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Ten top January transfer targets: from De Jong to Almirón and Lozano

Tanguy Ndombele and Nicolas Pépé have caught English eyes, while Lucas Hernández is the window’s hottest propertyCurrent club Atlético Madrid. Estimated value £72.3m Continue reading…

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Sports prospects of 2019: the men set to shine in the year ahead

From a much-vaunted Dutch footballer to a quick bowler and pole vaulter who broke a world record aged sevenFrenkie de Jong (Ajax & Netherlands) Continue reading…

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Champions League: last 16 draw – live!

Draw starts at 11am GMT | How far will the 16 teams go?Sign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.29am GMT Over on Uefa, they have managed to ask dozens of famous players at Champions League cl…

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European round-up: Barça go clear at top thanks to Lionel Messi hat-trick

• Levante 0-5 Barcelona; Sevilla 2-0 Girona• Ajax thrash De Graafschap 8-0 in EredivisieLionel Messi scored his 43rd hat-trick for Barcelona as they gained a measure of revenge for their record-wrecking defeat by Levante last season with a comprehensiv…

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Champions League: how far will the 16 teams go in the knockout stages?

Will PSG finally make the last four? Will Liverpool win away from Anfield? Will Lyon win another game? By Ben McAleer and Josh Wright for WhoScoredAjax have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in 13 years and almost di…

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Champions League last-16 draw: who’s hot, who’s not and who can play who

• Manchester City, Barça, Real and Bayern among top seeds• Liverpool, Spurs and United face daunting prospectsThe Premier League will supply a quarter of the teams in the Champions League last-16 draw, which will take place at 11am on Monday. Teams fro…

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Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong: ‘I try to have a picture of where everyone is’

The Dutch 21-year-old, one of the best young players around, talks intuition, Johan Cruyff and the links with Barcelona and Manchester City“It’s crazy when people like you come all the way from England,” Frenkie de Jong says with a sincerity that sugge…

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Champions League: Bale on target in Real Madrid win against Roma

• Roma 0-2 Real Madrid; Juventus 1-0 Valencia• Gareth Bale and Lucas Vázquez score for Spanish giantsReal Madrid found solace in the Champions League once more as a 2-0 win at Roma confirmed top spot in Group G.The champions took a 47th-minute lead thr…

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AEK Athens’ Champions League tie with Ajax marred by serious crowd trouble

• Footage appears to show petrol bomb thrown into stands• Greek police officers reportedly hit Ajax fans before gameAEK Athens’ Champions League defeat to Ajax in the Greek capital was marred by violent scenes before kick-off.The away fans came under a…

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From De Jong to De Ligt, Ajax’s talent factory is challenging Europe’s best | Jacob Steinberg

Dutch side are closing on the Champions League knockout phase thanks to latest batch of tyros causing the sharks to circleLast month a reporter stuck a microphone in Matthijs de Ligt’s face and asked the Ajax defender to choose a favourite out of Barce…

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Cristiano Ronaldo sent off but 10-man Juventus go on to beat Valencia

• Ronaldo may miss trip to Manchester United next month• Ajax defeat AEK Athens 3-0; Bayern Munich beat Benfica 2-0Cristiano Ronaldo may miss a return to Old Trafford with Juventus on 23 October after he left the pitch in tears following a red card for…

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Nwankwo Kanu: ‘We have saved 542 lives. This means more than football’

The former Arsenal striker on how his heart problem inspired him to set up a foundation and why clubs should do more to monitor their players’ healthNwankwo Kanu remembers the shouting, the confusion and the overriding sense of desperation. A woman had…

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Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to join Tottenham for £40m?

Today’s whispers are feeling blondeAjax are a selling club. Academy prospects are either polished into diamonds or players are craftily bought on the cheap and sold for enormous profit – the club has made an estimated €400m in transfer fees in the last…

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Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri’s condition improving, says brother

• ‘Appie’ Nouri collapsed in pre-season game last July• ‘If I compare it with the past, at the moment it’s going well’The condition of Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri is improving, more than a year after he collapsed during a friendly match and suffered…

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Transfer roundup: Daley Blind set to leave Manchester United for Ajax

• Clubs reportedly agree £14.1m fee for Dutch international• West Ham sign £3.5m Paraguay defender Fabian BalbuenaManchester United’s Daley Blind is set for a return to Ajax after the two clubs reportedly agreed a £14.1m fee for the defender.Blind made…

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Ajax admit treatment for Abdelhak Nouri after collapse was ‘inadequate’

• Nouri suffered a cardiac arrest during a pre-season friendly• The player suffered ‘serious and permanent’ brain damageAjax have admitted to providing “inadequate” on-field medical treatment for Abdelhak Nouri after the former midfielder collapsed dur…

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Pep Guardiola considers making move for Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt

• De Ligt could replace Vincent Kompany at Manchester City• Highly-rated 18-year-old has been capped by NetherlandsPep Guardiola is monitoring Ajax’s highly-rated 18-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential long-term replacement for Vincent Ko…

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José Mourinho keen to bring Ajax’s Justin Kluivert to Manchester United

• Forward favours United move after Ajax contract talks break down• Interest casts further doubt over future of Anthony MartialJosé Mourinho is targeting Ajax’s Justin Kluivert this summer, with the 19-year-old favouring a move to Manchester United.Klu…

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Ronald Koeman looks to bring something old and something new to Netherlands

Past master was schooled by the Dutch greats but has turned to youth as he tries to return his country to football’s top tableWatching Ronald Koeman’s press conference before the Netherlands’ friendly against England on Friday, it almost felt as though…

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Abdelhak Nouri’s family say they were not told of existing heart ‘condition’

• Dutch FA and Ajax knew of condition in 2014• Nouri’s family ‘convinced Abdelhak had no knowledge’ of it• Ajax player collapsed on pitch in July and has permanent brain damageAbdelhak Nouri’s family have responded to reports that the 20-year-old had a…