Netherlands v France to pause for Cruyff silence

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Supporters at Amsterdam ArenA will pay tribute to the Dutch great during the Oranje's friendly with France on Friday, with the Dutch football association urging clubs to follow suit

A minute of silence will be observed in the 14th minute of Friday's friendly between Netherlands and France to pay tribute to Johan Cruyff, who passed away on Thursday.

The Oranje legend, who was at the forefront of the concept of 'total football' and fired his country to the 1974 World Cup final, lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 68.

In order to remember his contributions to football in the country, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has ordered a minute of silence be observed in the national team's match versus France. 

The 14th minute – in reference to the number Cruyff famously wore as a player – will see supporters in attendance at Amsterdam ArenA pay tribute to their former idol and the match will come to a halt.

"The KNVB, including the national team and its staff is deeply touched by the news that Cruyff has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family, who were with him when he passed away," a statement on the association's website reads.

"Cruyff's death is a huge loss for Dutch football and we will honour him in a number of ways. Netherlands play France on Friday and the game will be stopped in the 14th minute for one minute's silence.

"The KNVB hopes amateur sides across the country will also pay tribute to Cruyff, but leaves it up to the clubs how to do so."

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