In issue One of XI Quarterly, Leander Schaerlaeckens and Pieter van Os explore Johan Cruyff’s years playing in the United States.
Their article shows how the time that the Dutch legend spent in the NASL formed the man that we know today as Johan Cruyff, as Schaerlaeckens discusses here.
About the contributors
A Dutch native, Leander Schaerlaeckens lives in New York and has written about soccer for such publications as ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, the Guardian and World Soccer. He has a one-sided love-hate relationship with Johan Cruyff.
Pieter van Os is a political correspondent for the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad. He lived for two years in Washington DC, where he realised that the ghost of Johan Cruyff is still alive, especially in suburban Bethesda. It was there that van Os met Cruyff’s children’s former babysitter, a chance encounter that inspired him to research the Dutch master’s time in the United States, a project that resulted in the publication of his 2007 book Johan Cruyff De Amerikaanse jaren.