20
Feb

Jonathan Soriano, Ricardo Quaresma score ridiculous golazos

Austria’s Salzburg delivered athe most stunning Europa League result on Thursday night, defeating Dutch champions Ajax 3-0 in Amsterdam. One of Salzburg’s many heroes on their historic night: Jonathan Soriano.

The 28-year-old Spanish striker scored a spectacular goal from the halfway line which caught Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen off guard. As a result, Soriano’s thunderous boom puts Salzburg in the driver’s seat in their two-legged Round of 32 affair.

Not to be outdone, Porto’s Ricardo Quaresma — once touted as Portugal’s next prodigy — reminded everyone why he earned stints (albeit very short stays) with Inter Milan and Chelsea through his mediocre career.

The former Barcelona flameout whipped a curling strike in off the far post from 20 yards out after beating Eintracht Frankfurt right back Sebastian Jung on the wing.

The goal was not enough, as Eintracht Frankfurt came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Porto. Quaresma’s curler, though, was truly mesmerizing:

13
Feb

Luiz linked with summer move to Barcelona

It’s the rumor that just won’t go away. David Luiz was a target for Barcelona during last summer’s transfer window but Jose Mourinho insisted he did not want to sell. Now, Barca are said to be ready to test the Blues’ resolve once more by repeating the whole saga at the end of the season.

Last week, Ajax defender Joel Veltman was in the news as a potential target for Manchester United but a new Premier League club has joined the bidding. Click here to find out which one and for all the latest gossip.

10
Feb

Ajax defender joins Manchester United’s long wish list

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Manchester United’s miserable 2-2 draw with Fulham on Sunday highlighted their need for fresh legs at the back and Ajax defender Joel Veltman could be that man, according to one of the morning papers. Veltman joins a list including Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and former United star Paul Pogba, plus Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.  

And we have the latest on Michael Laudrup, whose stock seems to have risen despite being sacked by Swansea. Click here for more.

16
Dec

Juve faces Trabzonspor, Swansea draw Napoli in Europa League round of 32

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Not to be outdone, UEFA also announced the Europa League’s round of 32 matches on Monday, were Juventus must return to Turkey, the scene of their surprise Champions League exit, to face Trabzonspor.

Here’s the full draw below:

  • Slovan Liberec vs. AZ
  • Anzhi Makhachkala vs. Genk
  • Lazio vs. Ludogorets
  • Dynamo Kiev vs. Valencia
  • FC Porto vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Swansea vs Napoli
  • Chornomorets vs. Lyon
  • Viktoira Plzen vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Maribor vs. Sevilla
  • Real Betis vs. Rubin Kazan
  • Dnipro vs. Tottenham
  • PAOK vs. Benfica
  • Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Basel
  • Ajax vs. RB Salzburg
  • Juventus vs. Trabzonspor
  • Esbjerg vs. Fiorentina

Image provided by Getty.

6
Nov

Amsterdam hooligans ambush Celtic fans in pub ahead of Champions League match

Video footage has been unearthed showing around 50 Ajax hooligans ambushing a group of Celtic fans in an Amsterdam pub the night before their Champions League match. The footage was recorded by an eye witnesses from a window.

The group of thugs, all wearing coats with their hoods drawn, began banging on the pub’s windows, and you can see one Celtic fan turn towards them moments before he gets attacked from the inside.

The gang quickly fled away from the scene, but according to reports, nine arrests have been made by Amsterdam police. It is believed the hooligans targeted the pub knowing Celtic fans would be inside.

H/T 101GG

28
Oct

Ajax training facility collapses minutes after evacuation

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Mother Nature 1, Ajax 0.

A massive storm with hurricane-force gusts hit the UK and mainland Europe on Monday, and in light of the tough conditions, Dutch side Ajax  thought it’d be wise to hold practice in their indoor facility - an inflatable dome.

Alas, it wasn’t enough to hold out the storm.

While preparing for Tuesday’s Dutch Cup match against ASWH, the team realized that the wind outside was getting stronger and stronger, concerning manager Frank de Boer so much that he decided to relocate training back to the outdoor fields as a safety precaution.

What a great call that turned out to be, because mere minutes later, Ajax’s inflatable dome collapsed to the ground under the pressure of the heavy storm. Thanks to expert forecaster de Boer, nobody was in the vicinity when the incident took place and there were no injuries. The club’s website later showed some footage of the collapse:

And here’s the before picture:

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Image: Ajax.nl

H/T Eurosport

10
Oct

#TBT: Clarence Seedorf’s thunderous strike at the Bernabeu

Image courtesy of Reuters

Widely regarded as one of the most underrated Dutch footballers of all-time, Clarence Seedorf’s days with Real Madrid will always be remembered in a positive light, helping Los Blancos claim La Liga and Champions League crowns during his first three seasons with the club.

Yet for all of his time with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, the former Ajax and Netherlands standout can always fallback to his jaw-dropping golazo against Real rival Atletico Madrid during the 1997-98 campaign:

10
May

If have pre-ordered your club’s latest kit - watch out, anything could happen. Your club should take a leaf out of Ajax’s book and make some fans very, very happy!

Ajax’s brand new away kit designed by Adidas was hand delivered by the squad to a select few fans who ordered the new threads. First team stars Siem de Jong, Daley Blind and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson were all involved in the giving.