An initiative is doing the rounds on social media urging Barcelona to name the new Camp Nou after Johan Cruyff or rename the current stadium to honor their former star and coach according to Spanish publication MARCA.
Using the hashtag #EstadiJohanCruyff, fans have been rallying to the cause with the aim of ensuring a fitting tribute to the Dutchman, who is unanimously regarded as the architect behind the most glorious period in the club’s history.
Inaugurated on 24th September 1957, Barça’s current home was initially called simply the FC Barcelona Stadium (Estadi del FC Barcelona), but it became popularly known as the Camp Nou (new ground) because it had replaced the old Camp de les Corts, which had been located nearby.
In 2001, a consultation was held among members by then president Joan Gaspart, on the back of which Camp Nou was made the official name.
In October 2015, Cruyff, a heavy smoker until undergoing open heart surgery in 1991 was diagnosed with lung cancer. After giving up smoking in 1991 following surgery, he had taken to sucking lollipops when watching games. He featured in a Catalan health department advert, saying: “Football has given me everything in life, tobacco almost took it all away.”
In February 2016, he reported that he was “2–0 up” in the first half of his “match” against cancer, saying “the results have been very positive” but on 24 March, however, Cruyff died of his illness aged 68, surrounded by his family in Barcelona.