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‘Master Ajax’ for 12,5 years
Next to ‘Mister Ajax’ Sjaak Swart, ‘Master Ajax’ Kees Stokhof has been a familiar face at the Toekomst Sports complex for years. The 64 year old mathematics teacher celebrated his twelve and a half anniversary as an Ajax teacher and Ajax A1 mentor.
Even with ten men, Ajax remains on course for the title
On the day that Ajax honoured its former Ajax 1 players with a reunion, the 113 year old club didn’t falter in its quest for the national title. Heracles Almelo was handed a 4-0 loss in the Amsterdam ArenA. The red card earned by Kenneth Vermeer was the only sour note of the afternoon.
‘Sports bring kids closer together’
Ajax coach Frank de Boer is happy that the Ajax Foundation and head sponsor AEGON are organizing the StreetWise school project this year, for the third year in a row. “Kids forget their day to day worries when they’re playing sports. More importantly, it brings them closer together.”
Lukoki gives Ajax the win
Jong Ajax won its sixth game in a row on Tuesday. At the Toekomst sports complex, Ajax’s reserves were too strong for Jong Vitesse/ AGOVV, 1-0. Jody Lukoki scored the only goal of the evening.
From player to youth social worker
With a move to Hoofddorp, the Ajax StreetWise project has recently moved into the working territory of a former Ajax player. His name: Hennie Meijer. Once thought to be Marco van Basten’s replacement, he’s now a role model for young kids.
Ajax loses educational Future Cup final
A great tournament with a disappointing final chapter. That’s how Ajax’s participation in the AEGON Future Cup 2013 can best be described. The Amsterdam team’s under 17 talents lost the final of their ‘home tournament’ 2-0 on Monday against their counterparts from RSC Anderlecht.
Ajax solidly in the lead after win against NEC
Ajax posted an important win against NEC in the race for the national championship. Thanks to goals from Viktor Fischer (2x), Ryan Babel, and an own goal from NEC player Rens van Eijden, the final score was 4-1 in the Amsterdam ArenA. While competitors Feyenoord and PSV squandered points, Frank de Boer’s team anchored itself to the top spot.
Ajax.nl available in multiple languages
Ajax has fans all over the world. To ensure that they have access to the latest news, Ajax’s official website is available in several other languages, in addition to Dutch. International Ajax supporters can thus read the site in English, Spanish, Chinese and Greek.
‘AEGON Future Cup is becoming a tradition’
This fourth edition of the AEGON Future Cup could give Ajax a lasting memento. Tournament regulations state that if any team wins the tournament three times, they can keep the cup. Wim Jonk is already looking ahead to the large trophy eventually occupying a space in Ajax’s trophy case. After victories in 2010 and 2012, the current generation of B-juniors is in a position to complete Ajax’s trilogy of wins in its own tournament.
Future Cup: Sao Paulo & FC Toronto
The AEGON Future Cup will be held again, for the fourth year in a row, at the Toekomst sports park during Easter weekend this year. In four reports, Ajax.nl will present the tournament participants. In this edition: first time participants São Paulo and Toronto.
Future Cup: Anderlecht and Spurs
The AEGON Future Cup will be held again, for the fourth year in a row, at the Toekomst sports park during Easter weekend this year. In four reports, Ajax.nl will present the tournament participants. In this edition: Anderlecht and Tottenham Hotspur.
Future Cup: Barcelona and Benfica
The AEGON Future Cup will be held again, for the fourth year in a row, at the Toekomst sports park during Easter weekend this year. In four reports, Ajax.nl will present the tournament participants. In this edition: FC Barcelona and Benfica.
AEGON Future Cup: Ajax & Bayern München
The AEGON Future Cup will be held again, for the fourth year in a row, at the Toekomst sports park during Easter weekend this year. In four reports, Ajax.nl will present the tournament participants. In this first edition: host Ajax B1 and the B-juniors from Bayern München.
Number of Danish Ajax fans doubles
It’s not only on the field, but also in the stands of the ArenA that an increasingly large number of Danes can be found these days. This season, nearly twice as many Danes have ordered tickets for an Ajax home game via the Ajaxtravel web shop. After Ajax – PEC Zwolle, the counter is at almost 500 Danish fans this season. And that’s excluding the large number of group bookings.
