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Ajax Announce ‘Agreement Of Intent’ To Rename Amsterdam Arena In Honour Of Johan Cruyff

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Ajax have announced thatplans are afoot to rename their stadium in honour of the great Johan Cruyff, who sadly passed away last year.

Cruyff spent 11 years at Ajax in two spells as a player and returned as a coach for three years in the mid-1980s, winning more than 20 trophies overall.

And so, on what would have been their eternal talisman's 70th birthday, Ajax declared that after positive consultations with the relevant authorities, an "agreement of intent" is now in place to rename the Amsterdam Arena.

‘It’s Difficult To Adjust Sometimes’ – Johnny Heitinga Opens Up On Life Without Private Jets And Personal Shoppers

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Ex-Everton defender Johnny Heitinga has been breaking hearts in his native Holland after giving an interview that exposed the hardships he and his family are facing since he retired from professional football.

Turns out that since calling time on his career at the end of last season, Heitinga has been scrimping and saving to get by, even having to forgo some of life's basics private jets, luxury villas, personal shoppers as a result.

UEFA Europa League

Europa League Semi-Final Draw: Man Utd To Square Off Against Celta Vigo In Final Four Showdown

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Manchester United's reward for dispatching Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-finals will be a final four showdown against Spanish side Celta Vigo.

Honestly Fenerbache, Zorya, Feyenoord, Saint-Etienne, Rostov, Anderlecht, Celta that's about as easy a run to the final as you're likely to get.

Europa League: Ajax Fans Stay Behind To Sing ‘Three Little Birds’ En Masse After Just About Seeing Off Schalke (Video)

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It was touch and go on several occasions, but Ajax just about saw off Schalke to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday evening.

Despite leading 2-0 from the first leg, the Dutch side looked to be tumbling out of the competition as Schalke wiped out the deficit in less than an hour before scoring again early in extra-time.

‘Welcome To Smokenhagen’ – FC Copenhagen Fans Embrace Ajax Brethren With Brilliant Cloudy Tifo (Video)

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Fans of FC Copenhagen put on an impressive tifo to welcome their Ajax counterparts to the Danish capital ahead of last night's Europa League tie between the two sides.

Deploying several plumes of blue smoke, the home supporters paid homage to Amsterdam's legendary love of herbal cigarettes by referencing their own city's prodigious intake.

Europa League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Results, Top Scorers & Talking Points

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68 goals were scored across Europe in 24 games as the Europa League returned to action this week. There was drama aplenty as Italian giants Inter Milan and Ligue 1 leaders Nice won their first games of the group stage. Francesco Totti played his 100th European game as Roma stumbled to a 3-3 draw with Austria Wien, while a Paul Pogba-inspired Manchester United were too hot to handle for Fenerbahce.

Eredivisie

Europa League 2016/17, Semi final Draw: Manchester United handed tricky draw

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Manchester United, Ajax, Celta Vigo and Lyon made their way into this season’s Europa League semi-finals after some sensational performances in the last round.

The semi-final draw was completed in Nyon earlier today, following the completion of the quarter-final ties on Thursday.

Premier League giants Manchester United will be hoping to secure their place in next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League this season.

Transfer Roundup: Liverpool agree fee for attacker; Barcelona bid for Dutchman; Man Utd in talks for Spaniard

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With just under two weeks remaining in the transfer window, clubs around Europe are busy strengthening their squad and getting rid of their fringe players.

Here at Soccerlens, we bring you some of the latest stories from the Premier League as well as other European leagues in our transfer roundup column.

PHOTO: Chelsea agree deal for PL striker, Star pictured with No.9 shirt after completing transfer

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Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has signed a new deal with the Premier League giants, the club have confirmed.

The highly talented striker has also joined Dutch outfit Ajax on loan for the rest of the season.

A statement on Chelsea’s official website read: “Bertrand Traore has signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea.

Antonio Conte paves the way for top class star as Chelsea agree deal for PL striker

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Chelsea have agreed on a loan deal with Ajax for the highly talented academy striker Bertrand Traore.

According to London Evening Standard, the move for Traore is a huge hint that the Blues are close to making an attacking signing.

Traore found the net four times in 20 appearances for Chelsea last term and has score twice in the pre-season as well.

Wenger's huge bid for Euro star; Chelsea approach Arsenal fan favourite; Conte's £34m bid for 6ft 5in star

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With the Copa America done and dusted and Euro 2016 nearing its completion, it is time for every club to focus on the transfer market and improve their chances of doing well next season.

The transfer window is now officially open and almost every club has started working on their deals and new signings are being confirmed every day.

Swansea: New Signing Mike Van Der Hoorn Once Scored A Stunning Own-Goal For FC Utrecht (Video)

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The bloke holding the Swansea City shirt aloft you see up there is Mike van der Hoorn, who has just joined the Welsh club from Ajax in a deal worth€2.5million.

