AFC Ajax

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AFC Ajax
Full nameAmsterdamsche Football Club Ajax NV
FoundedMarch 18, 1900; 121 years ago (1900-03-18)
GroundJohan Cruyff Arena
Amsterdam
Capacity52,960[1]
ChairmanFrank Eijken
ManagerErik ten Hag
LeagueEredivisie
2019–20Eredivisie, 1st
WebsiteClub website

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]


Players[change | change source]

Current squad[change | change source]

As of 5 October 2020[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

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

Players out on loan[change | change source]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

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

Retired numbers[change | change source]


References[change | change source]

  1. "Amsterdam Arena – Did you know?". Amsterdam Arena. Archived from the original on 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2006-12-10.
  2. "The Players". AFC Ajax. Archived from the original on 24 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  3. "Cruijff viert 60ste verjaardag lo". De Ondernemer. 25 April 2007. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.