The captains of the 18 Dutch clubs in the Eredivisie made contact to discuss the measures against the coronavirus being extended to April 28 and decided that they want the season to end with immediate effect. They consider the risk of infection to be too great. Ajax director Marc Overmars also wants the season to end, the Telegraaf reports.
The European Ministers of Public Health are meeting in Brussels on Friday to discuss a EU strategy for dealing with Covid-19. The coronavirus continues to spread in the Netherlands, with three people working for football club Ajax being among the new diagnoses, according to RTL Nieuws.
The infected Ajax staffers include assistant trainer Christian Poulsen, and two physical trainers and therapists, according to several publications. They were at a birthday party also attended by someone diagnosed with the virus earlier this week, NU.nl wrote.
The first semi-final match of the KNVB Beker tournament shocked many in the football world as Ajax was knocked out of the competition by hosts FC Utrecht, 2-0. It was the third loss in the last four matches for the club from Amsterdam.
It was jubilation for the Utrecht side, who will find out their opponent in the final Thursday night when Feyenoord plays NAC Breda. A Feyenoord victory would give the Utrecht team a chance to avenge their cup final loss four years ago.
Only a year on from when Ajax shocked the football world with a strong Champions League performance cut short in the semi-finals by a a stoppage-time goal, the Amsterdam side exited the Europa League in the tournament’s first knockout stage Thursday night. AZ Alkmaar was also knocked out by Lask Linz meaning that there are no Dutch teams left in European competition.
Though the Amsterdam side beat Getafe 2-1 at the Johan Cruyff Arena, it was not enough to overcome the aggregate score following a 2-0 loss in the first leg against the Spanish outfit from Madrid.
The celebration of Ajax winning the Eredivisie cup on the Museumplein in Amsterdam last May was twice nearly halted as the crowd came close to exceeding the vibration protocol - the measures in place to prevent the soil under the square moving and resulting damage to surrounding homes and museums, Het Parool reports.
NS offered apologies after a conductor played a football song about Jews on an intercity train between Tilburg in Rotterdam on Saturday evening. "Let it be clear: we find this completely inappropriate," the rail company said on Sunday after being alerted to the situation by a traveler, NOS reports.
The song was "Waar komen Joden toch vandaan", which translates to "Where do Jews come from". The song is regularly sung in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam by Ajax supporters who use "Jews" as a nickname.
Ajax fans will be accepted in the football stadium of Rotterdam-based arch rivals Feyenoord should both teams land in the finals for the KNVB Cup. Both teams are in the semi-finals for the Dutch trophy and would play each other at De Kuip stadium should they advance
Football club Telstar released a statement on Wednesday, distancing itself from the behavior of its fans in a cup match against Ajax. During the match, fans shouted racist slurs at Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, NU.nl reports.
Several people said on social media that spectators shouted "banana" at Onana, among other things. During the match Telstar said that it took note of events. The club released a statement afterwards.
Football was clearly on people's minds in the Netherlands this year. "Ajax" and "WK Voetbal Vrouwen", or the Women's Football World Cup in English, were the most googled search terms in the country in 2019, Google announced in its Trend Reports on Wednesday.
Ajax was eliminated from the Champions League after a 0-1 loss against Valencia in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Coach Erik ten Hag is very disappointed, calling the defeat unnecessary. "We had the opportunities, but we did not take advantage of it," he said, according to NU.nl. "This is incredibly bitter.
An 18-year-old man from Amsterdam was sentenced to 18 months in prison, four of which conditionally suspended, by the court in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The court found him guilty of hanging a hand grenade on an outer wall of football club ADO's supporters home in The Hague. Two other men were acquitted, NU.nl reports.
Ajax and Chelsea tied 4-4 in a crazy Champions League match on Tuesday. The Amsterdam team led 1-4 until they received two red cards on one play early in the second half. The team is furious, coach Erik Ten Hag and various players said to NOS.
