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Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars  and chief executive Edwin van der Sar celebrate the club’s victory  over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Last summer, seven of Ajax’s brightest stars were summoned to a room at the Dutch club’s training facility. Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper-turned-c(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  scores his third goal against Ecuador. Argentina’s victory sealed their place in the World Cup in Russia.  Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

1 Fear Germany They finished with 10 wins from ten games and scored 43 – more than anyone else in European or South American qualification. They con(...)

Fenerbahce’s Dutch head coach Dick Advocaat looks on during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match against Besiktas on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

Dick Advocaat is set to be appointed Holland coach for a third time, according to reports. The former Rangers and Sunderland boss, who turns 70 in Se(...)

West Germany 1972 What do you get if you cross Total Football with tiki-taka? Ramba Zamba fussball, the name given to the colourful, vibrant style (...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

A fan  poses with a  jersey of late football legend Johan Cruyff outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona yesterday following the death of the Dutch footballer. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty

“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(...)

Johan (Hendrik Johannes) Cruyff, footballer, born 25 April 1947; died 24 March 2016

Johan Cruyff, who has died aged 68 of cancer, once said his qualities as a footballer were undetectable by a computer. It was surely true that a comp(...)

Wesley Sneijder does a “baby celebration” with Jetro Willems after Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s late equaliser for the Netherlands against Turkey in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Amsterdam last week. Photograph: Epa.

Johan Cruyff refused to wear their blazer. He just wouldn’t put it on. And some said it came down to that. It was the final straw. Cruyff and t(...)

 Dutch legend Johan Cruyff  during the annual Open Day of the Johan Cruyff Foundation at the Olympic Stadium in AmsterdamPhotograph: Koen van Weel / EPA

Johan Cruyff has come home to Amsterdam and, on a cloudy day in the old city where he was born, grew up and made his professional debut for Ajax 50 ye(...)