Johan Cruyff to Have Barcelona's New Training Ground Stadium Named After Him

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2017

Football supporters hold-up coloured rectangular posters to form a giant mosaic reading, 'Thankyou Johan', in tribute to late Dutch football player Johan Cruyff before the Spanish league 'Clasico' football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 2, 2016. / AFP / PAU BARRENA        (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have announced that a new stadium at their training complex will be named after the club's legendary former player and manager Johan Cruyff.

A day after the one-year anniversary of the Dutchman's death, the Blaugrana made an announcement that they would be paying a series of tributes to Cruyff.

One of those, per the club's official website, will be to name the arena in the Ciutat Esportiva as the Estadi Johan Cruyff.

The Barcelona Twitter account relayed some comments from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 @FCBarcelona

🔊 Josep Maria Bartomeu: "The future stadium at the Ciutat Esportiva will be named after @JohanCruyff" #FCBlive https://t.co/1LMx9DAYU6

In addition, the Blaugrana also confirmed that a statue of the great man will be erected at the Camp Nou and a section in the club's museum designated to the Netherlands icon.

"Two of the most prized exhibits have been donated to the club by the Cruyff family," read part of the bulletin on the club's official website. "The Ballon d'Or trophy that Cruyff was awarded in 1974 and Cruyff's number nine shirt."

The club also confirmed they will be liaising with Barcelona's city council to try and get a street near the Camp Nou named after him.

Cruyff, considered a pioneer as a player and coach, died after a battle with cancer last year aged 68. Per Bleacher Report UK, he has since been hailed for his influence on the beautiful game:

B/R Football @brfootball

Iconic. https://t.co/rIL0iBsqhI

Although Cruyff was marvellous during his time at Ajax and as a player with the national team, it is with Barcelona he is most closely associated.

In a five-year spell at the Camp Nou between 1973 and 1978, he inspired the team to five league titles, lighting up the Catalan club with his elegant style and cerebral talent. Cruyff was also crowned as FIFA's World Player of the Year on three separate occasions.

A picture taken  on March 25, 2017 shows the jersey of late Dutch football star Johan Cruyff during a ceremony for the first anniversary of his death at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.
Jordi Cruyff said he was very happy of the agreement reached with FC Ba
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As a manager, Cruyff also brought success to the Camp Nou. The Dutchman assembled what came to be known as the "Dream Team," and they dominated Spanish football with a swagger between 1991 and 1994, winning four titles in succession.

Cruyff's crowning moment as a manager came in 1992, though, as he steered Barcelona to their first-ever UEFA European Cup win, as they beat Sampdoria 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.


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