Cruyff Turn

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The Cruyff Turn (also spelled Cruijff Turn in the Netherlands) is an evasive football move named after Dutch player Johan Cruyff.[1] Cruyff first executed the move during the 1974 World Cup group stage match between Holland and Sweden. In the 24th minute, while Cruyff had control of the ball in an attacking position but was facing his own goal and being guarded tightly by Swedish defender Jan Olsson, Cruyff feigned a pass before dragging the ball behind his standing leg, turning 180 degrees, and accelerating away.[2] The move had been used previously by Adrian Alston[3][4] and was soon widely copied by other players around the world, and remains one of the most commonly used dribbling tricks in the modern game.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Sheehy, Finbarr; Murray, Scott (24 March 2016). "What is a Cruyff Turn?". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Brewin, John (24 March 2016). "Johan Cruyff: All-time Top 20: No. 3". ESPN. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  3. ^ Philip Micallef (3 August 2016). "Socceroos Greats – Where are they now: Adrian Alston". SBS. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Alston:The man Schoen feared". Archived from the original on 9 September 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Top World Cup moments No8 - The Cruyff turn makes its debut (1974)". TNT Magazine. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 

External links

  • BBC Guide to the Cruyff Turn
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