After tomorrow night Edwin van der Sar will hang up his beloved football shoes to never put them on again for a professional football match. He says farewell to the beautiful game at the highest stage of European club football. The final of the Champions League. A career of 21 years, 821 games for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United and 130 caps for Holland. It’s time to go.

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Three hours after Maarten Stekelenburg and Jan Vertonghen showed the championship trophy for the first time to the 50.000 ecstatic people in the Amsterdam ArenA, they did the same to more than hundred thousand celebrating fans at the Museumplein. There was one small difference. They showed the trophy with a dent, a symbolic dent.

Winning the 30th championship after beating FC Twente (3-1) in what was the best game of the season was something many Ajax fans never dared to dream of after losing to ADO Den Haag in March. A six-point gap, five games before the end of the season, seemed to be unbridgeable. It seemed, but reality proved wrong. A winning streak of 5 games and PSV and FC Twente dropping points like flies crowned Ajax champions on the final day. It was a season in which Ajax had opposing wind and had to fight for it. The dent in the trophy symbolizes all of that. Read the rest of this entry »

I still can’t believe what happened yesterday. I woke up this morning and thought that I had a beautiful dream last night. But it’s not a dream. It’s reality. Ajax are champions of Holland. For the 30th time in their history. It’s actually too good to be true. When I watch videos of the boys celebrating it feels unreal. It’s a dream that came true.

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A second Ajax – Twente fixture in 8 days. The one that’s gonna be played is much more important than the Cup Final last week. The final of finals on domestic level will be played on Sunday in the Amstedam ArenA between AFC Ajax and FC Twente. Those two teams will clash and the decision in the Eredivisie season 2010/11 will be reached. Never before in the history of the Eredivisie, the two teams who could win the league faced each other in the last fixture. All settings points to the most exciting showdown ever. Will it be Ajax or will it be Twente again?

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FC Twente claimed the victory in the Dutch Cup final after an overtime header by Marc Janko. In a final that satisfied to all demands and expectations, FC Twente’s players, fans and manager were the ones that smiled after 120 minutes.

The 93th KNVB Cup final was one to remember. It was a clash between the best sides in the Eredivisie. It was a clash between two teams who tried to play positive and attacking football. Despite the importance of next week’s fixture which will decide the league title, both teams didn’t hold back. Read the rest of this entry »

A week before the champion of the Eredivisie, Ajax or Twente, is crowned, the same teams face each other in De Kuip, Rotterdam for the final of the KNVB Cup this Sunday (May 8, 6.00 pm CET).

Different seasons
There’s been written a lot in the media about Ajax this season. It’s normal that Ajax is the club the different medias write and talk about the most, but with all that’s gone on this season, it’s been more than ever. It all started well for Ajax in August with reaching the Champions League and good results in the league. But after being blown away by Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, the turmoil started. From Johan Cruyff starting a (velvet) revolution to Martin Jol’s resignation and more. Not to forget Frank de Boer’s clash with Mounir El Hamdaoui, accepting you won’t win the league after a defeat against ADO and a few weeks later you’ve winning it in your own hands and the everlasting inconsistency. Inconsistency, the word that describes, apart from crazy, Ajax’s season.

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While writing this I’m still shaking. My dad just called me to ask what the final score was. With a smile from ear to ear I told him Ajax won. Goals from the Serbian, Miralem Sulejmani and wunderkid Christian Eriksen gave Ajax the three points. Once again it wasn’t a great performance but I couldn’t care less in this phase of the season. A win and only a win counts. The lads gave us that today.

Ajax started with Siem de Jong in a false no. 9 role. The older De Jong brother had once again a sublime performance and has proved Frank de Boer should play him instead of Mounir El Hamdaoui. Demy de Zeeuw got De Jong’s place in midfield and had a good game. The rest of the line up was just like normal with Kenneth Vermeer in goal (Stekelenburg got back in training this week). The back four were Gregory van der Wiel, Toby Alderweireld, captain Jan Vertonghen and Nicolai Boilesen. A 3-men midfield with Vurnon Anita, Christian Eriksen and as said, Demy de Zeeuw. Lorenzo Ebecilio, Siem de Jong and Miralem Sulejmani were the ones who had to cause problems for the Heerenveen defense. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »