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Johan Cruyff - The Total Voetballer [Kindle Edition]

Ciaran Kelly
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is an exhaustive, colourful and meticulously-researched biography of one of the 20th Century sport’s most iconic figures. Few words can sum up the figure of Johan Cruyff, one of football’s most complex, paradoxical, controversial and three-dimensional figures. From his early beginnings in Akkerstraat, as one of the embodiments of the post-war baby boom generation with his maakbaarheid (expansion in mental and philosophical capabilities), Cruyff was destined to have a huge impact on the soon to be trademark hallmarks of the post-war Netherlands: an embracement of freedom, culture, art and individualism.

Cruyff went on to become the greatest and most iconic (from the twin Adidas stripes to his pioneering of a celebrity lifestyle and beyond) footballer of his generation – winning three Ballon d’Ors, ten domestic titles and three European Cups (but, ultimately, ruing the failure to win the 1974 World Cup) – and re-defining Rinus Michels’ revolutionary total football philosophy. Cruyff then went on to follow in his mentor’s footsteps, managing at both Ajax and Barcelona, and – arguably, remarkably – left an even bigger impact on football as a manager: recovering both of his former club’s lost identities as the trailblazers of totaalvoetbal and youth development, and setting the tone for their future and respective successes in the 90s and 00s. Even to this day, Cruyff is never far from the headlines – desperately preserving his message and methods as el hombre de los dedos largos (the man with the long fingers) – and he is sure to continue to make his voice heard, even if he has just become an official pensioner at the age of sixty-five.

About the author

Ciaran Kelly is a twenty-year old football writer from Galway Ireland. Ciaran just completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History at National University Ireland Galway. He has written weekly for backpagefootball, monthly for Chelsea football club’s fanzine, cfcuk, and is set to move to Twickenham in August, 2012 to take one of the ten places on St Mary’s University’s Sports Journalism Master’s course.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 249 KB
  • Print Length: 75 pages
  • Publisher: JMD Media (9 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081RLJE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really sloppy 10 Jun. 2014
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The author clearly knows a great deal about Cruyff but this is an overblown magazine article. It is sloppily written and needs proof-reading to sort out the many lazy errors as well as the terrible writing style.
There are far too many parentheses which lead to a breathless and confusing style. There are parentheses within parentheses and places where they are used incorrectly: "sale of chupa chups, literally, doubled." "Whooping" is used a couple of times instead of "whopping."
There are plain dumb errors: Netherlands isn't land-locked, Celtic didn't win the European Cup in 1969, 1994 isn't twenty years after 1984 and 2010 wasn't Netherlands first World Cup final since 1974.
The author should work on his expression and buy a thesaurus. "Astonishingly", "remarkably", "incredible", and "to this day" are used far too often.
The twenty-year old author comments with great authority on games that took place before his birth without quoting any sources for his knowledge. That is very poor indeed.
The best thing about this book is the bibliography. I would recommend all of the books in it. They are interesting, well-informed, well-written and much more worthwhile than this effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 21 July 2012
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For any football fan, this is a superb piece of work. Seems relatively short but still manages to go into a great amount of depth into Johan Cruyff's history. Also provides a balanced POV, and looks at his somewhat tempestuous and slightly darker side. The buildup and background to the CL Final when Capello's Milan beat Barca 4-0 was a particular highlight. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to gain some background into the whole Total Football movement.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Written very poorly 7 Sept. 2014
By angie
Format:Kindle Edition
My knowledge of football isnt great,but i watched an old show on sky which showed Johan Cryuyff in his playing days.Apart from being a very good footballer,he was totally unlike todays cheats who dive and feign injury.This interested me a bit,so thought i would delve a bit deeper,and found this kindle" book" here on amazon.Its really not a book,more an extended magazine article,which is written in a very childlike style,the autor appers to be very young.The use of brackets is insane,i have never ever seen so many sentances bracketed off,which sort of sums up the authors immature style.Only a very brief read,im sure the player is worthy of better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If it goes round ............... 13 Jan. 2014
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Very enjoyable and a good insight
Would have liked to have read more about the Feyenoord era but overall well worth the read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dutch master 13 Oct. 2013
By Jambro
Format:Kindle Edition
I did not think 75 pages would do justice to the subject. Well researched and well written gives you a good flavour of the master.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cruijff 20 Sept. 2013
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Any book involving scruff is bound to involve a lot of philosophically and this is no different.
Still it's well worth the read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars author ( loves a bracket ) 6 Sept. 2014
By raz
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A series of short essays detailing parts of Cruyffs career.I have no idea who the author is,but,judging by his writing style,I would guess he would be aged around 12years old.He also (does love a bracket),there are countless (lines of brackets) throught this very brief book.Great player,poor book
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