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WARNING: This blog is written from an Ajax fan point of view to praise and remember Luis Suarez.

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It’s over. After weeks of speculations, various bids and nerves it’s official and Luis Suarez moves from Amsterdam to Liverpool. Changing the white-red-white of Ajax for Liverpool’s red. He’s never been walking alone at the Amsterdam ArenA and he will never walk alone at Anfield.

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It’s not literally a power struggle but both club icons bid for total control at Ajax. Both want to bring Ajax back to the top but both have their own philosophies about how to do that. Who has the best papers? One thing is for sure: they don’t want to co-operate.

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The first week of 2011 isn’t a over yet and quite a lot happened already.  A short update.

First, and most important: Frank de Boer has signed a long term deal with Ajax. His contract runs until the summer of 2014. It’s no surprise for anyone De Boer is now officially the manager of Ajax. It was only a matter of time. General manager Rik van den Boog has admit Frank de Boer had the best profile to replace Martin Jol even though he said there was a very short shortlist. His own words: ‘Frank de Boer’s philosophy is the philosophy of Ajax’. I share Van den Boog’s opinion. For this group, I don’t think there’s a better coach at the moment. Frank de Boer knows what Ajax is, what it takes to be part of Ajax, how Ajax should play. His vision is quite similar to Louis van Gaal’s and Johan Cruijff’s vision. It’s the style of how the youngsters learn to play football at the academy. It’s the Ajax way of playing football. Frank de Boer will be assisted by Danny Blind and Hennie Spijkerman.

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It’s 2011. A new year in which Ajax can show themselves to the world. The league title would be very welcome as it’s already six years ago. 2004 was the last time the club from Amsterdam won the title. It was the last ‘succesful’ generation who has won the league twice (2002 & 2004) an reached the quarter final in the Champions League. The team has four players from the own academy who were part of the line up that season most of the time. What’s the story of John Heitinga, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong and Rafael van der Vaart from the moment the latter lifted the shield on May 9, 2004.

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