Ajax’s last practice of their training camp in Germany took place at a very special location. Frank de Boer’s team was a guest for most of the day at adidas’ headquarters. Ajax trained on the Adi Dassler Sportplatz leading up to their practice match against 1.FC Nürnberg. Jan Vertonghen and Geoffrey Castillion joined the group for part of the training.
Ajax held their last practice a fifteen minute drive away from their hotel. Ajax trained for about ninety minutes at adidas’ immense headquarters in Herzogenaurach. Adidas’ small stadium has hosted many famous guests in the last years. Argentina trained here almost every day during the 2006 World Cup. The South African national football team used the Adi Dassler Sportplatz facility for a week leading up to the 2010 World Cup.
Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler – who passed away in 1976 – was the founder of the Germany sports brand adidas. The founder and namesake still plays an important role at Ajax’s apparel sponsor. A bronze statue on the stand of the sportplatz named after him ensures that athletes still remember Dassler, even years after his passing. Of course, a group photograph with Herzogenaurach’s most famous resident was a must. Ajax’s silver championship plate was also included in the shot, along with Ajax’s selection and the bronze statue.
Tomás Galásek was also present at the adidas complex, in addition to a few journalists who had made the trip. The Czech former Ajax player, who has played for both Ajax and 1.FC Nürnberg, lives a half hour drive away from Herzogenaurach, and was on hand to take a look at his old team mates. The midfielder is currently doing a coaching course and used the opportunity to take extensive notes on the Ajax practice, just as he also recently did in Amsterdam.
During the last part of the practice on the adidas field, both Jan Vertonghen (groin injury) and Geoffrey Castillion (knee injury) joined the group. In addition to that, both Ajax players worked through their individual training programs with the physiotherapist. Derk Boerrigter (shin injury) trained separately, as he has been doing during the entire training camp in Germany.
Apart from these three, Frank de Boer has a fit selection at his disposal for the practice match against 1.Fc Nürnberg. The match against the German Bundesliga’s number six team will close the training week in Germany. The practice match begins on Saturday at 3p.m. in the easyCredit Stadium. Ajax flies back to Amsterdam immediately after the match.