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WATCH: Netherlands vs France stops to remember Johan Cruyff after 14 minutes


See the moment Amsterdam Arena stopped to remember Johan Cruyff

Netherlands vs France came to a halt on Friday after 14 minutes to celebrate the life of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.

With the action halted by the referee as planned, players from both sides, all wearing black armbands, took part in a minute’s applause that rang around the stadium in tribute to the Dutch football great widely regarded as one of the best footballers in history.

Cruyff’s image appeared on the stadium’s big screen during the applause, while a large banner displayed in one of the stands simply read “Johan Thanks”. 

Dutch federation (KNVB) president Michael van Praag had earlier said: ”I can’t wait for the moment when we rename our stadium the Johan Cruyff Arena. It’s the best tribute we can pay him.”

Cruyff, who wore the number 14 shirt for his country and led them as captain to the 1974 World Cup final, died on Thursday at the age of 68 after losing his battle with lung cancer.

The French were leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, whose goal came shortly before the tribute took place. 

But the score was irrelevant, as the world of football came together to celebrate the life of their famous number 14.

See the moment Amsterdam Arena stopped to remember Johan Cruyff, below.



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