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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Amsterdam asked the COT, its institute for security- and crisis management, to conduct an independent investigation into the police's actions before the Champions League quarter final between Ajax and Juventus last week Wednesday, the city said in a press release.
The Amsterdam police carried out charges before the Champions League quarter final match between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday evening. Over 30 football supporters were arrested. Earlier in the day the police arrested over a hundred armed Italian supporters. The total number of arrests came to more than 140, NU.nl reports.
The hardcore group of Ajax supporters, the F-Side, set off a bunch of fireworks outside the Van der Valk Hotel-Amstel in Amsterdam during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The goal was to keep the Juventus players, who are staying in the hotel, awake ahead of the big match against Ajax on Wednesday.
"Welcome to Amsterdam", the F-Side wrote on Twitter, along with a video of the fireworks.
Ajax caused an uproarious surprise in the eighth finals of the Champions League by eliminating cup holder Real Madrid. In Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, the home of Real Madrid, The Amsterdam team won a dazzling game by no less than 4-1 on Tuesday, largely undoing the 2-1 loss Ajax suffered against Real in the Johan Cruijff Arena three weeks ago.
The police and municipality of The Hague prevented a clash between ADO fans and Ajax supporters on Sunday. The intention was that Ajax fans would protest on the Maliveld in The Hague on Sunday, but mayor Pauline Krikke changed the location at the last moment to prevent an altercation between fans of the two football clubs. Six ADO supporters were arrested on the Malieveld, RTL Nieuws reports.
Multiple windows, doors, traffic signs, walls, tram stops and a statue in Amsterdam were covered in paint and graffiti overnight. ADO Den Haag fans seem to be claiming the action on social media, the Telegraaf reports.
The vandalism was committed in green and yellow paint - the colors of football club ADO. 'JHK' was spray painted on multiple walls and tram stops. According to the newspaper, 'JHK' is short for 'Joden Hebben Kanker', or 'Jews have cancer' in English. Ajax fans are often called 'Jews', a nickname they embraced.
Frenkie de Jong is exchanging Amsterdam for Barcelona. The 21-year-old Ajax midfielder is transferring to Barca after the season, for a transfer fee of 75 million euros, which can increase to up to 86 million euros based on variables, Ajax announced.
Thanks to two goals from Dusan Tadic, Ajax won the match against AEK Athens 0-2 and is therefore a certain for round 16 of the Champions League. In mid-December the team will play against Bayern Munich to decide who will win the group, NU.nl reports.
Over 13 months after Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri sustained severe brain damage after a heart attack on the field, his family decided to give an interview to update the public on how he is doing. Father Mohammed and brothers Abderrahim and Mohammed told reporter Joep Schreuder about the love and suffering they've shared while Abdelhak is intensive care, NOS reports.
Six people were arrested because of a disturbance in the Johan Cruiff Arena in Amsterdam on Saturday night, during a match between Ajax and Heracles Almelo. The police are investigating whether this incident in the stands is connected with a steward having a heart attack in the stadium, Het Parool reports.
The suspects, five men and a woman, were arrested in and outside the stadium. The investigation is still in full swing, the police said on Sunday. Officers are talking to witnesses and viewing surveillance camera footage.
On Wednesday Ajax definitely signed Serbian attacker Dusan Tadic over from Southampton. The Amsterdam football club is paying a transfer fee of 11.4 million euros, which can rise to a maximum 13.7 million euros based on variables, Ajax announced, NU.nl reports.
Amsterdam football club Ajax admitted that it is liable for the condition of young player Abdelhak Nouri, general manager Edwin van der Sar announced in a press conference on Monday. Nouri's family is relieved that the club acknowledged its responsibility.