50 years since Cruyff’s competitive debut for Barça

Today sees the very first El Clásico of the period, and 50 years earlier, Johan Cruyff made his affordable launching for FC Barcelona on the identical day. The Dutchman needed to wait 2 and a half months to make his launching after his finalizing was settled on 13 August 1973, the factor being that the football federation in the Netherlands, with Japp Van Praag at the helm, did not concur with the gamer’s transfer as it must have occurred in between the 1 and 31 July. The Ajax head of state did all he might to place a spanner in the jobs and it resembled authorization would not be given up until December, prior to it wound up being fixed a little bit previously.

Even though he could not play in affordable video games, Cruyff included in 4 pleasant suits versus Club Bruges, Kickers Offenbach, Arsenal and Ourense, which aided to begin to repay the transfer cost. He was ultimately okayed to make his launching as a blaugrana on 28 October 1973 at the Stadium versus Granada. Equally as considerable a day as 13 August, as background transformed from after that onwards.

The very first of 26 video games unbeaten with Cruyff

Barçan entered into the video game 2nd from base in the organization, just in advance of Sporting Gijón, having actually shed 3 of the very first 7 Liga video games. The home followers had high wish for Cruyff and he really did not let down. Encountering a really attritional Granada side, the Dutchman blazed a trail with a support as component of a large 4-0 win that confirmed to be the very first of 26 video games unbeaten that would certainly see the blaugranes win the 1973/74 Liga title with 5 video games to go.

De la Cruz obtained the very first objective prior to half-time. Cruyff after that scored his very first affordable objective for Barça 5 mins after the break and settled the 4-0 win with his 2nd on 68 mins, after Sotil had actually racked up the 3rd.


Stadium: Camp Nou, participation 100,000.

FC Barcelona: Sadurní, Rifé, Torres, Costas, Cruz, Juan Carlos, Juanito, Asensi, Cruyff, Sotil and Marcial.

Granada CF: Izcoa, Montero Castillo, Falito, Fernández, Toni, Santi (Cabrera 75′), Chirri, Jaén, Quiles, Dueñas (Martín 59′) and Porta.

Goals: 1-0, De la Cruz (44′). 2-0, Cruyff (50′). 3-0, Sotil (59′). 4-0, Cruyff (68′).

Referee: Soto Montesino. Yellow card for Fernández from Granada CF.

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