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My Turn: The Autobiography

Narrated by: William Brand
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Sport, Football
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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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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contradicting

makes him come across that he belives he can do no wrong and nothing is ever his fualt found it hard to finish because it just felt like listening to someone moan

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  • Jay Friedman
  • 02-01-2017

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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  • Farook Ahmed
  • 09-11-2019

Don’t bother

Painfully self-serving and generally a complete waste of time. A wizard on the field and apparently a thin-skinned holder of grudges off it.

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  • alex rosas
  • 12-06-2019

if you love the game it's a must read

great insight to the world of football in the 60 to the present. just a glimpse of how the sport works from the player to the presidents of club. Great insight of a mind that was generations ahead of the game.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-2019

To understand Pep , listen first to his mentor.

if you are a Coach, do not miss on getting this book. I think Ajax now finally start showing what this man wanted to see especially when you see the 4-1 win against real Madrid.

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  • lee mulvaney
  • 17-01-2019

Cruyff

Great insight into a top Footballers journey to the top and how he changed the game to the modern style we see today

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  • ZJanjua
  • 06-08-2018

Solid Bio from a football legend

It's not the best book and football, but it is enjoyable. Ajax and Netherlands fans will really enjoy it.

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  • Bob Seavers
  • 12-04-2018

If you love football then you will love this book.

I want to give insight into this book and do justice.
This book is a journey through Johan Cruyff’s life. Not just his playing and managing days but even after. It shows his passion for the game and love for people, especially his family.
There was some dry parts of the book. When he describes the management issues with clubs and country I really struggled but he gave incredible insight. Overall worth listening to an amazing man and his amazing life.

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  • PabloRV7
  • 10-04-2018

14 stars

14 stars for the greatest footballer and tactician the world has ever seen. Muchas gracias, maestro.

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  • Khakhu
  • 27-06-2017

Insightful

No punches held! Great book from the legend. .
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  • Sean Rayburn
  • 12-05-2017

Football's Philosopher King

An incredible insight into the greatest mind the sport ever produced. The pacing has slow parts, and there are a few too many cliches for my taste, but an excellent read for any player, coach, or lover of the game.

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  • Scott
  • 05-09-2017

Strange Narrator

I really enjoyed the book but for some reason when the narrator says any names of people and sometimes places and football teams, he suddenly talks louder and slower, like it is google translate reading it out. Very odd and off-putting. But that aside, I really enjoyed the actual book!

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  • Rahul Pillai
  • 21-01-2020

good book for football.lovers

worth a listen...great person with a straight forward attitude.Good football knowledge usefull.for any youngster.Atleast we get to know ehy cruff dint play in 1978 world cup

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  • michael mcmahon
  • 06-01-2020

poor. I was expecting more.

includes shocking nonsense. the ridiculous section about Wimbledon moving to Ireland is simply embarrassing. ghostwritten drivel

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  • JimSan
  • 27-12-2019

Ajax Legend

Interesting listen. Narrator an acquired taste. Pronouncation of Dutch personal especially . Author very sure of his own abilities and failings.Would recomend

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  • K Mylo
  • 21-05-2019

Masterpiece!

If you like sports and specifically football this is a must read/listen. This book has inspired the best coaches and Pep! to achieve all of their achievements. Thank you Johan, we will always be grateful for your ideas and advice!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-2019

The best autobiography I’ve listened to

A great insight into one of the best footballing minds there has ever been had me hooked from the first to the last chapter

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-2018

Outstanding

If you love football you will love love this book. The blueprint of total football explained simply. Keep the politics out of football and let the football men look after the football.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-2018

Overall pretty poor

Great first Half of the book that’s why I give 3/5 for story!

However the narrator has done Johan no favours!

The narrator sounds like a mix between Mark Corrigan (from peep show) and R2D2 when he gets angry 😂 it’s actually annoying yet funny.

2nd half of the story is so political and of the topic of football, I’m sure fans don’t wanna here 3hours straight of that.

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  • Toby R.
  • 18-12-2017

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-11-2017

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.