AFC Ajax Landskampioen 2011-2012

16 05 2011
2011-2012 AFC Ajax Landskampioen

2011-2012 AFC Ajax Landskampion

Hup Ajax, hup!





Not another false dawn… .

12 12 2010

… please no… .

 

As one of millions of long suffering Ajacieds around the world, I was disappointed with the departure of yet another manager without the eredivisie.  It’s now been 7 years without the landskampion title and 8 managers (interims included).  This trend doesn’t seem to be abating. Martin Jol had walked out on Ajax about 5 days before this game citing his inability to meet performance targets.

The false dawn I was referring to was Ajax’s 2-0 win away to AC Milan on an inconsequential match day 6 in the Champions League.  Under the care of former great Frank de Boer, we played a pretty tight game .  The line up was strange enough:

Two unheralded goal scorers in DeZeeuw and Alderweireld made the result seem more impressive than it actually was.  Sure Milan played pretty disjointed. Their midfield was effectively outplayed by Ajax’s 2 anchor men.  The strangeness of Ajax’s lineup included to flair-ish forwards who played as outside left and right and a box to box midfielder in De Jong playing as a target man.   There were things which raised an eyebrow too: The performance of starlet Christian Eriksen was impressive while Steklenberg as usual proved he’s a world class goalkeeper. I’m still not convinced with the EPL’s general consensus on Van der Wiel being good enough to leave  Ajax. I hope he doesn’t as he’ll end up as a bench warmer at a bigger club. He needs more time while his Dutch colleague Urby Emmanuelson should have realised by now after 2 inept performances against Madrid and Milan that he’s not ready to make a step up and should remain at Ajax which will guarantee him playing time in the 1st eleven.  A new contract should be his priority and not pussy footing about leaving.

Milan cannot be said to be taking it easy either.  Their starting lineup included Robinho, Ronaldinho, Seedorf and Pirlo.  After going 1-0 down, Milan even brought on Ibrahimovic to show they were taking this pretty seriously.   Ajax scored the 2nd about 5 minutes after their old boy came on.  I won’t refute the fact that luck played a crucial part in the game with Robinho missing a gilt edge chance but to beat Milan at the San Siro takes some doing.

So Frank where can you take us?  This year’s title should be imperative and should be key to Ajax moving forward and not stagnating!

Ik ben Ajacied!!