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Frank de Boer and Ajax: a match made in Heaven

May 17, 2011

After 7 years waiting, Ajax finally won the championship again. They pulled in the 30th championship by beating FC Twente 3-1. A lot of credit is due to Frank de Boer, a true Ajax man who only took the job as head coach in December 2010 after the resignation of Martin Jol.

When Martin Jol left, Ajax was third behind PSV and FC Twente, with FC Groningen hot on their heels. In Europe, Ajax was literally blown away by Real Madrid. The money pot was empty, the bench was filled with has-beens and the future looked bleak. Read more

Seven years in Ajax’s life

May 10, 2011

Next Sunday Ajax will be playing the last competition game at home versus FC Twente. The match will decide who will win the Dutch Eredivisie, as currently Twente is sitting on top with only one point advantage over Ajax. The Champions League qualifying spot is also at stake because PSV is currently third, three points behind Twente. Assuming that PSV will win against FC Groningen, whoever loses in the match between Ajax and FC Twente will effectively end up third.

Last Sunday FC Twente won the cup after beating Ajax 3-2 after extra time. The Ajax players and coach however did not put much importance to the cup as their real final is the upcoming match. Ajax was last champion in 2004 and have been waiting seven years to add a third star to their shirt, denoting their 30th championship. Read more

They can’t, or can they?

April 26, 2011

With two more games to go, Ajax is in a very good position to win the championship. They are one point behind leader FC Twente with an away fixture versus SC Heerenveen, which isn’t always easy, followed by a home fixture versus the current leader FC Twente. Ajax has to win the game in Heerenveen and then it’s all to play for against FC Twente at home. Read more

Notes from El Clasico v3

April 21, 2011

During this short period of time, we are able to watch not just one, but four confrontations between two of the best club sides in the world, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. One is famed for its tiki-taka, while the other one has Jose Mourinho overseeing an expensively built squad of world footballers. I still class the first el Clasico as one of the matches of the season, when Barcelona trumped Real Madrid 5-0. In that match Mourinho was downgraded from Special One to Ordinary One. But now with four el Clasicos, Mourinho wants that Special One title back. Read more

What next for Ajax, part 2

March 31, 2011
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A day after my last post, big commotion happened at Ajax culminating in last night’s resignation of the board of directors and the management. This will obviously have an impact on the football, and hopefully for the best. It seems that the internal structure of Ajax is due for a big shake-up and it is spearheaded by the club legend, Johan Cruijff. Read more

What next for Ajax?

March 23, 2011
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After their loss last weekend against ADO Den Haag, Ajax’ season is pretty much over. They can still win the Cup, but not a lot of people care if they do or don’t.

Now Ajax has to look forward to next season and here is what I think Ajax should be focusing on: Read more

The Curious Case of Mbark Boussoufa

March 15, 2011

The Russian league runs at a different period compared to most European leagues. Instead of from August until May, it runs from March until November to avoid playing in the harsh cold Russian winter, although this will change in 2012. Because of that, the transfer deadline for the Russian league was last week. One transfer stuck out, it was Mbark Boussoufa moving from Anderlecht to Anzhi Makhachkala, after almost going to Terek Grozny. Read more