De Jong, De Ligt & Ziyech: How Ajax built a team that could have won the Champions League

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    Ajax have had an amazing 2018-19 season with a team built around young stars Frenkie De Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech, but how did Ajax build a successful team and then prepare for the break-up?
    BBC Sport's Football Focus travelled to Amsterdam to meet Edwin Van Der Sar. There we heard how Ajax's philosophy and DNA continues to produce exciting talent in a football world that has changed completely since their last major European success.
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    De Jong, De Ligt & Ziyech: How Ajax built a team that could have won the Champions League

BBC Sport
BBC Sport

Are we about to see an exodus of talent similar to Monaco in 2017? Remember to like, subscribe and hit the bell button for notifications 🔔🔔

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Dennis Lewis
Dennis Lewis

BBC Sport - Yes, unfortunately, we are about to see an exodus of Ajax's most talented players! It always seems to happen with Ajax. It's exactly what happened to Louis Van Gaal's famous Champions League-winning Ajax (containing Kluivert, Seedorf, Edgar Davids, Rijkaard, the de Boer twins, Overmars, Reiziger, and van der Sar) of 1995.

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Michael Christo
Michael Christo

Monaco 2003-04 still much better than monaco 2017

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Alpha Barre
Alpha Barre

@Gues Who you speaks with facts son

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Galva Tron
Galva Tron

@Gues Who hahaha so true

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Galva Tron
Galva Tron

We are nothing like Monaco, we are way way better then them, we were in the europa league final in 2017, they are not on our level

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Bart Allen
Bart Allen

Contrary to popular belief Frenkie De Jong is not Ajax through and through as he was signed as an 18 year old from Willem II.

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Dean's Life
Dean's Life

If Ajax was playing in England, Spain, Italy any country like that, then they wouldn't need to keep selling their best players because the only reason these players leave is to play in leagues with more exposure on it and better quality of league. But playing in Holland, players will always want to test themself in the bigger leagues. Shame. As Ajax, keep selling. PSG are in France, but don't have to sell their players where Ajax always sell.

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kees van der woude
kees van der woude

After brexit close borders to England, that's it !!!

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wim ravensbergen
wim ravensbergen

champions 12-05 in the netherlands

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itx 0213
itx 0213

Rlly wanted to see ajax in the finals, so sad

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The Colonizer
The Colonizer

Yeah about that...

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Comred1
Comred1

But they didn't

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The Shadow Man
The Shadow Man

Have been a Ajax fan since I first started finding out about football 20 years ego. Never had any desire to watch other big European teams. Only Ajax nothing else.

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idklol
idklol

wzawzdb

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Soufiane Kamal
Soufiane Kamal

A racist channel and a highly racist report against African players did not mention Zyash or Annan

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samir moroccan
samir moroccan

Title : ziyech Video : not a single mention of him lol

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abdessadek tayebi
abdessadek tayebi

Hate to critique, but Ziyech being mentioned on the title, but not the video was a little disappointing. However, wish nothing but for the champion’s league title to go to Ajax!

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Youssef AIT HAMAD OUAISSA
Youssef AIT HAMAD OUAISSA

Where the fuck is Ziyech ? Putting his name in the title and then not even mentioning him ??? I didn’t get it !!!! Or is it a sort of a clickbait!?

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Lien Drew
Lien Drew

I’m watching this video as tired Arsenal fan! And I’ve always been aware of the history of Ajax, but it really is refreshing watching these videos, Ajax are an iconic football club! And since arsenal aren’t getting money thrown at them, they could really learn a thing or two from Ajax! This academy hasn’t just been good for 2-3 years, this club has produced world class talent for decades!! I cannot picture my beloved arsenal ever winning anything at the moment, but these young lads at Ajax all have great futures, not something I can say about Arsenal Football Club 🙄

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Kid Power
Kid Power

Gotta love old fashioned home brew players. Ajax beating Barcelona would be the best outcome, it proves money doesn't buy championships.

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epnick
epnick

I'm ashamed by the terribly spoken English here

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Said Gharnit
Said Gharnit

Hakim Ziyech is a great player, one of the best 5 in this Ajax team. However, I guess they still didn't get over the fact that he has chosen to play for Morocco National Team instead of Netherlands one !! He will never get as much credits as he deserves though

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Hamid Hittous
Hamid Hittous

No word about Ziyech ???? 😯😯😯Hit a like if you also noticed this .

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Luis Escamado Nhamue
Luis Escamado Nhamue

Van der saa is ceo ????

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Iftikar Sahil
Iftikar Sahil

I bet it’s currently a wonderful time to be an Ajax fan💯

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young planet
young planet

Lol they didnt give any credits to ziach their true savior

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Spider_man .123
Spider_man .123

You forgot David Neres

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Abdelhakim Nasrollah
Abdelhakim Nasrollah

Didn’t mention the brain of the team: Zyech how dare you?

