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AFC Ajax
Ajax were European champions three times in a row during the 1970s ©Getty Images

AFC Ajax

Formed: 1900
Nickname: Godenzonen (Sons of the Gods)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995; (1969), (1996)
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1987; (1988)
• UEFA Cup: 1992
• UEFA Super Cup: 1973, 1995; (1987)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 32 (2013)
• Dutch Cup: 18 (2010)

History
• Founded at the turn of last century, Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax were soon promoted to the top flight under Irishman John Kirwan but lasted just three years before relegation. During that spell the club adopted red and white as their original black – the other shade on Amsterdam's tricolour flag – clashed with Sparta Rotterdam.

• Englishman Jack Reynolds' 32 years in charge from 1915 – punctuated briefly – brought eight league titles, but it was not until the 1960s that the club's first golden era truly began. Fighting relegation midway through the 1964/65 campaign, Ajax appointed Rinus Michels, an astute tactician who deployed an adventurous 4-2-4 formation tailor-made for the emerging Johan Cruyff and the likes of Sjaak Swart and Piet Keizer.

• It was, however, not until the emergence of 'Total Football' that the club truly made their mark. 'Gloria Ajax' claimed six Eredivisie championships between 1966 and 1973, an achievement eclipsed by three successive European Champion Clubs' Cup wins from 1971, the latter two coming under Romanian Ştefan Kovács.

• Michels had departed for FC Barcelona, Cruyff (1973) and Johan Neeskens (1974) following him. Ajax's form dipped before Cruyff returned as coach and led them to the 1987 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The prolific Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Dennis Bergkamp all eventually left, their departures making way for the emergence of an exciting new wave of academy players.

• Edwin van der Sar, Frank and Ronald de Boer, Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert all leapt off Ajax's famed production line, Louis van Gaal taking Ajax to UEFA Champions League success in 1995 with a 1-0 win against AC Milan. Runners-up the following season, Ajax again lost their stellar names and even if Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong are among recent academy graduates they have recently been overshadowed on the domestic scene by PSV Eindhoven.

• Former Ajax defender Frank de Boer came in as coach in 2010, leading the club to their first league title in seven years with a dramatic victory over FC Twente on the last day of the 2010/11 season, and retaining the championship in each of the next two seasons.

