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Ajax dismantle Willem II to seal 32nd Dutch title

Published: Sunday 5 May 2013, 17.12CET
"This Ajax team has great unity," said coach Frank de Boer after steering the Amsterdam giants to their third consecutive Eredivisie title following a swashbuckling 5-0 defeat of Willem II.
by Berend Scholten
Ajax dismantle Willem II to seal 32nd Dutch title
Ajax celebrate their title triumph ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 5 May 2013, 17.12CET

Ajax dismantle Willem II to seal 32nd Dutch title

"This Ajax team has great unity," said coach Frank de Boer after steering the Amsterdam giants to their third consecutive Eredivisie title following a swashbuckling 5-0 defeat of Willem II.

AFC Ajax have extended their reign as Dutch football's pre-eminent force by recording a third straight Eredivisie title for the first time since 1996.

The Amsterdam giants came into the match with a four-point cushion over their closest pursuers, PSV Eindhoven, and needing a win against bottom club Willem II to clinch the championship. Kolbeinn Sigthórsson settled any residual nerves after 12 minutes by turning in Ryan Babel's cross and Christian Eriksen swiftly made it two.

The visitors were helpless to stem the flow after the restart, as goals from Viktor Fischer, Siem de Jong and Daniel Hoesen stretched the home team's unbeaten sequence to 13 league outings.

"All the teams have dropped points, but we have shown consistency throughout the season and played the best football. This Ajax team has great unity. Everyone is eager to play for this club," said coach Frank de Boer, who joins former Ajax tacticians Rinus Michels (1966-1968) and Louis van Gaal (1994-1996) in claiming three league crowns in a row.

"It is a very nice list to be part of," added the 42-year-old. "It is very special to have achieved what they did at this club. When you are compared with people like that, you can only feel proud."

Last updated: 05/05/13 17.50CET

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