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Adhiraj Singh Jodha
Adhiraj Singh Jodha

Who's here after Ajax defeated Spurs in 1st leg?

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Sayem Bhuiyan
Sayem Bhuiyan

no tagliafico? :'(

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pí kari
pí kari

Ajax doesn't have 200-300mill/season(never had it)to buy the best players,so they got only one choice find the talent,bring em to the club as little kids,and raise them together to be competitive even against the best players of rich/big clubs.....

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Food4you
Food4you

Its about luck

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sfirita
sfirita

like overmars said once..if ziyech was not morrocan , and named "hakim van ziyech" , he would be way more famous now and in barcelona already...

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Rogier Poelman
Rogier Poelman

hahah bro why are al the muslims so fcking frustated the whole time about Ziyech? He isn't a product of the club and he is already 26 years old. So this item doesn't match at all with Ziyech because they try to tell us something about the academy and our (yes i'm a Ajax fan) youngsters. Don't cry about this, nobody cares.

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Youness Es
Youness Es

Ziyech de best

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AlexS8
AlexS8

❌❌❌

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Beauty Of Life
Beauty Of Life

hypocrite country. they will never talk about how important ziyech is because he choose morocco over holland

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mushthaq ahammed
mushthaq ahammed

I swear the best academies in the world are barcelona and ajax. In ajax how many managers,how many players of top quality left still they represent champions league everytime.

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MeazurAli
MeazurAli

Edwin speak more fluent and understandable English than Kane and Rooney

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RSJC JOE
RSJC JOE

They didn't mention ziyech at all !! Seriously ?!!

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Atif 12
Atif 12

@Amal Mohamed because he is not from ajax academy

Vor 10 Monate
Amal Mohamed
Amal Mohamed

Because he’s Muslim sad because he’s one of their best players 😔😔😔

Vor 11 Monate
Reda Abdel.
Reda Abdel.

Why don't they call Ziyech, the whole world knows that he is the best player in Ajax except the Dutch !!!

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Super Tobe
Super Tobe

Like als je Nederlands bent

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Prashanth Nair Kumaran
Prashanth Nair Kumaran

Sadly this club gg to be Barca’s feeder club. Replace one by one with Ajax young ones.

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Amin
Amin

Feel like Ziyech isn't getting the love he deserves.

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Dark Knight777
Dark Knight777

These players are giving everything in the champions league as they know clubs can come knocking for them.. point is even after their move they must continue to play well and give their all for their new club..

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Kam Private
Kam Private

They don't even speak about Ziyech,motherfuckers, he's the one that make link and opportunities to your favourites dump assholes

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E C
E C

Trots!

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hamid El jallouli
hamid El jallouli

De ligt ziyech are the best of the team they played a europ finale al ready to bad for Dolberg because hi was elso important

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Titi08 BD
Titi08 BD

This made my heart cry...

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Football Entertainment
Football Entertainment

Barcelona and Ajax have the best academies ever. Thank you Cruyff. You are the inspiration in both.

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Anu Elaiu
Anu Elaiu

Where was Ziyech ? Racism

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Rogier Poelman
Rogier Poelman

Racism my ass you crazy muslim.

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zezizarjaars
zezizarjaars

Where is Kluivert ? Racism Oh no, Kluivert wanted to leave himself. Oh wait, so did Ziyech?!

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Abdel Anhari
Abdel Anhari

Ziyech?? If Ziyech played for the netherland Nationalteam they had always speak about him but He Play for the moroccan Nationalteam so they dont speak about him believe me its True.

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R T
R T

Watch his Insta, he dont want to be mentioned with ajax

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Kareem C
Kareem C

The only issue with barças youth is that the first team has too much to lose so they can’t just let 18-21 year olds start.

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Abdulrahman Hawarneh
Abdulrahman Hawarneh

ziyech and van de beek please Arsenal make it happen...........

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Robert Langdon
Robert Langdon

Wait vds is ajax ceo? Lol didn't know that

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goldbarzz 7
goldbarzz 7

De licht broer je bent baas maar het word echt tijd dat je kaal gaat broer je haar lijn is op man 💀

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ryanmazdaLAX
ryanmazdaLAX

In voetbal zie je weer hoe chauvinistisch iedereen is. Nederlanders praten alleen over een de Jong of de Ligt alsof het toekomstige peles en maradonnas zijn.. En Marokkanen lijken te denken dat Ziyech voetbal heeft uitgevonden. Kunnen we het erover eens zijn dat het allemaal geweldige voetballer zijn en blij zijn dat een club uit het land waar we wonen verdomme weer eens ver komt met onze (Nederlandse en Marokkaans Nederlandse in dit geval) jongens

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zezizarjaars
zezizarjaars

Precies dit, moet je kijken onder dit filmpje hoeveel mensen er zitten te janken dat Ziyech niet genoemd wordt en allemaal met een Arabische naam terwijl Tadic zijn stats gewoon aantoonbaar beter zijn, zeker na de winterstop presteert Ziyech gemiddeld gewoon minder.

