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Sweden’s Jan Olsson pays tribute to Johan Cruyff, his great tormentor

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/24/sweden-jan-olsson-joan-cruyff-turn-holland-1974-world-cup Full-back played top-level football for 18 years but is best remembered for being left standing by Holland’s brilliant No14 at the 1974 World Cup  by Press Association Jan Olsson, the Sweden defender fooled by Johan Cruyff’s brilliant dummy at the 1974 World Cup, has revealed how he and his team-mates exploded into laughter after witnessing the Dutch forward’s most famous skill.

Cruyff’s mesmeric turn at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund has gone down in history as one of football’s most stunning moments as he feigned to go one way but twisted the other, leaving a befuddled Olsson staring into space. Cruyff died of cancer on Thursday, aged 68.
The Group Three match finished 0-0 but the “Cruyff turn” would become a defining image of that Holland side, who lost to West Germany in the 1974 final and are considered one of the most exciting and inventive teams of all time.
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Johan Cruyff: father of modern game who also shaped Dutch culture

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/25/johan-cruyff-father-modern-game-dutch

The argumentative, arrogant, dominating and brilliant figure was not only a pioneer of Total Football, he changed the personality of a nation too

by David Winner

Britain had the Beatles and the Stones. The Netherlands had Johan Cruyff. Their art forms were different but his legacy has been just as important. Cruyff was not merely the key figure in tactical revolutions in the 1960s and 70s that took them from being a football backwater to the world’s most important football nation.

He changed the personality of the country, too. In an article to mark Cruyff’s 50th birthday in 1997 the Dutch writer Hubert Smeets argued that Cruyff had done more than anyone to shape the modern Netherlands.

Emerging at the same time as the Provos and hippies, he embodied the spirit and ideas of the 1960s as much as John Lennon did. Cruyff clashed with football authorities, inspired, astonished and delighted his contemporari…

Johan Cruyff: the revolutionary who changed how the world saw football

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/mar/24/johan-cruyff-revolutionary-changed-football-richard-williams
Slender, swift and lithe, the Dutch master saw football fundamentally as a creative activity, and used his awe-inspiring talent to change the game for good
If a single moment could be said to have changed the way a generation looked at football, it was the turn with which Johan Cruyff bamboozled the Swedish defender Jan Olsson in the 23rd minute of a group match during the 1974 World Cup finals.

The crowd at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund rubbed their eyes, unable to believe what they had seen. But it was true.

The Dutch No14 had used his right instep to turn the ball back inside his standing leg before spinning through 180 degrees and sprinting away towards the byline.

He had left the tight-marking Swedish defender looking like a man tricked out of a fiver in a find-the-lady game. When he did the same thing in a 2-0 win against England three years later, the…

Barcelona were transformed by Johan Cruyff not once but twice, and for ever

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2016/mar/24/johan-cruyff-barcelona-legacy

As a player the Dutchman led Barça to their first league title in 14 years; as a manager he led them to their first European Cup. But his legacy goes beyond trophies, to philosophy and identity
by Sid Lowe
@sidlowe
Johan Cruyff was not scared of anything,” Txiki Begiristain recalls. The Dutchman’s players, on the other hand, were. At least to begin with, before he took them beyond fear. “When there are doubts, people tend to seek safety in numbers, to go with the herd,” Begiristain, the former Barcelona winger, says. “Not Cruyff. His first solution was always to be more attacking, more expansive. Three at the back and the centre-back is Ronald Koeman? Instead of full-backs, midfielders? Every time he sought a solution, he attacked more. And when he told us what he was doing, we thought: ‘Is he mad or what?’”

How, then, did the coach persuade them? Begiristain laughs. “Because he is Johan Cruyff!”

And Joha…

Vardy da favola

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Con o senza lieto fine, e cioè il titolo in Premier, la sua è la fiaba dell'anno. Una fiaba nella favola, che è la stagione da Cenerentola sua e del mai così suo Leicester City. Novello re Mida, tutto quello che Jamie Vardy tocca si trasforma in oro.

A ventinove anni compiuti (l'11 gennaio), in questa stagione Vardy si è già tolto discrete soddisfazioni. Prima il record strappato a van Nistelrooy con undici giornate in gol consecutive in campionato. Poi il suo primo gol, e che gol, questo sì da favola, in nazionale. Nientemeno che all'Olympiastadion di Berlino, contro la Germania campione del mondo, a tre minuti dal suo ingresso in campo per la quinta volta con la maglia dell'Inghilterra.

Maglia che in tutta probabilità nemmeno Hodgson potrà negargli, magari in un classico 442 in coppia con Harry Kane, la fiaba nella favola della scorsa stagione. E uno che nella settimana dell'addio a Cruijff, segna ai tedeschi un gol così, liberandosi con la Cruyff Turn.

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A Wevelgem la prima iridata di Sagan

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Più forte di tutti e di tutto, Peter Sagan. Anche della maledizione iridata. Sembrava non arrivare mai quella benedetta prima vittoria con la maglia di campione del mondo.

La stagione è appena ibniziata, ma lo slovacco ha già collezionato sei secondi posti. Alla Het Nieuwsbald e alla Tirreno Adriatico, per un secondo nella generale, sempre beffato da Van Avermaet. E il 24 marzo, alla Harelbek, nelle Fiandre, bruciato da un altro campione dle mondo, Michal Kwiatkowski.

Alla Gand Wevelgem, vinta in solitario l'anno scorso da Luca Paolini, e quest'anno resa più dura col famoso Kemmelberg, "Peter Pan" s'è fatto furbo: è entrato nella fuga giusta con il solito Cancellara, Kuznetsov e Vanmarcke. E allo sprint, dopo 243 km, stavolta non c'è stata storia.

Primo successo in maglia iridata per un campione predestinato a segnare un'epoca. Uno così può vincere dappertutto e proprio per questo tutti corrono per farlo perdere prima ancora che per batterlo. Ma lui sa vin…

Gand-Wevelgem, Sagan ci prova ancora

Via alle grandi classiche del Nord: dopo  6 secondi posti, lo slovacco insegue la prima da iridato. Ma attenti a Gaviria
di Paolo Marabini, La Gazzetta dello Sport, 27 marzo 2016
Non abbiamo ancora rimosso dagli occhi l’esaltante azione stile Trofeo Baracchi di Michal Kwiatkowski e Peter Sagan, all’attacco venerdì negli ultimi 30 km del Gp E3 Harelbeke, che già siamo pronti a vivere un altro pomeriggio ad alto contenuto spettacolare. L’appuntamento è per oggi con la 78esima Gand-Wevelgem, la prima grande classica del Nord, che a sette giorni dal Fiandre, sulle strade di un Belgio ancora alle prese con la paura terrorismo, chiama a raccolta i califfi delle pietre e soprattutto le ruote veloci, anche se il percorso, 243 km con dieci cotes negli ultimi 65, è stato indurito col doppio Kemmelberg nel finale, e la seconda ascesa dal versante più difficile (1 km in pavé con punte al 23%).
COLPI DI MANO  Non ci sarà il vincitore uscente, Luca Paolini — quarto italiano a entrare nell’albo d’or…