Former Barcelona player and manager, Dutch legend Johann Cruyff, is set to receive the 2013 UEFA President’s Award this weekend. The award was created in 1998 “to focus on the true protagonists – the players – and the invaluable contribution that they have made through their careers to the development and success of football in Europe and beyond.” Michel Platini, president of UEFA, will travel to Amsterdam this weekend to present the award.
Former FC Barcelona coaches Johann Cruyff (1988-1996) and Louis Van Gaal (1997-2000, 2002-2003) have never kept secret their disdain for one another. The former AFC Ajax players have been at odds for months regarding Van Gaal’s backroom appointment as CEO at the Amsterdam club. Cruyff, who serves on the five-member supervisory board at the club, was reportedly left in the dark regarding his nemesis’ appointment during a meeting in which Cruyff was not present. Cruyff appealed to a Dutch court, who ruled Tuesday that Ajax could not appoint the former Bayern Munich manager as a director based on the fact that the decision was not on the agenda for that particular meeting, a critical detail Cruyff openly objected to.
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In this Cruyff’s Corner we will observe how Cruyff explains:
Why Barcelona has been criticized.
Barca has to score to win and not demonstrate its beautiful football.
Will Barcelona make it to the next round of the Champions League?
Barcelona’s player’s in majority are too young, with much to learn.
The European Law of taxing and how it affected Cruyff back in the day.
And exactly how old is Cruyff?
Johann Cruyff who newly was appointed as the coach for Catalunya, would like to play a friendly against Netherland, according to the Dutch news site (Nusport.nl). Johan Cruyff hoped that his debut as the coach of the Catalonia team in the Olypic Stadium of Barcelona would come head to head with The Netherlands.
But the Dutch football association (KNVB) made it clear that their schedule till 2010 is already full booked. Cruyff who writes a weekly column in De Telegraaf mentioned it as a pity: “I understand this, but it’s a pity of course.” Cruyff also mentioned why he accepted the job as a coach for Catalunya’s football team. “The reason why I accepted the offer from the Catalan football federation is due to the way how the new board of the federation is handling the problems in the province.”
Translation by Hiei