24 March 2016
Cruyff was the star of the Holland team of the 1970s which invented the style of “Total Football.” | Photo: AFP
Cruyff dazzled fans with this trickery and rejected Argentina’s brutal dictatorship in an unmatched soccer career.
Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest soccer players of his generation, and perhaps ever, missed the 1978 FIFA World Cup held in Argentina as he didn’t want to play close to the torture chambers the right-wing government had set up to house dissidents of the regime.
Dictatorship in Argentina
“How can you play soccer a thousand meters from a torture center?” he is quoted as saying before the tournament.
The South American nation was in turmoil at the time of the competition after a right-wing coup, led by General Jorge Rafael Videla, Admiral Emilio Eduardo Massera…
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