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The young guns of the current Ajax squad takes us back to the good old days of the 1990s when they were counted as one of the most dangerous clubs in the whole of Europe and by defeating big dogs like Real Madrid and Juventus, Ajax has surely made their intentions for the European title extremely clear. This epic run of the Dutch team started from the very first match of this UEFA Champions League season, where they defeated AEK Athens FC 3-0. Continuing their winning form, they went on to play some mind-boggling matches to reach into the semi-finals this year. Starting with: Ajax Vs Bayern Munich © AP For a young team like Ajax, scoring a draw against the mighty Bayern Munich and that too in the Allianz Arena was in itself a very big achievement. Later in the group stage, when they met the Germans again, they went on to give the home crowd a courageous six-goal draw equipped with an added time equalising goal by Nicolas Tagliafico. Earlier, these draws were considered as 'flukes' for the newbies but with time, they showed everyone what their true character is built of. With players such as Frankie De Jong and Dusan Tadic in the team, they did make a statement that they belong amongst the best clubs in the world. Ajax Vs Real Madrid © Reuters Surpassing their group stage while being undefeated, Ajax proudly marched into the Round of 16 where they faced their first drums against Real Madrid, who handed them their first loss at home this season. As dangerous as a wounded lion, the young Dutch team stunned Santiago Bernabeu when they thrashed the defending champions 4-1 in the second leg, entering the quarter-finals with a comfortable 5-3 win on aggregate. The rain of goals by Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Lasse Schone and Tadic, made Real's defence seem invisible. With their scintillating win over Real, the world started noticing the immense talent in the youngsters who can be a tough competition for the rest of the teams in the 2018-19 season of Champions League. Ajax Vs Juventus © AP When the draw for the quarter-finals came out, everyone thought that reaching the semi-finals would be a cake-walk for a team like Juventus, but Ajax, on the other hand, had different plans. They believed that they could win if they continue playing the type of football they have been playing off lately. Soon enough, they registered a draw in the first leg and a week later, they displayed another awe-spiring play to defeat the ferocious Juventus by 2-1, in their home itself. A well-placed goal by Donny Van De Beek and later the winning header by Matthijs De Ligt helped them cross the line. Now, entering the semi-finals after 22 long years, Ajax will have their hands on the deck when they take on either Tottenham Hotspurs or Manchester City next, to go a step ahead in their expedition to win the trophy for the first time in two decades.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe most important aspect about any sport is its fans. They're the reason why the players, the staff and the coaches play the sport. They give the players the confidence to give their best on the field and whichever their favourite team is, they really love it. But sometimes, the actions of some mad fans not only bring disgrace to a person but also the team they support. Similar humiliation was witnessed by Juventus when over 140 of their fans were arrested for possessing dangerous objects right before the UEFA Champions League game between Ajax and Juventus in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior, Matteo Salvini, claimed that 120 of those held were Juve supporters. "Around 120 were detained," he said in a Facebook Live video. "People were found carrying objects that were not exactly appropriate for a trip to the stadium,” he added. © Reuters "Football is a beautiful sport but only with clean hands and a clean face, without creating trouble, so be good," he further said. As per reports, two separate groups were arrested by the authorities. First, a group of 46 were apprehended at a metro station and later another 61 were detained at the Johan Cruyff Arena. On the other hand, dozens of Ajax supporters were also reported to have clashed against riot police in separate incidents outside the stadium and were dispersed using tear gas and water cannons. The arrested fans were taken to a detention centre by bus, as per 'De Telegraaf'. Despite the match ending in a 1-1 draw and Cristiano Rolando being the star for his side, this traumatizing incident certainly humiliated the visitors a lot.
