PSV hand Ajax home hiding in Johan Cruyff Shield

PSV hand Ajax home hiding in Johan Cruyff Shield

AMSTERDAM, July 30 (Reuters) - PSV Eindhoven debutant Guus Til scored a hat-trick to hand new coach Ruud van Nistelrooy a winning start at as they beat hosts Ajax Amsterdam 5-3 in a thrilling Johan Cruyff Shield match on Saturday. The annual season-opener featured a host of new players for both teams as well as coaches after the departure of Erik ten Hag from Eredivisie champions Ajax to Manchester United and Roger Schmidt from cup winners PSV to Benfica. Til, signed from Feyenoord, headed home two first half goals and added a third in the 69th minute as PSV upset the champions…
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Haller out for several months to undergo chemotherapy, says Dortmund

Haller out for several months to undergo chemotherapy, says Dortmund

(Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund's new signing Sebastien Haller will be out for several months as the striker has to undergo chemotherapy for a malignant testicular tumour, the Bundesliga club said on Saturday. Haller underwent surgery last week after the tumour was discovered during a training camp but the club said the histological findings revealed a malignant testicular tumour which require him to undergo chemotherapy. "Sebastien will now receive the best possible treatment. The chances of recovery are very good," Dortmund's sporting director Sebastian Kehl said in a statement. "We wish him and his family a lot of strength and optimism…
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UPDATE – Manchester United agree 67-million-euro deal to sign Ajax defender Martinez

UPDATE – Manchester United agree 67-million-euro deal to sign Ajax defender Martinez

MANCHESTER, England, July 17 (Reuters) - Manchester United have agreed a deal with Ajax Amsterdam to sign defender Lisandro Martinez for an initial fee of 57.37 million euros ($57.87 million), with 10 million euros of potential add-ons included, both clubs confirmed on Sunday. The deal is subject to a medical examination and a visa being granted, with completion expected in the coming days. The length of the contract was not announced, but a source with knowledge of the agreement told Reuters that Martinez would sign a five-year deal with the Premier League club, with an option for a further 12 months included.…
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PSV Eindhoven come from behind to win DutchCup final

PSV Eindhoven come from behind to win DutchCup final

(Reuters) - PSV Eindhoven scored two goals in as many minutes early in the second half to overturn a halftime deficit and win the Dutch Cup with a 2-1 victory over Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday. Mexico international Erick Gutierrez equalised with a diving header in the 48th minute, stealing in unmarked at the back post to get on the end of a flick-on from a free kick. Cody Gakpo then claimed the winner two minutes later with a strong run from deep and a powerful shot that caught out Ajax’s veteran goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who was preferred in the lineup…
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Jesus strike sinks PSG as Man City win group

Jesus strike sinks PSG as Man City win group

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) -Gabriel Jesus scored a 76th-minute winner as Manchester City beat Paris St Germain 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to take their place in the Champions League knockout stages as Group A winners. PSG also advanced to the last 16 thanks to Leipzig's win over Club Brugge but the loss highlighted their continued problems in finding an effective way to harness their star-studded attack. For the opening 45 minutes, City dominated playing with their usual invention and verve while PSG's front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe too often watched on from afar. It…
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Ajax win at Dortmund to qualify for last 16

Ajax win at Dortmund to qualify for last 16

DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) -Ajax Amsterdam came from behind to beat 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in Champions League Group C on Wednesday and advance to the knockout stages of the competition. Goals from Dusan Tadic, Sebastien Haller and Davy Klaassen in the last 19 minutes maintained the Dutch club's 100% record after Marco Reus had converted a first-half penalty for the home team, who had to play for an hour with 10 men after Mats Hummels was sent off. Ajax moved to 12 points at the top of the standings and booked a place in the last-16 with two matches to…
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Ajax youth player Gesser, 16, dies in car accident

Ajax youth player Gesser, 16, dies in car accident

Amsterdam football club Ajax on Saturday said that Noah Gesser, 16, a striker on their youth team, and his 18-year-old brother both died in a car accident on Friday evening. Police said on Friday that two passengers died in a car that collided head on with a taxi bus in the Utrecht suburb of Ijsselstein, Gesser's hometown. The taxi driver survived. "Ajax is deeply shocked by this tragic event," the club said on its website, adding: "(we) wish those close to Gesser all strength in processing this immeasurable loss." Clubs around the Netherlands and beyond sent condolences.  Reuters Photo AJAX Facebook…
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Roma come from behind to win at Ajax

