Holland monopolized looks for many years. Modern, beautiful and effective football. Like that famous ‘Mechanical Orange’.
He also exported. Cruyff conquered other lands and revolutionized football.
The last few years have not been the best in football in the Netherlands. Soccer takes you to the highest and also sinks you. It is a cyclic effect.
You could say that Holland fulfills it perfectly, and after the collapse that deprived it to attending Russia 2018, the projection is huge.
The selection now goes through days full of joys, including the league, which sees how they increasingly organize a more competitive product, in addition to hosting a sensation team in Europe: the Ajax of Erik ten Hag.
It is not the van Gaal machine. They are not the same times. It will even offer the same joys as those of the 94/95 season. But it is the beginning of something big.
The importance of the sports project
A sports project is not everything, but it is something similar to 80%.
Ajax knows it. They have found the balance between experience, versatility, young promises, player development, performance and, above all, money. Everything works.
The harmony of the club translates into the court.
The team could be ‘dismantled’ next summer, but there would be no less than 200 million euros net for reinvestment. In fact, there could be many more.
Under a clear structure, players will pass and pass, but the team will always reach goals.
Without breaking the mold of exporting equipment (like the Eredivisie), the historic club of Amsterdam learned to compete in these times.
PSV, AZ, and Feyenoord are still looking for how to do it.
With a direct pass to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, there is nothing to lose. The Europa League final a few years ago was no accident. The project is in its best days … I, sincerely, would fear it.
A team that has nothing to lose will always be the worst opponent.
Alert, the new and wonderful Ajax is approaching.