The 23-year-old, a former Netherlands U21 international, arrives from the Eredivisie with adecent reputation for being a tough, reliable young centre-half who seems to be improving year on year.

Bosz appointed Ajax football coach

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The Hague (AFP) Ajax have appointed Dutchman Peter Bosz as their new coach in place of Frank de Boer, the Amsterdam club confirmed on Tuesday.

Bosz, 52, leaves his coaching position with Maccabi Tel Aviv to join the Dutch club on a three-year contract until June 2019.

"It's a good time for me as a coach," said Bosz who lead Maccabi to second place in the Israeli league.

Bosz appointed Ajax football coach

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The Hague (AFP) Ajax have appointed Dutchman Peter Bosz as their new coach in place of Frank de Boer, the Amsterdam club confirmed on Tuesday.

Bosz, 52, leaves his coaching position with Maccabi Tel Aviv to join the Dutch club on a three-year contract until June 2019.

"It's a good time for me as a coach," said Bosz who lead Maccabi to second place in the Israeli league.

Frank de Boer quits as Ajax coach

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The Hague (AFP) Ajax coach and former Dutch international Frank de Boer announced on Thursday he was quitting the Amsterdam club after failing to win the Dutch title.

"Frank de Boer is quitting as Ajax trainer. He told the club's board in a meeting," Ajax said in a statement issued in Amsterdam.

Frank de Boer quits as Ajax coach

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The Hague (AFP) Ajax coach and former Dutch international Frank de Boer announced on Thursday he was quitting the Amsterdam club after failing to win the Dutch title.

"Frank de Boer is quitting as Ajax trainer. He told the club's board in a meeting," Ajax said in a statement issued in Amsterdam.

Europe

Mbappe leads the French revolution, AC Milan and Ajax stars shine – JF70 young talents of week 14

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Which #JF70 youngsters impressed for their clubs across Europe this week? Among the wonderkids who caught the eye include an Ajax striker, AC Milan's ever-impressive teenage goalkeeper and...

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Bayern Munich, Torino and a Chelsea loanee star in our #JF70 young talents of the week, week 12

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Another week, another roundup of the Just Football #JF70 wonderkids making waves across Europe. Deji Faremi selects the stars who have caught the eye in recent weeks.... Kingsley Coman Embed from...

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Justin Kluivert: Like father like son for Ajax’s hottest new talent

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Recognise the name? Justin Kluivert has to deal with the increased scrutiny of being the son of Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert. One of Europe's best strikers, Patrick Kluivert represented major clubs...

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PSG, Monaco and Ajax stars among our #JF70 young talents of the week, week 11

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Our #JF70 review is back for another week on Just Football. From our chosen 70 best young talents to watch in Europe in 2016/17 which stars are standing out lately? Deji Faremi selects a handful of...

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Real Madrid and Porto stars among our #JF70 top young talents of the week, week 10

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Each week on Just Football we analyse and praise the star performers from our #JF70 handpicked 70 best young players to watch this season around Europe. So which young talents shone this past...

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From Alex Iwobi to Donnarumma: The JF70 Team of the Year so far

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All this season, we have been covering the exploits of our #JF70 best young players in Europe to watch in 2016/17, with regular updates on their performances. Some of the 70 have...

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January Transfer Window 2017 complete guide: 17 players who could be on the move around Europe

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It's January and you know what that means: transfer window time! The January transfer window 2017 is now open and Jim White, for one, is absolutely delighted about it. January is always a...

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Nathan Ake, Kasper Dolberg, Franck Kessie… #JF70 young talents of the week, week 6

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It's #JF70 young talents of the week time. Let's get into it. Which of our 70 chosen star young players shone in the latest round of action around Europe? Read on and find out......

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Renato Sanches, Golden Boy – #JF70 young talents of the week, week 3

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We're back with another look at a selection of starplayers from our #JF70 best young players in Europe. Who impressed in our seven chosen leagues this week? Who's on form? And, if you...

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Alex Iwobi, Kasper Dolberg and the #JF70 best young players in Europe review – week 1

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At the start of the season we released our #JF70 Class of 2016/17 the 70 best young talents you need to keep an eye on this season (22 or under as of 1st September 2016). Each week...

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Top five young defenders who can become world class, includes this highly talented Chelsea player

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Defenders do not usually get the glory like the strikers, but they are absolutely vital for a team to be successful. At the moment there are a lot of very talented young defenders plying their trade at top clubs around the world.

Below is a rundown of 5 centre backs under 22 years old who have the potential to become world class.

