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Ajax are renowned for their youth program that has produced many Dutch players over the years, such as



Johan Cruijff

Edwin van der Sar

Dennis Bergkamp

Patrick Kluivert

Marco van Basten

Wesley Sneijder

Rafael van der Vaart

Nigel de Jong



However the production line has slowed down in recent years with most gradutes being foreign based nationals signed up by the Ajax Academy at a young age - Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Vurnon Anita etc.



When Ajax won the Champions League in 1995 the Dutch national team consisted mostly of Ajax players - van der Sar, Reiziger, the de Boers, Blind, Davids, Seedorf, Kluivert, Overmars.



My challenge (and yours, if you chose to join in) is to return Ajax to the top of the European ladder.


Fairly simple you might say...


However, I challenge you to do so WITHOUT BUYING ONE SINGLE PLAYER! All player MUSTcome through the famous Ajax Academy.


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SUB-CHALLENGE:


Win the Euros/World Cup with Holland having a large portion of your squad from the Ajax Academy.


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You join me two-thirds of the way through the second season.

I actually started a similar save on full version FM believing that I could get more youth players and have better control over their training and development.

So I played a full season winning the league and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. However I never really took to the full version of the game. Whilst having more influence over training was great I realised how much I actually hate doing team talks, press conferences etc. I tried designating them to my assistant but he always messed them up, affecting morale and subsequently results too.

So I returned to FM Classic and began again. And here is my progress so far...


SEASON 2012/13

We dominated the league winning it at a canter.

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On the cup front we somehow managed to lose to an unknown pub side in the first round of the Dutch cup. I rotated the squad which in hindsight was a bad idea as the whole team were still learning the new tactics.

In the Champions League we finished bottom of our group which was obviously hugely disappointing but unsurprising considering we faced AC MILAN, DORTMUND and BENFICA!
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SEASON 2013/14

The exciting part of this challenges: the academy products!

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Scholten and van Barneveld certainly have the potential to become first team regulars in the future. There are several other 2.5/3 star potential kids as well which will be vitally important to keep the squad vibrant and at a decent size given I won't be signing anyone.

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LEAGUE

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You join 25 games into the season and we have a comfortable 10 point lead. Who would bet against us retaining our title??


We done much much better in Europe, topping a difficult group of Inter Milan, Schalke and Spartak Moscow.

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We also claimed the Super Cup, hopefully the first of many cups for me and the kids.

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So now you are up-to-date I will do more regular updates, including results and on how the youth players are progressing.
 
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MARCH 2014


AJAX BOW OUT OF EUROPE


At Madrid 4 v 2 Ajax
Turan, Falcao(3) – Moisander, Boerrigter

Ajax 2 v 2 At Madrid
De Jong, Juanfran(og) – Diaz, Turan


Eredivisie

Ajax 3 v 0 Willem II
Enoh, Sulejmani, de Jong

Feyenoord 0 v 4 Ajax
Mulder(og), Boerrigter, Enoh, Sulejmani

Roda JC 1 v 3 Ajax
Sigporsson, de Jong, Veltman

Ajax 3 v 1 VVV
Koppers, Enoh, Sigporsson

Ajax 3 v 1 FC Utrecht
Sulejmani, de Jong, Enoh


Disappointed to be out of Europe but we hammered them on the return leg. They had two shots, two goals.

With 5 games to play and a 10 point league the league is a formality now. Once its in the cabinet I will introduce some of the youngster into the first team for the final few games

The players in orange are Dutch. Eventually they should all be orange
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APRIL/MAY 2014

AJAX RETAIN TITLE!





FC Twente 5 v 6 Ajax
De Jong, Babel(2), Serero, Enoh, Sulejmani

Vitesse 0 v 2 Ajax
Scholten, Sulejmani

Ajax 3 v 1 Sparta
Scholten, Frijters, Babel

ADO Den hag 1 v 1 Ajax
Scholten

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A great finish to the season. With the league claimed we still had 4 games to go and a chance to blood some younsgters. Academy products Scholten and Frijters made their debuts.

Frijters came off the bench to set up one goal and score another against Sparta.

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Scholten finished the season with 4 goals in his 6 appearances including each in the last 3 games of the season. Fantastic.

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Van Barnveld made it onto the bench for the final games but too young to throw a goalkeeper in. Next year for him.

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……..Next Update……..
Our second batch of young stars!
 
