3
Jun

Ajax manager, players pranked by Adidas over new kits

The Dutch just might be the most gullible people in the world. At least, that’s the conclusion you would have to draw after watching this video.

Ajax sponsor Adidas and the club’s marketing director Edwin van der Sar decided to pull a prank on manager Frank de Boer and several of his players by pretending to consult them on their new kits for next season. But instead of the actual jerseys, a hired actor presented them with truly absurd spoof kits.

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Ajax’s classic home shirt with the bold red stripe in the middle suddenly featured ‘typical Dutch imagery’ such as tulips or bicycles, while away kits ranged from a tie-dye version to T-shirt tuxedos and those large animal face tees you might see on kindergartners.

The fake kits are so laughably awful that it makes de Boer and his players look even more preposterous for falling for it. At one point, the befuddled coach tells van der Sar, “I have a feeling we won’t be taken seriously.”

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Now, it’s us who can’t take you seriously, Frank.

Giant animal face jerseys? Come on! If that’s not a dead giveaway you’re being “punk’d” then nothing is. Shame on everyone involved.

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

4
Dec

Lots of LA Galaxy fans will be hoping to see a lot more of this next season: Kaka with a wonderful goal for Real Madrid Tuesday against Ajax.

But be warned LA, goals like that might draw more teams into the race for the former World Player of the Year’s signature come next season.