Ajax faces Liverpool, Napoli and Rangers FC in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League

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Ajax is set to face off against Liverpool, Napoli and Rangers FC in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. This group was the outcome of Thursday evening's draw in Istanbul, Turkey. The first round of the largest European club tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7.

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The exact schedule will be announced no later than 12:00 on Saturday. These are the matchdays for this season:

Matchday 1: 6/7 September
Matchday 2: 13/14 September
Matchday 3: 4/5 October
Matchday 4: 11/12 October
Matchday 5: 25/26 October
Matchday 6: 1/2 November

Draw for last sixteen: 7 November

Ajax also played in the Champions League last season. At that time, Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas were the opponents in the group stage. The Ajax players finished first in the group with 18 points from six matches.

2020/2021 season
Two years ago Ajax also faced Liverpool in the group stage of the Champions League. The English were too strong on two occasions with 1-0 at the time. Ajax finished third in the group that included Atalanta and FC Midtjylland.

Before that, Ajax only played against the English superpower in the 1960s. That was in the 1966/1967 season. The duel in Amsterdam is still known as 'the Fog Game'. Ajax won that match with Rinus Michels as coach with a score of 5-1. Klaas Nuninga scored twice. Cees de Wolf, Johan Cruijff and Henk Groot all scored once.

Napoli
Only in the 1969/1970 season did Italian side Napoli face Ajax in a European club tournament. The Amsterdam team lost 1-0 in the Jaarbeursteden Cup. That defeat was brushed aside at home. At De Meer, the score was still 1-0 after 90 minutes of football. In extra time, Ajax went 4-0 up.

Rangers FC
Scottish side Rangers FC were beaten twice by Louis van Gaal's Ajax in the 1996/97 season. At home it was 4-1, in Glasgow Ajax won 0-1.

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