Its the defining image of the 1974 World Cup; the defining image of the great Dutch team of the 70s; the defining image of one of the most talented, enchanting and magical players to ever breeze around a football field.

Its the 23rd minute of the Group 3 game between Holland and Sweden at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, and Wim van Hanegem has the ball at his feet on the right wing. Houston Texans Jersey Hes about to be crowded out by Bjorn Andersson and Ralf Edstrom, so clips a pass back along the flank to Wim Rijsbergen, who in turn flicks the ball inside to Arie Haan, airily ambling through the centre circle. Haan takes a couple of quick, adroit touches to tee himself up, then wafts his right leg, spraying a long diagonal pass towards the left-hand corner flag, towards Johan Cruyff.

Cruyff has already spent the opening exchanges of the game causing Swedens right-back, Jan Olsson, all manner of pain, bother, trouble and angst. But now hes going to take it up a notch. Sticking out a telescopic left leg, Cruyff kills Haans pass. Well, nearly. The ball slides a touch to the right, and for a second looks like sticking awkwardly under Cruyffs right boot. But the Dutch captain adjusts on the hoof, rolls the ball under his studs while turning through 180 degrees. Hes now facing back down the pitch, with Olsson tight behind him and nowhere to go. The full back is doing everything right. Then, through no real fault of his own, hes doing everything wrong. Having read an almost imperceptible drop of Cruyffs left shoulder, Olsson makes to chase him back downfield. Its the right decision 999,999 times out of a million.
What are the chances? By dropping his shoulder a few millimetres, Cruyff has sold the defender the mother of all dummies, the subtlest of swerves. He caresses the ball with his right instep, pulls it back Glover Quin Jersey and spins to the right, retracing those 180 degrees. Olssons been packed off downtown, but his opponent is away in the other direction, making good for the touchline, and the Swedish box. A split second, and already there are a couple of yards between the players, Olsson struggling to stay upright as he realises hes been diddled by a million-to-one shot, Cruyff striding into the area, free as a bird.
Those are the base mechanics of it, though a thousand words would never be quite enough to paint the full picture. No matter, as two suffice as a trigger to jog the memory: Cruyff Turn. The move became instantly world famous, seared indelibly on the brain, stored forever and available for replay on your minds eye-player. There it is! Cruyff Turn!
This was athletic, aesthetic, balletic brilliance out of the very top drawer. Cruyff was beginning, argued our reporter David Lacey, to make the sort of impression on the competition that was left by Didi in 1958 and Garrincha in 1962. Elite company and that was the reason Olsson never felt ashamed about being diddled, reasoning, quite correctly, that nobody could have stopped a peak-era Cruyff from executing that trick, and in John Jaso Jersey any case to be preserved in amber as an integral part of one of sports most magical moments isnt the worst fate that can befall a player.
Cruyffs turn came to symbolise the Total Football being played at the 1974 World Cup by the Dutch, somewhat erroneously perhaps, as its really all about one mans other-worldly skill. Then again, the move does possess many of the trademarks of Hollands constant carousel: a central midfielder and defender faffing around in tight spots down the right wing; another defender stepping forward to assume the role of playmaker; Cruyff patrolling the left which, if the Dutch footballers union had been far stricter about job demarcation, really should have been the beat of his Daeshon Hall">">Daeshon Hall team-mate Piet Keizer.
In any case, Total Football was less a tactical approach, more a state of mind. Haan explained the concept to the Observers man in Munich, Hugh McIlvanney: People talk of total football as if it is a system, something to replace 4-2-4 or 4-3-3. It is not a system. As it is at any moment, so you play. That is how we understand. Not one or two players make a situation, but five or six. The best is that with every situation all 11 players are involved, but this is difficult. In many teams maybe only two or three play, and the rest Brad Marchand Jersey are looking. In the Holland team, when you are 60 metres from the ball, you are playing.;#post938929