To stay on top, Ajax Amsterdam relies on an absolutely breathtaking football academy. Thanks to players formed at the club or bought in very early, Amsterdam players more or less manage to compete with the big clubs in Europe, despite a low budget. But if the Dutch team had kept all their players, they could be now playing leading role in Europe. Here is the incredible 11 that Ajax could have put in line!
Ajax had a great potential goalkeeper with Maarten Stekelenburg. Unfortunately for them, Marteen is now lining in Monaco. However, Ajax took a good shot by offering themselves Jasper Cillessen in 2010. The goalkeeper has had very good performances and is today the last rampart holder in Dutch selection.
Gregory Van der Wiel
Today considered as one of the weaknesses of Paris Saint-Germain, Gregory Van der Wiel is none the less an experienced side since he regularly disputes the Champions League. Not great in defense but a quite good offensive contribution, he perfectly matches the Ajax philosophy of play.
he went through Ajax from 2006 to 2012 and won two championships (2011 and 2012) before heading to England where Tottenham and Arsenal appreciated him. Finally, the Belgian has chosen to defend the colors of Spurs and has permanently left.
Speaking of Belgium and Arsenal, here is one player that has been delighting Gunners. But before joining the Londoners in 2009, the central defender made his talent speak with Amsterdam first. Netherland Cup winner on 2 occasions and champion in 2004, Vermaelen was an essential element in winning titles. Sold for nearly $24 million by Arsenal to Barca, the Belgian unfortunately had too many injuries and has not had the opportunity to get himself a starting spot in Barcelona.
If you want to find Maxwell, search for Ibra! Outstanding defender, Maxwell seems to be particularly marking Zlatan. Or perhaps is it the other way around. Anyway, the Brazilian side is one the best sides today. The number of titles he has earned is also very flattering. Between Ajax, Inter, Barca and Paris, Maxwell won 24 trophies, plus 2 which could be quickly added to his list! Personally, Maxwell was elected best player of the Dutch championship in 2004. Not bad for a defender, right?
At the post of defensive midfielder, doubt was allowed between De Jong - the butcher of Johannesburg - Van der Vaart and Blind. Finally, the last one won the battle thanks to his defensive profile and intelligence game, which is essential for the balance of a team like Ajax. During his time in Amsterdam, the son of Danny Blind put the attackers in perfect conditions, compensating each time the mistakes of his teammates. He is now a key player for Manchester United.
After winning 3 times the Eredivisie, Christian Eriksen joined London and Tottenham, just like Jan Vertonghen. As we can see with by his good statistics with White Hart Lane, Eriksen is still very young, and will be reaching the top in no time.
When it comes to spearhead, Wesley Sneijder is a blessing. Launched into the scene at the very early age of 18 and passing through Inter where he was crucial for the club in 2010, the Dutch middle fielder has made a remarkable career at Galatasaray Real. Sadly finalist of 2010s World Cup, "Wes" could have won the Ballon d'Or if the voting system had not changed. A great player.
In the role of 'false 9' and even 10, we chose Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Leading player when operating with Sweden, the Scandinavian giant knows how to work in team. His record speaks for him, and the player he has become since he left Ajax is outstanding. Undoubtedly, one of the best soccer players in the world today.
In Ajax’s game philosophy, ball recovery is as important as its use. Who better than Luis Suarez orchestrates a phenomenal recovery? Key role in the success of "MSN" in Barcelona, ??the Uruguayan is a running, dribbling, faking machine, that assists and scores. A treat for the team.
Besides Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez, another world class striker also passed by Ajax: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutchman has scored 101 goals in 124 matches between 2006 and 2008 and proved himself to be a formidable finisher. Today at Schalke 04, Huntelaar continues and will continue to score again and again...
Makes you dream right? Makes us wonder whether or not this team would be stronger than these two Portuguese clubs:
The crazy team that Porto could have.
The amazing 11 Benfica could have.