2007–08 AFC Ajax season

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AFC Ajax
2007–08 season
Chairman John Jaakke
Manager Adrie Koster (interim)
Eredivisie 3rd place
KNVB Cup Round of 16
Champions League Play-off Round
UEFA Cup First Round
Johan Cruyff Shield Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (33)

All:
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (36)
Home colours
Away colours

During the 2007–08 AFC Ajax season, the club participated in the Dutch Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. The first training took place on 5 July 2007. The traditional AFC Ajax Open Day was on 8 August.

Pre-season[edit]

The first training for the 2007–08 season was held on 5 July 2007. In preparation for the new season, Ajax organized a training camp in De Lutte at the De Thij Sportpark. During the pre-season, the squad played friendly matches against VVSB, GFC, Quick '20 and Go Ahead Eagles before traveling to Scotland to play against Rangers and Falkirk. They then returned to Amsterdam to play Atlético Madrid and Arsenal in the annual Amsterdam Tournament.

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances for competitive matches only

No. Pos Nat Player Total Eredivisie UEFA Cup KNVB Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Netherlands Maarten Stekelenburg 35 0 30 0 4 0 1 0
2 DF Netherlands John Heitinga 39 9 32 7 4 0 3 2
3 DF Uruguay Bruno Silva 12 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF Belgium Thomas Vermaelen 20 0 16+2 0 2 0 0 0
5 DF Netherlands Urby Emanuelson 36 3 27+3 3 4 0 2 0
6 DF Ghana Samuel Kuffour 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
7 FW Sweden Kennedy Bakircioglu 22 3 12+6 3 2 0 1+1 0
8 FW Spain Ismael Urzaíz 7 0 0+3 0 0+3 0 1 0
9 FW Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 39 36 33 33 4 2 2 1
10 FW Spain Albert Luque 19 4 9+6 4 0+1 0 2+1 0
11 FW Brazil Leonardo 8 2 1+7 2 0 0 0 0
12 GK Netherlands Erik Heijblok 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
13 MF Netherlands Edgar Davids 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF Belgium Laurent Delorge 6 1 2+2 1 1+1 0 0 0
16 FW Uruguay Luis Suárez 40 19 29+4 16 3+1 1 3 2
17 MF Belgium Jan Vertonghen 34 2 27+3 2 0+1 0 3 0
18 MF Spain Gabri 32 1 25 1 4 0 3 0
19 FW Denmark Dennis Rommedahl 36 6 13+16 4 3+1 1 0+3 1
20 FW Romania George Ogăraru 20 0 14+1 0 1+1 0 3 0
21 FW Armenia Edgar Manucharyan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF Sweden Rasmus Lindgren 11 2 9+2 2 0 0 0 0
# FW Romania Nicolae Mitea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF Netherlands Mitchell Donald 4 0 0+2 0 0 0 1+1 0
25 DF Netherlands Gregory van der Wiel 9 0 4+1 0 2 0 2 0
26 MF Netherlands Jeffrey Sarpong 2 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 0 0
27 MF Netherlands Antilles Vurnon Anita 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF Denmark Michael Krohn-Dehli 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
29 MF Denmark Kenneth Perez 18 8 14+3 8 0 0 1 0
30 GK Netherlands Dennis Gentenaar 6 0 3+2 0 0 0 1 0
31 DF Netherlands Jurgen Colin 15 0 6+6 0 3 0 0 0
32 GK Netherlands Marco van Duin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW Netherlands Antilles Javier Martina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF Netherlands Jan-Arie van der Heijden 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
38 MF Netherlands Siem de Jong 25 2 13+9 2 0 0 1+2 0
39 DF Netherlands Vito Wormgoor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players sold or loaned out after the start of the season:
3 DF Netherlands Jaap Stam 10 0 6 0 4 0 0 0
6 DF Netherlands Hedwiges Maduro 18 5 11+3 4 2 0 2 1
22 FW Netherlands Robbert Schilder 9 0 3+5 0 0 0 0+1 0

As of 14 November 2011

# Nicolae Mitea was issued shirt number 23 at the beginning of the season, however he sat out the season due to injury and was never issued a new shirt number.

