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24th Mar 2016

Defender on the receiving end of the Cruyff turn says he ‘still can’t understand what happened’

Kevin Beirne

The footballing world was devastated by the news of Johan Cruyff’s passing on Thursday.

Between his playing achievements and managerial endeavours, the Dutch maestro is arguably the most influential person in the history of the sport.

No one moment encapsulated the former Ajax and Barcelona playmaker’s genius more than the infamous ‘Cruyff turn’ at the 1974 World Cup.


While it might be part and parcel of the game today. fans at the time couldn’t believe what they were seeing – and it turns out that defender Jan Olsson still can’t.

In light of recent events, Olsson was quizzed about his part in one of the most famous moments in football’s storied history, and he had a wonderfully appropriate response.

Because when you’re good, you’re great. RIP Johan Cruyff.


Johan Cruyff