Another Cruijff Turn opportunity

In a short news post, word came today that Johan Cruijff is battling lung cancer.

As with all news such as this, the first reaction is hand wringing, shrieks and eulogies. But without knowing what kind of cancer or its state, all we can presume is that like Abidal, the fiery, 68-year-old Dutchman will kick cancer in the ass with elegance and style.

For those who might be newer to this whole Barça thing, Cruijff is basically a huge part of the reason we are celebrating so many trophies. From a philosophy of play to the tone of La Masia, Dream Teams and Total Football, the man is fundamental to everything about this great club.

He has strong, polarizing opinions, and is often wrong. This would never, has never and will never stop him from expressing them. The Ballon d’Or is just people voting for their friends. Neymar and Messi would never work. Right and wrong. He’s a huge success story, an ego gone berserk, a pain in the ass and a full-on Barça legend.

The fact that he is such an unadulterated badass is the basic reason that any sadness, eulogizing, etc is premature.

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3 Comments

  1. October 22, 2015

    Strength to the man who made all this possible. Am sure Cruijff will be a strong opponent for this disease.

    Off topic. – So Sid has written about the linesman http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/oct/22/real-madrid-barcelona-linesman-clasico-match-fixing
    Am sorry, I dont understand the reaction of our club though.
    No one needs to look further than the 2011 Copa Del Ray final as to how refs favour Madrid at times. What Simeone said at the end of last season looks gold now.

  2. barca96
    October 22, 2015

    What a tragic news. Was just about to go to bed. I hope his famous saying (I feel bad writing it out but Levon should definitely know it) comes true and it’ll actually help him. After all most of what he says turns out to be true. He is a great wise man!

    My Dad who is Dutch is a big fan of Cruijff actually called him back when he was young. Called his house and actually got to speak with the great man himself. Not sure how he obtained the house number. Can’t imagine it being possible now.

    I hope the club and my other club Ajax will do whatever it takes to help and support him. He deserves it every support possible.

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    November 25, 2015

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