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Abdelhak Nouri
May 17 '19 14:20

Ajax dedicated its 34th Eredivisie title to their fallen teammate Abdelhak Nouri, known affectionately as 'Appie'. The young Ajax footballer, who played with number 34 on his jersey, sustained severe brain damage when he went into cardiac arrest during a match in 2017.

Ajax's 34th Eredivisie titled celebrated on Museumplein in Amsterdam, 16 May 2019
May 17 '19 07:51

Over 100 thousand people gathered on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Thursday to celebrate Ajax's 34th Eredivisie title and the team making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League. The party happened with no major incidents. A total of 26 people were arrested or various reasons, NU.nl and RTL Nieuws report.

Ajax party in Amsterdam
May 16 '19 11:50

The city of Amsterdam is getting ready to celebrate Ajax's victory in the Eredivisie and the Amsterdam team's great performance in the Champions League. For the first time since 2011, the celebration will be held on the Museumplein in the center of the city. The square opens to celebrators at 1:00 p.m., and the official festivities will start at 4:00 p.m.

Ajax
May 16 '19 07:59

Ajax took its 34th Eredivisie title with a 4-1 victory over De Graafschap on Wednesday. This is the first time in five years that the Amsterdam team wins the national championship. Hundreds of enthusiastic fans took to the streets to celebrate with flags and flares, NOS reports.

Aerial photo of the Zandvoort circuit in 2016
May 14 '19 10:00

Formula 1 is returning to the Netherlands with the first Grand Prix since 1985 happening at the Zandvoort circuit in May 2020. Sponsor Heineken and Formula 1 owner Formula One Management made the official announcement on Tuesday, NPO Radio 1 reports.

Circuit Zandvoort has been in talks with the Formula One Management for months about bringing the Grand Prix to the Netherlands. The two parties agreed on a three-year contract.

Marathon runners
May 13 '19 10:10

The Utrecht Marathon turned somewhat chaotic on Sunday when quarter-marathon runners were accidentally sent on the half-marathon route. Runners ended up among traffic on Bleekstraat, while they actually should have run over the Westerdkade. According to the organization, some 2 thousand runners were affected, NOS reports.

Ajax
May 13 '19 07:58

The municipality of Amsterdam is planning a party on the Museumplein for if Ajax wins its 34th national title. While the last matches are only being played on Wednesday, the title will almost certainly go to the Amsterdam team after its 4-1 victory against FC Utrecht and competitor PSV's 1-0 loss against AZ on Sunday.

Abdelhak Nouri
May 9 '19 15:10

The municipality of Amsterdam is moving forward with plans to honor Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri with his own square, the Abdelhak Nouriplein in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. The young footballer sustained serious brain damage when he went into cardiac arrest during a match in July 2017.

A heavy police presence around Dam Square in Amsterdam before the Champions League semi-final, 8 May 2019
May 9 '19 08:16

The semi-final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in the Johan Cruijff Arena, and Ajax's last-second elimination from the Champions League, led to unrest in various places in Amsterdam on Wednesday night. The Amsterdam police arrested a total of around 30 people during the evening, NU.nl reports.

Football
May 9 '19 07:48

The Ajax players are extremely disappointed by their last-second elimination from the Champions League in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, but they are also proud of how far they've come and the impressive season they've had in the league. 

Tottenham Hotspur fans fill Amsterdam's Dam Square for the 2019 Champions League
May 8 '19 23:05

What looked like a certain victory for Amsterdam's football club Ajax turned into heartbreak as the team was eliminated from the Champions League competition by Tottenham Hotspur in the last minutes of a spectacular match on Wednesday night in Amsterdam. Ajax fans were left in tears as the final whistle blew and their team lost the match 2-3, despite racking up a 2-0 lead in the first half of the semi-final match, even having entered the second leg carrying a 1-0 lead.

Ajax
May 8 '19 12:40

Excitement is mounting in Amsterdam as the Champions League semi-final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur approaches. Ajax fans are planning the "biggest entrada ever" at the Johan Cruijff stadium before the match. Statistically, Ajax has a very good chance to make it through to the finals or the first time since 1996, NU.nl reports.

