Origins of the Infamous 1982 Cruyff PenaltyBy: Daryl | November 17th, 2007
Remember this famous Johan Cruyff penalty for Ajax in 1982? Instead of shooting at goal like mere mortals, Cruyff passed the ball to teammate Jesper Olsen, who then drew the keeper before returning the ball to Cruyff, who passed the ball into an empty net. Brilliant stuff, which Robert Pires failed to emulate in 2005.
I’d always thought that the ever-innovative Cruyff had invented the two man penalty, but seems he borrowed it from a Belgian named Rik Coppens. Video evidence below.
Go to 2:35 (or -1:50) to see Coppens and teammate André Piters pull off the first known instance of the two man penalty, scoring for Belgium in a 1957 World Cup qualifying win over Iceland. Cruyff’s legacy as an innovator is safe though, as he always has the magnificent Cruyff turn to fall back on.