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  • Champions League: Messi brace equals record as Barcelona beat Ajax 2-0 November 6, 2014

    Lionel Messi's brace gave Barcelona a 2-0 victory Wednesday over 10-man Ajax and moved him level with Raul Gonzalez's all-time Champions League scoring record of 71 goals. Messi scored his 70th Champions League goal in the 36th minute with a soft header after Ajax failed to clear a free kick and...
  • Champions League: Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto ruled out of Ajax game November 3, 2014

    Madrid: Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto will miss Wednesday's Champions League Group F match at Ajax Amsterdam after picking up a leg muscle injury, the La Liga club said on Monday. Sergi Roberto joins playmaker Andres Iniesta and defenders Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen on the injured list and all four were...
  • Messi closes on Raul as Barcelona beat Ajax 3-1 in Champions League October 22, 2014

    Barcelona: Neymar and Lionel Messi each scored for a fifth consecutive game to help Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giants returned to winning ways in Europe. Messi started an outstanding performance at Camp Nou by setting up Neymar in the...
  • Champions League: Barcelona need focus on Ajax ahead of El Clasico October 21, 2014

    Barcelona need to avoid getting sucked into the Spanish obsession with El Clasico when they face Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday. All eyes in Spain are on leaders Barca's visit to Real Madrid next Saturday which could see the possible debut of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez after...
  • Champions League: Bayern edge City; big wins for Roma, Porto September 18, 2014

    Bayern Munich scored a 90thminute goal to beat Manchester City 10 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 10. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng's powerful shot appeared to deflect off teammate Mario Goetze, rising up and beyond the dive of his former City teammate Joe...
  • Daley Blind enormously proud to be a Red Devil August 31, 2014

    Amsterdam: Netherlands international Daley Blind said he was proud to be joining Manchester United after a 17.5 million euros (13.85 million pounds) move from Ajax Amsterdam was agreed between the clubs on Saturday. "I am enormously proud to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world," the 24yearold told...
  • Ajax coach Frank de Boer confirms Tottenham approach April 29, 2014

    Amsterdam: Ajax coach Frank de Boer has confirmed Tottenham Hotspur have approached the Amsterdam club to test his interest in coaching the club. In an interview with national broadcaster NOS on Tuesday, De Boer said he had been informed of the Hotspur call by Ajax football director Marc Overmars. He said that...
  • Champions League: AC Milan in last 16 after 00 draw against Ajax December 12, 2013

    Milan: AC Milan are through to the Champions League last 16 after holding Ajax to a goalless draw despite playing most of the match with 10 men after captain Riccardo Montolivo was sent off. Montolivo was shown a straight red card in the 22nd minute for a stamp on Christian Poulsen....
  • Champions League: AC Milan, Ajax battle it out for spot in next round December 10, 2013

    Milan: AC Milan and Ajax will play for a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday. Milan need only a point at San Siro, while Ajax have to win the Group H match. Barcelona can assure themself of first place in the group with a draw against...
  • Barcelona need quick answers after second straight loss December 2, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona's 21 loss at Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last week was down to a lack of intensity while Sunday's 10 reverse at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga exposed their relative physical frailty. Those were two of the explanations coach Gerardo Martino and the players offered after the...
  • Jolted Barcelona want more intensity from players November 27, 2013

    Madrid: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino and captain Carles Puyol have demanded more intensity from the players after Tuesday's 21 Champions League defeat at Ajax Amsterdam. The Group H reverse was Barca's first loss this season in all competitions and their first under Martino which cost them a chance to...
  • Champions League: Barcelona lose, Arsenal on the verge of Round of 16 November 27, 2013

    Chelsea qualified for the Champions League's last 16 despite being tripped up again by Basel, while AC Milan and Arsenal claimed easy wins but were made to wait to seal their berths in the knockout stage. Mohamed Salah's late strike earned Basel a 10 win and a second straight Group E...
  • Ajax end Barcelona unbeaten run to stay in contention November 27, 2013

    Ajax Amsterdam stayed in contention for the last 16 of the Champions League after becoming the first side to beat Barcelona this season with a 21 triumph on Tuesday. Thulani Serero and Danny Hoesen scored to give Ajax a surprise halftime lead, but straight after the break defender Joel Veltman...
  • Messi absence changes nothing for Ajax, says coach De Boer November 25, 2013

    The absence of injured Lionel Messi will make little difference to the quality of Barcelona's lineup and Ajax Amsterdam must focus on their own game in Tuesday's Champions League clash, coach Frank de Boer said. "Even without Messi, it's a formidable team," he told reporters on Monday. Ajax effectively need a...
  • Barcelona's Adriano injured, to miss Ajax match November 24, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona's already injuryhit squad has received another blow with full back Adriano ruled out of Tuesday's Champions League game at Ajax. Barcelona says that the versatile, yet injuryprone Brazilian hurt a ligament in his left ankle during the 40 win over Granada on Saturday and will miss the trip to...
  • UEFA charges Ajax for fan violence at Celtic October 23, 2013

