Amsterdam Tournament

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Amsterdam Tournament
Founded 1975
Region Europe
Number of teams 4
Current champions Benfica (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Ajax (10 titles)
Website Official homepage

The Amsterdam Tournament (Dutch: Amsterdam Toernooi) was a pre-season association football competition, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[1] The competition was hosted by Eredivisie club Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena.[2] It was inaugurated in 1975 as the Amsterdam 700 Tournament to celebrate 700 years of history in the city.[3] It was held annually each summer until 1992, when the last edition of the original tournament was played. It returned in 1999 with the backing of the International Event Partnership (IEP).[4] Four teams participate in the competition, played in a league format since 1986.[3]

Since its return,[5] the tournament has used an unusual point scoring system. As with most league competitions, three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. However, an additional point is awarded for each goal scored.[6] The system is designed to reward teams that adopt a more attacking style of play.[7] Each entrant plays two matches, with the winner being the club that finishes at the top of the table.[8] The original competition was held at De Meer, Ajax's home between 1934 and 1996.[9] The Amsterdam Arena has played host to the event since its return.

The first winners were Belgian club Molenbeek, who defeated Ajax 5–2 in the final.[3] The hosts are the most successful club in the tournament's history, having lifted the trophy on ten occasions. The club won their first title in 1978 and their most recent success came in 2004.[10] Fellow Dutch side AZ and English club Arsenal are the only other teams to have won the competition more than once.[11] Feyenoord, Ajax's domestic rivals, are among a group of clubs to have won the tournament once,[3] while Belgium has produced the most individual winners, four, one more than England and Netherlands.

AZ and Arsenal are also the most regular guests, having been invited to compete in the tournament on six occasions. As well as being the most successful club, Ajax have finished as runners-up eleven times. Next in the list are two Italian clubs, Internazionale and Roma, who have finished in second place five times between them. Romania are the only national team to have taken part in the tournament. They were invited in 1984 and finished in fourth place as Atlético Mineiro became the first Brazilian club to lift the trophy. In total, teams from thirteen countries have participated in the competition. The 2010 edition did not take place due to Ajax's involvement in the qualifying stages of the Champions League.[12][13]

Table key[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

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Johan Cruyff scored once in the 1975 tournament for Barcelona.[14]
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John Wark scored in the 1981 final for Ipswich Town.[15]
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Frank Rijkaard played in the tournament for Ajax.[15]
Edition Year Winner Runner-up Third Fourth Notes
1 1975 Belgium Molenbeek Netherlands Ajax Netherlands Feyenoord Spain Barcelona [14]
2 1976 Belgium Anderlecht Netherlands Ajax Germany Borussia M'gladbach England Leeds United [16]
3 1977 Netherlands AZ Netherlands Ajax England Liverpool Spain Barcelona [17]
4 1978 Netherlands Ajax Belgium Anderlecht Netherlands AZ Brazil Fluminense [18]
5 1979 Netherlands AZ Netherlands Ajax England Arsenal Germany Hamburger SV [19]
6 1980 Netherlands Ajax Netherlands AZ Germany Bayern Munich England Nottingham Forest [20]
7 1981 England Ipswich Town Belgium Standard Liège Netherlands Ajax Netherlands AZ [15]
8 1982 Netherlands AZ Netherlands Ajax Germany Köln England Tottenham Hotspur [21]
9 1983 Netherlands Feyenoord Italy Roma Netherlands Ajax England Manchester United [22]
10 1984 Brazil Atlético Mineiro Netherlands Ajax Netherlands Feyenoord Romania Romania [23]
11 1985 Netherlands Ajax Brazil Atlético Mineiro Spain Athletic Bilbao Italy Verona [24]
12 1986 Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev Netherlands Ajax England Manchester United Brazil Botafogo [25]
13 1987 Netherlands Ajax Italy Torino Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev Portugal Porto [26]
14 1988 Italy Sampdoria Brazil Flamengo Netherlands Ajax Portugal Benfica [27]
15 1989 Belgium Mechelen Netherlands Ajax Portugal Sporting CP Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev [28]
16 1990 Belgium Club Brugge Netherlands Ajax Netherlands PSV Belgium Mechelen [29]
17 1991 Netherlands Ajax Netherlands PSV Brazil Fluminense Italy Sampdoria [30]
18 1992 Netherlands Ajax Italy Roma Netherlands PSV Germany Borussia Dortmund [31]
19 1999 Italy Lazio Brazil Santos Netherlands Ajax Spain Atlético Madrid [32]
20 2000 Spain Barcelona Netherlands Ajax Italy Lazio England Arsenal [33]
21 2001 Netherlands Ajax Italy Milan Spain Valencia England Liverpool [34]
22 2002 Netherlands Ajax Spain Barcelona England Manchester United Italy Parma [35]
23 2003 Netherlands Ajax Italy Internazionale Turkey Galatasaray England Liverpool [36]
24 2004 Netherlands Ajax Argentina River Plate Greece Panathinaikos England Arsenal [37]
25 2005 England Arsenal Portugal Porto Argentina Boca Juniors Netherlands Ajax [38]
26 2006 England Manchester United Italy Internazionale Portugal Porto Netherlands Ajax [39]
27 2007 England Arsenal Spain Atlético Madrid Netherlands Ajax Italy Lazio [40]
28 2008 England Arsenal Italy Internazionale Spain Sevilla Netherlands Ajax [41]
29 2009 Portugal Benfica Netherlands Ajax England Sunderland Spain Atlético Madrid [42]

