 vs Lokomotive Leipzig)
1988(Summer) joins Barcelona as manager
1989(10 May) Barcelona win European Cup Winners’ Cup (2’0 vs Sampdoria)
1990(5 April) Barcelona win Copa del Rey
(February) undergoes double heart bypass surgery
1992(20 May) Barcelona win European Cup (1’0 aet vs Sampdoria)
1993(February/March) Barcelona win European Super Cup (3’2 agg. vs Werder Bremen)
1991 – 1994Barcelona win La Liga four times in succession
1996(April) is sacked as manager of Barcelona
1997Cruyff Foundation established
1999voted European Player of the Century and comes voted second to Pelé in World Player of the Century poll
1999Cruyff Institute founded
2004named in FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players
2009100th Cruyff Court opened
2015(October) is diagnosed with lung cancer
2016(24 March) dies in Barcelona, aged sixty-eight