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(...)

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars  and chief executive Edwin van der Sar celebrate the club’s victory  over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Last summer, seven of Ajax’s brightest stars were summoned to a room at the Dutch club’s training facility. Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper-turned-c(...)

Vincent Kompany of Manchester City scores the opening goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

City 1 United 1, Division One, May 1963 In a season that finished with Everton winning the title, both Manchester clubs were mired in relegation trou(...)

Abdelhak Nouri has been diagnosed with ‘serious and permanent brain damage’ after collapsing during a practice match against Werder Bremen. Photograph: PA

Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri has suffered “serious and permanent brain damage” after collapsing during a pre-season friendly on Saturday, the Erediv(...)

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(...)

 East Kilbride captain Barry Russell celebrates with the players and staff with beer presented by Ajax club officials after winning the 27th consecutive game against BSC Glasgow FC. Photo: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Ajax have presented East Kilbride with 27 crates of beer after the Scottish Lowland League team surpassed the Dutch club’s world record for consecutiv(...)

Andrei Arshavin slots past Edwin van der Sar during his Euro 2008 peak. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2008: Holland 1 Russia 3 June 21st 2008 Okay, this wasn’t actually a particularly great goal, for a start it takes a deflection before it passe(...)

Luis Figo has been prevented from playing for the Barcelona legend’s team. Photo: Firo Foto/Getty Images

Luis Figo’s decision to quit the Nou Camp for the Bernabéu fifteen years ago has not been forgotten, and certainly not forgiven by Barcelona. The Cata(...)

Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal has been appointed manager of Manchester United on a three-year deal and vowed to “make history” at the club. The Netherlands coach wi(...)

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Petr Cech collides with Atletico Madrid’s Raul Garcia (8) during their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. Photograph: Paul Hanna / Reuters

Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 0 There is no point in dressing it up as s(...)

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