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Topic - Johan Cruyff
Sonny Silooy played in more than 250 matches as a defender for the Dutch powerhouse AFC Ajax. Logged 25 appearances for the Netherlands national team. Went the full 120 minutes in the 1996 UEFA Champions League final. But what the 49-year-old can't wait to discuss is a post-playing days photograph, attached to a whiteboard in the corner of his office.
In football, is Germany a nation of chokers?
In front of some of the players he molded into one of soccer's greatest teams, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said Friday he will leave at the end of the season and bring to a close a four-year reign of unprecedented success.
Led by Pep Guardiola and inspired by Lionel Messi, this Barcelona team could have gone down in football history as the best club team ever, unequivocally and definitively surpassing Real Madrid's stars from the 1950s, Johan Cruyff's Ajax, AC Milan coached by Arrigo Sacchi, Bayern Munich's triple European champions in the 1970s and perhaps a few others.
Superman is alive, well and playing for Barcelona.
Wow, it must be fabulous being Joao Havelange.
Barcelona's club members ratified the $230 million, five-year shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation and voted to ban smoking at Camp Nou.
While Alex Ferguson speaks wistfully about his failure to sign Pep Guardiola as a player, the Barcelona manager is convinced that his Manchester United counterpart was right not to take him to Old Trafford 10 years ago.
With Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pulling out of helping Russia's 2018 World Cup bid, Wednesday's frantic last day of politicking was left to other leaders, princes, actors and models to work their charm on the 22 voters.
Sportspeople like Vergeer, "should be an example to us all," Cruyff said.
"It reminds me of my choice to play for Barcelona in 1973. Many critics said I was opting to play in the country of the dictator Franco, who was still in power in Spain," he wrote this week in the Dutch daily De Telegraaf. "Many people underestimate the power of sport _ which sometimes gives you the power to change things through play."