2007–08 selection by nationality[edit]

Nationality Netherlands Belgium Denmark Spain Romania Sweden Uruguay Netherlands Antilles Armenia Brazil Ghana Total Players
Current squad selection 10 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 29
Youth/reserves squad in AFC Ajax selection 5 - - - - - - 1 - - - 6
Players out on loan 3 - - - - - - - - - - 3

Team statistics[edit]

Eredivisie standings[edit]

Standing Matches played Wins Draws Losses Points Goals for
Goal
Goals against
Goal
Yellow cards
YC
Red cards
Red card
3 34 20 9 5 69 84 45 60 2

Points by match day[edit]

Match day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Total
Points 3 3 1 3 3 3 1 1 3 3 1 3 0 3 0 0 1 1 3 1 3 1 3 0 3 3 3 3 1 0 3 3 3 3 69

Total points by match day[edit]

Match day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Total
Points 3 6 7 10 13 16 17 18 21 24 25 28 28 31 31 31 32 33 36 37 40 41 44 44 47 50 53 56 57 57 60 63 66 69 69

Standing by match day[edit]

Match day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Standing
Standing 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd

Goals by match day[edit]

Match day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Total
Goals 8 4 2 1 3 6 2 0 1 4 2 4 1 3 1 2 2 6 1 2 2 0 3 1 6 3 4 4 0 1 4 4 2 5 84

2007–08 statistics[edit]

  • This is an overview of all the statistics for played matches in the 2007-08 season.
Friendlies Amsterdam
Tournament
Johan Cruyff Shield KNVB Cup UEFA Champions League UEFA Cup Dubai Cup Eredivisie UEFA Champions League
Qualifying Play-offs
Total
Matches 7 2 1 3 2 2 2 34 4 57
Wins 5 1 1 2 0 1 0 20 2 32
Draws 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 11
Losses 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 5 1 14
Home 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 17 2 25
Away 7 0 0 2 1 1 2 17 2 32
Yellow cards YC 2 2 2 2 5 4 1 60 9 87
Red cards Red card 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4
2 x yellow in 1 match Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Number of substitutes used Substituted inSubstituted off 33 3 3 3 9 5 5 95 11 175
Goals for Goal 27 2 1 7 1 3 4 94 6 143
Goals against Goal 3 1 0 6 3 3 6 45 4 81
Balance Goal +24 +1 +1 +1 -2 +0 -2 +45 +2 +62
Clean sheets Goal 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 7 1 16
Penalties for Goal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 7
Penalties against Goal 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5

2007-08 team records[edit]

Description Competition Result
Biggest win Netherlands Friendly match GFC - AFC Ajax ( 0 - 9 )
Netherlands KNVB Cup AFC Ajax - SC Heerenveen ( 3 - 1 )
European Union UEFA Champions League
European Union UEFA Cup Dinamo Zagreb - AFC Ajax ( 0 - 1 )
Netherlands Eredivisie De Graafschap - AFC Ajax ( 1 - 8 )
Biggest loss Scotland Friendly match Falkirk F.C. - AFC Ajax ( 2 - 1 )
Netherlands KNVB Cup NAC Breda - AFC Ajax ( 4 - 2 )
European Union UEFA Champions League Slavia Praha - AFC Ajax ( 2 - 1 )
European Union UEFA Cup AFC Ajax - Dinamo Zagreb ( 2 - 3 )
Netherlands Eredivisie AFC Ajax - NAC Breda ( 1 - 3 )
Most goals in a match Netherlands Friendly match GFC - AFC Ajax ( 0 - 9 )
Netherlands KNVB Cup NAC Breda - AFC Ajax ( 4 - 2 )
European Union UEFA Champions League Slavia Praha - AFC Ajax ( 2 - 1 )
European Union UEFA Cup AFC Ajax - Dinamo Zagreb ( 2 - 3 )
Netherlands Eredivisie De Graafschap - AFC Ajax ( 1 - 8 )

