Johan Cruyff – Our Loss
Johan Cruff was one of the greatest footballers of all time, and was integral to the success of Dutch football in the 70s.
He started his career at his boyhood club, Ajax in Amsterdam in 1964 where he scored an amazing 190 goals in just 240 appearances. That’s almost four goals in every five games. During that time he won Netherland’s top flight eight times, the Cup five, plus four European trophies and an Intercontinental Cup.
He transferred to Barcelona in Spain for a world record transfer fee in 1973. Here he added La Liga and the Copa del Rey. He returned to Ajax in 1983, but ended his career with rivals, Feyenoord, where he helped them win the double.
Cruff moved into football management where he was extremely successful. His brand of coaching
Cruyff is one of only three players to have won the original Ballon d’Or three times. The other two are Michel Platini and Marco van Basten. Along with a host of personal accolades, Johan Cruyff was voted Europe’s player of the century in 1999.
In 2010 he was honoured with the FIFA Order of Merit for his contribution to football.
Cruyff was a heavy smoker and although he gave it up in 1991, in October 2015 he was diagnosed with cancer.
On 24 March 2016, Johan Cruyff, Mr Total Football, died in Barcelona. He was 68. Our loss.
Here are some of the others that passed away recently. Our Loss:
Gary Shandling (66) 24 March. Gary Shandling is best known for his sitcom, “The Larry Sanders Show”. He was also a script writer. His work here included “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “Sandford and Son”. Shandling died from a heart attack.
Larry Drake (66). 17 March. Larry Drake was an actor. He is best remembered for his Emmy Award winning role as Benny Stulwicz in the TV series, L. A. Law.
Tray Walker (23) 18 March. Walker was a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. He died from injuries sustained in a dirt bike accident.
Frank Sinatra, Jr (72) 16 March. Frank Jr, son of the legendary, Frank Sinatra, died suddenly of cardiac arrest.
Asa Briggs (94) 15 March. British historian, Briggs a member of “The Watch” – the Enigma machine code breaking team at Bletchley Park during WWII.
George Martin (90) 8 March. Sir George Martin was a record producer that is responsible for launching the career of the Beatles and introducing them to the world. Fondly referred to as the fifth Beatle, Martin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the UK Music Hall of fame in 2006.