One man – Johan Cruyff -- will be on everyone's mind when Netherlands host France in an international friendly at the Amsterdam Arena Friday. The greatest ever footballer Holland have produced lost his battle with cancer Thursday and the Netherlands football association (KNVB) have planned a nice tribute for one of their greatest sons.
The international friendly will be halted in the 14th minute of the match, for a minute's silence, to pay tribute to the man who wore the No.14 with such great distinction for club and country.
"On Friday, the Dutch national team will face France in Amsterdam. Because of the great contribution of Johan Cruyff to national and international football in the 14th minute, the match will be shut down for a minute's silence," KNVB said in a statement on their official website.
This friendly will be all about holding your emotions as far as Holland are concerned, even if the game holds little value to them from a footballing point of view, considering the Dutch will not be a part of the European Championships later this year.
France, the hosts of Euro 2016, though, have a lot to play for in this match, and Didier Deschamps will use this fixture as another litmus test to judge just how prepared the Les Blues are ahead of the big tournament.
Deschamps, however, also understands this match will have a special atmosphere, what with Cruyff calling the Amsterdam Arena home for so many years as player, manager and administrator.
"The football world is clearly sad," Deschamps was quoted as saying of the passing of Cruyff by ESPNFC. "This great man made his mark on world football in two ways -- by his immense career as a player and how he was also a great coach.
"He brought a new philosophy of playing. He's a great man, he's among the great players who leave an indelible imprint in our football. The Dutch federation got in touch with us to pay tribute to him, and I'm all for that.
"When he was a player I was in the early years of my life, but I'm interested in football history, I've seen videos. I was able to understand what he did as a coach at Ajax or Barcelona with a system and a philosophy of play. He impacted, influenced football during his two careers."
Where to Watch Live
Netherlands vs France is set to begin at 8.45 p.m. local time (7.45 p.m. GMT, 2.45 p.m. ET, 1.15 a.m. IST). There will be no live coverage of the international friendly in India.
Audience in the Netherlands can watch Holland vs France live on Fox Sports and SBS. Viewers in France can watch the match live on TF1.
Bein Sports is the channel to watch if you are in the USA, Canada, Australia, Spain Middle East and North Africa, while the online live streaming option is on Bein Sports Connect.