Ajax finally wins in Alkmaar
It took 3,5 years, but on Sunday, Ajax finally came home from Alkmaar with three points. After a comfortable 0-2 lead at halftime, thanks to goals by Siem de Jong and Daley Blind, Ajax still managed to turn it into a nail-biting game. In the end, the league leader escaped with a 2-3 win, and the current champion thus continues to maintain the lead on its closest competitors after this round.
Ajax exercises option on Thulani Serero
Ajax has exercised its option in Thulani Serero’s contract. The agreement is now effective until June 30, 2015.
Ajax in the lead after beating PEC
For the first time this season, Ajax is at the top of the Eredivisie rankings. The Amsterdam team defeated PEC Zwolle at home, 3-0, thanks to goals from Sigthórsson, De Jong and Boerrigter. Since PSV lost at sc Heerenveen on Saturday evening, Ajax takes over the top spot from the Eindhoven team.
Dominant Ajax defeats nervous Twente
Ajax made a good start in its first of ten final matches. Frank de Boer’s Ajax players were clearly the masters on Saturday in FC Twente’s Grolsch Veste. With Ajax dominating to a 0-2 win, the ‘Tukkers’ could have ended the match much worse.
Ajax ends disastrous week true to form
Ajax ended a disastrous football week on Wednesday by being eliminated from the KNVB Cup tournament. Soon after their European elimination, Ajax was kept away from the KNVB Cup finals by AZ: 0-3. Ajax thus ended a disastrous week true to form: missed opportunities and yet elimination from a football podium.
Ajax fails to capitalize on opportunities
Ajax missed out on the opportunity to pull even with PSV at the top of the Eredivisie rankings. The home game against ADO Den Haag in the Amsterdam ArenA ended in a 1-1 tie. Lasse Schöne earned the Amsterdam team a well-deserved point in the game’s closing minutes.
Ajax out of Europe after penalty kicks
Ajax was eliminated from the Europa League by Steaua Bucharest on Thursday evening. Because the home team had won the game 2-0, just like Ajax had last week, the game went into overtime. The score remained the same. In the ensuing penalty kicks, the Amsterdam team started off by taking the lead on Steaua in this Romanian chaos. But Lasse Schöne and Niklas Moisander both missed their shots.
Boilesen returns with victorious Jong Ajax
Jong Ajax defeated Jong NAC Breda 1-0 on Monday evening. In addition to the win, another highlight was worth noting: Nicolai Boilsen’s comeback. He played his first minutes after being out for a long time due to injury.
‘Good sign from Ajax and Viktor’
On Monday, what was long hoped for became reality. Ajax and Viktor Fischer extended their agreement for an additional three football years. His old contract ran until June 30, 2014, and the new one goes until mid-2017. “With this, we, and Viktor, are sending out a good sign”, Ajax’s director of football affairs, Marc Overmars, says about the contract extension.
Ajax takes care of business
Ajax took care of business on Sunday. The current national champions posted a simple win while visiting RKC Waalwijk: 0-2. Niklas Moisander and Christian Eriksen scored both Ajax goals before the break. Thanks to this win, Ajax is on firmer ground in second place of the Eredivisie rankings.
Sigthórsson: predator up front
After a long injury, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson returned to Ajax’s squad for the first time on Thursday. As strong as a bear, and hungry as a lion. Even when his strength had ebbed away, the centre forward was determined to remain on the field against Steaua. Only one thing was on his mind: scoring.
Ajax triumphs thanks to defenders
Ajax has won the first leg of its Europa League matches against Steaua Bucharest, 2-0. Although centre forward Kolbeinn Sigthórsson had a strong comeback, it was defenders Toby Alderweireld and Ricardo van Rhijn who scored for the Amsterdam team in the almost sold-out ArenA. Thanks to this win, Frank de Boer’s team can now enjoy an advantage for the return match in Romania.
Unsuccessful mission for Ajax
Sometimes, defensive play can deliver a result that feels like a victory. On Sunday, Roda JC had come to the Amsterdam ArenA with the principle mission to defend. And Adil Ramzi’s counter goal gave the Limburg team one point. Daley Blind scored his first official Ajax goal. With this tie (1-1), left an opportunity on the table to gain ground on leader PSV, and also left with a feeling that was not unlike a hangover.
Globetrotter Versleijen arrives in Cape Town
Ajax has had a majority stake in Ajax Cape Town in South Africa since 1999. In the ‘Message from Cape Town’ column, we regularly focus on the African Ajax team. In this edition of the season, we present Jan Versleijen, Ajax Cape Town’s new interim coach.
