Ajax Amsterdam CEO Edwin van der Sar: ‘We reflected a bit on the old success from 95. We wanted to combine the abundance of young talent with experience.’ Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters

Last season, as Ajax’s future balanced on a gossamer thread, the club’s hierarchy called in seven of their most talented youngsters for a special talk(...)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ronny Johnson of Manchester United celebrate in the dressing room with the FA Cup after the 1999 final win over Newcastle. Photo: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has always loved the FA Cup – he rates walking out at Wembley in 1999 as highly as all the other memories from that year because t(...)

Arsène Wenger with the Premiership trophy after Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003/04 campaign. Photograph: PA

La Fin. And so the credits finally roll. Like reaching the end of some heaving biopic, it may take a while for Arsène Wenger to feel able to shake him(...)

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal argues with Alex Ferguson of Manchester United during a clash in 2004. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images

The Premier League is the richest league in the world but money cannot buy hate. English football is crying out for an immense, sprawling rivalry betw(...)

One in four people sitting on any plane has at least some fear of flying, with one in 10 suffering badly. Photograph: Getty Images

There was some pretty terrifying footage of planes landing at Irish airports when Ophelia was doing her worst, and that may have been behind Aer Lingu(...)

 Manchester United’s  Paul Pogba and Ajax Amsterdam’s Hakim Ziyech vie for the ball during the Uefa Europa League final  at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

TV3 can congratulate itself on a great season of European football coverage, but nobody’s perfect. On Wednesday night, after the Europa League final, (...)

Ajax’ Danish forward Kasper Dolberg during his team’s training session at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Photograph: PA

Marc Overmars knew he was watching something special when he first laid eyes on Kasper Dolberg. Jens Steffensen, a former Denmark international who h(...)

Justin Kluivert, David Neres and Bertrand Traore of Ajax celebrate the 4-1 win over Lyon. Photograph: Getty Images

It is a cold Thursday morning at Ajax’s De Toekomst complex, where the canteen doubles as a trophy room, the sheer weight of football knowledge can be(...)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Tottenham may be the favourites for Sunday’s derby but insists there is no power shift taking place between the fierce north London rivals. Photograph: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Tottenham may be the favourites for Sunday’s derby but insists there is no power shift taking place between the fier(...)

 Arsene Wenger  shakes hands with striker Alexis Sanchez  at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground  ahead of their Champions League last  16 second leg  tie against Bayern Munich.  Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty

Arsène Wenger is calling for Arsenal to come out feeling lucid rage against Bayern Munich in the Champions League tonight. The Germans won handsomely (...)

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