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Why Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona are all keen on Ajax star

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Why Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona are all keen on Ajax star   The Eredivisie is a hotbed of young talent at present, with a number of up and coming aces making their mark in the Netherlands. One of those is Ajax star in the making Frenkie de Jong. Considering his tender years, many have tipped the midfielder to enjoy a bright career and his good form f...

Standout records, results and scorers in our European weekend round-up

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Standout records, results and scorers in our European weekend round-up   What a weekend of football it’s been across Europe, whetting the appetite for another round of fixtures in the Champions and Europa League in midweek.Here we run down the highlights from the past few days on the continent, and there have been plenty, starting in the Bundesliga on Frida...

European semi-final top tips - Ronaldo, Manchester United & more

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European semi-final top tips - Ronaldo, Manchester United & more   Juventus-Monaco - Under 2.5   The previous game was billed as Europe’s best attack vs Europe’s best defence but that’s a disservice to the Old Lady’s enviable firepower, as the first leg proved. Gonzalo Higuain scored in each half to ensure Juventus have one foot...

Daley Sinkgraven - How playmaker became first choice Ajax left-back

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Daley Sinkgraven - How playmaker became first choice Ajax left-back   Phillip Cocu, the current PSV Eindhoven manager, once quipped that during an illustrious playing career he played in every single outfield position bar right-back. If nothing a testament to his athleticism and footballing acumen. His story, though, is commonplace across the Netherlands, the ...

Assist king Ziyech settling well at Ajax

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Assist king Ziyech settling well at Ajax   Every transfer is essentially a gamble. You can never really predict how a player will settle into his new environment. Some, though, are tailor-made for their new club and seamlessly assimilate. One such individual is Hakim Ziyech, a supremely gifted playmaker, who is quietly establishing h...

Eredivise 2016/17 Season Preview

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Eredivise 2016/17 Season Preview   It's not been the easiest of times for those who see the world through orange tinted glasses. The national team ignominiously failed to qualify for this summer's European Championship while their domestic clubs have fallen by the wayside at continental level and now face the distinct reality...

Player Focus: Improving Veltman Worth His Weight in Gold to Ajax

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Player Focus: Improving Veltman Worth His Weight in Gold to Ajax   One common milestone in the ever-youthful Dutch top-flight is an individual reaching a century of appearances. It's a feat Joël Veltman, playing in his fourth season, experienced at the backend of last year. His ascent from prospect to cornerstone hasn't come without stumbling points, n...

Team Focus: New Midfield Partnership Key to Unbeaten Start for Ajax

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Team Focus: New Midfield Partnership Key to Unbeaten Start for Ajax   Not a day goes by without the word 'philosophy' being uttered. And for good reason, identity is everything in football, which brings us to Ajax; an institution that has influenced the modern game to a degree that few other clubs have. It's no surprise then that custodians of the 'Amsterdamsc...

Player Focus: Kahn and Van der Sar Inspiring Cillessen's Progression at Ajax

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Player Focus: Kahn and Van der Sar Inspiring Cillessen's Progression at Ajax   It's somewhat fitting that the loneliest position in football is identified with the number one. In some circles the role has transcended beyond traditional convention, but one contemporary exponent is following a well-trodden path. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, and at this moment in...

Player Focus: A Touch of Class From Graduates Epitomising Ajax & Feyenoord

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Player Focus: A Touch of Class From Graduates Epitomising Ajax & Feyenoord   In an age when clubs are starting to lose their identities it's refreshing to see a few, in this case Ajax and Feyenoord, bucking the trend. Both are institutions, described by De Telegraaf as "standard-bearers of Dutch football", but share an intense rivalry defined by ideology. It’s ...

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