All three saw their home nation team eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar. Tadic's team from Serbia finished fourth, behind Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon. Kudus also saw three nations ahead of him following the group stage. Despite scoring against South Korea, his adventures in Qatar were over after three matches. Sánchez finished third with Mexico, behind Argentina and Poland.
The Ajax players completed their training session Friday in cold weather. This took the World Cup players some getting used to: from the sunshine in Qatar to the freezing cold in Amsterdam. With the return of these internationals, Alfred Schreuder's squad is becoming ever more complete in the run-up to the start of the second half of the cup in less than one month's time. Only those playing for the Netherlands are still absent, playing in the quarter-finals against Argentina on Friday evening. Edson Álvarez is also joining later, as he is in Mexico due to private reasons. Ajax get back to the cup on 8 January, playing away to NEC.
Our photographer went along to the training session and took some shots.
Hard work, learning and relaxation. Ajax started training for the second half of the season in Marbella. A week when youth had its chance, the sun shone down and which ended with a match against Blackburn Rovers. This was Ajax in Marbella.