The #JF70 2017: Top 10 best Eredivisie young talents to watch in 2016/17

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We've reviewed 2015/16's most exciting young players to watch in the Netherlands, England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany on Just Football. Now it's time for us to announce the...

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Top 10 Eredivisie young players of 2015/16 – The JF60 Class of 2016 Review

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The #JF60 is our annual special feature on Just Football bringing you the best young footballers in Europe across six major leagues. Before we release our Class of 2017 later this week the 10...

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Mesut Ozil and brilliant Jerome Boateng among top five players in Euro 2016 Group C

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Our wrap of the top five players from each group at Euro 2016 continues now on Just Football, with Group C (see Group A's top five players here and Group B's here). Germany topped the...

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‘I Do Not Think I’ll Return’ – Former Man Utd Boss Louis Van Gaal All But Confirms Retirement

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Louis van Gaal has all but confirmed that he has retired from management after knocking back a potentially lucrative offer to coach in Asia.

The Dutchman has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United last May, two days after winning the FA Cup.

However, what started as an extended sabbatical is now looking like a permanent retirement from football, with Van Gaal citing "family reasons" (believed to be the recent sudden death of his son-in-law) for not wanting to wade back into the mire at the age of 65.

Official: Dutch International ‘Keeper Jasper Cillessen Completes €13m Dream Move To Barcelona (Photo)

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Jasper Cillessen has opened a brand spanking new Twitter account to announce that he's only gone and sealed his dream move to Barcelona.

The Dutch international goalkeeper has joined the Catalans on a five-year deal, with Ajax receiving a fee of around€13million (plus a further €2million in add-ons) for the pleasure.

Barcelona confirm agreement for goalkeeper's transfer to Manchester City

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Barcelona have announced that an agreement has been reached with Manchester City for the transfer of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Following weeks of speculation, Bravo is now expected to sign a four-year contract with Man City, who will reportedly pay £17 million to acquire the Chilean stopper’s services.

Champions League Final History: Results, Winners, Records, Goalscorers & Venues

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The Champions League is UEFA’s biggest competition and arguably the most important club competition in the world. The competition as it is today is a rebranding of the old European Cup, with the 2015/16 Champions League the 24th season in the new format, and the 61st in the history of the tournament.

Serie A

In Wake Of Frank De Boer Sacking, Former Ajax Employee Delivers Poetic Assessment Of Just How Crap Inter Milan Are

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As was almost inevitable, Inter Milan sacked Frank de Boer as their head coach yesterday after the Dutchman failed to completely restore one of European football's most preeminent sinking ships backto its former glory in the space of 85 days.

After the announcement was made, De Boer issued a brief statement lamenting the fact that he wasn't given more time to see his project through to completion.

Inter a Frank de Boer. Contratto triennale per l’olandese

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Adesso è ufficiale. Il dopo Mancini è Frank de Boer: il 46enne tecnico olandese, ex Ajax, sbarca in Italia e sancisce, con la sua firma, l'inizio di quest'emozionante avventura sulla panchina dell'Internazionale. Contratto triennale per de Boer che, nel pomeriggio, sar presentato alla stampa presso il centro sportivo "Angelo Moratti".

Transfer News & Rumours

24 Goals in 67 Games: Chelsea Agree Deal For Forward; Player Set To Re-unite With Former Manager

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Ajax Amsterdam have agreed on a deal with Chelsea to sign the highly talented young striker Bertrand Traore on a season-long loan.

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the 20-year-old will head to Netherlands on loan, and the move is as good as done.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise as Chelsea have strengthened their forward option this summer by signing Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.

Chelsea Round Up: BuLi club offer €18m for defender, striker linked with Ajax move

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Borussia Mönchengladbach have made a new bid for young Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen, but it still falls short of what the Premier League side are believed to be holding out for.

The 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him after a stellar 2015-16 season in Germany where he helped Gladbach reach the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds with a fourth place finish as one of their most prominent back four.

The Rest

Giant smoke bombs interrupt PSV v Ajax

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Eindhoven (Netherlands) (AFP) – Thick black fumes from smoke bombs engulfed stands at PSV Eindhoven’s crunch home game against Ajax, interrupting the match and leaving several fans with breathing and eye problems.

Dozens of people scattered to take refuge as black smoke billowed through the Philips Stadion, forcing the referee to suspend play five minutes into the second half.

Ajax Send 27 Crates Of Beer To East Kilbride After Scottish Minnows Surpass 26-Game Winning Streak (Photo & Video)

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It's not often you hear Johan Cruyff mentioned in the same breath as the Scottish Lowland League, but the two footballing spheres overlappedin joyous fashion on Saturday evening.

Indeed, East Kilbride surpassed the feats of Cruyff's imperious Ajax side of 1971/72 by winning their 27th game on the bounce, witha 3-1 win over BSC Glasgow sealing the deal.