Seedorf learned a lot in 2002

Stefano Seedorf won the championship with Ajax 2 last season and was part of the team that was very successful in the cup. He also got to train with the first team more often and even played some matches with Ajax 1.

How do you celebrate Christmas and/or New Year's Eve?
,,As always, I stay home with my family. We laugh, eat and drink a lot. On Christmas Day it is just the small family and I don't know what we'll eat then. Normally it is real Surinam food, rice, pom, fried rice, noodles, but also turkey. You can leave that to my mum! On Boxing Day we go to relatives and the dinner will be very rich. New Year's Eve we are together with the family again. I won't go into town, probably some friends will be stopping by."

What was the most important in 2002?
,,In football playing in the cup with Ajax 2 was important. And it was great that I got to start against Celtic when we were on training camp with Ajax 1. I learned a lot in 2002. At first I played with Ajax 2, but I already trained with the first team now and then. That happened more and more. Toward the end of the season I trained more with the first team than with the second. I also did the preseason with Ajax 1. I learned much from that."

,,Privately I have no real high points. One of my uncles died a few weeks ago. I was very close to that man. He wanted to have my first Champions League shirt. When the time comes, I'll frame it and hang it in his home."

Your expectations for 2003?
,,That I get a place in the first team, I believe that time is coming. And of course I want to play as much as possible."

With whom would you like to drink champagne?
,,With my family, I am very close to them."