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Archives: Ajax

Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League

Posted on by Mike

As intriguing as the current edition of the Champions League may be, there’s a chance the 2009-2010 tournament could be one of the strangest, parity-rich events in football history. Seems someone has taken the snow globe that is European football, … Continue reading

UEFA Cup Group Draw

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA held the draw for the UEFA Cup group stage today and some fascinating pairings emerged. Both Martin Jol and Steve McClaren will take their new clubs back to England as FC Twente will face Manchester City and Jol’s Hamburg … Continue reading

Transfer Market Update: A Look At Tottenham, PSG, Ajax and More

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Though Paris St Germain were in a relegation battle last season, they did manage to win the French League Cup, which qualifies them for the UEFA Cup competition. In preparing for their season, PSG has made some bold moves in … Continue reading

Welcome to FC Twente

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

A quick shout out to Dutch side FC Twente (nicknamed The Tukkers or The Reds) for reaching the Champions League for the first time in their history. Like a more famous team nicknamed The Reds (Liverpool FC), “You’ll Never Walk … Continue reading

UEFA Cup: Bayern bombed out

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Let me start this by saying that I expected Bayern to progress but not without a fight. My reasoning was that Zenit St Petersburg would be missing a number of key personnel including the suspended Andrei Arshavin, Radek Šírl and … Continue reading

Bayern, Real, Lyon closing in on domestic glory

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

With so much focus on the English Premier League and its dominance of the Champions League, I wanted to switch gears and take a look at some of the other leagues in Europe.

Koeman chooses Valencia over PSV

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Following up on my prior post on coaching changes, news has emerged today that yet another change has occured. Ronald Koeman, the former Ajax and Benfica boss, has resigned his role as manager of PSV Eindhoven to take on the … Continue reading

UEFA Cup Overview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

As I mentioned last week, we’re going to take a look at the UEFA Cup, this companion competition to the Champions League. The UEFA Cup evolved from the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was founded in 1955, two weeks after … Continue reading

Ajax Out Again – 3rd Round Qualifying Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The third qualifying round completed on Tuesday and Wednesday (except for the postponed AEK Athens – Sevilla match) and there were few shocking results except for the ouster of Ajax by SK Slavia Praha. This will be a major disappointment … Continue reading

3rd qualifying round – 1st leg results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The first legs of the the third qualifying round were played on Tuesday and Wednesday and there were few surprises among the results. Among the notable events from Tuesday, Freddy Adu made his debut appearance for Benficabut it was old … Continue reading