The Cruyff Turn (also spelled Cruijff Turn in the Netherlands) is an evasive football move named after Dutch player Johan Cruyff. Cruyff first executed the move during the 1974 World Cup group stage match between Holland and Sweden. In the 24th minute, while Cruyff had control of the ball in an attacking position but was facing his own goal and being guarded tightly by Swedish defender Jan Olsson, Cruyff feigned a pass before dragging the ball behind his standing leg, turning 180 degrees, and accelerating away. The move had been used previously by Adrian Alston and was soon widely copied by other players around the world, and remains one of the most commonly used dribbling tricks in the modern game.
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