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Born in 1947, Cruyff made his debut for Ajax at the age of 17. Few players have ever had the ability to control a game that Cruyff had. He had outstanding speed, brilliant ball control, supreme balance and incredible vision. Cruyff was the outstanding player in the Ajax team that won three consecutive European Cups in the 1970's, scoring both goals in the win over Internazionale in 1972. He also starred in the Dutch team that reached the 1974 World Cup Final, he played a total of 48 games for Holland scoring 33 goals. Cruyff was named European Footballer of the Year in 1971, 1973 and 1974. In 1973 he left to play for Barcelona where he failed to win the European Cup as a player, but returned as manager to guide Barca to their first European Cup win in 1992. As a player he won 8 Dutch titles with Ajax and one with Feyenoord as well as one Spanish Championship with Barcelona. As manager he won the Cup-winners Cup with both Ajax and Barcelona as well as four Spanish league titles.