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Jong Ajax
Ajax logo
Full name Jong Ajax
Nickname(s) Joden (Jews), Godenzonen (Sons of the Gods)
Founded 18 March 1900
Ground De Toekomst
Amsterdam
Capacity 2,250[1][2]
Chairman Hennie Henrichs (chairman AFC Ajax)[3]
Hans Wijers (chairman board of directors of AFC Ajax NV)
Manager Michael Reiziger[4]
League Eerste Divisie
2017–18 Eerste Divisie, 1st
Current season

Jong Ajax (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjɔŋ ˈaːjɑks]) (English: Young Ajax), also referred to as Ajax II or Ajax 2 is a Dutch association football team, the reserve team of Ajax. They are based in Amsterdam and compete in the Dutch Eerste Divisie.[5]

History[edit]

Jong Ajax (formerly more commonly known as Ajax 2) is the reserve team of AFC Ajax. The team is composed mostly of professional footballers, who are often recent graduates from the highest youth level (Ajax A1) serving their first professional contract as a reserve, or players who are otherwise unable to play in the first team.[6]

Since 1992 Jong Ajax have competed in the Beloften Eredivisie, competing against other reserve teams such as Jong PSV, Jong FC Groningen or Jong AZ. They have won the Beloften Eredivisie title a record eight times, as well as the KNVB Reserve Cup three times, making them the most successful reserve squad in the Netherlands. By winning the Beloften Eredivisie title, Jong Ajax were able to qualify for the actual KNVB Cup, even advancing to the semi-finals on three occasions. Their best result in the Dutch Cup was under manager Jan Olde Riekerink in 2001–02, when a semi-final loss to FC Utrecht in a Penalty shoot-out after extra time, which saw Utrecht advance, and thus preventing an Ajax vs. Jong Ajax Dutch Cup final.[7]

The 2013–14 season marked the Jupiler League debut of the AFC Ajax reserves' squad Jong Ajax.[8] Previously playing in the Beloften Eredivisie (a separate league for reserve teams, not included in the Dutch professional or amateur league structure) players were allowed to move around freely between the reserve team and the first team during the course of the season.[9] This is no longer the case as Jong Ajax now registers and fields a separate squad from that of Ajax first team for the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of professional football in the Netherlands. Their home matches are played at Sportpark De Toekomst, except for the occasional match in the Amsterdam Arena. Now regarded a semi-professional team in their own respect, the only period in which players are able to move between squads is during the transfer windows, unless the player has made less than 15 appearances for the first team, then he is still eligible to appear in both first team and second team matches during the course of the season.[10] Furthermore, the team is not eligible for promotion to the Eredivisie or to participate in the KNVB Cup. Jong Ajax were joined in the Eerste Divisie by Jong FC Twente and Jong PSV, reserve teams who have also moved from the Beloften Eredivisie to the Eerste Divisie, in place of VV Katwijk, SC Veendam and AGOVV Apeldoorn, increasing the total number of teams in the Jupiler League from 16 to 20.[11]

Ajax reserve squad Jong Ajax left the Beloften Eredivisie in 2013, having held a 21-year tenure in the reserves league, having also won the league title a record eight times (1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009).[12]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
51 Netherlands GK Stan van Bladeren
Morocco GK Issam El-Maach
33 Croatia GK Dominik Kotarski

42 Netherlands DF Navajo Bakboord
35 Netherlands DF Mitchel Bakker
48 Netherlands DF Sven Botman
Netherlands DF Boy Kemper
South Africa DF Dean Solomons

45 Netherlands MF Teun Bijleveld
40 Netherlands MF Jurgen Ekkelenkamp
38 Netherlands MF Ryan Gravenberch
Netherlands MF Jasper ter Heide
No. Position Player
43 Denmark MF Victor Jensen
37 Netherlands MF Noa Lang
36 Netherlands MF Azor Matusiwa
Australia MF Sebastian Pasquali
30 Netherlands MF Dani de Wit

Morocco FW Zakaria El Azzouzi
Brazil FW Danilo
41 Norway FW Dennis Johnsen
Germany FW Nicolas Kühn
46 Netherlands FW Ché Nunnely
39 Netherlands FW Kaj Sierhuis
South Africa FW Leo Thethani
Finland FW Saku Ylätupa

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Netherlands DF Robin Schouten (to FC Volendam until 30 June 2019)

Staff[edit]

Former head coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

Official trophies (recognized by UEFA and FIFA)[edit]

National[edit]

International[edit]

Other trophies[edit]

  • Den Helder Maritime Tournament (2): 1996, 2010

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.ajaxinside.nl/de-club/de-toekomst/
  2. ^ "De Toekomst – Ajax". AFC Ajax Amsterdam. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Bestuur". ajax.nl. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  4. ^ Michael Reiziger opvolger van Marcel Keizer bij Jong Ajax (Dutch), 21 June 2017, Algemeen Dagblad
  5. ^ "Reserveteams Ajax en Twente in Jupiler League". AD.nl. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  6. ^ "De Boer laat 'herstelde' Sulejmani bij Jong Ajax". Volkskrant. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Dutch KNVB Cup – ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Jong Ajax wordt tegen Telstar ontgroed in Eerste Divisie". Ajaxlife.nl. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Reserveteams Ajax en Twente in Jupiler League". AD.nl. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Jong PSV vervangt Katwijk in eerste divisie". NU.nl. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Ook Jong PSV naar Jupiler League". NOS.nl. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Beloften Eredivisie Statistics". Voetbal International. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.

External links[edit]

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