Ajax set to rename stadium the 'Johan Cruyff Arena'

Ajax set to rename stadium the 'Johan Cruyff Arena'

Cruyff passed away in March a year ago carrying out a battle with cancer.

Amsterdam's iconic ArenA stadium is to be renamed after late Dutch footballing great Johan Cruyff in tribute to Ajax's homegrown star.

The club, and other parties involved, say they want to "pay a worthy tribute to the best footballer Amsterdam and the Netherlands have ever known."

Ajax announced the change - which comes following an agreement between the club's board, the mayor of Amsterdam and the alderman for sports and recreation in the city - on Tuesday.

On last month's anniversary of his death, Barcelona where Cruyff was both a player and a coach announced that a new stadium for the Barca B team will be named after him.

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The team reacted very well, it is not easy to play here, against a very hard team. "I am delighted and very happy", he said. Bayern was without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder.

The plan, first mooted shortly after Cruijff died, has now been agreed by all parties concerned and will be put to the city council, the stadium board and the Ajax board within six months, broadcaster NOS said on Wednesday.

Amsterdam will also name a street, a square, a bridge and more after Cruyff, who not only won three European Cups and eight league titles with Ajax as a player but also two KNVB Cup's and the Cup Winner's Cup as manager.

"Jordi Cruyff has stated that he was pleased and honored by the letter of intent to change the name on behalf of the family".

Amsterdam Arena is the home of AFC Ajax, who Cruyff led to three European Cups.

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