One of Europe's most innovative and successful football clubs
Founded on March 18, 1900 AFC Ajax is one of the most famous clubs in European football. Under the leadership of Ajax' legendary coach Jack Reynolds Ajax won their first National Championship in 1918. From that point on Ajax could always be found at or near the top of the Dutch table.
Ajax star player Kasper Dolberg (2016), 19 years old
It was also Reynolds and his revolutionary training methods that built the foundation for what has now become the world famous Ajax Youth Training Program. Until today the Amsterdam club has won 33 league titles.
Ajax plays at the Amsterdam Arena, which opened in 1996. They previously played at Stadion De Meer and the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium (for international matches).
From 1934 Ajax moved into the stadium "De Meer", situated in the Watergraafsmeer neighborhood of Amsterdam. It was there that Ajax would call home for over 60 years and be the place that the club would come to dominate Dutch football and grow into a power across Europe.
Černý, Dolberg, Veltman and Klaassen celebrating a goal (2016)
Ajax-Celta de Vigo 3:2
Ajax' first appearance in an European competition came in 1961 when the club became the first from the Netherlands to participate in the European Cup Winners Cup. Success on the European front loomed in the future as the club found a place in the 1969 Cup final before bringing home their first title in 1971.
Starting with the magical victory in 1971 Ajax went on to win 3 consecutive European Champions Cups. In 1972, led by the world famous Johan Cruijff had one of the best seasons ever by a professional football team winning the National Championship, the Dutch Cup, the European Champions Cup and the World Cup.
"De Meer" was also the place where Ajax would develop it's world famous youth training program and develop some of the worlds best football players, a philosophy that is even more important to their success today.
Ajax again became European and world champions in 1995. The need for a new stadium brought with it the closing of "De Meer" in 1996 and the move to the Amsterdam ArenA. With it a new chapter in Ajax history opened.
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