During the draw for the group stage of the Champions League, Paolo Maldini matched Ajax with Sparta Prague (Czech Republic), FC Thun (Switzerland)and again Arsenal (England).
In the 2002-2003 season, Ajax played in the second group stage against Arsenal. In London, the teams drew 1-1, through a fantastic goal by Nigel de Jong, in Amsterdam there were no goals. Ajax have never played against Sparta Prague and FC Thun.
Wednesday 14 September: Sparta - Ajax
Tuesday 27 September: Ajax - Arsenal
Tuesday 18 October: Ajax - FC Thun
Wednesday 2 November: FC Thun - Ajax
Tuesday 22 November: Ajax - Sparta Prague
Wednesday 7 December: Arsenal - Ajax
The complete draw: