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AFC Ajax

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 Johan Cruijff Arena, which opened in 1996. They previously played at Stadion De Meer and the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium (for international matches).

De Meer

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

European cups

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.

How to get there?

trainStation Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA, Station Duivendrecht
metro51, 53, 50, 54 - stop Strandvliet ArenA or Bijlmer ArenA
bus29, 59, 60, 62, 137, 158, 174, 175 - stop Bijlmer
parkingnearest car park: P1/P+R ArenA

Famous Ajax players

Do you know them all? Then you must be a real Ajacied. Mouse over to see the names of your favourite players.

Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax

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AFC Ajax

ArenA Boulevard 29
Amsterdam (Zuidoost)

official website

Visit a match

Spend a Sunday amongst frenzied fans of Ajax in the impressive, modern Amsterdam ArenA stadium. View match program


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