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Published: 11:53 | 26/3/16

Netherlands pays emotional tribute to Johan Cruyff

France friendly halted to remember genius

Friday's international friendly between Netherlands and France was halted in the 14th minute for applause in remembrance of the great Johan Cruyff who died on Thursday.

The Dutch great lost a long battle with lung cancer and his career as a great player and manager saw all 22 players, wearing black armbands, stop playing and join in the loud applause all around the stadium in the 14th minute, 14 being the number of Cruyff's jersey.

An image of his face lit up the stadium screen during the tribute, while a huge banner of him in his famous 14 jersey was raised in one stand.

The match, which France won 3-2, was played in the Amsterdam Arena and their are plans to rename the stadium after the former Ajax and Barcelona great.

”I can’t wait for the moment when we rename our stadium the Johan Cruyff Arena," Dutch Football Association President Michel van Praag has said. "It’s the best tribute we can pay him.”

Cruyff's son Jordi meanwhile tweeted during the match: “A husband, a father, a grandfather. We will miss you like crazy, it will be hard but I hope we will make you proud.”

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