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Joseph Sanchez
Joseph Sanchez

This season of Ajax reminds me of Monaco 16/17 and 2018 Croatia World Cup

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Michael Christo
Michael Christo

Lol monaco 2003-04 still much better dude

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ZXxsniperMsrXx
ZXxsniperMsrXx

Keep making them and keep selling them.

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S M
S M

Ziyech is a beast

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Noureddine El Alam
Noureddine El Alam

Hakim Ziyech is the best player on the team but he is not even mentioned. He carries the team game in and game out. Both his goals and his unselfish assists are extraordinary. You might say that they were talking about the academy, but they did mention two experienced players who did not come through the ranks of the academy. They deliberately ignored paying tribute to Ziyech's contributions. What a shame! I don't know if it is jealousy or racism. He chose to play for Morocco instead of the Netherland and they cannot stand his decision. I cannot believe it.

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Noureddine El Alam
Noureddine El Alam

@DutchF ootball actually, I do but I feel that you were not addressing my initial point. I have nothing against the Dutch people or team. My point was about the sports commentators who chose not to mention ziyech. Notice I didn't mention Mezzraoui or lbyed or the third/second keeper. It's the elephant in the middle of the room. If I accused anyone, it was those commentators, not you, not the Dutch team and not the Dutch people. For this reason, I did not write back because though you made some good points, you were not addressing my initial point to which you replied. I want you to know that Moroccans we're hoping that Ajax beat Tottenham, partially because of the Moroccan players and partially because they love this young Dutch team. We were heart broken at the loss as you probably were.

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DutchF ootball
DutchF ootball

@Noureddine El Alam I already would have guessed that you have nothing to say on that ;)

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DutchF ootball
DutchF ootball

@Noureddine El Alam Noureddine, I totally do not understand your point that you think they didn't mentioned his name because of jealousy or racism. Absolutely BS! The fact is that the supporters of Ajax crowned Hakim as player of the year and Mazraoui as talent of the year. Both players are very respected on the pitch and outside…. I don't know why you think I did not respect his choice for the Moroccan national team.... I never mentioned that in my comments. But if you are comparing the Moroccan national team with the dutch team.... stating that you lost the finals to qualify for the WC and have to compete with 52 nations…… how do you want me to take you serious? You really want to compare the top 5 of the UEFA with the top 5 of the CAF? The highest ranked CAF national team is Senegal #23... 8 teams of the UEFA are in top 10. Never ever reached an African club the top 4 in the world cup.... Do you know how many the times the dutch national team reached the final in the world cup, the final in the european cup.... you know that we won the european cup? In 2010 we reached the final in the world cup, in 2014 the half final in the world cup. Are you aware how many players in the morrocan national team are born in and raised in the Netherlands, going through one of the many dutch youth squads? Ziyech (born in Dronten, youth squad Heerenveen), El Ahmadi (born in Enschede, FC Twente), Mazraoui (born Leiderdorp, Ajax), Idrissi (born Bergen op Zoom, NAC Breda) Amrabat (born Huizen, FC Utrecht) etc. Actually 90%of your national team is born and raised outside Morocco. You were kicked out in first round, after not qualifing for 20 years!!!! for the World cup. And you are really stating that it presumptuous to think that the dutch team is better? Jeez….. where have you been all those years? Please don't tell me you never heard of van Basten, Bergkamp, Cruijf, van Persie, Robben etc.

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zezizarjaars
zezizarjaars

@Noureddine El Alam The sport commentators actually just said he was the player of the year from Ajax, but even that appearantly isn't enough for some people.

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Noureddine El Alam
Noureddine El Alam

@DutchF ootball Red herring! You did not address my problem with the commentators.   Re. your point, I'm glad that Ziyesh picked Morocco and you have got to respect his decision. He does appreciate the support he got in the Netherlands, but you have to respect his decision for he has to make one and he chose Morocco. Second, why do you assume that the your national team is better that the Moroccan national team? Do you know how many times we lost the finals to qualify for the W.C.? Do you know that we compete with 52 nations to make the top five. Why didn't you make it when the number of nations competing is much smaller and a lot more make it to the world cup from Europe? I have nothing against the Netherland, but it is presumptuous for your to think that your team is better than the Moroccan national team. Did you watch this World Cup and the VAR?

