'Proud of Jordi'Aug 31, 2015
"I am very proud of my son Jordi who has been technical director of Maccabi Tel Aviv for a while now", Johan Cruyff writes in his weekly column in 'De Telegraaf'. "His club not only qualified for the Champions League, they also did Dutch football a huge favour by eliminating the Czech and Swiss champions in the qualifying rounds."
"They are the two countries that are the biggest danger to Netherlands on the UEFA ranking. The elimination of FC Basel especially is a great accomplishment and it proves once more that you can reach far despite working with a smaller budget."
"What's even more special is that Jordi has won the league three times in three years with three different coaches. This proves that he is a good performance manager. For example, he decided to not extend the contract of the coach who had won three trophies. But Jordi thought he had not allowed the squad to reach its full potential."
"I know how hard it was for him, but still he was not afraid to make the decision. Like it should be at the highest level. You try to reach the best results within your abilities. And to keep that in mind when you have success, is essential."
"While Dutch football is having some problems, Dutch athletes are doing very well in other sports. Wether it is swimming, hockey, equaestrian or athletics, in all these sports big steps are being made."
"Especially in athletics this is no coincidence. Of course there is Dafne Schippers, but apart from Schippers, Holland also have a strong 4 x 100m team and are at world level in other disciplines. This proves that they have done good work in broad areas. Not only Schippers' coach, but also a man like Charles van Commenée who as the man to oversee things took the right decisions at the right time."