At the start of the new 2018-2019 football season this summer, the Amsterdam ArenA will officially be renamed the Johan Cruijff Arena (no big A) and become the first stadium in the Netherlands to offer 5G technology for devices. Together with the Allianz Arena in Munich, which held the World Cup in 2006, they will be the first 5G stadiums in the world.
Many countries will start using 5G for general use in 2020, but not the Netherlands. For now, the only Dutch folks using 5G is the Ministry of Defence to chase down terrorists and cybercriminals. The Netherlands will be a bit late to the party, making 5G available for everyone as of 2023 and possibly even 2026. However, football fans will be able to enjoy the new tech this summer.
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Johan Cruijff, former Dutch football star and guru, came up with another of his famous off-the-cuff expressions after the Netherlands’ surprising 3-0 victory over Italy last Monday: tutti frutti.
Sports folks are known for not being able to speak properly and hypercorrect themselves to try and sound better. Johan Cruijff is known for mangling Dutch grammar, but at the same time, has this uncanny ability to make some sense. Cruijff said, “Zet er één in de spits en maak er wat tuttifrutti van,” which probably makes as much sense to the non-Dutch speaker untranslated as it does translated: “Put one up front and make tutti frutti out of it.” Cruijff was apparently boasting the merits of using one striker and having midfielders attacking in waves, but nobody knows for sure, although it sounds good.
Here are some other odd but could be prophetic things he has said in the past. There’s a whole book out there with these expressions.
“Sometimes something’s got to happen before something is going to happen.”
“Football is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.”
“Every disadvantage has its advantage.”
My favourite is “If you don’t shoot, you can’t score”. How true.
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