• History of Ajax AFC
    The Club

    History of Ajax AFC

    There are very few football clubs around the world with a history as rich as that of AFC Ajax.  The club has more than 50 domestic trophies and four European Cups, 1 UEFA Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup under their belts.  They are one of the most successful football clubs in existence, being only one of four clubs to have won all three major UEFA competitions.

    The Origins

    The team was founded more than a hundred years ago back in 1900 in Amsterdam taking their name from Greek mythology but the distinguishing white shirts with the red stripe wouldn’t come along until later in 1911.  Success came along pretty early when Jack Reynolds arrived to manage the club.  Reynolds managed the club from 1915 until 1947 with a couple of short breaks in between.  It didn’t take long for the team to become the best in the Netherlands and under Reynolds’ direction they won eight titles and two KNVB Cups.

    The 50’s and 60’s

    Ajax went through a slump throughout the 40’s but came roaring back in the 50’s and would go on to win two Eredivisie titles.  Once Rinus Michels took over as manager the team began to thrive.  Michels instilled in the team his “Total Football” philosophy and with Johan Cruyff acting as captain the team went on to four KNVB Cups and six Eredivisie titles.  Winning three consecutive European Cups put the team in the history books being only one of five clubs that have successfully defended their title.

    Total Football

    The concept of Total Football meant that each and every player contributed on the field and were able to play other positions.  That meant that players weren’t limited by position and overlaps were available making the ball move from defenders to attackers quicker.  Michels didn’t invent the idea rather he was inspired by how the Hungarian national team played.  Here is how Total Football works.

    The Next Generation

    In the 70’s and 80’s Ajax would be a dominant team once again with the return of Cruyff only this time as their coach.  Accompanied by a team of talented players their style of offensive football brought fans and results in equal measure.  It would bring the team six Eredivisie titles and four KNVB Cups and now they would also win their first and only UEFA Cup.

    Ajax is still a team to be feared today dominating in their division, but very few teams have enjoyed the success that Ajax has over the years.

  • The 5 Best Players to Ever Play for Ajax AFC
    Players

    The 5 Best Players to Ever Play for Ajax AFC

    Ajax AFC has been a Dutch football powerhouse since its inception in 1900. They were always ahead of the curve when it came to churning out talented players. We managed to come up with a list of the 5 best players to ever play for Ajax AFC. It was based on exclusively on ability.

    1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Standing at 1.95m, the eccentric Swede was always a handful for defenders more so while defending set-pieces. He had unbelievable technique for a man so tall. Bought from Malmo fc for a record fee 8.7m Euros, he started off slow but he picked it up and ended up winning two league titles and the KNVB cup. And who can forget that stupendous goal against NAC Breda when he nearly took on the whole team?  Here is Ibrahimovic in action.

    2. Luis Suarez

    Before lighting up the premier league, El Pistolero used to bang in the goals for Ajax.  Even though he has gained somewhat of a bad rap due to his antics on the field, he was a tremendous player. Liverpool fans labeled him as so good he could nutmeg a mermaid! Yet for all the skill he had, he was still a combative striker giving his all for the good of the team.

    3. Dennis Bergkamp

    He is Ajax through and through. He came up through their ranks and was best known for his composure and skill on the ball. Since his pro debut in 1986 until 1993 he turned up for his hometown club and scored 122 goals in 239 games. The last two seasons had him as the top goalscorer.

    4. Marco Van Basten

    A three time Ballon d’Or winner and perhaps the best executor of hard thumping volleys. He was all you could want in a striker. Quick, strong,tactically and technically astute as well as good in the air. He held the ball well and played in his teammates. He acquired the moniker “Swan of Utrecht” for his grace when on the ball.

    5. Yohann Cruyff

    A three time Ballon d’Or winner as well, he was the epitome of Dutch football. He joined Ajax on his 10th birthday and never looked back. An avid disciple of Total Football, he influenced a lot of the managers coaching today including but not limited to Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger. Cruyff was so good that he had a feint named after him after he executed it out of nothing. His ingenuity was out of this world.