Learning from the Masters: Johan Cruyff

Does this sound “Lean” to you?

Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is.

Before I make a mistake, I don’t make that mistake.

“Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes.”

 In my teams, the goalie is the first attacker, and the striker the first defender.

Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate.

“Cruyff had a home videocassette recorder before they were on the market. He had his own library of tapes on players who interested or inspired him.”

“There were moments in his living room when Cruyff rearranged the furniture and used cutlery, salt and pepper and even cigarette packets to illustrate a point.”

“When asked at what stage he might attempt a 40-yard pass as Germany’s Günter Netzer imperiously did, Cruyff responded: “I don’t answer. First, tell me who the pass is for?””

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