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Five Things: Football’s weird and wonderful rituals and habits

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People involved in football are continually looking for ways to gain an advantage over their opposition.

Whether it’s superstitions, compulsions or psychology, the sport has some weird and wonderful stories of the ways its stars seek to gain a competitive edge.

Read on for our top five strange rituals and habits of some of football’s most famous names.

On This Day in Football: Suarez takes his first bite, Saints bring in Pagan priestess

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On this day in 2010, Luis Suarez took his first bite on a football pitch as he sunk his teeth into PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal during an Eredivisie match.

The Uruguayan striker, then at Ajax, went into the 2010-11 season at the back of a phenomenal campaign. The former Liverpool superstar scored 49 goals in 48 appearances for Ajax in all competitions and was off to a similar start in the new season as the four time European Cup winners went head to head against league leaders PSV.

Tottenham eyeing move for this creative midfielder, he contributed to 15 goals last season

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Tottenham are interested in signing the highly talented Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek.

The 20-year-old has already established himself as a starter at Ajax and the Londoners are impressed with the young midfielder’s performances so far.

Van de Beek made 48 appearances for the Eredivisie giants last season and he managed to contribute to 15 goals (6 goals and 9 assists) during that time.

Dutchman heading to Emirates next season, Arsenal have secured the agreement

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Arsenal are looking to appoint a director of football and they have reached an agreement with Marc Overmars.

The former Arsenal player has been the director of football at Ajax since 2012 and he is very experienced in that position now. Furthermore, he knows the club well and he should be able to lead them into the right direction.

Man Utd legend says Davinson Sanchez moved to Tottenham too early, could regret leaving Ajax

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar believes Davinson Sanchez signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Ajax too early in his career.

The 21-year-old moved to Spurs for £42 million, joining Jaro Riedewald, Davy Klaassen and Kenny Tete in leaving last year’s Europa League finalists this summer.

Spurs agree club record deal for star, move signals tactical change from Pochettino

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Tottenham have agreed on a deal to sign the highly talented centre back Davinson Sanchez from Ajax.

The Colombian has been linked with a move to the Premier League for over a week now and the Londoners will be paying a club record fee for his services.

According to Telegraph, Sanchez was one of Pochettino’s top targets and Ajax will receive an initial fee of £28million up front for the player.

Spurs closing in on first summer transfer, South American expected to sign by tomorrow

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Tottenham are looking to sign the Ajax centre back Davinson Sanchez this summer and it appears that a deal might be close.

The Colombian was left out of Ajax’s squad for the match against Heracles. Apparently, the player is not 100% focused right now.

According to Daily Mirror, Spurs are now in advanced talks with Ajax for the South American and the deal should be completed by Tuesday.

Roundup: Spurs star confirms he will leave at some point; Pochettino set to bid £35m for defender

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Tottenham defender Danny Rose has rocked the club with some sensational claims about his future.

In an interview with the Sun, Rose revealed that he wants to play for a club in the North. The left back feels that he has been away from his family for a while now and he will make it a priority to return in the near future.

Crystal Palace Roundup: Eagles submit £16m bid for Arsenal player; Deal agreed for versatile defender

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Premier League outfit Crystal Palace are looking to improve their defence ahead of the new season and Frank de Boer has already agreed on a deal to sign the highly talented Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald.

The versatile defender can operate as a left back, a defensive midfielder, as well as a centre back.

Dutch great Frank de Boer given Palace job

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London (AFP) – Former Dutch international great Frank de Boer is the new manager of English Premier League side Crystal Palace it was announced on Monday.

The 47-year-old - who guided Ajax to four successive league titles before a disappointing short spell at Serie A giants Inter Milan - signed a three year contract.

Everton agree deal to sign playmaker; €27m star poses in club shirt, delivers message to the fans

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Everton have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen from Ajax. The deal, worth €27 million, was announced by the Toffees late on Thursday. Earlier on in the same day, the club also unveiled goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland.

Everton in advanced talks to sign 16-goal midfielder, £26m star keen on working with Koeman

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Everton are looking to seal the signing of Davy Klaassen from Ajax this summer.

Ronald Koeman is an admirer of the playmaker and the Toffees are keen on finalising the move by the end of this week.

According to Liverpool Echo, Everton are in advanced talks with Ajax regarding the Dutchman’s transfer and the Eredivisie outfit are holding out for a fee in the region of £26m.

Ross Barkley nears exit as Everton close in on two midfield replacements

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Everton are on the verge of completing transfer deals for Ajax star Davy Klaassen and Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdssson, leaving Ross Barkley’s future at the Goodison Park in major doubt.

