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14 facts of Johan Cruyff the player and coach

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The Dutchman had more luck as a player than as a coach against Real Madrid, never facing them in European competition.

Johan Cruyff’s first Clásico goal is one of the most memorable in Barça history. On 17 February 1974, the Dutchman scored his first against Real Madrid in the unforgettable 5-0 win in the Santiago Bernabéu.


Cruyff’s first goal against Barça’s eternal rivals at Camp Nou took a little longer to arrive, coming as it did in a 3-1 win in his fourth season at the Club with fellow Dutchman Rinus Michels as coach.

As a player he took part in a total of eight Clásicos, all of them in the league. His record: four wins, two draws and two defeats.

As a Barça coach his record against Real Madrid was nine victories, six draws and ten defeats in 25 matches.

A closer look reveals that 16 of those matches came in the league (seven wins, four draws and five defeats), three in the Copa del Rey (a win in the 1990 final, a draw and a defeat in the semi-final elimination in the season 1992/93), six in the Spanish Super Cup (a win, a draw and four defeats).

He lost the three meetings with Real Madrid in the competition.

During his time at Barça, Johan Cruyff never faced Real Madrid in European competition.

Cruyff as coach faced a total of eight different managers in his meetings with Real Madrid - John Toshack, Alfredo Di Stefano, Leo Beenhakker, Benito Flor, Vicente del Bosque, Jorge Valdano and Arsenio Iglesias. The coach he faced most was Benito Floro whom he came up against on seven occasions.

In his time as coach as many as 15 different players found the net against Real Madrid.

Top scorer for Cruyff the coach was José Mari Bakero with six goals, followed by Ronald Koeman (5), Salinas (4), Romario and Amor (3), Stoichkov, Laudrup, Kodro (2), Carrasco, Goikoetxea, Iván Iglesias, Nadal, Roger and Figo (1).

José Mari Bakero scored the first three goals against Real Madrid of the Cruyff coach era in 1988/89 with Meho Kodro scoring the final two in the season 1995/96.

The most common result in the Clásico with Cruyff as coach was 1-1, a scoreline that occurred on five occasions.

Barça’s 5-0 win on 8 January 1994 is surely one of the best games of the Cruyff era as coach. A year later came one of the worst with Real Madrid winning 5-0 against Barça in the Bernabéu.

Johan Cruyff, along with Josep Guardiola, is the only man to have beaten Real Madrid 5-0 as a player and as a coach.

Between his first Clásico as a player and his last as a coach, there was a total of 8,029 days, or put another way, 21 years, 11 months and 25 days.