VIP Lounge was a series of portraits of well-known Dutch people who have gained international fame for their professional achievements. In this programme our guest is Dutch football legend Johan Cruijff (1947-2016). After rising to fame as a player for his hometown Amsterdam’s team Ajax, he played on the Dutch team in the sensational final match of the FIFA World Cup won by Germany in 1974, demonstrating his famous “Cruijff Turn”, and gaining the title Player of the Tournament. His many other distinctions would later include European Player of the Year (1973), and European Player of the Century (1999), and he came in second after Pelé for the title of World Player of the Century in 1999. It was at Ajax that Cruijff began to apply his philosophy of Total Football, moved to Barcelona’s team in the 1970’s, and eventually returned to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord, among others. He became Barca’s team coach in the later 80’s and continued an illustrious career. Cruijff is regarded as the first true European football superstar and was without a doubt one of the greatest players and coaches in football history.
Presented by Rob Groen
Broadcast 14 September 1987