Ajax arrived in Germany on Monday for a six-day training camp in Fürth. The 26 players and staff landed at Nuremburg airport at 1.50p.m. Frank de Boer’s team will have their first training in Germany at 6p.m.
After some delays, the Eastern Airways propeller airplane finally took off at 12:50p.m. The original scheduled departure time (10.30a.m.) kept getting pushed back throughout the morning, and the short 60 minute flight ended up taking much longer than it should have. Departure from the aircraft’s previous destination (London) resulted in a slightly less timely schedule than had originally been hoped for. With the help of headphones, laptop and a Voetbal International book, the Ajax players kept themselves busy during the wait, and subsequent trip. The VI was a hot item.
Kolbeinn Sigthórsson joined the team on a trip for the first time. The 21 year old Icelander will train with Ajax for the first time this week. The injured Jan Vertonghen (groin), Christian Eriksen, Nicolai Boilesen and Gregory van der Wiel (all returning internationals) will be present in Germany.
Frank de Boer has 22 players and three keepers at his disposal, excluding the injured Vertonghen.
Ajax will begin this third week of training on Monday at 6p.m., with their first practice on the SG Quelle Fürth fields. Two practice matches are on the agenda for later this week. SSV Jahn Regensburg will be the first opponent on Wednesday night. The training camp in southern German Fürth will close on Saturday with a practice match against 1.FC Nürnberg.