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Johan Cruijff

The Cruijffbal Challenge #4

Welcome to my fourth season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. Prologue | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 We all have principles or codes we live by. Some are indoctrinated into us, others are picked up over time. I always start with a specific tactic when I play 01/02. It’s called Mentalist and […]

Johan Cruijff at Barcelona

The Cruijffbal Challenge #3

Welcome to my third season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. Prologue | Part 1 | Part 2 Well, Season 3 didn’t go as planned. They say you’re only good as your last game and that kind of summed us up. Kind of. The bad news is we didn’t get promoted but the good news is […]

Johan Cruijff - the man "behind" Cruijffbal

The Cruijffbal Challenge #2

Welcome to my second season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. Prologue | Part 1 After your first full season at a club, you start to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. Who your favourites are and who can go. When to change the system and when to give it time. I needed […]

Image of Johan Cruijff by Robert Ball

The Cruijffbal Challenge #1

Welcome to my first season update of The Cruijffbal Challenge. If you have no idea what that is, check out my prologue/primer to get up to speed. Given how I long I’ve played Championship Manager, I’m used to the English football league system so promotions are much easier at the start. That’s less a boast […]

Image of Johan Cruijff by Robert Ball

The Cruijffbal Challenge – Prologue

A new year brings a new challenge, combining the economics of Moneyball and wisdom of Johan Cruijff. Together they become Cruijffbal. The idea of retro gaming perplexes people. Hell, even the concept of gaming confuses those who don’t partake. It’s a stretch calling Championship Manager 01/02 a “retro game” (and I wouldn’t) but if it […]