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Dutch Name:Amsterdam Football Club Ajax
Ajax Amsterdam Club History & Facts:
Ajax were formed in 1900, They are based in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Ajax’s stadium is named the Amsterdam Arena has a capacity of 51,628. The club has a rich and illustrious history in European football such legends as Johan Cruyff, Dennis Bergkamp and Dutch magician Marco Van Basten have all plied their trade at Ajax.
Ajax play in a red and white strip. The club was created by four football fans . Floris Stempel, Carel Rees and the Dade brothers from Holland formed the team. Ajax are nicknamed Joden which translates in English as the jews, they are also known as the sons of the gods. Ajax has had a large Jewish ifluence since the 1930′s which has seen the controversial use of Star of David flags at many games down the years.
The Ajax side were responsible for creating the term ‘Total Football” in the 1970′s when they helped to make the national side a great success as well. They were renowned for playing an attacking and skillfull brand of football which became very fashionable. Ajax were promoted to the top division of Dutch football in 1911 and have stayed there ever since. The side from the Dutch capital finished 2nd in the 2010 Eredivise table gaining them a place in the group stages of the Champions League
Ajax Amsterdan European Performance:
They lifted the European cup three years in a row between 1971 and 1973, they also won the cup in 1995 under the new name of the Champions League with a late winner from another legend Patrick Kluivert. The club has won a staggering 30 eredivise titles, the Eredivise being the top division in Holland. They last won the Dutch cup in 2010 which was their 18th victory in that tournament.
They won their last Eredivise in 2004, and the club’s standards have slipped in recent years as they have had to sell many a top name like Liverpool’s Ryan Babel and Luis Suarez to Liverpool and richer European clubs. They are back in the Champions League in the 2010-2011 season where many football fans believe a club with this heritage belongs. Ajax won their first Eredivise title in 7 years much to the relief of the fans and club officials. Former club hero Frank De Boer returned in 2011 as manager and brought them the Dutch championship. Current stars include Uruguay midfielder Nicholas Lodeiro and highly rated goalkeeper, Dutch number one Marten Steklenburg.
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