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01/07/2002 8:37pm
Cruyff slams World Cup and accuses Brazil of wrecking football

Cruyff slams World Cup and accuses Brazil of wrecking football

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Dutch legend Johan Cruyff
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HILVERSUM, The Netherlands (AFP) -Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has criticised this year's World Cup by branding it as an "unmemorable" tournament and slamming winners Brazil for playing "anti-football."

In a stunning outburst on Dutch TV, Cruyff also insisted Brazil clinched a 2-0 win over Germany in Sunday's final because of a series of mistakes by Rudi Voller's man.

"The 2002 World Cup is unmemorable, in August no-one will be talking about it. There haven't been any real stars," Cruyff said while working as an expert for Dutch TV during their World Cup final coverage on Sunday.

Cruyff won three successive European Cups with Netherlands side Ajax as the Dutch philosophy of 'total football' began to take control.

However to his dismay he feels Brazil's style of play that took them to a record fifth World Cup is destroying the beautiful game.

"Brazil deserved their win but they aren't a team. They play anti-football and only took advantage of the mistakes of their opponents," added Cruyff.

"The first goal wasn't down to the brilliance of Ronaldo but as a consequence of the errors by the German defence and Kahn.

"Despite winning the name of the Brazilian coach won't go down in history because he was scared of the Germans."

Cruyff added: "They (Brazil) have set the standard for the rest of the World with their anti-football. I hope that the Netherlands don't follow this example."

The former Barcelona coach did, however, find time to issue some words of praise - to Germany and South Korea coach Guus Hiddink.

"Germany are a good team with Oliver Kahn and a good mentality. The collectiveness of the Germans was good however they lack a strong personality like Franz Beckenbauer or Gerd Mueller," Cruyff said.

"We should rejoice at the performances of Turkey and South Korea. Guus Hiddink deserved a gold medal for nothing more than the extraordinary way he represented the Netherlands."

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