Player, Barcelona, 1988-1996
Before Jordi Cruyff moved into coaching, in his father Johan and later Sir Alex Ferguson, he played for perhaps football’s most influential figure and then greatest ever manager. During those years as a player at Barcelona, whose remarkably successful methods he became so familiar with, Ronald Koeman and Pep Guardiola were among his teammates. Both went on to manage the club; the latter even became the most celebrated manager of the modern era.
Representing Barça during so significant a period makes Cruyff one of the few capable of providing the rarest of insights into not only his father’s revered philosophy, but the famous Dream Team that remains a reference point for so many. Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, Cruyff revisits the roles also played by further great players like Michael Laudrup and Romario, the importance of triangles in their approach and the rotations they led to, and more.