Newcomer Cuenca on track
Isaac Cuenca trained with the group for the first time on Wednesday. The loaned out player from FC Barcelona made a good impression straight away. With several beautiful shots into the upper corner, the Spaniard made his calling card known.
‘We’re just getting stronger’
Ajax will be running on a double schedule for almost all of February. With matches in the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and UEFA Europa League, Ajax will be playing once every three or four days, on average. And a number of players had a midweek interland round last week on top of that. Christian Poulsen was one of the players who remained in Amsterdam.
Steady Ajax wins in Venlo
Ajax did what it needed to do on Sunday against VVV-Venlo. Although no great football was played, the meeting in the Seacon Stadion De Koele was won with relative ease. After ninety minutes, a respectable 0-3 score was posted on the scoreboard. FC Twente and Vitesse’s losses that same afternoon added even more shine to the Amsterdam team’s win.
Finidi wants to follow in De Boer’s footsteps
Twenty years after his debut at Ajax, Finidi George is back in the Netherlands. The 41 year old Nigerian, who stole many hearts in Amsterdam between 1993 and 1996, is following a coaching course and is doing an internship at PEC Zwolle.
Ajax wins cup game against Vitesse
Ajax reached the KNVB Cup semi-finals on Thursday evening. In Emmen, Ajax defeated Vitesse 0-4. Kolbeinn Sigthórsson made his reappearance fifteen minutes before the end. The Icelander crowned his comeback with two goals. Danny Hoesen and Lasse Schöne scored the other goals. Their next opponent will be AZ, in the ArenA.
‘No more makeshift matches’
Ajax has had a majority stake in Ajax Cape Town in South Africa since 1999. In the ‘Message from Cape Town’ column, we regularly feature the African Ajax team. In this edition, we take a look at the long football break, which lasts from December 21st until February 13th, in Cape Town.
Ajax wants a good finish to NextGen pool phase
Ajax A1 will finish the pool phase of the NextGen Series on Tuesday (7p.m.) with a home game against their counterparts from Chelsea FC. Despite the fact that A1 is already assured of a spot among the last sixteen teams, the game against The Blues will be a key one for the Ajax players. “It’s all about the starting point”, explains A1 coach Alfons Groenendijk. “We want to be first, but we could also end up in third place. It’s all about the rankings, and whether we get a favourable or difficult draw.”
Painful setback for Ajax at Vitesse
On Sunday, Ajax suffered a costly loss of points in the race for the championship. In the Gelredome, a win seemed within reach after an hour of play. A reckless fifteen minutes proved to be fatal for the Amsterdam team. Vitesse transformed a 0-2 deficit to a 3-2 win. “This is a very costly lesson.”
ArenA lives and breathes Ajax
Prior to the Ajax – Feyenoord Klassieker on Sunday, the new spaces in the main building of the Amsterdam ArenA were officially opened. The rooms are named after places where Ajax had big European successes.
Van der Sar pleased with sponsors’ trust
In his new role as Marketing Director, Edwin van der Sar had his first two contract signings during the past few days. The 130 time international saw sponsor Oger renew its ties to Ajax. Accor Hotels also extended the partnership. A nice start for Van der Sar.
Ajax big winner as season resumes
Ajax has had an outstanding start to the second half of the season. In the Amsterdam ArenA, Ajax was too strong for Feyenoord, defeating them 3-0. Viktor Fischer (2x) and Christian Eriksen scored for Ajax. Kenneth Vermeer stopped a penalty kick after the break. Ajax played with ten men for the last half hour following a red card for Ricardo van Rhijn.
Ajax loses to Vasco de Gama
Ajax ended its training camp in Brazil with a 1-0 loss on Sunday. In the Vasco de Gama’s lively and sweltering São Januário stadium, Kolbeinn Sigthórsson celebrated his long-awaited comeback. Ryan Babel returned as well after a shoulder injury.
Mongeral AEGON invests in youth
On Wednesday, Mongeral AEGON organized a press conference, exclusively for Brazilian press, with Frank de Boer and a few of his Ajax players. During the gathering in Rio’s Sheraton Hotel, the Ajax coach also gave a presentation about Ajax’s world famous philosophy.
‘Africa Cup brings everyone together’
Ajax’s Eyong Enoh, from Cameroon, is feeling good in subtropical Rio de Janeiro. “The weather here is nice and warm and the trainings are intense, but that’s exactly what we need for the second half of the season.”