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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Erik van Bergen
Goalkeeper
4.5* potential


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Erik looks a top top prospect. With van Barneveld from last years crop as well I think we will be grand for goalkeepers for years to come.


Ivo van der Sleen
Striker
2.5* potential


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Only 2.5* potential but tall, good in the air strikers fit do very well in my tactical set up so this kid will get games and will score goals nonetheless (unless of course a better target man comes through the ranks in the next year or two)

Prasetyo Iswanto
Striker
3.5* potential


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Alongside a big striker I like a fast one and Iswanto fits that bill although he'll have much to do to overtake Scholten who came through last season and already has 4 goals in 6 games for the first team!


Robert Monteiro
Centre Back
3.5* potential


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Looking forward to seeing him progress because outside of Alderweireld and Moisander we are lacking quality centre backs. Also some bigger clubs have been sniffing around Alderweireld and Moisander as a result of their outstanding performances and I may struggle to resist big bids for them
 
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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014

AJAX PICK UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF



SUPER CUP

PSV 3 v 6 Ajax
De Jong, Babel, Alderweireld(2), Sulejmani(2)

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LEAGUE

Ajax 3 v 0 PSV
De Jong, Boerrigter, Babel

FC Utrecht 1 v 1 Ajax
Enoh

Ajax 5 v 0 Sparta
Boerrigter, Alderweireld(2), Babel(2)

Ajax 2 v 0 FC Groningen
Babel, Blind


De Graafschap 0 v 3 Ajax
Boerrigter, Babel, Alderweireld

VVV 0 v 1 Ajax
Boerrigter

FC Twente 3 v 3 Ajax
Eriksen(2), Sulejmani

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DUTCH CUP 2[SUP]ND[/SUP] ROUND

Ajax 2 v 1 FC Oss
Fischer(2)


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Real Madrid 2 v 2 Ajax
De Jong, Sulejmani


A good solid start to the league and cups apart from the Twente game where we were 3-0 down! Injuries to Alderweireld and Moisander have hit us hard. Danny Blind at centre back is horrible!

In the cup game I gave game time to some youngsters including Scholten and several are progressing well in training.
 
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Have you stopped this story already!? Was enjoying the read
 
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Bumping an old thread of mine here but reloaded this up for the first time in months.

I left the updates in 2014 but I actually played on for quiet some time...


SeasonLeague
Position
Dutch
Cup
Super
Cup
Champions
League
Europa
League
2012/1312nd RndWinnersGroup Stage
2013/1414th RndWinners1st Ko Rnd
2014/1514th RndRUGroup StageSemis
2015/16
1QuartersWinnersGroup Stage
Winners
2016/171WinnersWinnersSemis
2017/1814th RndRUWinners
2018/191SemisWinnersQuarters
2019/201WinnersWinnersSemis
2020/211WinnersWinnersQuarters
2021/2224th RndWinnersWinners


I played half of that last season today. Sacrificed the league run-in to rest players for the Champions League (we have an extremely small squad given I don't sign anyone).

But we won it...

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...and the board bestowed me with the greatest honour!!

W4NKER PARK!!!

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about time you got a new home named after you well done mate
 
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Brilliant work mate. So did they decide to build a new stadium for you or was it requested already?
 
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Quick question... when you say super cup does that mean like dutch super cup (the equivalent to the community shield)
If this font is huge blame my phone
 
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I heard that if Chelsea build a new stadium its going to have a similar name . . . . . ..
 
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Season 2022/23

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A comfortable league win. Early exit in the Cup to PSV on penalties and a harsh 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the CL, having won 1-0 in the Bernabeu Madrid managed to score from EVERY shot in the second leg to send us packing.

Only a few weeks now until we move into W4NKER Park (6)


SeasonLeague
Position
Dutch
Cup
Super
Cup
Champions
League
Europa
League
2012/1312nd RndWinnersGroup Stage-
2013/1414th RndWinners1st Ko Rnd-
2014/1514th RndRUGroup StageSemis
2015/16
1QuartersWinnersGroup Stage
Winners
2016/171WinnersWinnersSemis-
2017/1814th RndRUWinners-
2018/191SemisWinnersQuarters-
2019/201WinnersWinnersSemis-
2020/211WinnersWinnersQuarters-
2021/2224th RndWinnersWinners-
2022/2312nd Rnd-Semis-
 
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