Jordi Cruyff

Jordi Cruyff

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Jordi Cruyff

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Johan Jordi Cruijff (born 9 February 1974 in Amsterdam, Netherlands), anglicised as Jordi Cruyff and known in Catalonia as simply Jordi is a former Dutch footballer and currently AEK Larnaca's Director of Football. He played from 1992 through to 2010, appearing for clubs such as Barcelona and Manchester United. He gained nine caps for the Netherlands national football team, playing in the 1996 European Championships. Cruyff is also notable as the son of Dutch former player and manager Johan Cruijff.

Jordi played mainly as an attacking midfielder, though he could also appear as a second striker. In his later years, notably with Metalurh Donetsk, he also played as a centre back. After starting his career with Barcelona (under his father's management) and playing for the Netherlands aged just 22, Cruyff's career stalled whilst at Manchester United, appearing just 36 times in the league over four years thanks largely to injuries. His most successful period was arguably with Deportivo Alav├ęs, whom he led to the 2001 UEFA Cup Final. He also played for Celta Vigo, Espanyol and finished his playing career with Valletta in the Maltese Premier League.

Early life

Although born in Amsterdam, Cruyff spent his early life in Spain where his father Johan was playing for Barcelona. He was reportedly named after Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia. In 1981, the Cruyff family returned to the...
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