Ajax have announced that plans are afoot to rename their stadium in honour of the great Johan Cruyff, who sadly passed away last year.
Cruyff spent 11 years at Ajax in two spells as a player and returned as a coach for three years in the mid-1980s, winning more than 20 trophies overall.
And so, on what would have been their eternal talisman’s 70th birthday, Ajax declared that after positive consultations with the relevant authorities, an “agreement of intent” is now in place to rename the Amsterdam Arena.
— Jordi Cruyff (@JordiCruyff) April 25, 2017
A statement of the official Ajax website reads:
The board of the Amsterdam Arena, the board of Ajax and the mayor and aldermen of Sports Participation of the Amsterdam Municipality have agreed in a letter of intent to change the name of the Amsterdam Arena to the Johan Cruijff Arena.
With the name change, the three parties want the best footballer of Amsterdam and the Netherlands to be given a worthy tribute.
Within six months, an agreed final contract is to be submitted to the council, the management and supervisory boards of the Stadium and Ajax Amsterdam.
The Dutch club also confirmed that, as well as the stadium re-titling, the Mayor has also decided to rename a “street, square, bridge or otherwise” in Amsterdam in honour of their most famous footballing son.
We’d be interested to hear from anybody who doesn’t think Jopie deserves this kind of hometown reverence.
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