Home > Football > An Open Letter to Johan Cruyff

An Open Letter to Johan Cruyff

Dear Mr. Cruyff,

You have given us some of the greatest gifts a football can offer.  You created an almost otherworldly way of playing football that included revolutionary changes for players and teams alike.  Because you gave your country and the world these gifts, you are loved not only as a player but as a person who dreams for perfect and beautiful football. 

The last time our football team reached the World Cup Final game was thirty-two years ago.  I have never experienced an event like this and the thought of the Netherlands winning the World cup in my lifetime brings tears to my eyes.  Having seen the acheivements of the teams created by you in the 1970s I having always dreamed of this day and I can hardly believe it’s happening.

As your fans and as supporters of the Oranje we have been crushed by your support for Spain.  When you, our hero and talismanic chieftain, complement our opponents instead of the Oranje ahead of the most significant match in football it’s hard not to feel betrayed.

All who know you are familiar with how you love to see football played; indeed there isn’t anyone who disagrees with your ideal for beautiful football.  Not every squad is able to achieve this very high level of play and some concessions must be made in the interest of having a functional team.  In this case our Oranje team have been very successful playing a simpler and more defensive form of football.  Perhaps it’s their success without your formula that is troubling to you.  Yours ideals are the same ideals engrained in all Dutch supporters; we all yearn for that same type of football.  I assure you this success without the traditional Dutch style of play is in no way an indictment of your feelings or beliefs. 

To support another country is as near to betrayal as a cultural icon like yourself can come.  Recently in Barcelona the new club president removed you from your honorary post within the illustrious club.  I would be heart-broken if the motivation behind your comments was in part an effort to regain that post for Barcelona.  We share your history and hopes.  We shared your joy in Germany when the world was electrified by what they saw and your heartbreak in the final.  We are all united in the path we’ve walked together.

I implore you to support the Oranje; support that same shirt that you wore in 1974.  As supporters we look to you as our Oranje captain.  These Oranje players representing your country have blossomed within the footballing legacy created by you.  Do not desert us now in our moment of pregnant potential! 

Respectfully yours,

Michael de Vries

***I have attempted to send this letter to Johan Cruyff via the email addresses found on his foundation website as well as his personal website.  A response is not expected.***

  1. Keeskist
    July 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    You are adressing this to the man who pulled out of the crucial qualification match of the 1970 World Cup against Bulgaria because he had to accompany his wife to Milan to buy shoes for her shoe shop. He never gave a monkeys about the Dutch team. Or rather, he never rated International country football much, as it didn’t pay the bills.

    • July 9, 2010 at 7:42 PM

      My reasoning is this: For somebody who has had an opinion about Dutch football for approximately 40 years and has represented the country I feel it is fair to expect a certain amount of accountability.

  2. Haze
    July 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    He did not say who he supports. Nice try bye bye?

    • July 9, 2010 at 7:37 PM

      I’m not sure if “Who am I supporting? I am Dutch but I support the football that Spain is playing…It is Spain’s game to lose but I will take intense joy if they win it.” qualifies as not saying who he supports.

  3. Pep Guardiola
    July 9, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Hello Michael de Vries:
    I am Spaniard. Johan Cruyff is half Spaniard also, I do not know if Johan Cruyff has Spanish nationality also, but definitively I have spent a lot of time in Spain. I think that Johan Cruyff did not support the Spanish National team, but however he thinks that the Spanish team has more chances to win. But he did not say “I wish a Spanish victory”.
    Anyways, Despite Mr Cruyff thoughts, I think that Netherlands have a huge team, able to win to Spain. I support Spain, but I have to admit that I am afraid about the Holland team.
    Best Regards

    • July 9, 2010 at 7:39 PM

      He said, “It is Spain’s game to lose but I will take intense joy if they win it.

  4. Herman van Egten
    July 10, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Maybe Johan finds it hard to grasp that others might be lifting the world cup for Holland! Look, times have changed, but history doesn’t always repeat itself, so our dutch team will go for the win this time around!!

  5. Johnny Jordaan
    July 10, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    If there is a god, he will grant victory to the Dutch. The Spanish are hairy, stinking, jobless, long-heared scum that have sat on their butts for the past 500 years doing absolutely nothing.

  6. Fernando
    July 14, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Mr. Cruyff was a great footballer, but an idiot when it comes to soccer comments. He needs to get over Dutch trauma of being an eternal Runner-up. Get over it! And what’s up with the malignity against Team Brazil or Pele? Mr. Cruyff needs a shrink.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: