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Saturday, June 30, 2007

The greatest penalty ever

You know how in today's football the players rush the box when a penalty is taken? They didn't used to, and this penalty is the reason they started. The greatest penalty ever taken came from Dutch legend Johann Cruyff when he exchanged passes with team-mate Jesper Olsen to score for Ajax against Helmond on December 5th 1982.

Cruff casually stepped up to the spot and chipped the ball slowly to his right, the goalkeeper, confused, reacted by moving to his right, Jesper Olsen casually passed the ball back to Cruyff who walked up to the 6 yard box line and dinked the ball into an empty net. Ajax won the game emphatically 5-0.


Cruyff claims he’d done it once before in the a match played in the snow but I couldn’t find a record of it. This one will have to do.


Years on, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry did a similar trick for Arsenal. Cruyff originated it thought, and here it is:



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Blogger Rio said...

Best player ever. I hope messi will one day become comparable to cruyff, he's playing at the position on a team with heavy cruyff influence after all.

6/30/2007 4:29 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

That's a great goal, but surely it's to his (Cruyff's) left. And how is it a 'chip' - it rolls along the ground :)

6/30/2007 8:46 AM  
Anonymous John Mes said...

Cruyff did this ones before on a training field, not during another match. That's why you can't find it.

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7/01/2007 5:42 PM  
Blogger Sheed said...

antonin panenka's penalty was a good one, too.. i think it's the greatest..

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