Statistics[edit]

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Marco van Basten scored in two consecutive finals for Ajax.[3]
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Josep Guardiola was successful in 2000 with Barcelona.[43]
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Zlatan Ibrahimović scored in the 2004 tournament for Ajax.[37]
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Rafael van der Vaart scored two goals for Ajax in the 2002 edition.[35]
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Steven Gerrard played in the tournament for Liverpool.[44]
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Wesley Sneijder scored in the 2006 tournament for Ajax.[39]
Team Winner Runner-up Third Fourth Total
Netherlands Ajax 10 11 5 3 29
Netherlands AZ 3 1 1 1 6
England Arsenal 3 0 1 2 6
Spain Barcelona 1 1 0 2 4
England Manchester United 1 0 2 1 4
Netherlands Feyenoord 1 0 2 0 3
Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv 1 0 1 1 3
Italy Lazio 1 0 1 1 3
Belgium Anderlecht 1 1 0 0 2
Brazil Atlético Mineiro 1 1 0 0 2
Italy Sampdoria 1 0 0 1 2
Belgium Mechelen 1 0 0 1 2
Portugal Benfica 1 0 0 1 2
Belgium Molenbeek 1 0 0 0 1
England Ipswich Town 1 0 0 0 1
Belgium Club Brugge 1 0 0 0 1
Italy Internazionale 0 3 0 0 3
Netherlands PSV 0 1 2 0 3
Portugal Porto 0 1 1 1 3
Spain Atlético Madrid 0 1 0 2 3
England Liverpool 0 0 1 2 3
Italy Roma 0 2 0 0 2
Brazil Fluminense 0 0 1 1 2
Belgium Standard Liège 0 1 0 0 1
Italy Torino 0 1 0 0 1
Brazil Flamengo 0 1 0 0 1
Brazil Santos 0 1 0 0 1
Italy Milan 0 1 0 0 1
Argentina River Plate 0 1 0 0 1
Germany Borussia M'gladbach 0 0 1 0 1
Germany Bayern Munich 0 0 1 0 1
Germany Köln 0 0 1 0 1
Spain Athletic Bilbao 0 0 1 0 1
Portugal Sporting CP 0 0 1 0 1
Spain Valencia 0 0 1 0 1
Turkey Galatasaray 0 0 1 0 1
Greece Panathinaikos 0 0 1 0 1
Argentina Boca Juniors 0 0 1 0 1
Spain Sevilla 0 0 1 0 1
England Sunderland 0 0 1 0 1
England Leeds United 0 0 0 1 1
Germany Hamburger SV 0 0 0 1 1
England Nottingham Forest 0 0 0 1 1
England Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0 1 1
Romania Romania 0 0 0 1 1
Italy Verona 0 0 0 1 1
Brazil Botafogo 0 0 0 1 1
Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 0 0 1 1
Italy Parma 0 0 0 1 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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