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Dutch & French teams will praise Cruyff

Netherlands vs France: Friendly match will be halted after 14 minutes to remember Johan Cruyff

March 25, 2016 By Oscar Rojas
The Dutch Football Federation will pay their respects to the footballing legend when the Oranje host France in a friendly match later today.

Reactions poured all over the world mourning the loss of Johan Cruyff, one of the most influential players and coaches of our time. As expected, the Dutch Football Federation revealed that the Oranje will pay their respects to the Dutch legend by stopping their friendly match against France after fourteen minutes, in order to observe a moment of silence and praise the former Oranje coach.

Another moment of silence will be observed prior to the game to tribute all those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Cruyff, who wore Number14 with the National Team, led The Netherlands to their first World Cup final in 1974, a match they would eventually lose against Germany. He became the architect of the concept known as "total football", and an inspiration for those who had the chance to work with him. 

"Thank you for all the love" - Cruyff's son, Jordi

In a press release published earlier today on Johan Cruyff's official website, his son and former Barcelona player, Jordi Cruyff, thanked all of those who praised his father after his passing.

On behalf of my mother, sisters and the rest of the family I would like to say thank you for all the love, kind words and memories that have been shared with us, since yesterday but also over the past months. It has touched us deeply that Johan was such an inspiration to many of you. We would like to express our special thanks to all the doctors and medical staff who have supported us until the end,” Cruyff wrote in his father's website.

Fans and more former footballers still remember Cruyff's legacy. Here are some of their thoughts ahead of today's friendly.

"The tributes tonight will still be beautiful #NEDvFRA"

"Tonight is called the Johan Cruijff Arena stadium. That would be nice. great even"

Former FIFA Presidential candidate, Michael Van Praag.

"I am devastated. Johan my dear friend, rest in peace"

"Barcelona's playing jerseys sporting Number 14 as a tribute for Cruyff at Barcelona's Camp Nou store"

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