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  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Friday Apr 25, 1947

    Birth

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Friday Apr 25, 1947

    Hendrik Johannes "Johan" Cruijff was born on 25 April 1947 in Amsterdam, on a street five minutes away from Ajax's stadium, his first football club.




  • Netherlands
    Sunday Nov 15, 1964

    Debut

    Netherlands
    Sunday Nov 15, 1964

    He made his first team debut on 15 November 1964 in the Eredivisie, against GVAV, scoring the only goal for Ajax in a 3–1 defeat. That year, Ajax finished in their lowest position since the establishment of professional football, in 13th.




  • Netherlands
    Sunday Oct 24, 1965

    Started to make an impression

    Netherlands
    Sunday Oct 24, 1965

    Cruyff really started to make an impression in the 1965–66 season and established himself as a regular first team player after scoring two goals against DWS in the Olympic stadium on 24 October 1965 in a 2–0 victory.




  • Netherlands
    Wednesday Sep 07, 1966

    International Official debut

    Netherlands
    Wednesday Sep 07, 1966

    On 7 September 1966, he made his official debut for the Netherlands in the UEFA Euro 1968 qualifier against Hungary, scoring in the 2–2 draw.




  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Dec 02, 1968

    Marriage

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Dec 02, 1968

    Cruyff and Danny Coster getting married on 2 December 1968




  • London, England
    Wednesday Jun 02, 1971

    The European Cup

    London, England
    Wednesday Jun 02, 1971

    On 2 June 1971, in London, Ajax won the European Cup by defeating Panathinaikos 2–0. He signed a seven-year contract at Ajax. At the end of the season, he was named the Dutch and European Footballer of the Year for 1971.




  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday May 31, 1972

    Second European Cup

    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday May 31, 1972

    In 1972, Ajax won a second European Cup, beating Inter Milan 2–0 in the final, with Cruyff scoring both goals.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Friday Sep 22, 1972

    Intercontinental Cup

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Friday Sep 22, 1972

    Ajax won the Intercontinental Cup, beating Argentina's Independiente 1–1 in the first game followed by 3–0. The first leg was held on 6 September 1972 at La Doble Visera, home of Independiente, and ended in a 1–1 draw, with goals from Johan Cruyff and Francisco Sá. The return leg was held 22 days later on 28 September 1972 at the Olympic Stadium, which was won by Ajax 3–0.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Jan 24, 1973

    European Super Cup

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Jan 24, 1973

    In January 1973, they won the European Super Cup by beating Rangers 3–1 away and 3–2 in Amsterdam. The first leg was played on 16 January 1973 and the second on 24 January 1973.


  • Belgrade, Serbia
    Wednesday May 30, 1973

    Third European Cup

    Belgrade, Serbia
    Wednesday May 30, 1973

    The 1972–73 season was concluded with another league championship victory and a third successive European Cup with a 1–0 win over Juventus in the final


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Aug 13, 1973

    To Barcelona

    Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Aug 13, 1973

    In mid-1973, Cruyff was sold to Barcelona for 6 million guilders (approx. US$2 million, c. 1973) in a world record transfer fee.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Sunday Aug 19, 1973

    Last match with Ajax

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Sunday Aug 19, 1973

    On 19 August 1973, he played his last match for Ajax where they defeated FC Amsterdam 6–1, the second match of the 1973–74 season.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    1974

    European Footballer of the Year

    Barcelona, Spain
    1974

    In 1974 Cruyff was crowned European Footballer of the Year.


  • Munich, Germany
    Sunday Jul 07, 1974

    1974 World Cup

    Munich, Germany
    Sunday Jul 07, 1974

    Cruyff led the Netherlands to a runners-up medal to West Germany in the 1974 World Cup and was named player of the tournament.


  • Netherlands
    Oct, 1977

    Retired from international football

    Netherlands
    Oct, 1977

    Cruyff retired from international football in October 1977, having helped the national team qualify for the upcoming World Cup.


  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Aug 20, 1979

    To Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, California, U.S.
    Monday Aug 20, 1979

    At the age of 32, Cruyff signed a lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League (NASL).


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Sunday Nov 30, 1980

    Technical advisor

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Sunday Nov 30, 1980

    After his spell in the U.S. and a short-lived stay in Spain, Cruyff returned to play in his homeland, rejoining Ajax on 30 November 1980 as "technical advisor" to trainer Leo Beenhakker, Ajax being eighth in the league table at the time after 13 games played. After 34 games, however, Ajax finished the 1980–81 season in second.


  • Levante, Cordoba, Spain
    Mar, 1981

    To Levante

    Levante, Cordoba, Spain
    Mar, 1981

    In March 1981, Cruyff took the field for the first time for Levante. Injuries and disagreements with the administration of the club, however, blighted his spell in the Segunda División, and he only made ten appearances, scoring two goals. Having failed to secure promotion to the first division, a contract with Levante fell through.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Dec, 1981

    Returned to Ajax

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Dec, 1981

    In December 1981, Cruyff signed a contract extension with Ajax.


  • Feyenoord, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    1983

    To Feyenoord

    Feyenoord, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    1983

    At the end of the 1982–83 season, Ajax decided not to offer Cruyff a new contract. This angered Cruyff, who responded by signing for Ajax's archrivals Feyenoord.


