Ajax are more than ready to upset the applecart and deny Manchester United the chance to win their first Europa League title.
The Premier League giants are strong favourites to win the final in Stockholm on Wednesday night, but their Dutch opponents, who won this trophy back in 1992, have surprised most in making it this far and are ready to surprise all over again.
Ahead of their first appearance in a major European final in over two decades, Ajax have fired a warning to Man United and the rest of Europe: they are back.
The video looks back at some of the best moments in the club’s history, from the Johan Cruyff-inspired glory days in the 70s to the sight of Patrick Kluivert lifting the Champions League trophy aloft in 1995 (his son Justin Kluivert could be doing similar in Sweden on Wednesday night).
They also find a space to take a cheeky swipe at their English opponents with the lines:
“We can’t buy a £100m midfielder, we don’t sell a billion jerseys every year, but we do believe in our own DNA. We play with the stars of tomorrow.”
Despite their lack of recent success, Ajax remain one of the most decorated teams in Europe. In addition to the aforementioned UEFA Cup win 25 years ago, they also have four European Cup/Champions League titles to their name (more than all but a handful of any team in the continent) as well as one Cup Winners’ Cup, 33 Eredivisie titles and 18 KNVB Cup wins.
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Peter Bosz’s young side will be looking to add to that collection against formidable opposition.