By Julie A. Fast, Toffee Club Reporter
Ajax v. Bayern Champions League, Wednesday December 12 NOON.
A few years ago, I sat next to Edwin Van Der Sar on a flight from Amsterdam to London. I immediately recognized him and said hello. He said, “You are the first American who has ever recognized me on a flight.” We then chatted about football.
He told me he currently held the position of head of marketing at Ajax and was on his way to watch Barcelona play in the International Champions Cup at Wembley. I asked him how he felt about so many of his players being poached for bigger teams. His reply was interesting, “We have a policy to pay a million per player and we stick to it. We don’t pay more. It makes it hard to see the players go, but at least we have a system and that keeps us stable.”
Former Ajax players who went on to bigger teams show how great Ajax is at recognizing talent…. and selling them for a nice profit.
Luis Suarez, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen just to name a few current players.
Ajax is Changing their Policy
I was reminded of this conversation last week when I saw that Van der Sar is now CEO of Ajax and the million dollar policy has changed to one where thoughtful and much more expensive purchases are used to craft a team that’s a balance of youth and experience. Daily Blind and Dusan Tadic were recently purchased for their experience and to encourage the two rising stars 21 year old midfielder Frenkie De Jong and 19 year old center back Matthijs de Ligt to hopefully stay at the club.
Will Van der Sar turn Ajax into a power team instead of a feeder team? We will have to wait and see. For now, we get the chance to see a super team in process in the Champions League.
Join us to watch this exiting team play Bayern, an experienced team that still has a lot of power on Wednesday at the Toffee Club.
This is Ajax’s first appearance in the Champion’s League knock out stages in 13 years.
We will show the Ajax v. Bayern on the big projector screen in our Clubhouse.
This match has a LOT of history!