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Ajax
Full name Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV
Founded March 18, 1900; 120 years ago (1900-03-18)
Ground Johan Cruyff Arena
Amsterdam
Ground Capacity 52,960
Chairman Frank Eijken
Manager Eric ten Hag
League Eredivisie
2019–20 Eredivisie, 1st

Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (Ajax Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax) is a football club from Amsterdam, Netherlands. They play in the Eredivisie, which is the highest football competition in The Netherlands. Players like Johan Cruyff, Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jari Litmanen played for this club.

History

The club was founded on March 18, 1900. The founders were Floris Stempel, Carel Reeser and Johan Dade. It was the second attempt to found Ajax. In 1894 they tried it too. Ajax is named after the mythological hero Ajax the Great.

Ajax promoted to the highest level in 1911. Their coach was Jack Kirwan. Because Sparta Rotterdam had almost the same kit (clothes), they had to change it.

Stadium

The name of the stadium is Amsterdam ArenA and has an attendance (which means the number of seats) of about 52.000. The Amsterdam ArenA was opened on 14 August 1996 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Their previous stadium was named De Meer.

League position

Season League Position
2000/01 Eredivisie 3rd
2001/02 Eredivisie Champions
2002/03 Eredivisie 2nd
2003/04 Eredivisie Champions
2004/05 Eredivisie 2nd
2005/06 Eredivisie 4th
2006/07 Eredivisie 2nd
2007/08 Eredivisie 2nd
2008/09 Eredivisie 3rd
2009/10 Eredivisie 2nd
2010/11 Eredivisie Champions
2011/12 Eredivisie Champions
2012/13 Eredivisie Champions
2013/14 Eredivisie Champions
2014/15 Eredivisie 2nd
2015/16 Eredivisie 2nd
2016/17 Eredivisie 2nd
2017/18 Eredivisie 2nd
2018/19 Eredivisie Champions
2019/20 Eredivisie Champions (Season Abandoned)

Former position


Players

Current squad

As of 5 October 2020
No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Maarten Stekelenburg
2 Netherlands DF Jurriën Timber
3 Netherlands DF Perr Schuurs
4 Mexico MF Edson Álvarez
5 Netherlands DF Sean Klaiber
6 Netherlands MF Davy Klaassen
7 Brazil FW David Neres
8 Netherlands MF Ryan Gravenberch
9 Netherlands FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
10 Serbia FW Dušan Tadić (captain)
11 Netherlands MF Quincy Promes
12 Morocco DF Noussair Mazraoui
15 Netherlands DF Devyne Rensch
16 Netherlands GK Kjell Scherpen
No. Position Player
17 Netherlands DF Daley Blind
18 Netherlands MF Jurgen Ekkelenkamp
19 Morocco FW Zakaria Labyad
20 Ghana MF Mohammed Kudus
21 Argentina MF Lisandro Martínez
23 Burkina Faso FW Lassina Traoré
24 Cameroon GK André Onana
25 Netherlands MF Kenneth Taylor
31 Argentina DF Nicolás Tagliafico
33 Croatia GK Dominik Kotarski
39 Brazil FW Antony
40 Netherlands FW Sontje Hansen
Burkina Faso FW Hassane Bandé

Players out on loan

No. Position Player
22 Netherlands MF Carel Eiting (at Huddersfield Town until 30 June 2021)
47 Brazil FW Danilo (at FC Twente until 30 June 2021)
No. Position Player
Netherlands DF Kik Pierie (at FC Twente until 30 June 2021)
Argentina DF Lisandro Magallán (at FC Crotone until 30 June 2021)

Retired numbers

  • 14Netherlands Johan Cruyff (Forward, 1964–73, 1981–83). Number retired on 25 April 2007 at Cruyff's 60th birthday celebration match.
  • 34Netherlands Abdelhak Nouri (Midfielder, 2016–17)


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