Football: Netherlands leads tribute to icon Cruyff
The Netherlands led global tributes to football legend Johan Cruyff and was to halt their international against France on Friday in the 14th minute in a powerful silent hommage to the Dutch master. Amsterdam and Barcelona covered front pages around the world following his death on Thursday from lung cancer. Fans have flocked to the Cruyff statue in his home city of Amsterdam to leave flowers, portraits and footballs honouring the Total Football innovator who died in Barcelona at the age of 68. The ArenaA stadium and his family's home in the city also became a draw for football pilgrims.
The Netherlands v France friendly international will be halted in the 14th minute for one minute of silence -- the first time such a gesture has been made during an international. At a number of international games on Thursday, a minute's silence was held in Cruyff's honour. A friendly between Feyenoord and Sparta in Rotterdam was halted in the 14th minute for a minute's applause.