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Barcelona to name one of its stadiums after Johan Cruyff

Cruyff, who died of lung cancer aged 68, signed for Barca from Ajax in 1973 and helped them to a first league title in 14 years in his first campaign. He stayed until 1978

Reuters , Saturday 25 Mar 2017
Son of late Dutch football star Johan Cruyff, Jordi Cruyff (R) shakes hands with Barcelona's President Josep Maria Bartomeu as he handovers him the "Ballon d'Or" won by his father in 1974, on the first anniversary of his death at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 25, 2017. Johan Cruyff, one of the greatest footballers of all time who dazzled with his artistry, died on March 24, 2016 at the age of 68 after losing a battle with lung cancer, prompting an avalanche of tributes from around the sports world. (AFP)
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La Liga champions Barcelona will pay tribute to visionary midfielder and coach Johan Cruyff by naming one of their new stadiums after the late Dutchman and his statue will also be erected at the Nou Camp.

The club are planning to relocate their Mini Estadi, the home of their B team and occasional venue for their women's team, to their training ground and president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the new ground will be named the Estadi Johan Cruyff.

"Cruyff broke down barriers, he was the man who made us lift our heads up and see that nothing is impossible," Bartomeu said at a presentation on Saturday, a day after Cruyff's first death anniversary.

"His death was a huge loss, not just for everyone connected with Barcelona but also for anyone who loves football."

Cruyff, who died of lung cancer aged 68, signed for Barca from Ajax in 1973 and helped them to a first league title in 14 years in his first campaign. He stayed until 1978.

He is seen by many as the godfather of the modern Barcelona, coaching the club to their first European Cup in 1992 and instilling a style of football imitated by future managers.

Bartomeu also revealed plans for a special space dedicated to Cruyff at the club's museum. Cruyff's son Jordi, a former Barca player, said the family would donate his father's old jersey and the Ballon d'Or trophy he won in 1974 to the museum.

Vice-president Jordi Cardoner said the club had asked the Barcelona city hall to rename one of the streets adjacent to the stadium after the Dutchman.

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