Roma come from behind to win at Ajax

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Roger Ibanez crashed home a spectacular volley two minutes from time to give AS Roma a come-from-behind 2-1 away win over Ajax Amsterdam in their Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday. A missed penalty and a bad goalkeeping error cost Ajax dearly as they lost a halftime lead and now face a tough task in next Thursday’s return leg in Rome. The home team went ahead from Davy Klaassen’s goal six minutes before halftime and should have doubled the lead soon after the break but Dusan Tadic's penalty was saved. Lorenzo Pellegrini equalised with a 57th-minute…
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Ajax goalkeeper, Andre Onana, handed 12-month suspension for doping violation

Ajax goalkeeper, Andre Onana, handed 12-month suspension for doping violation

Sky Sports - Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended for 12 months by UEFA after he failed a doping test last October. The suspension is effective as of February 5, and will apply to all football activities at both national and international level. "On the morning of 30 October Onana did not feel well. He wanted to take a tablet. Unwittingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed," an Ajax statement said. Ajax said they would appeal the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
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Ajax sets Eredivisie record when they scored 13 goals

Ajax sets Eredivisie record when they scored 13 goals

Ajax Amsterdam set an Eredivisie record when they scored 13 goals past a hapless VVV-Venlo side to move to the top of the standings on Saturday, with seven different players getting their names on the score sheet. The previous record for most goals scored in an Eredivisie game was also held by Ajax when they beat Vitesse 12-1 in 1972. Led by 19-year-old Lassina Traore, who scored five times and assisted three more, Ajax dominated the contest and were already 4-0 up when Venlo were reduced to 10 men after skipper Christian Kum was sent off on VAR review for…
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Ajax player feeling fine after collapse during match

Ajax player feeling fine after collapse during match

Ajax Amsterdam defender Daley Blind says he is “feeling fine” after he collapsed during Tuesday’s pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin when his implanted heart defibrillator momentarily switched off.  The 30-year-old Netherlands defender dropped to the ground late in the game, which Ajax won 1-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena, but was then able to walk off the pitch.  “Many thanks for all the kind messages I received. I can say that I’m okay and feeling fine,” Blind said on Twitter. Twitter / Reuters
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10 football players, 14 teams, €891 million – The most expensive transfers for 2019-2020 season, so far

10 football players, 14 teams, €891 million – The most expensive transfers for 2019-2020 season, so far

With the first major football league underway (the Premier League kicked off on Friday), and the first continental 'transfer window' closed (UK), these are the most expensive transfers to date. Eden Hazard - Chelsea to Real Madrid - €138 million It was the news Chelsea fans were fearing, but Eden Hazard finally completed his long-discussed transfer to Real Madrid in early July, moving to the club he dreamed of playing for as a boy for a huge €138 transfer fee, once all bonuses are taken into account. Joao Felix - Benfica to Atletico Madrid - €120 million Atletico Madrid won…
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Griezmann joins Barcelona, Mathijs De Ligt close to Juventus

Griezmann joins Barcelona, Mathijs De Ligt close to Juventus

Spanish giants FC Barcelona say they have paid €120 million to secure the signing of French striker Antoine Griezmann. The 28-year-old, a World Cup winner with France last summer, has signed a contract that will run until 2024, the Catalan club said. The buyout clause for the Frenchman, who rejected a move to FC Barcelona in 2018, has been set at €800 million. Meanwhile, Dutch and Italian news outlets have reported that Ajax Mathijs De Ligt is close to join Italian champions Juventus. Via Euronews
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Tottenham beat Ajax to reach Champions League final

Tottenham beat Ajax to reach Champions League final

Tottenham staged one of the most remarkable comebacks in European Cup history to reach their first final, recovering from a first-leg defeat and a 2-0 second-leg deficit to progress at the expense of Ajax. Ajax extended their aggregate advantage as early as the fifth minute when captain Matthijs de Ligt lost Kieran Trippier to head in a corner, to put the Dutch side 3-0 up on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final. But Lucas Moura scored twice in four minutes to get Spurs fans thinking the impossible was possible, and the Brazilian completed his hat-trick in stoppage-time to seal a stunning…
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Ajax and Barcelona qualify for UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Ajax and Barcelona qualify for UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Ajax produced yet another stirring Champions League comeback on Tuesday, this time coming from a goal behind to beat Juventus in Turin  2-1 qualifying for the next round with an aggregate score of 3-2.  In the other match Lionel Messi produced another masterful Champions League performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday. CD
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Ajax shares register record high after victory against Real Madrid

Ajax shares register record high after victory against Real Madrid

After Ajax’s triumph over Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday night, the Dutch club’s shares have hit a record high, The Financial Times reports. The Amsterdam club is sometimes known by the nickname “Sons of the Gods” and investors who bought into Ajax’s stock will be offering up prayers of thanks after the 4-1 win in Madrid. The Euronext-listed shares rose almost 11 per cent to a peak of €17 on Wednesday, adding roughly €27m to its market capitalisation. Via FT
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