Training at Barra Beach
At twenty kilometers long, Barra beach is Rio de Janeiro’s longest beach. On Monday, Ajax players practiced for the first time on this unique Brazilian training ground. Barely twelve hours after the intercontinental trip from Amsterdam, a jovial beach practice took place oceanside.
Ajax resumes season in Rio de Janeiro
Ajax spent the best part of Sunday in the skies. The current national champions kicked off 2013 with a long flight to South America. One week of (mostly) training awaits them in Rio de Janeiro. The highlight will be a practice match against Vasco de Gama on Sunday.
Ajax counts down to Brazil training camp
Ajax goes to Brazil from January 6th to 13th for a training camp. To prepare for the second half of the season, Frank de Boer’s A-selection will be – at the request of Ajax’s head sponsor, AEGON – in Rio de Janeiro. The city is where former Ajax player Clarence Seedorf is showing off his skills at Botafogo. Among others, Maxwell, Leonardo, Wamberto and Marcio Santos once travelled in the opposite direction and played in Amsterdam for a period of time.
Hoesen is strict with himself
Danny Hoesen celebrates his 22nd birthday in ten days. The centre forward, who is from Limburg, will likely look back on one of the most eventful years of his life. His move from Fortuna Sittard to Ajax brought him to the UEFA Champions League last year. What will 2013 bring for the centre forward?
‘ArenA gets English feel’
The Amsterdam ArenA is currently undergoing a metamorphosis. Starting with the January 20th home game against Feyenoord, the dug-outs will be integrated in the updated head stands. The addition of approximately 900 business seats will soon bring the total capacity to 53.052 seats. Ajax.nl took an early peek at the renovations with Ajax’s new marketing director Edwin van der Sar.
Fischer’s shining debut year
In the last days of 2012, Ajax.nl features Ajax players who have been in the spotlight during the last year. For whatever reason, 2012 was their year. In this edition: Viktor Fischer. The 18 year old Danish forward looks back on an unforgettable debut year.
‘It’s been a fantastic year’
In the last days of 2012, Ajax.nl is featuring Ajax players who have been in the spotlight during the last year. For various reasons, 2012 was their year. In this edition: Frank de Boer. He won the championship with Ajax for the second time in eighteen months. A few days before the New Year, the 112-time international assesses the past year.
Ajax sells itself short
On Sunday, Ajax didn’t manage to close 2012 on a high note. Despite having had many opportunities, Ajax didn’t get further than a 0-0 tie while visiting FC Utrecht. Ajax therefore goes into the winter break with three points less than league leaders PSV and FC Twente.
Ajax posts convincing cup win
Ajax will continue to be active on all fronts after the winter break. The current national champion easily qualified for the KNVB Cup quarter finals, where Vitesse will be their opponent. Ajax was too strong for FC Groningen in the Euroborg: 0-3.
Ajax draws Steaua Bucharest
Ajax was matched to Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Europa League in Nyon on Thursday. Ajax will play at home on February 14, and one week later, a match in Bucharest in scheduled. Ajax has never played against Steaua Bucharest.
Ajax keeps everyone guessing until the end
Ajax made things difficult for itself on Sunday in the Koning Willem II Stadion. After a dream start and a 0-2 lead, Willem II was still in the running for an upset for a long time. Despite the goal intensive opening phase, it wasn’t until late in the game that defender Niklas Moisander put his team on the right track. Ajax can therefore still end this calendar year on a good note. The race for the title remains incredibly exciting.
Ajax A1 moves on in NextGen Series
Ajax A1 qualified for the next round of the NextGen Series on Wednesday evening. Alfons Groenendijk and Kenneth Perez’s team played an away match against English heavyweight Chelsea FC. The duel ended in a 0-0 tie.
Ajax wins last home game
Ajax won its last home game of 2012 against FC Groningen. In the Amsterdam ArenA, a show unfolded which, at times, was thrilling and blocked out the winter chill. Goals from Derk Boerrigter and Lasse Schöne, plus Lucas Andersen’s debut, were some of the few highlights.
Hopeless Ajax through to Europa League
For the third year in a row, the Champions League took Ajax to Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. And for the third time in a row, the game ended in defeat for Ajax. Still, there was something bittersweet about the 4-1 loss, since Ajax managed to cling to third place. Ajax therefore will continue in the Europa League after the winter break, and they will be the only Dutch club to do so.
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