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Cruyff, Barça and the Wembley Dream Team – Two Decades On


Today marks the twentieth anniversary of Futbul Club Barcelona’s first ever European Cup triumph, a 1-0 extra time victory against Sampdoria watched by a  crowd of just over 70,000 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Former club legend Johan Cruyff had returned to the Camp Nou four years previous, as the club  looked to end a barren spell that had seen them win just one domestic title in 14 years. With players such as Pep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup and Ronald Koeman in his squad Cruyff moulded one of the greatest football sides in the history of the Spanish game. In 1992 the side that became known as el Dream Team were at the height of their powers, and that same year secured the second of what would eventually amount to four consecutive league titles.

The eleven players from that triumphant night at  Wembley  wrote their names into the history books at Barcelona and some, such as Guardiola have gone on to have hugley successful careers as coaches once hanging up their boots. But what has happened to the others? Where did they go after that memorable night 20 years ago?

On the next few pages Liam Bambridge takes a look at the class of 1992, two decades on.

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