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With Urby Emanuelson, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder watching their boyhood club in the stands, Ajax just couldn’t lose today. And they didn’t. After a 4-1 win against Excelsior in the Amstedam ArenA, Ajax have their 30th league title in their own hands. After a tough game for the ‘Amsterdammers’ and PSV losing in Rotterdam against Feyenoord, Ajax are now second in the table just one point behind leaders FC Twente.

On another gorgeous and sunny day, Ajax struggled in the capital against Excelsior Rotterdam. After a decent start with chances for both teams, Ajax took the lead. Lorenzo Ebecilio saw his shot blocked but  got a second chance and calmly scored his 3rd goal for Ajax. Just a few minutes before that, Kenneth Vermeer reacted like a puma on a header of Bergkamp (far family of the famous Dennis). He proved once again he’s a worthy replacement for the injured Maarten Stekelenburg. Read the rest of this entry »

Ajax’s history with Danish players goes way back in time. From Frank Arnesen and Søren Lerby to Michael Laudrup and Jesper Grønkjaer. The latest Danes that have landed in Amsterdam are Christian Eriksen (June 2008) and Nicolai Boilesen (December 2009). Since today, another young player from Denmark has joined the Ajax Academy. Viktor Fischer, who signed his first professional contract, is his name. With him, Ajax now have three pieces of Danish Dynamite under contract.

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When I see the current table in the Eredivisie, my thoughts go back to the Finale Day in 2007. On that day AZ Alkmaar, PSV and Ajax could all still win the league. It was an end of the season that you imagine only to experience once in your life. I decided to listen to the radio. That made the experience more intense. You can’t see what’s going on, you can only imagine it yourself. I’ve not had many moments that I was so nervous as I was that day. AZ lost (unexpected) in Rotterdam against Excelsior, Ajax won in Tilburg against Willem II (2-0) and PSV beated Vitesse in their own clubhouse. It was Philip Cocu’s goal, the 5-1 for PSV that gave them the title. One goal, that was the difference between nothing and everything for Ajax. Nothing it was. If there hurts something after a long season, it’s losing the league title on just one goal. One-fucking-goal. It’s something you can’t imagine to happen, but it happened.

Nowadays, an almost equal scenario is possible. PSV lead the table, three games before the end. They’re ahead of FC Twente, who’s second on goal difference. Both clubs are hounded by Ajax, who’s just one point behind. Everything points to a thrilling end of the season. One thing we know is that it’s not gonna be decided on goal difference (I thank God on my bare knees). PSV have the advantage in that. Read the rest of this entry »