Just like last season, Ajax finds itself coupled with Real Madrid for the UEFA Champions League group phase. The other opponents in Group D are OlympiqueLyon and Dinamo Zagreb.
Real Madrid is the UEFA Champions League record holder, with no fewer than nine Cups in their prize cabinet. Last year, Ajax was soundly defeated twice by the team from Madrid. The score in Madrid was 2-0, and Real waltzed over Ajax in the Arena, 0-4.
Olympique Lyon was an opponent in the 2002-2003 group phase. Ajax won both meetings with the French team, coincidentally also in pool D. Ajax won in Amsterdam 2-1, and in France 2-0.
Dinamo Zagreb was the opponent in the 2007-2008 first round of UEFA Cup. They won 1-0 away, but lost in the Amsterdam ArenA, 2-3. Two seasons later, Ajax got their revenge in the Europa League pool matches. Ajax won both matches (2-0 and 2-1).
14 September 2011: Ajax - Olympique Lyon
27 September 2011: Real Madrid - Ajax
18 October 2011: Dinamo Zagreb - Ajax
02 November 2011: Ajax - Dinamo Zagreb
22 November 2011: Olympique Lyon - Ajax
7 December 2011: Ajax - Real Madrid
All games start at 8:45p.m.