Christian Eriksen of Ajax (Google Creative Commons)
With Mario Gotze set to join Bayern Munich on July 1st, for a fee of €37 million, Jurgen Klopp and Borussia Dortmund look primed to sign Gotze's replacement sooner rather than later.Die Borussen have been linked with numerous players including fellow German youngster Julian Draxler, who has recently recommitted himself to Schalke, Ajax star Christian Eriksen, and most recently Atletico Mineiro youngster Bernard.
For quite some time, Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen has been linked with moves all throughout Europe. According to The Express his latest rumored destination is with Inter Milan.
As his current club contract is set to expire in 2014, a number of suitors are in search of his services. A move to Inter could potentially benefit the attack-minded midfielder as he would surround himself with some of the best players in the Serie A, including Ezequiel Schelotto, Ricardo Alvarez, and Marco Benassi for a place in the starting eleven.
Toby Alderweireld of AFC Ajax( Photo by Anoek de Groot/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
One year on from selling former club captain Jan Vertonghen to Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax are set to lose another of their defensive stars after it became apparent that Toby Alderweireld was closing in on a switch to AS Roma.
Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has snubbed interest from Liverpool and Tottenham to join Roma at the end of the season. The 24-year-old centre back announced he was leaving Ajax two months ago and had hinted that a switch to the Premier League would be his preference. However, despite Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle all expressing an interest in the player, Roma have jumped the queue and agreed a deal.
Champions League: The most successful countries and cities - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This year's Champions League will obviously go to Germany and it will be the seventh time a German club will be crowned the champions of Europe. Which makes one wonder, how many Champions League trophies have gone to the other top European football nations.
Is Luis Suarez bad for Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The antics of Luis Suarez on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Anfield have generated much brouhaha in the footballing world. Commentators on the game – ranging from ex-players to newspapers to various fan forums have been forthcoming and fulsome in their opinions on Suarez biting Chelsea's defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could be set for another lengthy ban after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. The Uruguayan striker helped himself to a chunk of Ivanovic's arm during a run-of-the-mill coming together between the pair. He does have biting form having previously sunk his gnashers into PSV Eindhoven's Ottman Bakkal in 2010 during his [.
According to Reports Liverpool are one of the sides that have been heavily linked to sign Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen even though Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea all thought to be interested.
Certain reports from the Dutch media also reported the deal is finalized between the two Clubs.
Defenders seem to be the talk of the day here at the Football Transfer Tavern and given the latest claim from talkSPORT it seems Liverpool's scouting department have been very busy. They claim that the club is set to make a move for Ajax's Toby Alderweireld after having met with the players agent over a potential move to Anfield.
Highly rated Ajax defender Toby Alderwiereld has admitted that he would be interested in a move to Liverpool should they show interest. With Jamie Carragher retiring at the end of the season and Martin Skrtel's worrying form they are said to be in the market for a new defender in the summer. Alderwiereld gave the green light to a move to Anfield, telling Belgium paper Het Nieuws Laatste: "I do not want to play in an English club to mid-table.
Liverpool is the latest side to express an interest in Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld. The central defender, who can also play at right-back, has a contract at Ajax until 2014 and the club is trying to get him to sign an extension. However, with news of interest from the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and now Liverpool, the Belgian could be on the move.
Tottenham doesn't need more midfielders - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ajax star Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move to the Premier League ever since he turned down a new contract at the Dutch club. The two big English sides thought to be interested in him are Liverpool and Tottenham.
According to Reports Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen could be set for a move to the Premier League after the 21-year-old Danish international revealed he won't sign a new contract to extend his Stay.
Tottenham and Liverpool in pole position for his signature after reports suggesting both the clubs are scouting him 'every week'.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will battle for the signature of Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen this summer, reports suggesting. The Danish international is contracted to the Amsterdam ArenA until the summer of 2014, but recent comments made from Ajax's director of football Marc Overmars suggest that the midfielder has his eye on a move this summer.
Liverpool & Spurs to battle it out for Christian Eriksen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Ajax midfield prodigy Christian Eriksen has become a top priority signing in the summer for Liverpool and Tottenham after the Denmark ace made it clear that he won't be signing a new contract at his current club.
Luis Suarez is the only Player of the Year for Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers picks Luis Suarez as the Player of the Year and believes the Uruguayan can inspire his team to finish the season on a high note.