    Nyon: Ajax is facing UEFA sanctions after fans ripped out and threw seats during their team's 21 loss at Celtic in the Champions League. UEFA says the Dutch champion is charged with "crowd disturbances and throwing of objects." The disciplinary case will be judged on Nov. 21. Scottish media reported that a...
  • Ajax forward Bojan out for four to six weeks October 2, 2013

    The Hague: Ajax forward Bojan Krkic will be out for four to six weeks owing to a hamstring injury, the club has announced. An MRI scan on Tuesday revealed the 23yearold Bojan has a tear in his left hamstring. He suffered the injury in the first minute of Ajax's 60 victory...
  • Balotelli penalty rescues point for Milan against Ajax October 2, 2013

    Milan: Mario Balotelli rescued AC Milan with a disputed penalty in the 94th minute of their Champions League clash at Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday, leaving the hosts to rue their failure to close it out after taking a 90thminute lead. Ajax had gone ahead through Stefano Denswil's header, but Italy striker...
  • AC Milan's El Shaarawy injured, out of Ajax trip September 30, 2013

    Milan: Forward Stephan El Shaarawy will miss AC Milan's Champions League game against Ajax after getting injured again in training. El Shaarawy had been included in Milan's squad for the match but shortly after announcing the 20man list on Monday, the club says the striker has a "microfracture of the fourth...
  • Finals a distant memory as Ajax face Milan in Champions League September 30, 2013

    Berne: Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan, who have twice met in the final of Europe's top club competition and won the title 11 times between them, clash again on Tuesday in a Champions League match which is far from the heady days of their past. Manchester City's attempt to progress beyond...
  • Messi hat-trick gives Barcelona 4-0 win over Ajax September 19, 2013

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi marked his 80th Champions League match with a hat trick on Wednesday as Barcelona began their campaign in Group H with a 4-0 rout of Ajax. The Argentina forward opened the scoring at Camp Nou Stadium with a free kick in the 22nd minute, doubled the hosts' advantage...
  • We must change our style, says Barca defender Pique September 18, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona embark on a new Champions League campaign on Wednesday against Ajax Amsterdam determined to vary their style of play amid suggestions they have become too predictable in attack. "We've been playing the same way and Tata (coach Gerardo Martino) wants us to make some changes," Spain defender Gerard Pique...
  • We can't act like kids at Barcelona, says Ajax defender September 16, 2013

    Ajax Amsterdam's players should perhaps be forced to hand over their mobile phones before Wednesday's Champions League tie at Barcelona so they do not act like overawed schoolboys, according to defender Niklas Moisander. "I thought it a bit awkward last year that before a match against Real Madrid the players were...
  • Ajax, Tottenham agree on fee for Christian Eriksen August 29, 2013

    The Hague: Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur have agreed on the transfer of 21-year-old midfielder Christian Eriksen to the London football club for a fee of 12 million euros ($15.9 million), Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported Thursday. According to De Telegraaf the transfer fee will be paid in three installments and can...
  • Liverpool make 18 million pound bid for Christian Eriksen July 23, 2013

    English Premier League club Liverpool have reportedly made an 18 million pound bid for Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen and are closing in on a deal to sign the Danish international. An Italian website, TuttoMercatoWeb, is claiming that Eriksen has agreed personal terms with the Anfield side. The 21yearold is regarded as...
  • Barcelona loan striker Bojan Krkic to Ajax July 6, 2013

    Barcelona: Barcelona have agreed to loan striker Bojan Krkic to Dutch champions Ajax for the upcoming season with an option for another one. The 22yearold Krkic played the past two seasons on loan in Italy, first with AC Roma and then AC Milan. Ajax have won the Dutch league for the...
  • Ajax take control in Netherlands after loss for PSV March 11, 2013

    The Hague: Ajax captured the top spot in the Dutch Eredivisie by beating PEC Zwolle 3-0, while former league leaders PSV lost 1-2 to SC Heerenveen. Reigning champions Ajax had an easy Sunday afternoon in Amsterdam. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Siem de Jong gave the home team a 2-0 lead at...
  • Champions League: Real Madrid thump Ajax 41 December 5, 2012

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring as Real Madrid eased to a 41 home victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday. Already through to the knockout stages, Madrid took the lead in the 13th minute when Luka Modric won the ball in midfield and passed to Karim Benzema,...
  • Mourinho refuses to confirm or deny departure stories December 4, 2012

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho refused to confirm or deny stories in the Spanish press that his relationship with the football club president, Florentino Perez, have broken down and he would leave the club at the end of the current season. The story of the breakdown in relations was...
  • Dortmund thrash Ajax 41 in the Champions League November 22, 2012

    Amsterdam: Mario Goetze was involved in all four goals, including two by Robert Lewandowski, as Borussia Dortmund cruised into the knockout stage of the Champions League by outclassing Ajax 41 on Wednesday. Dortmund sealed the win before halftime at Amsterdam Arena thanks to its clinical finishing on the break and...