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Steven Bergwijn: ‘His brother said you will score for Appie … I did it’

Tottenham’s £25m signing from PSV Eindhoven is a childhood friend of Appie Nouri, the Ajax youngster who suffered permanent brain damage in 2017Steven Bergwijn was running in celebration before his debut goal for Tottenham against Manchester City hit t…

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Ajax announce deal to sell Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea for fee rising to €44m

Initial fee for winger is €40m and he will join on 1 JulyChelsea had hoped to sign Morocco international in JanuaryAjax have agreed a €40m (£33.6m) deal, potentially rising to €44m, to sell Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea in the summer.The 26-year-old will com…

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Chelsea agree €40m deal to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax in summer

Ziyech part of Frank Lampard’s reshaping of attacking optionsChelsea tried to sign 26-year-old Moroccan in JanuaryChelsea have reached an agreement in principle with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech at the end of the season for €40m (£33.6m) plus add-ons.Fran…

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Sergino Dest: Ajax’s USA defender leaves Qatar training camp amid Iran tensions

Dutch club were training in Middle East during winter breakPlayer said he felt uncomfortable after recent incidentsAjax and USA defender Sergino Dest is leaving the club’s winter training camp in Qatar, amid high tensions in the Middle East, the club a…

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Jaw-dropping sport moments of 2019: Hysteria at Anfield and in Amsterdam | Barney Ronay

No one gave Liverpool or Tottenham a chance of overhauling Barcelona and Ajax before a magical 24 hours of footballLiverpool v Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday night. Ajax v Tottenham in Amsterdam on the Wednesday. I was there. Or at least, I think I wa…

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Champions League roundup: Ajax and Inter crash out after home defeats

• Valencia beat Dutch champions 1-0 in Amsterdam• Dortmund progress as Ansu Fati becomes youngest scorerLast season’s beaten semi-finalists Ajax were the big casualties from the Champions League group stage as the Dutch champions crashed out following …

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Ajax’s Dusan Tadic: ‘You cannot buy happiness. Inside I feel rich’

The forward on turning down a ‘crazy’ offer from China, the semi-final defeat by Spurs and why he is grateful to SouthamptonAfter four years in the Premier League with Southampton Dusan Tadic wanted to go to only one club. From a young age he dreamed a…

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Ajax and Heracles stand still for first minute in anti-racism protest – video

Ajax and Heracles players stood still for the first minute after kick-off, as part of an anti-racism protest across the Netherlands’ top two divisions. The protests came after Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira was subject to racist abuse by Den Bos…

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Clarence Seedorf: ‘If someone has talent and ideas, give them a chance’

Seedorf’s three spells as a manager – at Milan, Deportivo and Cameroon – have shown him the power of positivityBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkStarting at the highest level felt natural to me. I know how that might sound, but hear m…

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Chelsea’s youthful soul keeps them fighting through the chaos | Barney Ronay

Ajax were majestic and fearless – even with nine men – but Chelsea’s comeback shows something is stirringKids, huh? Midway through the second half on a chilly, boisterous, increasingly wild night at Stamford Bridge this game simply fell apart. Related:…

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Chelsea’s youthful soul keeps them fighting through the chaos | Barney Ronay

Ajax were majestic and fearless – even with nine men – but Chelsea’s comeback shows something is stirringKids, huh? Midway through the second half on a chilly, boisterous, increasingly wild night at Stamford Bridge this game simply fell apart. Related:…

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Frank Lampard hails Chelsea spirit after three-goal comeback against Ajax

• Chelsea were 4-1 down before drawing 4-4• Lampard: ‘The players really pushed tonight and I loved it’Frank Lampard praised Chelsea’s spirit after they fought back from 4-1 down to claim a point against Ajax and keep their hopes of reaching the last 1…

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Frank Lampard hails Chelsea spirit after three-goal comeback against Ajax

• Chelsea were 4-1 down before drawing 4-4• Lampard: ‘The players really pushed tonight and I loved it’Frank Lampard praised Chelsea’s spirit after they fought back from 4-1 down to claim a point against Ajax and keep their hopes of reaching the last 1…

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Chelsea fight back as Ajax pay price for two red cards and two penalties

Good luck trying to make sense of it. With 55 minutes gone Ajax led 4-1 and were playing with the regal air that saw them destroy Real Madrid and Juventus last season. A hush had fallen over Stamford Bridge. Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek had playe…

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Chelsea v Ajax: Champions League – live!

Updates from the Group H match kick-off 8pm GMTLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesLiverpool v Genk – live!And you can get in touch with Scott here 7.32pm GMT Chelsea will play in their famous blue shirts. Their current patterned tops hav…

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Jorginho and Kovacic embodying Frank Lampard’s Chelsea revolution

The midfielders were seen as everything that was wrong with Sarriball but now the fans have chants that celebrate themIt will probably come as a surprise to Maurizio Sarri to learn that Chelsea’s fans have chants in celebration of Jorginho and Mateo Ko…

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Leyton Orient postpone cup match amid fears 2,000 Ajax fans would attend

• Leasing.com Trophy match moved a day on safety advice• Ajax fans arranged travel to Chelsea before ticket sales barredLeyton Orient have postponed their Leasing.com Trophy match against Brighton Under-21s by 24 hours after suggestions that it might b…

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Frank Lampard urges Chelsea to sustain new blueprint after ‘huge’ win over Ajax

• Manager delighted with every aspect of side’s performance• ‘It feels huge, which scares me because there is a lot to do’Frank Lampard said Chelsea had provided the blueprint for future success with their display in the 1-0 Champions League win at Aja…

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Christian Pulisic announces himself as the Lampard effect pays more dividends | Jacob Steinberg

American has struggled since arriving for £58m but he made the late winner at Ajax as Chelsea defeated one of last season’s semi-finalistsThere were 86 minutes on the clock when Christian Pulisic decided it was time to silence all the noise about his s…

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Chelsea leave it late but Michy Batshuayi makes the difference at Ajax

It was an occasion when Frank Lampard’s youthful Chelsea team, which featured four recent academy graduates, were placed up-close and personal with the demands of an excruciatingly high-pressure Champions League occasion.From the first whistle, it was …