Lisandro Martinez will be the 7th Argentinian to wear the Ajax jersey. Which of the defender’s countrymen have preceded him?
Lisandro Magallán came over to Ajax from Boca Juniors in January. In his first six months in Amsterdam, he’s played in five matches in the first team. The right-footed defender is under contract with Ajax until mid 2023.
We can no longer imagine Ajax 1 without him: Nico Tagliafico. The 26 year-old left back came over from Independiente at the start of 2018, and, since arriving, has played in 61 duels, during which he’s scored 8 times. The Argentinian international, who is under contract until July 1, 2022, has signed a new agreement affirming a commitment to stay with Ajax for next season.
Dario Cvitanich was at Ajax from 2008 to 2012. The striker, who came over from Banfield, played 42 games and scored 13 goals in Amsterdam. He was part of the team that won its 30th national title in 2010-2011. He was loaned out twice by Ajax: to the Mexican team CF Pachuca (in 2012), and to Boca Juniors (2011-2012).
After a strong performance at the 2004 Olympics, Ajax acquired Mauro Rosales from Newell’s Old Boys. The right winger, a crowd favourite, played in the Ajax jersey for two and a half seasons. In 91 games, he scored 12 goals. He won the KNVB Cup with Ajax in 2006, and the Johan Cruijff Shield in 2005 and 2006. Rosales left for River Plate midway through the 2006-2007 season.
Ivan Gabrich’s time at Ajax was not a success. Just like Rosales, Gabrich came from Newell’s Old Boys. The bony striker was introduced at the end of August, 1996, and only lasted for 11 games in Ajax 1. He didn’t score and left Amsterdam for UD Merida in Spain at the end of his first season in Amsterdam.
The first Argentinian at Ajax: Mariano Juan. The talented defender was acquired from River Plate on July 1, 1996, and was the intended successor of Danny Blind. After a successful World Cup with Argentina’s U21 team, he received a five-year contract with Ajax. His debut (0-3 loss in a Johan Cruijff Shield game against PSV) was disappointing, and he only played 21 games (20 of them in his first season).