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AFC Ajax

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: 04/07/2014 22:15 CET
10 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxVitesse
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:24:15
17 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZAjax
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
07/04/2014 18:54:53
24 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxPSV
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:25:44
31 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
GroningenAjax
Referee: TBD – Groningen
07/04/2014 19:41:57
13 September 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxHeracles
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:22:28
21 September 2014 - Dutch First Division
FeyenoordAjax
Referee: TBD – Rotterdam
07/04/2014 19:53:58
27 September 2014 - Dutch First Division
NACAjax
Referee: TBD – Breda
07/04/2014 19:54:14
5 October 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxZwolle
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:20:13
18 October 2014 - Dutch First Division
TwenteAjax
Referee: TBD – Enschede
07/04/2014 19:54:45
25 October 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxGo Ahead Eagles
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:24:29
1 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxDordrecht
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:24:45
9 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
CambuurAjax
Referee: TBD – Leeuwarden
07/04/2014 20:25:27
22 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxHeerenveen
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:40:13
30 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
Den HaagAjax
Referee: TBD – Den Haag
07/04/2014 19:52:44
6 December 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxWillem II
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:53:13
14 December 2014 - Dutch First Division
AjaxUtrecht
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:11:29
21 December 2014 - Dutch First Division
ExcelsiorAjax
Referee: TBD – Rotterdam
07/04/2014 20:12:14
16 January 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxGroningen
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:12:44
25 January 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxFeyenoord
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:13:58
1 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
VitesseAjax
Referee: TBD – Arnhem
07/04/2014 20:26:13
5 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxAZ
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 20:26:57
8 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
Go Ahead EaglesAjax
Referee: TBD – Deventer
07/04/2014 20:27:43
15 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxTwente
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:12:00
22 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
Willem IIAjax
Referee: TBD – Tilburg
07/04/2014 19:12:29
1 March 2015 - Dutch First Division
PSVAjax
Referee: TBD – Eindhoven
07/04/2014 19:12:57
8 March 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxExcelsior
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:13:00
15 March 2015 - Dutch First Division
HeerenveenAjax
Referee: TBD – Heerenveen
07/04/2014 19:40:58
22 March 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxDen Haag
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:25:00
5 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
UtrechtAjax
Referee: TBD – Utrecht
07/04/2014 19:25:27
11 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
HeraclesAjax
Referee: TBD – Almelo
07/04/2014 20:22:43
19 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxNAC
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:40:29
26 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
ZwolleAjax
Referee: TBD – Zwolle
07/04/2014 20:21:13
10 May 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxCambuur
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
07/04/2014 19:40:59
17 May 2015 - Dutch First Division
DordrechtAjax
Referee: TBD – Dordrecht
07/04/2014 19:42:13

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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