* Last updated 20 June 2013

Last updated: 23/01/14 13.27CET

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Matches

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/04/2014 16:08 CET
2 August 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax3-0Roda
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:12:20
11 August 2013 - Dutch First Division
AZ3-2Ajax
Referee: not available – Alkmaar
10/06/2013 13:01:06
18 August 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax2-1Feyenoord
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:12:20
23 August 2013 - Dutch First Division
Heerenveen3-3Ajax
Referee: not available – Heerenveen
10/06/2013 13:01:06
1 September 2013 - Dutch First Division
Groningen1-1Ajax
Referee: not available – Groningen
10/06/2013 13:01:06
14 September 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax2-1Zwolle
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:12:20
Barcelona4-0Ajax
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) – Stadium: Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
10/06/2013 13:00:51
22 September 2013 - Dutch First Division
PSV4-0Ajax
Referee: not available – Eindhoven
10/06/2013 13:00:36
25 September 2013 - Dutch KNVB Cup, Second round
Ajax4-2Volendam
Ajax win after extra time
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
02/20/2014 09:06:09
28 September 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax6-0Go Ahead Eagles
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:12:20
Ajax1-1Milan
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
10/06/2013 13:00:36
6 October 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax3-0Utrecht
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:12:20
19 October 2013 - Dutch First Division
Twente1-1Ajax
Referee: not available – Enschede
10/20/2013 20:10:43
Celtic2-1Ajax
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO) – Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
10/24/2013 15:38:12
26 October 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax0-0RKC
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:12:20
29 October 2013 - Dutch KNVB Cup, Third round
Ajax4-1ASWH
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/05/2013 09:36:01
2 November 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax0-1Vitesse
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:12:20
Ajax1-0Celtic
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
11/08/2013 08:30:37
10 November 2013 - Dutch First Division
NEC0-3Ajax
Referee: not available – Nijmegen
11/12/2013 18:38:49
23 November 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax3-0Heracles
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:26:45
Ajax2-1Barcelona
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
11/27/2013 23:16:59
1 December 2013 - Dutch First Division
Den Haag0-4Ajax
Referee: not available – Den Haag
12/12/2013 09:44:38
7 December 2013 - Dutch First Division
Ajax4-0NAC
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
12/09/2013 18:49:07
Milan0-0Ajax
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
12/24/2013 08:46:25
15 December 2013 - Dutch First Division
Cambuur1-2Ajax
Referee: not available – Leeuwarden
12/17/2013 17:36:53
19 December 2013 - Dutch KNVB Cup, Fourth round
IJsselmeervogels0-3Ajax
Referee: not available
12/19/2013 21:51:19
22 December 2013 - Dutch First Division
Roda1-2Ajax
Referee: not available – Kerkrade
12/23/2013 13:49:18
19 January 2014 - Dutch First Division
Ajax1-0PSV
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
01/21/2014 15:46:53
22 January 2014 - Dutch KNVB Cup, Quarter-finals
Ajax3-1Feyenoord
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
01/22/2014 21:40:12
26 January 2014 - Dutch First Division
Go Ahead Eagles0-1Ajax
Referee: not available – Deventer
01/29/2014 09:11:37
2 February 2014 - Dutch First Division
Utrecht1-1Ajax
Referee: not available – Utrecht
02/04/2014 21:58:01
6 February 2014 - Dutch First Division
Ajax2-1Groningen
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
02/07/2014 15:38:49
9 February 2014 - Dutch First Division
Zwolle1-1Ajax
Referee: not available – Zwolle
02/12/2014 16:16:05
16 February 2014 - Dutch First Division
Ajax3-0Heerenveen
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
02/18/2014 20:40:41
20 February 2014 - UEFA Europa League, Round of 32
Ajax0-3Salzburg
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
03/04/2014 17:15:56
23 February 2014 - Dutch First Division
Ajax4-0AZ
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
02/26/2014 01:11:10
27 February 2014 - UEFA Europa League, Round of 32
Salzburg3-1Ajax
Aggregate: 6-1
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) – Stadium: Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
03/04/2014 17:47:18
2 March 2014 - Dutch First Division
Feyenoord1-2Ajax
Referee: not available – Rotterdam
03/05/2014 04:08:10
9 March 2014 - Dutch First Division
Ajax1-1Cambuur
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
03/11/2014 22:12:18
16 March 2014 - Dutch First Division
NAC0-0Ajax
Referee: not available – Breda
03/18/2014 19:42:06
27 March 2014 - Dutch KNVB Cup, Semi-finals
AZ0-1Ajax
Referee: not available – Alkmaar
03/27/2014 22:48:45
30 March 2014 - Dutch First Division
Ajax3-0Twente
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
04/02/2014 18:44:57
2 April 2014 - Dutch First Division
RKC0-2Ajax
Referee: not available – Waalwijk
04/03/2014 18:50:07
6 April 2014 - Dutch First Division
Vitesse1-1Ajax
Referee: not available – Arnhem
04/08/2014 18:17:30
13 April 2014 - Dutch First Division
Ajax3-2Den Haag
Referee: not available – Amsterdam
04/15/2014 15:06:53
20 April 2014
Zwolle
18.00
Ajax
Referee: TBD – Rotterdam
03/27/2014 23:09:36
27 April 2014 - Dutch First Division
HeraclesAjax
Referee: TBD – Almelo
12/10/2013 14:54:12
AjaxNEC
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
12/04/2013 22:27:03

Trophy cabinet

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    03/10/1984, Ajax 14-0 Differdange, Amsterdam
  • Biggest defeat:
    22/10/1980, Bayern 5-1 Ajax
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  30
  • Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:  5
  • Appearances in EUSA Cup:  2
  • Appearances in UEFA Super Cup:  3
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  22
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 79
    Danny Blind (  NED)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 26
    Jari Litmanen (  FIN)
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