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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Orange14 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:20 pm

Just when you thought something would be difficult to look up Wikipedia has the answer. Here is the web link for all Ajax Euro competitions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Ajax_ ... n_football
Ajax results against Bayern

1972-73 defeated Bayern in the Champions League quarter finals; Ajax win CL
1980-81 lost to Bayern in the Champions League round of 16
1994-95 defeated Bayern in the Champions League semifinals; Ajax win CL
2004-05 lost one and drew one to twice in the Group Stage

Ajax will be ready to rumble with Bayern!! I still remember the night at home in 2013 when Ajax defeated Barca even while losing Veltman on a Red Card. I'm a believer. :blub.gif:
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Ayman » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:57 pm

Orange14 wrote:Just when you thought something would be difficult to look up Wikipedia has the answer. Here is the web link for all Ajax Euro competitions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Ajax_ ... n_football
Ajax results against Bayern

1972-73 defeated Bayern in the Champions League quarter finals; Ajax win CL
1980-81 lost to Bayern in the Champions League round of 16
1994-95 defeated Bayern in the Champions League semifinals; Ajax win CL
2004-05 lost one and drew one to twice in the Group Stage

Ajax will be ready to rumble with Bayern!! I still remember the night at home in 2013 when Ajax defeated Barca even while losing Veltman on a Red Card. I'm a believer. :blub.gif:



I am stealing this and posting it on reddit Ajax Amsterdam :ajaxsmiley.gif: . I am AjaxUKfan there! I notice, judging by some of the posts here, some of you guys are also on reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/AjaxAmsterdam/new/
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Ayman » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:56 pm

2018-19 fixtures for Ajax.
Match day 1 Home vs AEK Athens
Match day 2 Away vs Bayern Munich
Match day 3 home vs Benfica
Match day 4 Away vs Benfica
Match day 5 Away vs Athens
Match day 6 Home vs Bayern Munich

If we put the away match against Bayern aside, Ajax can potentially have 13 points, that is enough for qualification for the knock out stages, and potentially for topping the group!
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby SPL » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:53 am

We are certainly favourites for 2nd place. We have at present 17 first teamers with only Dolberg likely to get fit shortly.

Not sure we can cope with 2 or 3 key injuries with 2 games a week .
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Orange14 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:42 pm

Here are the odds for all the CL teams from the US stat website The 538: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/so ... ns-league/ You can click on any of the headers and change the rankings which is pretty cool. I think they have underrated Ajax's possibility of making the finals! :ajaxscarf.gif:
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Amol » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:25 pm

SPL wrote:We are certainly favourites for 2nd place. We have at present 17 first teamers with only Dolberg likely to get fit shortly.

Not sure we can cope with 2 or 3 key injuries with 2 games a week .


I've been on my soapbox about this for the last month. Ten Haag needs to continue to rotate the squad. He's already doing better than Bosz in this respect.

I was out at the US Open yesterday, but was constantly on twitter trying to see how the groups get stacked up. I'm very pleased with what we have this year.

AEK and Benfica should be beatable and we can test ourselves against Bayern. They do have a new coach and Robben (34) and Ribery (35) aren't exactly spring chickens anymore.
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Cruijff » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:06 pm

Amol wrote:
SPL wrote:We are certainly favourites for 2nd place. We have at present 17 first teamers with only Dolberg likely to get fit shortly.

Not sure we can cope with 2 or 3 key injuries with 2 games a week .


I've been on my soapbox about this for the last month. Ten Haag needs to continue to rotate the squad. He's already doing better than Bosz in this respect.

I was out at the US Open yesterday, but was constantly on twitter trying to see how the groups get stacked up. I'm very pleased with what we have this year.


Ah cool! :biggthumpup.gif:
The crowd at the US Open is very loud compared to some other tennis tournaments but that's great sport in a great entourage.

True about Bosz and his lack to rotate the group. After the 120 minutes away at Schalke he failed to bring in a fresh squad for the away game in Eindhoven and the title was blown away that afternoon.

Amol wrote:AEK and Benfica should be beatable and we can test ourselves against Bayern. They do have a new coach and Robben (34) and Ribery (35) aren't exactly spring chickens anymore.


