Ajax Amsterdam is a football club that builds teams like no other organization. Their 2021/22 is another example of the club’s philosophy of paying dividends. From reinventing Sebastian Haller to using their talented youngsters to frighten the Champions League elite, Ajax is back on top.
Sebastian Haller and Ajax’s rise and fall
Two years ago, Ajax Amsterdam was on the brink of reaching the Champions League final. It all came crashing down during the final minutes of their match against Tottenham. Then, their top players left the club. Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek, Hakim Ziyech were transferred by Europe’s biggest clubs. Ajax would need to rebuild.
Two years ago, Sebastian Haller was joining West Ham United in the Premier League for £45 million, the club’s record singing. He had had an exceptional season in the Bundesliga, playing for Eintracht Frankfurt. Haller scored only 10 goals for West Ham in almost two years. He too needed to rebuild his career.
Ajax Amsterdam in 2020/21
Ajax Amsterdam has taken the shots and criticism launched at them during last season and has marched bravely. After all, building great teams from the ground up is what they do.
Today, they, once again lead the Eredivisie. Ajax Amsterdam has won every single Champions League group game they’ve played so far. And, remarkably, their players are on the radars of Europe’s elite clubs once again.
Sebastian Haller joined the club in 2021. The healthy atmosphere around the club has helped energize the striker. He is, at the moment, the top goalscorer in Eredivisie and the Champions League.
Noussair Mazraoui, Lisandro Martinez, David Neres, or Perr Schuurs are among the youngsters justifying Ajax’s legacy of bringing up great, new talent, Daley Blind, Dusan Tadic, or Davy Klaasen are among the experienced players that understand exactly the club’s philosophy.
Sebastian Haller and Ajax Amsterdam are back on top both domestically and internationally. Will you be picking the Dutch side’s players for your Champions League fantasy draft?