Winger Gareth Bale was making a name for himself as somewhat of a bench warmer in the recent weeks as his club, Real Madrid had been undergoing one of the worst stints in the history of their existence. The players looked unhappy, the manager looked frustrated and the disappointed fans were on the verge of a riot when last night, in a do-or-die kind of a situation for Los Blancos, the Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) handed them a cruel 4-1 defeat, making them lose 3-5 on aggregate, and knocking them out of the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the home to Real Madrid players. Things particularly went out of hand for Bale who, in what has become more of a trend lately, started the game sitting on the substitution bench. However, the Welsh did lace up his boots and entered the field within 30 mins of play time as Lucas Vazquez went down with an injury. Not good for Bale #waleswatch pic.twitter.com/Wz9J0PqO4D — James Holt ð´ó §ó ¢ó ·ó ¬ó ³ó ¿ (@james_scfc88) March 5, 2019 Bale's average performance, which also included a shot at the post (but no goals), failed to impress the people of Madrid who voted him as the worst Real Madrid player during last night's heartbreaking defeat. According to the Spanish publication, Marca, who put to vote the performance of the 14 Los Blancos superstars, Bale received a total of 1,100+ Down Votes while only being able to garner 199 Up Votes. On the other hand, the current Ballon d'Or holder Luca Modric was voted the best Real Madrid player. Courtois, Nacho (Red Card) and Kroos ranked 11th, 12th and 13th worst just ahead of the Wales international. The collective heat towards the winger follows a rant by Bale's personal agent Jonathan Barnett. "This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth's goals for years to come. Frankly, they should be ashamed of themselves... Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace,” expressed Barnett in a recent interview with Sky. “In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He's one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet." Clearly, Bale's agent and Real Madrid fans are not on the same page as they took to Twitter to let the world know exactly how unhappy they are with the footballer's performance: When Perez asked Bale to step into Ronaldo's shoes pic.twitter.com/9MyTS5EU3k — Chidiebere Ogu ™ï¸ (@chyngyozil) March 5, 2019 September 19th, 2018 was the last time Gareth Bale scored at the Bernabéu. The guy who was begging to be CR's heir, shat on Zizou & Ancelotti and who's agent recently told us to kiss his feet — Ryan. (@Rygista) March 5, 2019 Bale too hurt pic.twitter.com/KWQBh8YAUF — Achraf Nidal (@Tweneboah305) March 5, 2019 Bale injured again! We shouldn't be going anywhere near him in the summer. Just another Sanchez! Past it, injury prone and overpriced#MUFC — The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 5, 2019 Bale twists his foot [The one his agent thinks Real Madrid fans should kiss] and is limping on the pitch. — Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) March 5, 2019
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIf you're a preacher of football, you know there are two kinds of fans: Real Madrid fans and people who hate Sergio Ramos. Needless to say, the majority of us belong to the latter category. No matter how good a defender Ramos is (probably the best in the world), he has proven time and again to be a total sh*thouse. From leading Spain to its maiden World Cup to winning three consecutive Champions Leagues, the Real Madrid icon has done it all, but all of that stands for nothing when Ramos shows the not-so-beautiful side of his game. From his cynical foul on Mo Salah to the infamous antics to stop Lionel Messi, we've seen it all. Often considered as 'The Master Of Dark Arts', Ramos boasts of a trophy cabinet like no other in the world of football, but to have more red cards than trophies, is a bit of a stretch. © Reuters This time, the Los Blancos skipper got into headlines after the UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body held him accountable for getting a deliberate yellow card for a foul on Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg, in the 89th minute. This yellow card means Ramos will be suspended from the home leg of the fixture. By picking up a suspension at this stage, Ramos has reduced the risk of missing a potentially more important match later in the competition, as all bookings are wiped following the quarter-final stage. However, a player who is found to have obtained a booking deliberately can be banned for two games. Ramos, who has been handed a one-game ban, has a hearing on February 28 where he might face the same consequences as Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia, who after the same actions was banned for two matches. © Reuters There is a strong possibility that the foul Ramos committed was a deliberate one. Considering he wanted to go clean for the latter stage of the competition plus his own admission saying, “be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking].” Ramos later clarified his post-match comments, saying, "I was referring to forcing the foul, a foul that was inevitable. Not to forcing the booking. It was a very dangerous counter-attack in the 88th minute, with an open match and the tie as well." UEFA will definitely see this as an opportunity to send out a message to other players, thus, safeguarding the ethics of the game. This might finally be the time when Sergio Ramos will not get away with murder.