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(...)

 Roma’s Robin Olsen and Bryan Cristante celebrate after their win in Moscow. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

CSKA Moscow 1 Roma 2 AS Roma put themselves on the brink of a place in the Champions League knockout stage when Lorenzo Pellegrini’s first goal in t(...)

Juventus lifting  the trophy  following the last  Serie A  match of the season against Verona on May 19th, 2018,  in Turin. Photograph: Getty Images

This was supposed to be a grim summer for Italian football supporters. For the first time in six decades a World Cup was taking place without their na(...)

 Justin Kluivert of Ajax has been called up by Netherlands coacj Ronald Koeman for the firndlies against England and Portugal. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

New Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has named a 33-man preliminary squad for this month’s friendlies against England and Portugal, including a first c(...)

Ajax players celebrate after beating Lyon to reach the Europa League final. Photo: EPA

Dutch giants Ajax will face Manchester United in the Europa League final in Stockholm next week. While the English club have employed a blend of yout(...)

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(...)