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RIJKAARD IS THE PERFECT CHOICE

The Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has said that the former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard is the perfect man for the Dutch national team manager job. The Netherlands managed to go all the way in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, but lost in the match to Spain. As a result, they were coming into the Euro 2012 with a lot of expectations. Players like Robin van Persie were in the prime and were also in extremely good form. However, they managed to suffered three defeats in the three group matches to exit the competition in the group stages itself.

Following the embarrassing into the tournament, the Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk offered his resignation from the post. The Dutch football Association are currently looking at the various managers to appoint as the replacement. The former Dutch international Johan Cruyff has said that the football Association need not look beyond the former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard, who is probably the perfect man to lead the nation to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Some of the senior members of the squad like Robin van Persie will be passed their prime during this World Cup. However, Johan Cruyff believes that Rijkaard can handle the egos within the team.

“Rijkaard has shown he dares to make radical choices when needed. The Dutch team must start again with a new staff and changes in the squad. Regarding the latter: it should be a mix of current internationals and younger talent. This process requires a lot of work to be performed by someone accustomed to this level, including some painful decisions. You must be looked up to as a coach and respected,” Cruyff said in interview given to the Voetbal International. Frank Rijkaard is the national team manager of Saudi Arabia, and has excellent international experience.

CRUYFF: IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has said that the national team should improve dramatically if they are looking to get a result against Germany. Netherlands suffered a shock defeat in the opening group game against Denmark.

The 1-0 loss meant that they now face a tough task ahead of them in order to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. They have to realistically beat both Germany and Portugal in the last two group games in order to stand any chance of qualification. Johan Cruyff has said that the national team had a lot of problems in a match against Denmark, according to the Man Utd news.

If they repeat the same against Germany, then they will have no chance of getting a result according to Johan Cruyff. The former Barcelona playmaker has said that Netherlands did not properly use the attacking abilities of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. Cruyff reckons that the Dutch could have been much more clinical in front of goal had they have Wesley Sneijder on the ball more often than not. However, it was defensive midfielders Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong who had most of the possession in the match. Star striker Robin van Persie also wasted a number of chances to put his team in front.

“They have to improve rapidly. Oranje have to learn from their mistakes against Denmark. The profligacy in front of the goal wasn’t the biggest problem, though it would help if we had someone like Cristiano Ronaldo. What’s worrying is that Oranje struggled when it mattered most. Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong saw too much of the ball. That’s not their biggest quality. Other players should be the ones enjoying possession. The team was divided into two blocks, and that must change immediately,” said Johan Cruyff after the match. Germany won their opening match against Portugal, and are now on the brink of qualification.

PIRLO SHOULD PLAY FOR BARCA

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has said that Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo is so good that he will be able to play for Barcelona. It is widely accepted that Barcelona are currently the best team in the world. One of the reasons they have been extremely brilliant in the last few seasons has been their midfield. Xavi and Iniesta have made it possible for Lionel Messi and Villa to work their magic upfront. Johan Cruyff has been an influential figure in Barcelona ever since retiring from playing. He has said that Andrea Pirlo is so good that he might even play regularly for Barcelona in the midfield.

The 32-year-old Italian midfielder has been one of the key reasons for Juventus winning the title for the first time since 2003. In addition to this, Juventus have also had an undefeated season in the Italian Serie A. It has helped them overcome the powerhouse of Milan with ease. Following their 2-0 win over Cagliari during the weekend, their first title in nine years was finally confirmed. It has also resulted in glowing praise coming in for Andrea Pirlo, who AC Milan thought was finished only in the last summer. As a result, they let the Italian midfielder leave on a free transfer after 10 years at the San Siro.

a�?Juve play some good football. They are attacking and entertaining. Winning is not the only thing that counts, playing well does too. Theya��ve come a long way since 2006 [Serie B demotion] and this victory is the right reward for their efforts. Pirlo is a great, the ball does what he wants, and he could also play for Barcelona. Del Piero, like Gigi Buffon, has Juventus in him. He went down to Serie B with them and then returned. Ita��s hard to explain what he represents for the club,a�? he said.

CRUYFF NOT JOINING LIVERPOOL

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has said that he will not be joining Liverpool in the summer as the director of football. Speculation has been growing that Liverpool will be looking towards the former Barcelona legend in order to replace Damien Comolli, who has just been sacked as the director of football at Liverpool.