The Ajax logo at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam
May 8 '19 07:59

Ajax fans made sure that the Tottenham Hotspur team did not get a good night's sleep by waking them at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday with a firework show. The Amsterdam supporters posted a video on Twitter showing them lighting fireworks at the Van der Valk Hotel in Amsterdam Zuid, where the English team spent the night.

Champions League
May 7 '19 17:00

Tottenham Hotspur warned the football club's supporters to steer clear of a number of bars in Amsterdam, in general advise to fans travelling to Amsterdam for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final match against Ajax. The match is scheduled for 9 p.m. at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Ajax football flag Amsterdam
May 7 '19 08:08

The Amsterdam triangle of municipality, police and Public Prosecutor call on Ajax supporters to not light fireworks or torches before, during and after the Champions League semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The city will allow a so-called entrada, but only on Arenapark next to the stadium and only if no fireworks are lit.

Ajax
May 6 '19 12:40

Last week Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said that she will consider holding a celebration on the Museumplein should Ajax win the Champions League. But the people who live around the square are against such a party. "Unfortunately, at this time the Museumplein can no longer handle this party", residents' association Vereniging Buurtbelang Museumplein said in a letter to the mayor, Het Parool reports.

The letter is signed by six board members of the association. Exactly how many residents the association represents, is not clear.

Tickets for the Ajax vs Totenham Hotspur Champions League semi-final for sale on Marktplaats
May 3 '19 15:10

Tickets for the Champions League semi final match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in Amsterdam next week have already sold out. Desperate fans are searching online trading sites for a way to still see the match, where tickets are being offered at sky-high prices. Beware of scammers, the Dutch police warn.

Ajax football flag Amsterdam
May 2 '19 07:55

The F-Side, the hardcore of Ajax supporters, warned the Telegraaf and other media to stop filming supporters around matches. This follows a Telegraaf reporter and cameraman being attacked when they filmed F-Side supporters before the match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in London on Tuesday, NOS reports.

Ajax football flag Amsterdam
May 1 '19 09:50

While Ajax is delighted with their 0-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, the team emphasized that it is not yet time to celebrate. The Amsterdam team is a big step closer to the Champions League final, but they still face a difficult job in the return at the Johan Cruijff Arena next week. 

"We stand with one toe in the final. It is no more than that", Ajax defender Joel Veltman said to NU.nl reports. "Tottenham has a top team, they can still rectify this."

Champions League
Apr 30 '19 23:21

The first Ajax match in a Champions League semifinal in 22 years ended in surprise with a narrow victory against Tottenham Hotspurs. The first leg with Tottenham was played at the Spurs' stadium in London, where the hometown crowd was no doubt disappointed by a performance fairly dominated by the Amsterdam squad.

Ajax
Apr 30 '19 16:00

Ajax is facing of against the Tottenham Hotspurs in London tonight in the first semi-final match for the Champions League. While fans are optimistic about the Amsterdam team's chances, the bookies currently favor Tottenham.

Football
Apr 23 '19 09:23

Two of four men killed in a one-sided accident on the A1 highway on Monday morning, played for football club A.V.V. Columbia in Apeldoorn. The club is "shocked and baffled" by their deaths, A.V.V. Columbia said in a statement on their website.

Champions League
Apr 18 '19 07:56

Ajax will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of the Champions League. While the English club lost 4-3 to Manchester City on Wednesday, Tottenham still goes through to the semi-final based on away goals thanks to a 1-0 victory last week, NU.nl reports.

On Tuesday Ajax eliminated Juventus. The Amsterdam team won 1-2 in Turin, after a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam last week, and therefore made it to the semi finals for the first time in 22 years. 

Ajax
Apr 17 '19 08:03

On Tuesday Ajax qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 22 years. The Amsterdam team eliminated Juventus with a 1-2 victory in Turin. The first quarter-finals match in the Johan Cruijff Arena ended in a 1-1 draw last week, so Ajax has enough to extend this special European season, NU.nl reports.

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