Barkley turned down the offer to become Everton’s highest paid player in history, by ending talks of signing lucrative £100,000-a-week contract as he ponders a move away from the Merseyside club.

West Ham looking to raid rival club, £17m target has scored 14 goals during the 2016/17 season

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West Ham United have been linked with several attackers over the last few weeks and the latest name in the rumour mill is that of Bertrand Traore.

Slaven Bilic is looking to add some pace and mobility to his forward line and the Chelsea striker is apparently a target for the Hammers.

According to Daily Mirror, West Ham want to sign Traore this summer.

Where to find Man United vs. Ajax Europa League Final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Ajax, you’ve come to the right place.

The winner of the Manchester United and Ajax match in the Europa League final will automatically qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, which means there’s much more riding on this game than usual.

Where to find Man United vs. Ajax Europa League Final on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Manchester United vs. Ajax, you’ve come to the right place.

The winner of the Manchester United and Ajax match in the Europa League final will automatically qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, which means there’s much more riding on this game than usual.

UEFA Europa League

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LAST SEASON'S EUROPA LEAGUE FINALISTS ARE OUT OF EUROPE ALREADY
Spare a thought for Ajax, who thrilled at times on their way to last season's Europa League final before a Mourinho masterclass floored them.
Unsurprisingly, the stellar eleven which dazzled as recently as May has now been whittled away.

Ajax-Manchester United, poche ore al gran finale di Europa League

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In attesa di assegnare la Champions, nella supersfidadel 3 Giugno tra Juventus e Real, questa sera Ajax e Manchester United si giocano, a Stoccolma, l'Europa League 2017. In campo due grandi portagoniste (più nel recente passato che in questi ultimi anni) del panorama internazionale, e che possono vantare, insieme, 7 Coppe dei Campioni/Champions e ben [.

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‘He Told Me I Was A F**ker’ – UEFA Doping Official Reveals Precise Nature Of Phil Jones’ Angry Europa League Final Rant

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Phil Jones is currently serving a three-match European ban afterbeing found guilty of abusing language toward UEFA officials in the aftermath of the Europa League final.

Jones was an unused substitute in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm but was still selected to undergo a random drug test after the final whistle.

Man Utd: Phil Jones Given Two-Match Ban For Using ‘Abusive Language’ In Front Of UEFA Drug Test Officials

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"So I says to him, 'F**k off, you white-coat, p*ss-bottling UEFA tw*tshaft! There's no f**king way I'm widdling in that f**king cup so you can f**k yourself right off!'"

Phil Jones will be banned for the first of Manchester United's Champions League group games after being found guilty of abusing UEFA officials in the aftermath of the Europa League final.

Bosz unveiled as new coach of Dortmund

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Berlin (AFP) – Dutchman Peter Bosz has been named as the new coach of Borussia Dortmund, the German giants announced on Tuesday.

“Peter Bosz is the new BVB Head Coach. Contract will last until 2019,” Dortmund said on their Twitter account, announcing the appointment.

Bosz, 53, arrives from Ajax after leading the Dutch side to the final of the Europa League, where they lost 2-0 to Manchester United last month.

Bosz unveiled as new coach of Dortmund

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Berlin (AFP) – Dutchman Peter Bosz has been named as the new coach of Borussia Dortmund, the German giants announced on Tuesday.

“Peter Bosz is the new BVB Head Coach. Contract will last until 2019,” Dortmund said on their Twitter account, announcing the appointment.

Bosz, 53, arrives from Ajax after leading the Dutch side to the final of the Europa League, where they lost 2-0 to Manchester United last month.

‘You Told Me One Day You’d Win!’ – Youri Djorkaeff Congratulates Henrikh Mkhitaryan On Europa League Triumph By Sharing Childhood Photo Of Man Utd Matchwinner

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After scoring the acrobatic goal that effectively sealed Manchester United's Europa League win, Henrikh Mkhitaryan passed a personal milestone.

Indeed, the 28-year-old Armenian forward won his very first European title a fate that was promised to him long ago by none other than Youri Djorkaeff.

Europa League Winners Man Utd Both Earned And Cost Themselves An Awful Lot Of Money Last Night

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A goal apiece from a couple ofplayers with acombined transfer fee of £115million saw Manchester United barge tender youngAjax aside in the Europa League final last night.

Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both went some way to paying back a significant chuck of their astronomic outlays, with United earning themselves a huge wedge byemerging victorious in Stockholm.

Man United tops Ajax to win Europa League final and secure UCL berth

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After an up and down season in England, Manchester United booked a spot into next season's Champions League after a 2-0 Europa League final victory over Ajax on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho's side used goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to defeat the young Dutch squadat Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Undoubted Highlight Of Europa League Final: Ajax ‘Keeper Andre Onana Does A Magic Fart (Video)

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Just a half-time quickie to bring you Pies' official highlight of the Europa League Final so far.

