Ajax had their second to last training before the Johan Cruijff Plate on Thursday, to the interest of many. The public training at the Toekomst was the ideal holiday outing. Families came out in droves to watch the Ajax practice. In addition to the usual names, some new faces made an appearance: Davy Klaasen, Sven Nieuwpoort and Stefano Denswil.
The Toekomst parking lot was full long before the training started. Supporters came from the entire country to attend Ajax’s training. Several German license plates were spotted in the parking lot. The champions’ training was clearly interesting for visitors from abroad. It makes a nice change from canal boat rides and other similar tourist attractions in the Dutch capital.
Naturally, the majority of visitors are die hard fans. Due to the school holidays, the average age of the spectators is much lower than the average age of the squad. There are also several ‘Eriksens’ among the crowd this morning. The Danish Ajax player is popular with the young Ajax fans. The midfielders name has been printed on countless jerseys.
In addition to the usual names, the thousands of supporters also saw three new faces. Davy Klaasen, Sven Nieuwpoort and Stefano Denswil (all 18 years old) are practicing this morning with the first team. Since Jong Ajax is at a training camp in Zeeland, Frank de Boer automatically reached for his former pupils at Ajax A1. Thanks to the three substitutes, De Boer can set up an 11 on 11 game on the Toekomst field. As Jan Vertonghen and Gregory van der Wiel were absent (both defenders remained on the sidelines as a precaution) the A juniors, and De Boer himself, made up the numbers.
Under great public scrutiny, midfielder Klaassen, right back Nieuwpoort and central defender Denswil underwent a baptism by fire. They sign autographs and take photos with the fans after the practice. At first glance, they appear to be as popular as Sulejmani and Eriksen. But it’s only once the shirt has been signed that it becomes clear that they are beginners: “And who are you?”