Barcelona opens Johan Cruyff Stadium

Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were in attendance as Barcelona opened a new stadium named after its former player and coach, Johan Cruyff.

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Barcelona officially opened the new Johan Cruyff Stadium, which will host games for Barca B and its women's teams.

The new 6,000-seater stadium – located at the club's training ground in the suburbs of the city – pays tribute to the legendary Cruyff, who played for the Blaugrana between 1973 and 1978 before coaching them between 1988 and 1996.

Cruyff died in 2016 and is widely credited with laying the foundations for the unprecedented success the club has enjoyed over the past 15 years.

 

Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets were among the Barca stars in attendance at the opening, which hosted a friendly between the club's Under-19s and a youth side from another of Cruyff's former teams, Ajax.

The opening followed on from Monday's unveiling of a Cruyff statue outside Camp Nou.

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