On this day, October 28 but 40 years past (1973), Johan Cruyff made his official debut for FC Barcelona. His debut was delayed over two months as Real Madrid tried to hijack the deal. Thankfully by this time the capital club did not have the power they once did within the Spanish football federation and could not pull off an Alfredo Di Stefano style treachery.
In his debut match, at the Camp Nou, Barça beat Granada 4-0 with two goals from the Dutchman. From this match onward, FC Barcelona went on a 26 game unbeaten run and secured the league title with five matches to spare. The league was eventually won by an eight point margin over Atlético Madrid with an incredible 75 goals scored and only 24 conceded over the 34 match campaign. The next closest scoring rival was Real Zaragoza with 51, 24 goals back. It was the first league crowning for the Catalan club since 1960. During this season was the infamous manita at the Santiago Bernabéu, Cruyff got one.
October 28,1973: A day to remember and savor.
Continue reading »