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Dutch football legend Johann Cruyff has criticised the Holland team's performance in Sunday's World Cup final against Spain

Dutch football legend Johann Cruyff has criticised the Holland team's performance in Sunday's World Cup final against Spain

<b>1. Johann Cruyff </b><br />
<b>Country:</b> Holland <br />
George Best may have famously nutmegged Cruyff in an international in Rotterdam in 1976, but it was the Dutchman who spent most of his career making others look silly. What a gifted player. Was at the heart of the 'Total Football' played by Holland in the 70s and invented the ‘Cruyff turn'. Pure genius.

<b>1. Johann Cruyff </b><br /> <b>Country:</b> Holland <br /> George Best may have famously nutmegged Cruyff in an international in Rotterdam in 1976, but it was the Dutchman who spent most of his career making others look silly. What a gifted player. Was at the heart of the 'Total Football' played by Holland in the 70s and invented the ‘Cruyff turn'. Pure genius.

40 ...... Bestie against Cruyff (v Holland 12/10/1977)
In the previous two matches at Windsor Park 15,000 fans turned up. This time the place was packed with 33,000 all flooding into the ground to see a match up between legendary figures George Best and Johan Cruyff in this World Cup qualifier. In the corresponding fixture in Holland, Best had given a masterclass and even nutmegged Cruyff. The Northern Ireland fans were looking for more of the same. Both players showed flashes of their class as Holland, who also included Rudi Krol and Johnny Rep in their side, won 1-0. Their goal came minutes after Cruyff had been substituted in a game that turned out to be the 37th and last time Best played for Northern Ireland.

40 ...... Bestie against Cruyff (v Holland 12/10/1977) In the previous two matches at Windsor Park 15,000 fans turned up. This time the place was packed with 33,000 all flooding into the ground to see a match up between legendary figures George Best and Johan Cruyff in this World Cup qualifier. In the corresponding fixture in Holland, Best had given a masterclass and even nutmegged Cruyff. The Northern Ireland fans were looking for more of the same. Both players showed flashes of their class as Holland, who also included Rudi Krol and Johnny Rep in their side, won 1-0. Their goal came minutes after Cruyff had been substituted in a game that turned out to be the 37th and last time Best played for Northern Ireland.

&lt;b&gt;4. Cruyff turn&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
The Dutch are widely considered the best team to have never lifted the World Cup, and that was never so true as in 1974. Under the guidance of Rinus Michels, the Oranje played their Total Football style. Positions were rendered meaningless as the players simply did what was necessary of them. If they needed to attack, they attacked. If a player was called on to defend, they defended. It made for an incredibly exciting team to watch, but if individuals were singled out, it would be the legendary Johan Cruyff. He's the subject of this countdown moment with a move so sublime it's since been named after him - the Cruyff turn. Football fans love a trick and this one was particularly smooth. The world first got a glimpse of it when Cruyff performed it against Sweden, and since that moment, it's become a regular sight upon the football field. Holland would reach the final that year, but were beaten by West Germany 2-1.

<b>4. Cruyff turn</b><br /> The Dutch are widely considered the best team to have never lifted the World Cup, and that was never so true as in 1974. Under the guidance of Rinus Michels, the Oranje played their Total Football style. Positions were rendered meaningless as the players simply did what was necessary of them. If they needed to attack, they attacked. If a player was called on to defend, they defended. It made for an incredibly exciting team to watch, but if individuals were singled out, it would be the legendary Johan Cruyff. He's the subject of this countdown moment with a move so sublime it's since been named after him - the Cruyff turn. Football fans love a trick and this one was particularly smooth. The world first got a glimpse of it when Cruyff performed it against Sweden, and since that moment, it's become a regular sight upon the football field. Holland would reach the final that year, but were beaten by West Germany 2-1.

&lt;b&gt;Johan and Jordi Cruyff&lt;/b&gt;
The thought has always lingered that had Jordi's surname been (say) Beaglehole, then his career would not have touched the dizzy heights of Barcelona and Manchester United. Johan was one of the best players ever to grace the game and a legend at Barcelona and Ajax. When dad was manager at Ajax, so Jordi was in the youth set-up there. When dad took over at Barcelona, so Jordi joined him. In truth, he was a decent player (decent enough to play for Holland) but not a superstar like his dad. And when Johan was sacked, Jordi was sold. He failed to really establish himself at United and returned to Spain to play for Alaves and Espanyol. He is now in management in Malta.

<b>Johan and Jordi Cruyff</b> The thought has always lingered that had Jordi's surname been (say) Beaglehole, then his career would not have touched the dizzy heights of Barcelona and Manchester United. Johan was one of the best players ever to grace the game and a legend at Barcelona and Ajax. When dad was manager at Ajax, so Jordi was in the youth set-up there. When dad took over at Barcelona, so Jordi joined him. In truth, he was a decent player (decent enough to play for Holland) but not a superstar like his dad. And when Johan was sacked, Jordi was sold. He failed to really establish himself at United and returned to Spain to play for Alaves and Espanyol. He is now in management in Malta.

Dutch football legend Johann Cruyff has criticised the Holland team's performance in Sunday's World Cup final against Spain

Spanish media is reporting that Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

The 68-year-old is undergoing further tests to determine the extent of his condition, newspaper Mundo Deportivo and radio station RAC1 reported

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner won successive European Cups with Ajax before a world record transfer move to Barcelona where he lifted a league title before retiring in 1984.

He went on to manage Barcelona, Ajax and the Netherlands.

He had double heart bypass surgery in 1991 while he still in charge of Barcelona – a role he eventually left in 1996.

Son Jordi went on to become a professional, playing for both Manchester United and Barcelona.

Belfast Telegraph