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Champions League play-offs: Dusan Tadic helps Ajax past Apoel Nicosia

• Last season’s semi-finalists reach group stage• Slavia Prague and Club Brugge also progressAjax booked their place in the Champions League group stage with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Apoel Nicosia in Amsterdam. After a goalless draw in Cyprus las…

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Champions League play-offs: Dusan Tadic helps Ajax past Apoel Nicosia

• Last season’s semi-finalists reach group stage• Slavia Prague and Club Brugge also progressAjax booked their place in the Champions League group stage with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Apoel Nicosia in Amsterdam. After a goalless draw in Cyprus las…

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Champions League roundup: Ajax hopes in balance after Apoel scare

Mazraoui sent off during edgy 0-0 draw in NicosiaSlavia Prague and Club Brugge on course for group stageAjax face a fight to qualify for the Champions League group stage after they clung on for a tense 0-0 draw in searing heat away to Apoel Nicosia in …

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The Dutch model of developing young footballers: let them sink or swim

The best teenagers at Ajax, PSV, AZ and Utrecht do not play in a youth league. They face men in the country’s second divisionBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsDespite Ajax going desperately close to reaching the Champions League final, the Ere…

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Nicholas Ioannou: ‘I’d love to play in front of a full house at Old Trafford’

Apoel Nicosia defender, whose side face Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, dreams of returning to Manchester United where he was reserve-team captainNicholas Ioannou’s name gives away his nationality but the moment he opens his mouth, allowing hi…

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Porto dumped out, Ajax edge through on night of Champions League drama

Porto beaten by Russia’s Krasnodar on away goalsDusan Tadic penalties help Ajax squeeze past PAOKPorto were dumped out of the Champions League by Russian side Krasnodar on a dramatic night of qualifiers, with Ajax coming from behind to edge out PAOK Sa…

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Frank de Boer: ‘Equal pay at international level now would be ridiculous’

The Atlanta United manager reflects on his short reign at Crystal Palace and explains why he thinks the equal pay debate is not overWhen José Mourinho called Frank de Boer “the worst manager in the history of the Premier League”, the Dutchman’s ego rem…

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Ajax start the Champions League in the third qualifying round. Is that fair? | Simon Burnton

Uefa’s calculation of coefficients penalises good teams in weak leagues and takes into account matches played six years agoAjax were one of the most entertaining and successful sides of the Champions League last season, beating Real Madrid and Juventus…

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Juventus signing Matthijs de Ligt: ‘Italy loves defending the most in the world’ – video

New Juventus signing Matthijs de Ligt seemed excited about making a name for himself in Serie A at his first press conference, saying “it is the country that loves defending the most in the world. If you talk about Italian players, for me the most comm…

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Sergiño Dest: the accidental USA star aiming to become Ajax’s Marcelo

The 18-year-old attacking full-back was born in the Netherlands to an American father. And his international career is blooming for the StatesThere is a new generation of US stars emerging at Europe’s elite clubs. And among this talent-rich class is a …

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Matthijs de Ligt joins Juventus from Ajax in €75m deal

• Defender signs five-year contract as Juve beat PSG to signing• Teenager could earn €460,000 a week after add-onsJuventus have confirmed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax for a fee of €75m (£67.8m), with the 19-year-old defender agreeing a fiv…

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Transfer window: 10 bargain signings of the summer so far

Football’s silly season has well and truly begun but some clubs are finding value in the transfer marketBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredWith every passing transfer window, prices seem to rise and rise – at least as far as Premier League clubs are conce…

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Matthijs de Ligt agrees terms with Juventus but PSG refuse to give up

Juve must now agree price with Ajax for centre-backItalian champions are set to re-sign Gianluigi BuffonMatthijs de Ligt has accepted Juventus offer of a five-year contract worth €24m (£21.6m) a year, of which a third will be performance related bonus,…

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Juventus edge ahead of PSG in race to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax

• Serie A champions in talks with Ajax defender’s agent over move• 19-year-old has not decided where he wants to play next seasonJuventus are hopeful of beating Paris Saint-Germain to the signing of Matthijs de Ligt and have started negotiations with t…

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Matthijs de Ligt considers options after £340,000-a-week offer from PSG

• PSG have made an offer of €70m plus add-ons to Ajax• Player waiting to hear if other clubs will match that bidThe Ajax captain, Matthijs de Ligt, has been offered a five-year deal worth £340,000 a week by Paris St-Germain and is now considering his o…

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Louis van Gaal: ‘I thought Manchester United could buy every player’

United’s former manager on Rooney, tactics, why the club is too commercial and being ‘very surprised’ at Solskjær’s appointmentThe Guardian sat down with Louis van Gaal at Noordwijk’s Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin, three years since his dismissal by Manche…

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Liverpool and Spurs’ Champions League wins have European roots | Letters

UEFA wins for Spurs and Liverpool should be seen as a triumph for European integration, say Malcolm Bower and Sean Day-Lewis. Myrna Hughes is worried about the environmental cost of the final. Tim Davies says the clean sweep for English sides deserves …

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‘A fairytale with a very bad ending’: Ajax and Netherlands in disbelief

Frenkie de Jong summed up Ajax’s devastation after Spurs ended their European miracle and his pain was echoed by their fans, the Dutch media and even rivals such as Dick AdvocaatIt is a day of drying hot tears in Amsterdam and in almost every part of t…

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What a night part two! Spurs’ stunning comeback against Ajax – in pictures

Just 24 hours after Liverpool defeated Barcelona, Tottenham defied the odds by staging their own amazing turnaround, coming back from three goals down on aggregate at half-time in the second leg to go through on away goals Continue reading…

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Emotional Lucas Moura reacts to replay of his match-winning goal against Ajax – video

Tottenham’s Lucas Moura was overcome with emotion when shown a replay of his last-gasp winner against Ajax for the first time. The Brazilian’s goal, his third of the night, sealed a remarkable 3-2 comeback for Spurs and sent them through to the Champio…