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"Not a matter of talent"

Oct 12, 2015

"It is not about how talented someone is, but how that talent is handled", says Johan Cruyff in his weekly column in 'De Telegraaf' with reference to the Dutch national team. "It seems we are not able to have a good build-up against weaker teams, not allowing to have a good attack in play."

"The Dutch national team started well against Kazakhstan, but failed in the last 20 minutes. In this phase the Kazakh played more reckless through which the Dutch lost total control. This again shows that when Dutch teams are required to decide their game plan, they are not able to do so."

"This proves the previous World Cup has not been analysed well enough. The way the Dutch team was forced to play football back then should have been a wake-up call. However, after Brazil one has not raised enough questions about how it got this far. Instead most dealt with business as usual after the surprising third place."

"One and a half year later the Dutch team are in trouble. Not because the players are worse, but because they were handled wrong."


Oct 12, 2015

"Not a matter of talent"

"It is not about how talented someone is, but how that talent is handled", says Johan Cruyff in his weekly column in 'De Telegraaf' with reference to the Dutch national team. "It seems we are not able to have a good build-up against weaker teams, not allowing to have a good attack in play."

Oct 05, 2015

"Limit number of foreign players in starting line-up"

"In league football each club should be allowed to field only five foreign players in their starting line-up", Johan Cruyff writes in his weekly column in Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf'. "National teams, including Spain and England, will suffer as a result of local players finding it impossible to get first team football."

Sep 28, 2015

The misuse of the 'number 10'

"I can give you more than 10 reasons why a 'number 10' does not work in a 4-3-3 system. It does not make you stronger, but weaker." Johan Cruyff has his doubts about Ajax' choice to field a so called 'number 10' in their system and discusses his concerns in his weekly column in Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf'.



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Aug 10, 2015 Ajax are ignoring basic principles
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Jun 15, 2015 Look at quality in transferwindow
Jun 08, 2015 Messi example for Holland
Jun 01, 2015 'Blatter should have stepped down'
May 26, 2015 Wonderful events in May
May 18, 2015 Juve's policy pays off
May 11, 2015 'You never know with Bayern'
May 04, 2015 Barcelona-Bayern an interesting benchmark
Apr 27, 2015 You play football with your head
Apr 20, 2015 'Ajax should be alert'
Apr 13, 2015 Cruyff not worried about Ajax
Apr 09, 2015 Ajax have to take next step
Mar 30, 2015 'Football that hurts your eyes'
Mar 23, 2015 No good use of the backs
Mar 16, 2015 A supporter of the Bayern-method
Mar 09, 2015 'Lack of logical thinking'
Mar 02, 2015 Bad week for Dutch football
Feb 23, 2015 "Too much walking"
Feb 16, 2015 "Ajax has experience"
Feb 09, 2015 PSV making progress
Feb 02, 2015 Cruyff supports Van Praag
Jan 26, 2015 "Africa Cup is not getting any more fun"
Jan 19, 2015 Cruyff criticizes Ballon d'Or election
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Dec 22, 2014 Spaces, techniques and backs: Cruyff talks football at KNVB meeting
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Nov 24, 2014 How not to play
Nov 17, 2014 ''Satisfied, but not blind''
Nov 10, 2014 The typical Dutch problem
Nov 03, 2014 Clubs do not know how to handle advantage
Oct 27, 2014 Kroos is the example
Oct 20, 2014 'Our midfield is getting weaker and weaker'
Oct 13, 2014 'An unwelcome surprise'
Oct 06, 2014 Limit number of foreign players in PL
Sep 29, 2014 ''A good feeling about Feyenoord''
Sep 22, 2014 APOEL can cause upset
Sep 15, 2014 ''I see a lot of strange things''
Sep 08, 2014 Children transfers
Sep 01, 2014 Poor results in Europa League affect Eredivisie
Aug 25, 2014 Learning from defeat
Aug 18, 2014 Cruijff worried about technical abilities
Aug 11, 2014 'Focus on development'
Jul 14, 2014 "Germany ambassador for football"
Jul 07, 2014 "I loved goalkeeper substitution"
Jun 30, 2014 Cruyff praises Dutch, criticizes Brazil
Jun 24, 2014 'Now we need good football'
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Jun 10, 2014 Brazil favourites to win world cup
Jun 03, 2014 'Klaassen would be useful at world cup'
May 26, 2014 Compliments to Ancelotti and Atlético
May 19, 2014 "I feel sorry for Messi"
May 13, 2014 The puzzle that is preparing for the world cup
May 05, 2014 Bayern playing most beautiful tactic and most difficult
May 05, 2014 Two-striped shirt is my identity
Apr 28, 2014 Ajax deserve to win championship
Apr 22, 2014 Gift from heaven above
Apr 15, 2014 'Club's organisation to blame for Barcelona's decline'
Apr 09, 2014 Cruyff criticizes Mourinho
Apr 02, 2014 'Bayern as example for Ajax'
Mar 28, 2014 'Pep and Bayern almost perfect match'
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Feb 14, 2014 Cruyff receives UEFA President's Award
Jan 28, 2014 Bartomeu wants Cruyff back at Barça
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Oct 01, 2013 "Barça's new style of play is normal"
Sep 14, 2013 Cruyff will not attend Barça – Ajax
Sep 11, 2013 "Lack of experience can haunt Netherlands"
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Aug 29, 2013 UEFA donates one million euros to Cruyff Foundation
Aug 15, 2013 "The current transfer window system is flawed"
Aug 12, 2013 "Devastating effect of duo Messi-Neymar to be seen"
Jul 28, 2013 Ajax win Johan Cruyff Schaal
Jul 24, 2013 Cruyff has faith in new Barça coach
Jul 06, 2013 Crisis at Cruyff's former employer Chivas
Jul 06, 2013 Cruyff selected in all-time World XI
Jun 16, 2013 Laporta wants to run for re-election at Barça
May 22, 2013 Marco van Ginkel wins Johan Cruyff Award
May 21, 2013 Cruyff: "Ajax need to improve on all levels"
May 14, 2013 Barcelona claim 22nd La Liga title
May 06, 2013 Cruyff celebrates Ajax title in Israel
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Apr 25, 2013 Jordi Cruyff champion of Israel