Podcast: Heroes & Humans of Football
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HEROES & HUMANS OF FOOTBALL 
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Episode 17: Johan Cruyff & Holland 1974

The Most Exciting Team Never to Win the World Cup

BY: 
SIMON KUPER, MEHREEN KHAN
July 4, 2024
Heroes & Humans of Football (Podcast)
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June 27, 2024

Episode 17: Johan Cruyff & Holland 1974

Fifty years ago this week, Johan Cruyff took one of the most exciting teams in football history to the 1974 World Cup final. But his Holland lost to West Germany, largely because of what has gone down in Dutch history as “The Swimming Pool Affair” – a German tabloid’s front-page scoop that cost Cruyff great anguish and many hours in a phone booth calling his furious wife. We tell the story of Dutch “total football”, of the rock-star team that lived it large both on the field and off it, of the manager who was simultaneously coaching FC Barcelona, and of Johan Cruyff himself: the man who invented modern football, and fought with everybody, including with his biggest fan, Simon.