I like the order of the playing schedule. Opening away against AEK, that should be a clear win. Let's hope Bayern directly opens with a good away victory in Lissabon and then in the second game let's see what we can co in Munich when the Bayen Munich - Ajax game is at the same moment as the famous Oktoberfest. :neutral.gif:

Away in Lissabon Ajax should try to go for 1 or 3 points and the 6th and last game in the schedule is at home at Bayern so who knows how many players they rest and how strong Ajax can be in a packed and cracking Arena.
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Orange14 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:11 pm

Although I always expect Ajax to win every match, I think a great result would be four wins and two draws. Ajax have played Benifica five times in Euro competition with a record of 3-1-1. Last time was 1972 in the semifinals of the CL won 1-0 and drew 0-0
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Cruijff » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:20 pm

Orange14 wrote:Although I always expect Ajax to win every match, I think a great result would be four wins and two draws. Ajax have played Benifica five times in Euro competition with a record of 3-1-1. Last time was 1972 in the semifinals of the CL won 1-0 and drew 0-0


And for old Ajax fans the most memorabel of all is this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS-AvnMdE2k
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Orange14 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:58 pm

Cruijff wrote:
Orange14 wrote:Although I always expect Ajax to win every match, I think a great result would be four wins and two draws. Ajax have played Benifica five times in Euro competition with a record of 3-1-1. Last time was 1972 in the semifinals of the CL won 1-0 and drew 0-0


And for old Ajax fans the most memorabel of all is this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS-AvnMdE2k

That was just a couple of years before I started following Ajax. Ajax were the first Dutch club to make it to the finals of the CL losing to Milan in the finals 4-1. Feyenoord began a four year run of Dutch champions the very next season defeating Celtic and then the great three year run of Ajax!!!

1970s were interesting in that every season saw a repeat winner of the CL. Bayern three straight after Ajax, then Liverpool twice and to wrap up the decade Nottingham Forrest twice.
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Cruijff » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:07 am

Orange14 wrote:1970s were interesting in that every season saw a repeat winner of the CL. Bayern three straight after Ajax, then Liverpool twice and to wrap up the decade Nottingham Forrest twice.


Yup.
Interesting stuff is that Notthingham Forest won the Europa Cup twice and the British league only once. When winning the European Cup in 1979 they were able to defend their title in 1980.

And Atletico Madrid is the only team who won the World cup for clubs without winning the EC 1. They played for this cup because Bayern Munich refused to get some certain injuries during a battle with a team from South America.

Also Ajax didn't want to play for this World Cup in 1971 and 1973. Because Feyenoord had bad experiences with their two games against Argentinian side Estudiantes the Ajax doctors thought it was not a good idea to travel to South America for this.
A year later the Ajax board had the opinion this trophy belonged in our trophy cabinet and Independiente looked like a more reliable opponent. In 1973 we refused to play again. So after beating Brazilian side Gremio in Tokyo in 1995 we have this prize two times on our list while it could have been four wins. :ajaxscarf.gif: :ajax.gif:
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Orange14 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:31 pm

Ajax submitted its 37 player roster to UEFA for the upcoming CL group matches. In addition to the usual suspects (senior team regulars) the squad also includes Defenders: Bakker, Bakboord, and Botman; MFs: Matusiwa, Lang, Ekkelenkamp, and ........... Ryan Gravenberch (16 years old right now); Forwards: Nunnely & Johnsen (already played a senior match). Long term injured players: Veltman, Bande, Sinkgraven, were also named.
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Re: Champions League '18-'19 Group Draw

Postby Cruijff » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:46 pm

I will be watching the home matches in the stadium together with father Matusiwa so nice that's his son is on the list.

I'm pretty confident about our chances in this group. The order of the playing schedule is perfect. After the first 3 games Ajax should have 6 points.
Playing AEK Athens away in the 5th game and Bayern Munich at home in the 6th and last group match is the best you could wish.

Would be a pity though if instead with a solid 3-0 victory at home against AEK we would open with a draw against these Greek lads.
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