Top scorers[edit]

Friendlies

Nr. Name Goal
1. Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 6
2. Sweden Kennedy Bakircioglu 4
3. Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 3
Netherlands Jeffrey Sarpong 3
5. Romania Nicolae Mitea 2
Spain Gabri 2
7. South Africa Thembinkosi Fanteni 1
Netherlands Edgar Davids 1
South Africa Sameegh Doutie 1
Netherlands John Heitinga 1
Belgium Laurent Delorge 1
Netherlands Antilles Javier Martina 1
Netherlands Chakib Tayeb 1
Total 27

Johan Cruyff Schaal

Nr. Name Goal
1. Spain Gabri 1
Total 1

Eredivisie

Nr. Name Goal
1. Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 33
2. Uruguay Luis Suárez 16
3. Denmark Kenneth Perez 8
4. Netherlands John Heitinga 7
5. Netherlands Hedwiges Maduro 4
Spain Albert Luque 4
Denmark Dennis Rommedahl 4
8. Sweden Kennedy Bakircioglu 3
Netherlands Urby Emanuelson 3
10. Netherlands Siem de Jong 2
Belgium Jan Vertonghen 2
Brazil Leonardo 2
Sweden Rasmus Lindgren 2
14. Belgium Laurent Delorge 1
Spain Gabri 1
Own goals Netherlands Edson Braafheid (Twente) 1
Brazil Douglas (Twente) 1
Total 93

KNVB Cup

Nr. Name Goal
1. Netherlands John Heitinga 2
Uruguay Luis Suárez 2
3. Denmark Dennis Rommedahl 1
Netherlands Hedwiges Maduro 1
Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 1
Total 7

UEFA Champions League

Nr. Name Goal
1. Uruguay Luis Suárez 1
Total 1

UEFA Cup

Nr. Name Goal
1. Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 2
2. Denmark Dennis Rommedahl 1
Total 3

Amsterdam Tournament

Nr. Name Goal
1. Spain Gabri 1
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder 1
Total 2

Dubai Cup

Nr. Name Goal
1. Denmark Kenneth Perez 1
Netherlands John Heitinga 1
Total 2

Placements[edit]

Friendlies Amsterdam Tournament Dubai Cup KNVB Cup UEFA Champions League UEFA Cup Eredivisie
Status 7 played, 5 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss 3rd place 4th place Eliminated in Round of 16
Last opponent: NAC Breda
Eliminated in Play-Off round
Last opponent: Slavia Prague
Eliminated in First Round
Last opponent: Dinamo Zagreb
3rd place
69 points in 34 matches
qualified for UEFA Cup

Results[edit]

All times are in CEST

Johan Cruyff Shield[edit]

Eredivisie[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 Eredivisie

Play-offs[edit]

Round 1
Round 2

KNVB Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 KNVB Cup

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 UEFA Cup
First round

Amsterdam Tournament[edit]

Final standings of the LG Amsterdam Tournament 2007
Team Pld W D L GF Pts
England Arsenal 2 2 0 0 3 9
Spain Atlético Madrid 2 1 0 1 3 6
Netherlands Ajax 2 1 0 1 2 5
Italy Lazio 2 0 0 2 2 2

Dubai Cup[edit]

Final standings of the Mohammed Bin Rashid International Football Championship Dubai 2008
Netherlands Ajax KNVB Cup – 4th place
Italy Internazionale 2006–07 Serie A – Runner-up
Brazil Internacional 2006 FIFA Club World CupWinner
Germany VfB Stuttgart 2006–07 Bundesliga – 3rd place
Semi-finals Final
5 January
 Brazil Internacional  1  
 Germany VfB Stuttgart  0  
 
7 January
     Brazil Internacional  2
   Italy Internazionale  1
Third place
5 January 7 January
 Italy Internazionale  2(5)  Netherlands Ajax  0
 Netherlands Ajax  2(4)    Germany VfB Stuttgart  1

Friendlies[edit]

2007–08 transfers[edit]

Summer transfer window[edit]

For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the summer window (1 July 2007 to 1 September 2007), please see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2007.