It was announced on the official website of Liverpool that sporting director Damien Comolli had left the club on mutual consent. Hence, the Frenchman has paid the price for a poor season by Liverpool, in which he made the majority of the signings.

Johan Cruyff is currently out of work having left the board of directors role at Ajax, which means that he is available to take over at a different club. Liverpool are now looking at the possibility of making Johan Cruyff their director of football. The Dutchman is widely regarded to be the reason for the philosophy behind Barcelona’s attacking stellar football, while he has also been a major influence over the way Ajax have played in the last two decades. However, the former Ajax and Barcelona superstar has now rejected claims that he could be on his way to Liverpool in the summer.

a�?I see my name is being mentioned in connection with Liverpool. I dona��t know where that has come from because I have not heard anything from them. There has been no contact whatsoever. If you just read speculation like this, without any substance to it, there is no point taking it seriously. It is just talk,a�? Johan Cruyff said on his personal column on the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has come under enormous pressure this season for failing to get the results from a team, on which the club has spent more than A? 100 million in the summer.

CRUYFF: MESSI IS UNBELIEVABLE

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has said that it would almost be impossible for any player to replicate the record set by Lionel Messi if the Argentine carries on with the same pace when it comes to scoring goals.

The Argentine recently broke the all-time record of the most number of goals for Barcelona. He has now scored more than 234 goals in just over 300 games for Barcelona, which has broken the record set by Cesar back in the 1950s. This season alone, the Argentine has scored 60 goals in all competitions for Barcelona. Johan Cruyff reckons that it would not be possible for any player to break the record set by Lionel Messi if he continues to score in the same fashion.

Even with more than 10 possible matches remaining in the season, Lionel Messi has already secured 60 goals, which is also a record amongst the Spanish clubs. Johan Cruyff has won the World Player of the Year title three times in a row just as Lionel Messi has done recently.

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CRUYFF CONSULTANCY IS WORKING

Mexican club Guadalajara continued their impressive form after the arrival of former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff as a consultant recently. They recently secured their third consecutive win after the 2-1 win over Cruz Azul in the Mexican Clausura championship. Guadalajara made a terrible start to the season and were fighting against a poor run of results. However, the arrival of Johan Cruyff seems to have made a lot of difference, despite the fact that the former Barcelona manager has arrived in a consultant role. Guadalajara are still far away from winning the Championship, but it is the three consecutive wins that has pushed them into the mid-table.

Guadalajara will be hoping to continue this good run of form, which will become essential in order to attract young players. The arrival of Johan Cruyff is not only expected to make a significant difference in the style of play of the club, but also in the youth academy as well. Guadalajara scored two goals in the last few minutes of the match to come back from 1-0 to win the match 2-1. Emanuel Villa have scored for Cruz Azul earlier in the match, which looked to have provided them with a victory. However, the goal from Erick Torres levelled things, while a penalty from Hector Reynoso provided Guadalajara with the victory.

“That’s three rounds where we have played with heart and soul, we’re finding the results and the support of our fans. There’s still a long way to go in the tournament and we’re on our way back,” striker Marco Fabien de la Mora told reporters after the match. The club currently have 11 points from as many games in the league. They are currently nine points behind the leaders Morelia and Santos Laguna, but will be hoping that this form helps them close the gap.

CRUYFF WINS THE BATTLE

Johan Cruyff has won a major battle in his efforts to stop Louis van Gaal from becoming the general manager of Ajax. Louis van Gaal recently took over as the general manager of Ajax. He is the person who does not get along well with Johan Cruyff. Johan Cruyff is regarded as a legend that Ajax for the way he has shaped the entire history of the club not only as a player, but also as a manager as well. It is thought that the arrival of Louis van Gaal will make Johan Cruyff less powerful at the club. As a result, the former Barcelona player was extremely keen on preventing Louis van Gaal from becoming the general manager of Ajax.

He has now won the court case, which has come in favour of Johan Cruyff. According to the judgement, Louis van Gaal will be stepping down as the general manager of Ajax. In a strange development, Johan Cruyff also announced his resignation from the post as the sporting director of the club. However, he is expected to be reinstated as the sporting director of Ajax due to the fact that most of the Ajax board are unofficial supporters of Johan Cruyff and his ideologies.

