May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

Ajax take the Dutch title

AMSTERDAM: Ajax won their 35th Dutch league title on Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Emmen who gave the Amsterdam giants the Eredivisie crown with three games to lose.

Jurrien Timber, Sebastien Haller, Davy Klaassen and Devyne Rensch scored for Ajax in a game played in front of empty stands at the Johan Cruyff Arena due to anti-Covid measures.

The win gives Erik ten Hag’s side an unassailable 14-point advantage over second-placed PSV Eindhoven, who were unable to draw 2-2 with Heerenveen later on Sunday.

Ajax announced on Friday that they have extended coach Ten Hag’s contract until 2023, ending rumors that he will travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga or Tottenham in the Premier League.

“I’m happy in Amsterdam and management has assured me that the current squad will be retained and even strengthened in some positions,” said Ten Hag, Ajax coach since 2017.

Despite calls from authorities to avoid rallies, thousands of supporters gathered around the stadium, according to the Dutch news agency ANP.

Ajax completed the Dutch double two weeks after beating Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 in the Dutch Cup final.

No champion was crowned last season, which was brought to a halt in early March by the pandemic, with Ajax leading the standings after winning the championship in 2019.

They continued their domestic dominance after selling off several stars of the 2018-19 squad who reached the Champions League semi-finals, including Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus and Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona.

Club president Edwin van der Sar said that ahead of the win against Emmen, the four-time European Champions had “legitimate ambitions” in the Champions League in the coming seasons.

“Ten years ago our goal was to bring the club back to the top echelons of European football. I think I can say that we have kept our word, ”he said.

“The next goal is to win a continental title and make Ajax a global brand. We are working hard for this, not only sporting but also social media and marketing. “- AFP