Brendan Rodgers picks Luis Suarez as the Player of the Year
Suarez has been one of the top performers of the season having scored 25 goals already in all competitions, 18 of them have come in the league and one of the major contenders for the Player of the Year award along with Manchester United's Robin van Persie and Tottenham's Gareth Bale.
Suarez shows interest in moving to Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Luis Suarez came from Ajax at a time when Liverpool fans hadn't fully recovered yet from the heart-break suffered after losing Fernando Torres to Chelsea. He came and just conquered. And within a short time he duly earned the status of a hero.
Congratulations to Juventus and Ajax for clinching the Serie A and Eredivisie titles respectively.
Juventus beat Palermo 1-0 for their second consecutive Serie A title. The victory gives the Turin side their 29th Serie A title in the club's history. However, Juve fans unfurled a banner after the game that had the number 31 painted on it.
With a 5-0 win against Willem II, Ajax won their third straight Eredivisie title and 32nd in the club's history. To celebrate this achievement, defender Daley Blind brought back the club's new tradition of accidentally testing the durability of the Eredivisie shield.
At the end of the 2011 season, then goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg dropped the shield off the top of a moving bus during the club's parade through Amsterdam, causing it to roll down the street like an oversized bottle cap.
England toppling in UEFA rankings as Germany closes gap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
For the first time since 1996, there are no English representative in the Champions League quarterfinals. With the rise of Bundesliga, this could mean a possible drop to third position in the UEFA rankings for Premier League which started the season on top, above Spain and Germany.
Ajax has some of the best or at least community-immersed kit launches of any club in the world. A couple of years back they brought out the new kit by crashing a pick-up match in the park with a camera crew, then handing over the shirts to the players they'd just....treated kindly. Several years ago they did a shirt swap in downtown Amsterdam.
Viktor Fischer was wanted by all the big clubs in the world, and it turns out there's a damn good reason. At 18, he's already a fully established member of the Ajax and Danish national sides, with a fresh new contract as reward. He's good. He's very, very good.
But the degree of composure required for an 18 year old to pull off the casual chip shot he did this weekend against NEC is something truly special.
"You need both quality and results. Results without quality is boring; quality without results is meaningless." – Johan Cruyff
Ajax's fine youth academy is called ‘Die Toekomst' or ‘The Future'. Founded in1900, the club plays the so-called ‘Total Football' approach in a 4-3-3 system invented by the great Dutch manager Rinus Michels.
L'estartit Another prime time showdown against one of the top youth academies in world football.
The Netherlands have produced countless world class players with Ajax being the conveyer belt. Johan Cruyff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marco Van Basten, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, and Nigel de Jong to name a few.
AZ Alkmaar's in-form striker Jozy Altidore scores this cheeky, while elegant 40 yard chip during his sides 3-0 Dutch Cup semi-final win over Ajax last night. That's 23 goals for the season for the American striker.
It's a cliche to describe a chip as "cheeky." It seems virtually all chips are described that way. But if ever there was one deserving of such a label, it's Jozy Altidore's chip against Ajax from 40 yards out in AZ Alkmaar's 3-0 Dutch Cup semifinal win.
Altidore already had one goal on the day (and set up another) and with the match in its final minute of injury time, the result was already certain.
When Dennis Bergkamp ended his playing career in 2006, he had scored 122 goals for Arsenal at a rate of more than one every two games. He had picked up 10 winners medals with the the club, and been a key part of the invincibles who went an entire league season unbeaten.
The first match at the new Emirates Stadium was a testimonial for the non-flying Dutchman, and he will soon grace the stadium again, in statue form.
In much the same way the Chelsea club shop sent out poor l'il Juan Mata to do their dirty work not so long ago, Ajax press-ganged the threesome ofSiem de Jong, Daley Blind and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson into hitting the road and hand-delivering the club's brand new (and rather smart) away kit to 32 lucky fans in and around Amsterdam who had pre-ordered the shirt through the club's online store.
Ajax has dismissed reports that they have agreed a deal to sell Christian Eriksen to Liverpool this summer. Reports in recent weeks have suggested that the Premier League club is close to signing the highly rated playmaker but Ajax has rejected the claims. "We will send out a press release when there is an agreement," Ajax press manager Eefje Schep told Danish TV2.
It has been an amazing first season for the new Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, who created history by winning the League Cup, Swansea's first major trophy. However the genius Dane has had a lot of history of his own as a player.
Let's turn the clock back to June 15 1964, where a young Michael was born in the suburbs of Frederiksberg, Copenhagen.