“The coaches from the training centre are all former club players. I’ve always been 200percent behind this project and I maintain that it’s very important for the club,” said Cruyff in a recent interview. Johan Cruyff’s decision to stop the arrival of Louis van Gaal at the club was backed by more than 15 of the club’s staff at the training centre. Cruyff has been the centre of Ajax for more than 30 years now. He was influential in providing power to former players like Dennis Bergkamp, and it seems that the arrival of Louis van Gaal would have reduced his powerful at the club.

CRUYFF PREDICTS MORE AWARDS

Former Barcelona manager and player Johan Cruyff has said that Lionel Messi will be winning more Ballon d’Or awards in the future. Lionel Messi, who is regarded as the greatest player currently in the world, won the third Ballon d’Or title of his career ahead of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and his own Barcelona teammate Xavi.

He won almost 50 percentage of the votes at the ceremony held in ZA?rich, Switzerland. After winning the title, Johan Cruyff has said that it is not surprising that Lionel Messi has won it for the third time in his career and that one should also not be surprised if he wins many more in the future.

Johan Cruyff is one of the few players to have won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award three times. He, however, has said that there is no surprise in the fact that Lionel Messi has managed to equal his achievements. Johan Cruyff is also widely regarded to be the greatest ever player for Barcelona, who also went on to manage the team as well. Currently, his philosophies dominate the club, which has been winning almost every trophy it contests in the last two or three years. Naturally, it has led to comparisons with the team he managed to build during his managerial career at the camp Nou.

a�?He has already won two and he will be the player with the most Ballons d’Or in history. He does not have the support of players like [Andres] Iniesta, Xavi or Cesc [Fabregas], who make Messi be even more mind-blowing than he already is. Being the player that he is, he can still won many more. He will win five, six or seven,” Johan Cruyff told Ole after Lionel Messia��s triumph at this prestigious awards ceremony.

Cruyff: Barca will go for the Win

Barcelona will be taking on Real Madrid in one of the most important El Clasico’s of recent times. Real Madrid are threatening to bring an end to the hat-trick of titles Barcelona have won in Spain. They currently hold a six-point advantage over the reigning Spanish and European Champions.

Due to the way both Real Madrid and Barcelona dominate the domestic league, it is really tough to find the matches in which Real Madrid will drop six points for Barcelona too close the gap. The El Clasico’s importance comes here because it is one of the few matches that could help Barcelona to reduce the deficit.

Johan Cruyff believes that Barcelona will not be setting out for a stalemate with the two sides face this weekend. He says that Barcelona have always played in the El Clasico with a view of winning the match more than anything else. The gap between the two clubs is currently down to 3 points because Barcelona have made up an extra game over Real Madrid. Hence, they will have the psychological advantage going into those match because they can go level on points with Real Madrid should they win the match. Further, the victory becomes extremely important when you consider that Barcelona will be going out to Japan to play in the Club World Cup, which will allow Real Madrid to improve their difference even better.

“The favourite to win? I can only say that Barcelona always play to win against Madrid. We’ll see on Saturday who comes out victorious. It’s only a game and nothing more than that. A win for Madrid wouldn’t all of a sudden mean that they are now the dominant team.” The Clasico won’t be decisive. There are so many games left. Nothing that happens on Saturday will be decisive in the title race,” Cruyff was quoted as saying by AS.

Cruyff Backs Barcelona

It’s not a surprise to see Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho hit the headlines in the sports newspapers again for slagging off his main Primera Liga rivals Barcelona. It’s probably more of a surprise that coach Pep Guardiola hasn’t snapped yet, and retains his air of humility and dignity in not rising to the bait.

Thankfully, for all Barca fans, there is one person who is willing to bat for their side – step forward club hero Johan Cruyff.

Whilst Jose Mournho has been busy saying that Barcelona always have the rub of the green, the easier fixtures after Champions League matches, the home games after International breaks, and the easier teams in the Champions League Group stages, the Barca fans have been getting slowly more and more irate. But Johan says we shouldn’t listen to him.

“Honestly, no-one cares about what Mourinho says” said the Dutchman who was a sensation in his time at the Camp Nou, both as a player and a manager.

“No-one can deny that Madrid have been playing very well in the last years, but that doesn’t mean they’ll win anything! They won the most points they’ve ever won in the league last season, but even then they still lost to Barcelona! We have nothing to prove to Mourinho”