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Jong Ajax
Ajax logo
Full nameJong Ajax
Nickname(s)Joden (Jews), Godenzonen (Sons of the Gods)
Founded18 March 1900
GroundDe Toekomst
Amsterdam
Capacity2,250[1][2]
ChairmanHennie Henrichs (chairman of AFC Ajax)[3]
Hans Wijers (chairman of board of directors of AFC Ajax NV)
ManagerJohn Heitinga
LeagueEerste Divisie
2020–21Eerste Divisie, 16th
WebsiteClub website
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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

The 2013–14 season marked the Jupiler League debut of the AFC Ajax reserves' squad Jong Ajax.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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).[11]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK Netherlands NED Jay Gorter
25 MF Netherlands NED Kenneth Taylor
26 MF Denmark DEN Victor Jensen
35 DF Netherlands NED Youri Baas
36 MF Brazil BRA Giovanni
37 FW Netherlands NED Naci Ünüvar
38 MF Iceland ISL Kristian Hlynsson
39 FW Denmark DEN Christian Rasmussen
40 FW Netherlands NED Sontje Hansen
41 MF Netherlands NED Enric Llansana
42 FW Netherlands NED Ar'jany Martha
43 DF Netherlands NED Nordin Musampa
44 MF Netherlands NED Youri Regeer
45 MF Netherlands NED Donny Warmerdam
No. Pos. Nation Player
46 DF Netherlands NED Anass Salah-Eddine
47 DF Netherlands NED Steven van der Sloot
48 DF Netherlands NED Terrence Douglas
49 FW Netherlands NED Max de Waal
50 MF Netherlands NED Kian Fitz-Jim
51 GK England ENG Charlie Setford
52 GK Netherlands NED Calvin Raatsie
53 DF Netherlands NED Liam van Gelderen
54 DF Netherlands NED Rio Hillen
55 MF Netherlands NED Gibson Yah
56 FW Netherlands NED Amourricho van Axel Dongen
GK Netherlands NED Joey Roggeveen
DF Netherlands NED Julius Dirksen

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. Pos. Nation Player
FW Burkina Faso BFA Hassane Bandé (on loan to Istra 1961 until 30 June 2022)

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. ^ "De Toekomst - de Club".
  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. ^ "Reserveteams Ajax en Twente in Jupiler League". AD.nl. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  5. ^ "De Boer laat 'herstelde' Sulejmani bij Jong Ajax". Volkskrant. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Dutch KNVB Cup – ESPN Soccernet". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Jong Ajax wordt tegen Telstar ontgroed in Eerste Divisie". Ajaxlife.nl. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Reserveteams Ajax en Twente in Jupiler League". AD.nl. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Jong PSV vervangt Katwijk in eerste divisie". NU.nl. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Ook Jong PSV naar Jupiler League". NOS.nl. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Beloften Eredivisie Statistics". Voetbal International. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.

External links[edit]

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