Arrivals[edit]

  • The following players moved to AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type Previous club Fee
Return from loan spell
Substituted in Denmark Michael Krohn-Dehli Midfielder 15 May 2007 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam -
Substituted in Netherlands Robbert Schilder Defender 15 May 2007 Netherlands Heracles -
Substituted in Netherlands Donovan Slijngard Midfielder 15 May 2007 Netherlands Groningen -
Substituted in Belgium Jan Vertonghen Midfielder 15 May 2007 Netherlands RKC Waalwijk -
Transfer
Substituted in Belgium Laurent Delorge Midfielder 10 May 2007 Netherlands ADO Den Haag €800,000
Substituted in Denmark Dennis Rommedahl Forward 20 July 2007 England Charlton Athletic €1,000,000
Substituted in Netherlands Jürgen Colin Defender 1 August 2007 England Norwich City €100,000
Substituted in Uruguay Luis Suárez Forward 10 August 2007 Netherlands Groningen €7,500,000
Substituted in Spain Albert Luque Forward 25 August 2007 England Newcastle United €8,200,000
Free Transfer
Substituted in Netherlands Erik Heijblok Goalkeeper 1 July 2007 Netherlands HFC Haarlem -
Substituted in Sweden Kennedy Bakircioglu Forward 18 July 2007 Netherlands Twente -
Substituted in Spain Ismael Urzaíz Forward 19 July 2007 Spain Athletic Bilbao -

Departures[edit]

  • The following players moved from AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type New club Fee
Out on loan
Substituted off Netherlands Rydell Poepon Forward 30 January 2007 Netherlands Willem II -
Substituted off Netherlands Kenneth Vermeer Goalkeeper 24 May 2007 Netherlands Willem II -
Transfer
Substituted off Belgium Tom De Mul Forward 9 July 2007 Spain Sevilla €4,500,000
Substituted off Denmark Kenneth Perez Forward 11 July 2007 Netherlands PSV €1,500,000
Substituted off Netherlands Ryan Babel Forward 13 July 2007 England Liverpool €11,500,000
Substituted off Netherlands Wesley Sneijder Midfielder 12 August 2007 Spain Real Madrid €27,000,000
Free Transfer
Substituted off Czech Republic Zdeněk Grygera Defender 4 June 2007 Italy Juventus -
Substituted off Ghana Emmanuel Boakye Defender 18 June 2007 Netherlands Heracles -
Substituted off Netherlands Michael Timisela Defender 6 July 2007 Netherlands VVV-Venlo -
Substituted off Spain Roger Midfielder 7 July 2007 -
Substituted off Netherlands Derk Boerrigter Forward 16 July 2007 Netherlands FC Zwolle -
Substituted off Netherlands Olaf Lindenbergh Midfielder 31 August 2007 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam -

Winter transfer window[edit]

For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the winter window (1 January 2008 to 1 February 2008) please see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2007–08.

Arrivals[edit]

  • The following players moved to AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type Previous club Fee
Loan
Substituted in Ghana Samuel Kuffour Defender 28 January 2008 Italy Roma -
Transfer
Substituted in Denmark Kenneth Perez Forward 1 January 2008 Netherlands PSV €1,250,000
Substituted in Uruguay Bruno Silva Defender 20 January 2008 Netherlands Groningen €3,750,000
Substituted in Sweden Rasmus Lindgren Midfielder 28 January 2008 Netherlands Groningen €3,500,000

Departures[edit]

  • The following players moved from AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type New club Fee
Out on loan
Substituted off Netherlands Robbert Schilder Defender 30 January 2008 Netherlands Heracles -
Transfer
Substituted off Netherlands Hedwiges Maduro Defender 18 January 2008 Spain Valencia €6,500,000
Free Transfer
Substituted off Netherlands Jaap Stam Defender 27 October 2007 -

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