The Hague (AFP) – Soccer-mad Dutch tenants are vying for the possibility to stay in a humble, and inexpensive, two-bedroom residence in Amsterdam the place icon Johan Cruyff grew up.
Greater than 1,500 individuals have swamped a social housing affiliation looking for the possibility to stay within the modest concrete home for as little as 157 euros every week.
The Netherlands legend and apostle of “complete soccer”, who died in 2016 aged 68, spent his boyhood within the property the place his mother and father ran a store.
“Till purposes closed final night time, we’ve had 1,543 requests to be thought of for the house,” Ymere housing affiliation spokesman Coen Springelkamp instructed AFP.
“That’s six or seven instances the same old quantity for social housing. There’s enormous curiosity.”
The home has turn into a pilgrimage web site for followers however plans to commemorate Cruyff formally there have now been deserted.
“We have been taking a look at turning it right into a museum, but it surely was determined to maintain it as a social housing property,” Springelkamp stated. “There’s a dire want for houses within the Netherlands.”
Cruyff, who captained the Netherlands to the World Cup last in 1974, was born in 1947 and grew up within the nook home at 32 Akkerstraat in Amsterdam’s Betondorp (Concrete City), the place his mother and father ran a fruit and vegetable retailer.
In-built 1924, the home shaped a part of a metropolis undertaking to create low-cost houses for employees at a time when expert bricklayers, and even bricks, have been in brief provide after World Struggle I.
Cruyff lived within the 62 square-metre (667 sq. toes) residence till he turned 12 in 1959, Springelkamp stated.
The home is near the previous De Meer stadium — residence of Ajax soccer membership till 1996 — the place Cruyff spent his childhood.
When Cruyff died six years in the past, the entrance of the home was adorned with a sea of flowers from grieving followers.
Right now it nonetheless attracts onlookers and there’s a window engraved with one among Cruyff’s well-known sayings: “Taking part in exterior must be a college topic.”
As a result of social housing is rent-controlled the brand new occupants, to be picked from a short-list of 10 candidates, might be charged between 630 and 762 euros a month, relying on their revenue.
The house’s situation — it comes with a again backyard and shed — additionally added to its excessive demand, Springelkamp added.
“Who is aware of, it could even be a household with a budding younger soccer star,” he stated.