  • Netherlands
    Sunday May 13, 1984

    Ended the Playing career

    Netherlands
    Sunday May 13, 1984

    He ended his Eredivisie playing career on 13 May 1984 with a goal against PEC Zwolle.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    May, 1985

    Back to Ajax

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    May, 1985

    After retiring from playing, Cruyff followed in the footsteps of his mentor Rinus Michels, coaching a young Ajax side to victory in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1987 (1–0). In May and June 1985, Cruyff returned to Ajax again. In the 1985–86 season, the league title was lost to Jan Reker's PSV, despite Ajax having a goal difference of +85 (120 goals for, 35 goals against).


  • Barcelona, Spain
    1988

    FC Barcelona Coach

    Barcelona, Spain
    1988

    After having appeared for the club as a player, Cruyff returned to Barcelona for the 1988–89 season, this time to take up his new role as coach of the first team.


  • London, England
    Wednesday May 20, 1992

    1992 European Cup

    London, England
    Wednesday May 20, 1992

    The 1992 European Cup Final was a football match held on 20 May 1992 at Wembley Stadium, London, between Sampdoria of Italy and Barcelona of Spain. Barcelona won the game 1–0 after extra time, thanks to a Ronald Koeman free kick, to record their first triumph in the competition. It was the first to have a group stage involving the eight second-round winners split into two groups, and the winner of each one met in the final. In doing so, they became the second Spanish club to win the tournament and the 19th overall.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

    The New Technical director at his boyhood club Ajax

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Feb 20, 2008

    On 20 February 2008, in the wake of a major research on the ten-year-mismanagement, it was announced that Cruyff would be the new technical director at his boyhood club Ajax, his fourth stint with the Amsterdam club.


  • Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Sep, 2009

    Ambassadors for the Belgium–Netherlands joint bid for the World Cup

    Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Sep, 2009

    In September 2009, Cruyff and Ruud Gullit were unveiled as ambassadors for the Belgium–Netherlands joint bid for the World Cup finals in 2018 or 2022 at the official launch in Eindhoven.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Nov 02, 2009

    Catalonia national team

    Barcelona, Spain
    Monday Nov 02, 2009

    On 2 November 2009, Cruyff was named as manager of the Catalonia national team. It was his first managing job for 13 years.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Dec 22, 2009

    A Friendly game against Argentina

    Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Dec 22, 2009

    On 22 December 2009, they played a friendly game against Argentina, which ended in a Catalonia win, 4–2 at Camp Nou.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Mar 26, 2010

    Honorary president of Barcelona

    Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Mar 26, 2010

    On 26 March 2010, Cruyff was named honorary president of Barcelona in recognition of his contributions to the club as both a player and manager.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Jul 10, 2010

    Stripped of this title

    Barcelona, Spain
    Saturday Jul 10, 2010

    In July 2010, however, he was stripped of this title by new president Sandro Rosell.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Dec 28, 2010

    A Friendly against Honduras

    Barcelona, Spain
    Tuesday Dec 28, 2010

    On 28 December 2010, Catalonia played a friendly against Honduras winning 4–0 at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Friday Feb 11, 2011

    Sounding Board groups

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Friday Feb 11, 2011

    On 11 February 2011, Cruyff returned to Ajax on an advisory basis after agreeing to become a member of one of three "sounding board groups".


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Mar 30, 2011

    The Ajax board of advisors and the CEO resigned

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday Mar 30, 2011

    After presenting his plans to reform the club, in particular to rejuvenate the youth academy, the Ajax board of advisors and the CEO resigned on 30 March 2011.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Jun 06, 2011

    Appointed to the new Ajax board of advisors

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Monday Jun 06, 2011

    On 6 June 2011, he was appointed to the new Ajax board of advisors to implent his reform plans.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Dec 30, 2011

    A Friendly game against Tunisia

    Barcelona, Spain
    Friday Dec 30, 2011

    On 30 December 2011, Catalonia played Tunisia in a goalless draw at the Lluís Companys.


  • Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Feb, 2012

    To Chivas Guadalajara

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Feb, 2012

    Cruyff became a technical advisor for Mexican club Guadalajara in February 2012.


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Apr, 2012

    Cruyff resigned

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Apr, 2012

    Due to the ongoing quarrel within the advisory board, Cruyff resigned on 10 April 2012, with Ajax stating that Cruyff will "remain involved with the implementation of his football vision within the club".


  • Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Dec, 2012

    Cruyff's contract was terminated

    Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Dec, 2012

    Although signed to a three-year contract, Cruyff's contract was terminated December 2012 after just nine months with the club. Guadalajara said that other members of the team's coaching staff would likely not be terminated.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

    Catalonia drew with Nigeria

    Barcelona, Spain
    Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

    In their last game under Cruyff, on 2 January 2013, Catalonia drew with Nigeria at the Cornellà-El Prat, 1–1.


  • Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Mar 24, 2016

    Death

    Barcelona, Spain
    Thursday Mar 24, 2016

    On the morning of 24 March 2016, in a clinic in Barcelona, Cruyff died at the age of 68, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren.


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