During the draw in Monaco for the UEFA Champions League group phase, Ajax was paired with FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Celtic. The reigning national champion will be in pool H with the Spanish, Italian and Scottish teams. Ajax starts with an away match against Barcelona on Wednesday, September 18. The first home game will be on Tuesday, October 1, against AC Milan.
Ajax will play its first official match in history against powerhouse FC Barcelona. The 22 time national champion of Spain has won the Europa Cup I / Champions League four times. Many links exist between Ajax and FC Barcelona. Among others, Johan Cruijff has been with both teams (both as a player and coach), as have Frank de Boer and Marc Overmars. Last season, Barcelona forward Isaac Cuenca played for Ajax on a loan out basis. This season, Ajax has loaned out Bojan Krkic from Barca.
Ajax and 18 time Italian champion AC Milan have faced each other 18 times, two of which have been friendly matches. In the 1994-1995 season, Ajax ad Milan played no fewer than three matches against each other, with Ajax winning the final one in Vienna. AC Milan has won the Europacup I / Champions League a total of seven times. The three time world champions counts former Ajax players Nigel de Jong and Urby Emanuelson among its employees.
Ajax and Celtic have met ten times to date. Six of those times have been in European competition, and four times in practice matches. The 44 time Scottish champion won the Europa Cup I in 1967. Former Ajax player Derk Boerrigter and Dutchman Virgil van Dijk are on contract at Celtic.
FC Barcelona - Ajax
Wednesday, September 18, 8:45pm
Ajax - AC Milan
Tuesday October 1, 8:45pm
Celtic - Ajax
Tuesday October 22, 8:45pm
Ajax - Celtic
Wednesday November 6, 8:45pm
Ajax - FC Barcelona
Tuesday November 26, 8:45pm
AC Milan - Ajax
Wednesday December 11, 8:45pm
UEFA Champions League pool assignment:
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