Here's Ajax 'keeper André Onana using his downstairs trumpet to conjure up a BT Sport graphic...

Ajax kalecisi Onana'nın yayıncı grafikleriyle imtihanı pic.

Europa League Final preview: Ajax hope to channel spirit of ’95 against Manchester United

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On Wednesday evening in Stockholm, Manchester United and Ajax will contest the Europa League, each hoping for a victory that would add some shine to a below par season (and provide a back door route...

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Europa League Preview: Ajax, Man United collide in tournament final

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The 2016-17 UEFA Europa League final is finally upon us with Ajax facing off against Manchester United in Wednesday's final match.

Solna, Sweden will play host to the final, which started off with qualifying back in June 2016. A total of 188 teams have taken part in this year's tournament, with two historic sides looking to lift the trophy.

One night to shine in Sweden

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UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL 2017 Manchester United v Ajax Friends Arena, Stockholm 19:45 GMT
The heat appears to be on Manchester United tonight, or more specifically Jose Mourinho.

The club is bigger and richer than Ajax and demands success so winning the Europa League against a lesser side is expected at boardroom level.

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Spurs agree deal to sign Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez

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Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal for Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez, according to The Sun. The north Londoners have reportedly agreed a £35m...

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Spurs set to bid £35m for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez

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Tottenham Hotspur are ready to launch a £35m bid for Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez, according to The Sun. The Colombia international, aged 21,...

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Ajax: Thousands Of Fans Gather Outside Abdelhak Nouri’s Family Home To Show Support For Stricken Midfielder (Photos & Video)

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Legions of Ajax fans assembled outside the family home of Abdelhak Nouri to stage a mass show of support for the young midfielder who collapsed during a recent match.

Nouri, known as Appie, passed out on the pitch during a pre-season friendly against Werder Bremen in Austria last week, with Ajax subsequently confirming the 20-year-old has been left with "serious and permanent" brain damage after suffering cardiac arrhythmia.

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‘I Pray For You’ – Kevin-Prince Boateng Vows To Wear Undershirt In Support Of Abdelhak Nouri For Entire Season (Photo)

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Kevin-Prince Boateng has announced that he will wear an undershirt in tribute to stricken Ajax midfielder Abdelhak 'Abbie' Nouri for the entirety of next season.

As you no doubt recall, Nouri, 20, suffered "serious and permanent" brain damage after collapsing during a pre-season friendly a fortnight or so ago.

9 underrated footballers around Europe whose stock rose dramatically in 2016/17

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With the 2016/17 season coming to an end, let's take a look at some players who started the season more in the background but have now become fundamental players for their clubs. Despite...

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Keizer to ink deal as Ajax coach

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The Hague (AFP) – Top Amsterdam club Ajax on Saturday said it will appoint the relatively inexperienced as new head coach following the departure of Peter Bosz for Borussia Dortmund after a single season.

“He (Keizer) will shortly sign a contract starting 1 July 2017 with a span of two years,” Ajax said in a statement.

‘Green’ Keizer set to become Ajax coach: reports

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The Hague (AFP) – Top Amsterdam club Ajax are set to name the relatively inexperienced Marcel Keizer as new coach following the departure of Peter Bosz for Borussia Dortmund after a single season, Dutch media reports said Tuesday.

“Ajax are going to name Marcel Keizer as new trainer, to follow Peter Bosz,” both popular daily tabloids Algemeen Dagblad and De Telegraaf reported.

‘Green’ Keizer set to become Ajax coach: reports

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The Hague (AFP) – Top Amsterdam club Ajax are set to name the relatively inexperienced Marcel Keizer as new coach following the departure of Peter Bosz for Borussia Dortmund after a single season, Dutch media reports said Tuesday.

“Ajax are going to name Marcel Keizer as new trainer, to follow Peter Bosz,” both popular daily tabloids Algemeen Dagblad and De Telegraaf reported.

Europa League final has lost ‘glow’ – Ajax coach

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Stockholm (AFP) – The Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax will not be the same following the deadly terror attack in Manchester, the Dutch club’s coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday.

“What happened in Manchester is something that we all feel at Ajax,” Bosz told his pre-match press conference at Stockholm’s Friends Arena.

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Arsenal and Manchester City are going head-to-head in the pursuit of Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong, reports The Sun. The 20-year-old, who joined from Willem II in 2015, has made eight appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, and could be on his way out of the Amsterdam ArenA given recent interest.

Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.