Ajax's Amsterdam Arena renamed in honour of Johan Cruyff

One of the all time greats led the club to major success as a player and manager

BY Raf Diallo 18:55 Tuesday 25 April 2017, 18:55 25 Apr 2017

In this Monday May 22, 2006 file photo, Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff holds his lifetime achievement award during the Laureus World Sports Awards in Barcelona, Spain. On the day Johan Cruyff would have turned 70, his home city has agreed to name Ajax's stadium after the Dutch football legend. Amsterdam Municipality says it has agreed with the stadium and Ajax to change the name of the Amsterdam Arena to the Johan Cruijff Arena, using the Dutch spelling of the Ajax and Barcelona star, who

Ajax's Amsterdam Arena stadium will be renamed in honour of late Dutch footballing great Johan Cruyff.

The 1974 World Cup finalist won three European Cups and eight league titles with the Dutch record champions, before returning as a manager and leading his hometown club to two Dutch Cups and a European Cup Winners Cup.

He passed away in March 2016 at the age of 68 in Barcelona, a city and club who he also led to success and defined a much lauded style of play as a player and manager. 

Thirteen months on from his passing and on the week in which he would have turned 70, Ajax have announced that the Amsterdam Arena, which was completed in 1996, will now be known as the Johan Cruijff Arena, with Dutch great Ruud Gullit among those to welcome the news:  

 

 

In a statement, Ajax confirmed that the club's board and the mayor of the local Amsterdam municipality had agreed to the name change that would honour the "best footballer the Netherlands and Amsterdam has ever known". 

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