Stanley Menzo, Former Ajax Goalkeeper, Deals With Racism In Dutch

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Johan Cruyff desired a special goalkeeper in his first managerial job, one that fit his all-around attacking vision for Ajax. Stanley Menzo was the right person for the job.

Menzo had been a member of the Amsterdam club for a while. Cruyff was an understudy and had only played a few games when he took over as manager in 1985.

Menzo entered the first team at the age of 21 under the tutelage of the Dutch legend. Cruyff left to Barcelona three years later, but the young goalkeeper remained a key member of the team that won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1987 and the European Cup in 1992.

Menzo won nine domestic league and cup trophies in the Netherlands and Belgium over his 16-year football career, and did it with a style that served to redefine what a goalkeeper could be. He was an early example of the’sweeper keeper,’ an extra man who could do more than just keep the opponents out.

Source: BBC Sport

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