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S Moreno
S Moreno

Ziyech is the best player Ajax has. Without him there is no creativity and it's like you miss an extra man on the field. His work ethic is incredible, he has lungs like a horse. You can find him everywhere on the field defending and almost has a 100% involvement in a goal in every match. Check his statistics.

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Richard
Richard

And without De jong there is no build up to get the ball to Ziyech. Without Van de Beek making runs Ziyech has no space. Without De Ligt there is no one to defend the attackers. Its the TEAM and the chemistry of the players that makes Ajax so strong not one individual

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Malik Ottevanger
Malik Ottevanger

Lase schøne is highly underrated

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Yasser
Yasser

No one talks about ziyech , that's a shame for sure he can make the game easy going by his passing keys but i guess its all about nationality ;)

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Yasser
Yasser

@Seff Bergkamp the ugly truth :)

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Seff Bergkamp
Seff Bergkamp

Victim card.

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hama las
hama las

ziyech numero 1 rasism

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Fahad Zafar
Fahad Zafar

Hate watching champions league on English channels they only backup English clubs.

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Atlantis
Atlantis

The Dutch are very jealous about Zyech

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Raffini
Raffini

@Atlantis yeah, I did actually.

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Atlantis
Atlantis

​@Raffini you are crazy go to wikkipedia

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Raffini
Raffini

@Atlantis Ziyech is from Dronten. Can't think of a more dutch place to grow up in. If he truly was from Morocco, he would've never reached this level.

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Atlantis
Atlantis

@pinut187 Ziyech is Riffian from North Morocco

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pinut187
pinut187

Ziyech is Dutch

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Abdirahman Abdiwahab
Abdirahman Abdiwahab

Who is here after they beat totaham

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H.S
H.S

Ziyach passes exelent ball to van de beek who scores

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MALHOUDA
MALHOUDA

against real juventus and tottenham

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Ronald R
Ronald R

edwin is echt baas in engels

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MylanSchlepers21 `
MylanSchlepers21 `

❤️❌❌❌❤️

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Boss Hogg
Boss Hogg

Ziyech!!!

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m9u7shuriken
m9u7shuriken

Shall I watch Ajax or Barca match? Legit so confused now.

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m9u7shuriken
m9u7shuriken

@The Wolverine yh just realised XD

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The Wolverine
The Wolverine

Barca playing tomorrow evening

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Football Made Simple
Football Made Simple

Great video. If you would like a more detailed look consider checking out the mini doc on my channel. Thanks

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NO arnaque \/
NO arnaque \/

If one day i can be a pro player, i will choose ajax 🙏🙏 , i am a good player but i am fat and i can t do some tricks, i am happy that atletico madrid academy accept me 🖤🖤 heja ajax

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TvLOverdose
TvLOverdose

When mentioning the more experienced players they never mention Huntelaar but believe me he has great influence aswell.

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pinut187
pinut187

TvLOverdose yup that’s true

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Anass Youness
Anass Youness

Why would they leave

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Anass Youness
Anass Youness

@Abdulrahman Hawarneh there is other ways to make money ? Dont you think so ?

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Abdulrahman Hawarneh
Abdulrahman Hawarneh

because the club needs money,

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Casa-Blanca
Casa-Blanca

Ziyech? What about him ?

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Atif Atifa
Atif Atifa

The Dutch are very jealous about Zyech. That's a fact.

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Atif Atifa
Atif Atifa

@Rogier Poelman Wow , they are team mates and propably They win the champions leuque together. Why do you mention religion in this chat. Only haters react on this topic.

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Rogier Poelman
Rogier Poelman

Bro nobody cares, that's a fact also. I think you are a Dutch-Moroccan who is freaking jealous about the Dutch talents like de Ligt and de Jong. And now you muslims try to give the Marrocan players some attention with this trash talkin.

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Atif Atifa
Atif Atifa

What a assist on van de beek. This is for the haters 💩💩💩

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zezizarjaars
zezizarjaars

I hope they can replace him soon, he's one of the weakest factors at this moment, he loses the ball a lot.

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अनिश्
अनिश्

Fuck that Maroccan trash

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Sully M
Sully M

1-3 ❌❌❌ IN LONDEN!!!

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Sagittarius
Sagittarius

Kanker op

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Which Gunner
Which Gunner

For Appie 🙏🏽

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Christian H
Christian H

Looks like if I wanna be a good player in the future I better move to Holland! Ajax shall shape me! 🤣

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D L
D L

Fuck de Jong. The stars of Ajax are Ziyech, Tadic and Neres with out them they wouldn't stand in CL. What a pity they didnt named Ziyech. Ziyech is the best player in the dutch competition and Ajax. Very hypocrite this.

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John Doyle
John Doyle

Built this team up but now their gonna let every big club come and take their best players

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Forthe Seven
Forthe Seven

Not so much "let", there is nothing Ajax can do about it

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