Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Ajax


Ajax Amsterdam is a Dutch football club based in Amsterdam playing in the Dutch first division. Its name comes from Greek mythology, Ajax was one of the most valiant heroes of the Trojan War.

It is one of three big clubs in the country with Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven. The Ajax accomplishes include winning all three European trophies (the Champions League, UEFA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup), a record that only FC Barcelona, ​​Juventus and Bayern Munich have equaled.

The club is especially famous for its reputed training center, which has produced many exceptional players, Cruyff having been an early example. When they won the Champions League in 1995, the national team was composed of goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, defenders Michael Reiziger, Frank de Boer and Danny Blind; midfielders Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids and Clarence Seedorf; forwards Patrick Kluivert and Marc Overmars.

Despite the relative decline of the overall club on the European level since that time, the training center continues to produce players recognized as some of the best in the world, which include: Wesley Sneijder, John Heitinga, Hedwiges Maduro, Urby Emanuelson, Maarten Stekelenburg , Rafael van der Vaart, Ryan Babel. Sneijder, Heitinga, Babel, Maduro and Stekelenburg including part of the team Netherlands that played in the 2006 World Cup.

Ajax has also expanded its program to recruit talent in South Africa and the United States, creating clubs such as Ajax Cape Town (based in Cape Town) and Ajax America (based in Orlando). Some players like Steven Pienaar and Aaron Mokoena arrived at Ajax through these "affiliates".


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