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.The remaining games the top 3 still have to play are:

Ajax:
Excelsior (home), Heerenveen (away), FC Twente (home)
PSV:
Feyenoord (away), Vitesse (home), FC Groningen (away)
FC Twente:
ADO Den Haag (away), Willem II (home), Ajax (away)

Everything’s really possible when you see this list. ADO and Feyenoord aren’t easy away games at all, but also Ajax’s trip to Heerenveen doesn’t give them the 3 points beforehand. If the three clubs are still within 3 points from each other on the final day, it’s gonna be as excited as it was in 2007. Especially because Ajax face FC Twente in the ArenA and PSV travel to FC Groningen for a tough away game.

If you would have told me Ajax were still pretty much in this a few weeks ago, when they lost against ADO in The Hague I probably would’ve told you to dream on. It could be called a little miracle. I never thought PSV and Twente would show so much inconstancy as they did in the past few games. They allowed Ajax to come back in this race. That doesn’t mean Ajax, like PSV and Twente are showing Champions worthy football. It’s far from that. But in this thrilling race for the title that doesn’t matter anymore. It’s all and only about having three points after 90 minutes. And in the past three games, Ajax gained the maximum.

If Ajax continue their winning mood and win the last three games (including Twente at home) they finish second at least. PSV is the one that has to drop points to give Ajax a chance for the title. As they visit Feyenoord next weekend, how odd would it be if Ajax’s arch-rivals might be a paw in Ajax’s league title? If, or better said IF, Feyenoord draw or win next week and Ajax don’t fail and go on to win the last three, it’s Maarten Stekelenburg who will lift the shield on May 15. Feyenoord fans know this scenario and there are whispers on the internet that they rather want to lose against PSV then Ajax winning the league. That’s pathetic with a capital P. 

Anyway, before we can speak about a league title we first have to look at ourselves and win the remaining games. Because if not, there will be nothing to celebrate on the 15th of May. Just the thought of a possible league title and that ‘3rd star’ (symbol that will be on the shirt if Ajax win their 30th league title) gives me a nervous and exciting feeling in my stomach. I can’t describe with words how important that 3rd star above our crest is for everything Ajax. Six years without a league title, six years of longing for that 3rd star. It gets more intense every year Ajax don’t win it. In those six years we’ve lost it once on just a one-point difference and as said earlier, one time on just a one-goal difference. As Toby Alderweireld, yesterday’s hero in the 2-1 away win against NEC Nijmegen, said: ‘may we have the luck on our side this time, we deserve it’.

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