- NAME: Johan Cruyff
- OCCUPATION: Soccer Player
- BIRTH DATE: April 25, 1947 (Age: 66)
- Did You Know?: In 1969, Cruyff recorded a pop song named "Oei Oei Oei (Dat Was Me Weer Een Loei)"
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Full Name: Hendrik Johannes Cruyff
- Nickname: El Flaco
- Nickname: The Flying Dutchman
- AKA: Johannes Cruyff
- AKA: Johan Cruyff
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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The end of the decade also brought more personal recognition. He was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, and finished second behind Brazilian legend Pelé in its World Player of the Century poll.
In 2009, the soccer great returned to the sidelines as coach of the Catalonia national team. He became an advisor for the Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara in February 2012,
but was fired in December after the club's disappointing season. One month later, he stepped down as Catalonia's coach.
Cruyff remains an advisor for Ajax, and an outspoken source for things related to the sport he once so easily mastered.
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