Former European giants Ajax seem to be on a path back to greatness using a new generation of young stars.
They reached the Europa League final after fighting off several opponents. They are set to play Manchester United in the final in Stockholm on Wednesday and victory could mean an early graduation for the young Dutch prospects.
Ajax youngsters herald a new hope for Dutch football. The Netherlands are renowned for their academies and this new generation of talent are keen on conquering Europe. They defeated Willem II 3-1 in the final round of the Eredivisie season. The incredible thing is that the average team player was 20 years and 139 days. Let’s take a look.
Andre Onana and Kenny Tete are 21 years – the second oldest players in the team. Matthijs de Ligt is only 17 years making him the youngest while the only semblance of experience is Davy Klaassen at 24 years. Davinson Sanchez, Jairo Riedewald, Donny van de Beek, David Neres, and Frenkie De Jong are only 20. Justin Kluivert – son of the legend Patrick – is only 18 while Kasper Dolberg is a year older. Continue reading “AJAX YOUNG STARS TO CHANGE DUTCH FOOTBALL”
Dutch giant Ajax are set to play Schalke in the next Europa League rounds.
The Amsterdam-based outfit saw off FC Copenhagen en route this stage. It seems the Dutch side – used to be a European powerhouse – are reclaiming their lost spot as this is the first time since 2003 that they have reached this stage.
The club would line-up against one of their best stars in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Huntelaar netted over a century of goals during his time at the Dutch side. Ajax would hope the players who would be on international duty would return in one piece ahead of the clash in mid-April.
Ajax showed strength of character when they upturned the deficit in the last round against the Danish giants. The club retains the hope of a double this term under manager Peter Bosz. The result sets the tone for the forthcoming match against Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord.
The first leg ended in a defeat but a 2-0 win ensured they went through with a 3-2 aggregate – enough for a quarter finals slot. The hosts were fired up from the start of the game. They started as early as the second minute. Continue reading “AJAX TO FACE SCHALKE NEXT”
Chelsea scout Piet de Visser believes that Brazilian teenage sensation David Neres will be a success following his move to Dutch giant Ajax FC.
The former Sao Paulo player made the move to join elite players in the Eredivisie from Brazil in January for €15 million.
De Visser said he noticed the incredible talent during a scouting trio last year and adds that the youngster has the potential to succeed at his new club.
“I saw David Neres last year excel in the Copa Sao Paulo with Ajax scout Hans van ser Zee. He is sometimes a bit erratic and will have to get used to the Dutch league, but the potential is definitely there. He has a lot of growth opportunities,” the Blues scout said.
The Eredivisie giant paid a record fee to a foreign club for the highly rated player. It is a record fee in Dutch football since the move of Mateja Kezman from Partizan to PSV Eindhoven almost two decades back. Continue reading “DE VISSER BELIEVES NERES WILL SUCCEED AT AJAX”
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul’s career appears to have come to a grinding halt, and it is a major surprise considering that he was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers playing outside the top teams not too long ago.
The problem for the Dutch goalkeeper started when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2015. This type of an injury almost forces a player to go on the sidelines for almost 12 months. Aware of the intense competition at Newcastle, Krul appears to have worked extremely hard on returning much sooner than expected. This did not go as planned, and manager Rafa Benitez has sent the goalkeeper out on loan to Ajax in order to help him get back to the former levels.
The loan move to the Dutch club has not worked out, as Krul is behind second choice goalkeeper Andre Onanain the pecking order. Krul was expected to replace Jasper Cillessen, but he is now having to spend much of that time on the sidelines waiting for the first-team opportunity. Continue reading “Tim Krul Rushed Himself from Injury, Claims Ajax Manager”
Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt has stated that he is not happy with the draw against Ajax.
He believes that his side played better than the draw they earned against Ajax and said that he was disappointed with the result. He said that Feyenoord has numerous chances to win the game especially in the first half and believes that his teammates should have done better.
He said that it is sad that they have missed several chances to take the lead and then they find themselves conceding a goal. He stated that the goal they conceded was a blow for the team and thought that they could have done better.
He has however praised the character of the team and said that it is this attitude that has allowed them to come back into the game. Indeed Dirk Kuyt scored the equalizing goal in the closing stage of the match to help his team snatch a well-earned point. He said that the cross was perfect from his teammate and he made his best in order to connect with the ball, and fortunately he was able to score this important goal. Continue reading “Kuyt not satisfied with result”