• My Turn: The Autobiography

  • By: Johan Cruyff
  • Narrated by: William Brand
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch. Today his philosophy lives on in teams across Europe, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich, and players from Lionel Messi to Cesc Fabrecas.
My Turn tells the story of Cruyff's life starting at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups before moving to Barcelona, where he won La Liga in 1973, his first season, and was named European Footballer of the Year. He won the Ballon d'Or three times and led the Dutch national team to the final of the 1974 World Cup, famously losing to West Germany and receiving the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament.
While on the field Cruyff was in total control, off the field his life was more turbulent, with a kidnapping attempt and bankruptcy. After retiring in 1984, he became a hugely successful manager of Ajax and then Barcelona, where he won the Champions league with a young Pep Guardiola in his team. In 1999 Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century and came second behind Pelé in the World Player of the Century poll.
In March 2016 Cruyff died after a short battle with lung cancer, bringing world football to a standstill in an outpouring of emotions. Johan Cruyff was a brilliant teacher and analyst of the game he loved, and My Turn is his legacy.
©2016 Johan Cruyff (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jay Friedman on 01-02-17

Cruyff addresses his critics

This is not a bad book. I know that 3 stars can mean the death of a book here, but I don't regret listening to it. But this is because I'm an avid football and Barca fan and enjoyed learning about how things came about in the things that I love. If you're not predisposed to Ajax, Barca, or the concept of total football, I would not recommend.

Mostly this is because 50% of the book seems as though Cruyff has saved every piece of reportage that criticized him in his career and now goes through one by one and counters what they had to say. He is constantly addressing his critics and criticisms made of him long ago. Cruyff is a legend regardless of your opinion of him. One of the games greatest and one of those who had the most influence. I thought he could have told his side without being defensive.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sean Downey on 02-27-17

Cruyff R.I.P

if you are a football fan, you will love this. The father of modern football. This book was inspirational and honest.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Toby R. on 12-18-17

My turn Johan Cruyff

Fantastic book autobiography
A real in depth into the great men’s life and what he thought
The audio version was read with real exciting tone and was very addictive
Well worth the purchase

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 11-15-17

What a player... what an ego!

A bit of a disappointment from someone who was obviously one of the best players to ever grace the game and influence it as a player, manager and visionary.

However the book was low in detail in his playing and managing years and high on detail in his opinion of Ajax and in particular the board and the mistakes they made... largely not listening to him. He comes across in the book as someone without humility or self awareness. Shame.

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