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Once in a while your thoughts go back in time. Back to your club’s historic moments. Back to the successes, back to the moments that will live on forever, back to the fantastic players your club had. You lie if you say you never do.

Thinking about Ajax leads to thinking about the great names: Johan Cruijff, Piet Keizer, Ruud Krol, Johan Neeskens, Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Rijkaard, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Edwin van der Sar. All Dutch players but before many of them, I think of Jari Litmanen. The man of the goals, the assists, the threats, the brains and the lungs. Everyone knows who he is..

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First of all: my apologies for not writing for such a long time. I’ve been extremely busy of the past months with moving out, university and football (both playing for a team as coaching the U14’s). On top of that my laptop broke down and I had to miss it for four weeks. I’m not a person of doing promises but I’ll try my best to write more regularly about the world’s most beautiful club from now on.

After a very promising start of the Eredivisie season (three wins and one draw in four games), Ajax are currently struggling to find their form. The Amsterdammers have only won one game in the last six competitive meetings. A win against vv Noordwijk, an amateur side, in the KNVB Cup. Losing against Real Madrid isn’t a shame, but Ajax have not been able to beat PSV, Twente, Lyon (all draws) or Groningen (1-0 loss). It’s not a surprise that Frank de Boer admits things aren’t going how he eyed them at the start of the season. Not only in terms of the league table (Ajax are currently sitting
fourth, 6 points behind leaders AZ Alkmaar) but also in terms of football and mental tenability. The players aren’t dominating on the pitch as Frank de Boer’s
beloved 4-3-3 passing and pressing game eyes. At least not 90 minutes long. Against FC Twente, Ajax were all over them for 45 minutes but it was the other
way around in the second half. Ajax dominated for maybe 20 minutes against PSV and they haven’t dominated at all against FC Groningen. Frank de Boer’s good start of adapting 4-3-3 is stagnating a bit. Is it a lack of quality? Is it a lack of passion? A lack of masculinity as Toby Alderweireld said? Or something else?

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