The first goals for both teams were scored within the first minutes of the match - an own goal by Tammy Abraham and a penalty by Jorginho. During the rest of the first half, Quincy Promes and Hakim Ziyech brought Ajax to 1-3. Shortly after the break, Donny van de Beek made it 1-4 and the match seemed to be decided.
Feyenoord fans were not happy with the 4-0 loss the Rotterdam team suffered in an Eredivisie match against Ajax in Amsterdam on Sunday. Around 300 furious fans gathered at training complex 1908 and pelted the Feyenoord bus with fireworks and glasses as the players returned home, AD reports.
Even before the players arrived back in Rotterdam, there was a lot of angry yelling and shouting, according to the newspaper. Supporters jumped onto a police bus, which drove off with howling sirens, forcing the men to jump off.
After two victories, Ajax suffered its first loss in the group phase of the Champions League against Chelsea on Wednesday. The match in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam ended 0-1 after a goal by Quincy Promes was rejected by the video assistant referee (VAR). The Amsterdam players feel "robbed".
Around 25 shops and liquor stores in the Red Light District will not be allowed to sell alcohol on Wednesday afternoon in the run-up to the Champions League match between Ajax and Chelsea. Bars will be allowed to serve alcohol, but only for consumption in the bar. The municipality of Amsterdam hopes to prevent problems caused by drunk football fans, Het Parool reports.
A total of 90 football supporters from Groningen were arrested in Amsterdam before the match between Ajax and FC Groningen on Saturday. According to the police, the Groningen supporters came to Amsterdam to start a fight with Ajax supporters. They were each fined 120 euros and released after the match, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam said to AD on Sunday.
The Amsterdam police arrested 303 supporters of French football club Lille OSC at the Strandvliet subway station in Amsterdam on Tuesday for disrupting public order. The large group of football fans lit fireworks, used violence and walked on the subway tracks. By Tuesday night, eight of them were still in custody, the police said on Twitter.
With a 2-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday, Ajax is officially through to the Champions League. Coach Erik ten Hag and the team are delighted. "It feels like doping", Ten Hag said to RTL Nieuws after the match.
The first goal was scored in the first half of the match by Edson Alvarez, with an assist from Hakim Ziyech. The second was scored in the second half by captain Dusan Tadic, with an assist from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Ajax advanced to the Champions League playoffs with a 3-2 victory against PAOK Saloniki in Amsterdam on Tuesday. After a 2-2 draw between the Amsterdam and Greek teams in Thessaloniki last week, the one goal victory was just enough for Ajax to go through to the next round, NOS reports.
Dusan Tadic scored two goals from three penalties for the Amsterdam team. Nicolas Tagliafico scored the third. Diego Bisewar, the only Dutch player in Greek service, scored the visiting club's two goals.
Football fever is strong in the Netherlands, to the extent that Dutch football supporters even use their favorite football club as their password. Both Ajax and Feyenoord are among the top 30 most used passwords in the Netherlands, Financieele Dagblad reports based on an analysis by Scattered Secrets - a website where you can check whether your password has leaked.
With extremely hot weather expected in the coming days, rail manager ProRail and public works department Rijkswaterstaat are taking extra measures to ensure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible. Temperatures above 35 degrees are expected, which can cause problems on both the road and the tracks. A number of events are also taking measures, NOS and NU.nl report.
Exactly two years after Ajax footballer Abdelhak Nouri went into cardiac arrest during a match, leaving him with permanent and severe brain damage, cardiologists at the Amsterdam UMC are calling for better heart screening for athletes. The current method for early detection of heart disorders in athletes is outdated, cardiologist Harald Jørstad of the Amsterdam hospital said to Nieuwsuur on Monday.
From next season the Ajax women's team will have their own collective bargaining agreement, the Amsterdam football club announced. Ajax is the first Dutch club to give its women's team their own labor agreement. Ajax called this the next step in professionalizing women's football.
Four Amsterdam men were sentenced to jail by a British court for causing an affray and assaulting a police officer before a Champions League match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in London on April 30th. The four Ajax fans are also banned from attending football matches in the United Kingdom for six years, the local police said in a statement.