Johan Cruyff dies aged 68 after cancer battle

first_imgThe Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff has sadly died aged 68 after a battle with cancer.The former Barcelona and Ajax great – famed for his popular ‘Cruyff turn’ skill – was diagnosed with lung cancer in October.His passing was announced on his website The World of Johan Cruyff, with a statement reading: “On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff [68] died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer. It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”Vintage Video: Click here to see Johan Cruyff’s best bitsCruyff captained Holland at the 1974 World Cup at the height of his playing career and led the Oranje to the final, which they ultimately lost 2-1 to West Germany.He made his name at Dutch giants Ajax, where he won seven league titles but most notably three consecutive European Cups from 1971 to 1973.Celebrated Ajax manager Rinus Michels, who pioneered the highly successful Total Football system, went to Barcelona in 1971 and Cruyff followed him two years later. He won the league and Spanish Cup titles at the Nou Camp.Johan Cruyff: Tributes pour in after Netherlands and Barca idol loses cancer battleCruyff was also a three-time winner of the Ballon d’Or award, taking the award in 1971, 1973 and 1974. At the time, the award recognised the best player in Europe, rather than worldwide as it is today.He turned his remarkable football brian to management following his playing career, managing former club Ajax from 1985 to 1988, and then, just as in his playing career, Cruyff was lured away by Barcelona.At the Nou Camp he won the 1992 European Cup and four league titles among a raft of trophies. During his time at the club he underwent major heart surgery in 1991, which prompted him to stop smoking.He was sacked by Barcelona in 1995 but remained influential and well loved at the club for the rest of his life.The Dutch football association led tributes to the true football great, posting on Twitter: “With great sadness we have learned of the death of Johan Cruyff. Words are not enough.” Dutch great Johan Cruyff has passed away aged 68 1last_img read more

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER GARDAI DISCOVER DRUGS HAUL HIDDEN IN CAR

first_imgGardai have arrested a man after the discovery of more than €13,000 of drugs in a car in Co Donegal.Lesiek leaves court in Letterkenny last night. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Piotor Lesiek, 47, was stopped by Gardai on Main Street in Ballybofey on Monday afternoon. He was arrested on suspicion of having drugs and was taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Lesiek last night appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court under Section 15 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.He faces two charges of possession and the sale and supply of drugs.Garda Inspector David Kelly said they were not objecting to bail but asked for a number of conditions including that Lesiek, with an address in Castlebar, surrender his passport and sign on daily at his local Garda station.Garda Michael Kilcoyne of Ballybofey Garda station said he was seeking a bail bond o between €3,000 and €4,000 because of the seriousness of the case.Solicitor for Lesiek, Mr Patsy Gallagher said his client was unemployed and had very little means.He said the accused could contact friends to get an independent surety.He also said other people may come before the courts in relation to the incident.Judge Kelly granted bail and ordered a personal surety of €1,000 cash and a further independent surety of €1,000.The case was adjourned until Monday next and Lesiek was taken to Castlerea Prison for the sureties to be paid.MAN ARRESTED AFTER GARDAI DISCOVER DRUGS HAUL HIDDEN IN CAR was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeycourtdonegaldrugsGardailast_img read more

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