As Manchester United are set to face Dutch giants Ajax in the Europa League final, we look at top stars that have lined up for both clubs.

  1. Jesper Olsen.

The Dane started at Ajax in 1981. His mesmerising skill and pace helped him beat oppositions. He is credited with devising the “passed penalty” with Johan Cruyff. Rather than kick a penalty, Cruyff passed the ball to Olsen. Olsen returned the favour to confuse the goalkeeper before Cruyff buried it. That happened in 1982 in a league match in the Netherlands.

Olsen won two league titles with the club before moving to England to star for the Red Devils. He played from 1984 to 1988 before moving to France.

  1. Edwin van der Sar.

The famous goalkeeper is a football legend. He played for almost a decade for the Dutch side starting from 1990. He lifted four Eredivisie title, three Dutch Cups, the UEFA Cup and a Champions League title in 1995. He moved to United in 2005 and replicated such brilliance until his exit in 2011. He lifted four Premier League titles, two League Cups and a Champions League title in 2008. Continue reading “TOP FOOTBALL STARS THAT HAVE PLAYED FOR AJAX AND MAN UNITED”


Van Der Sar Disappointed with Jose Mourinho’s First Season

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar has delivered his verdict on Manchester United’s performances under Jose Mourinho. He says that the results have simply not been good enough under the Portuguese manager, who has taken over from Van Gaal.

Mourinho was appointed with the sole intention of transforming the fortunes of the club. Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club has been unable to win major honours – especially the league title. Louis van Gaal did leave the club with a FA Cup medal, while Jose Mourinho won the League Cup inside a campaign. Continue reading “Van Der Sar Disappointed with Jose Mourinho’s First Season”


Former United Star Edwin Van Der Sar Joins Ajax Cape Town Board

South African football outfit Ajax Cape Town have brought in former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van this as one of the club’s new directors.

The Dutchman joins the board and may play a crucial role in the future of the club going forward. He has joined hands with fellow Dutchmanand goalkeeper Stanley Menzo at the club. Ajax Cape Town’s commercial director Alexi Efstathiou has claimed that it is a move that will be of major assistance to the club in order to become world class.

Edwin van Der Sar is best known for representing Juventus and Manchester United, although it is highly likely that many young fans will remember him for the latter. Continue reading “Former United Star Edwin Van Der Sar Joins Ajax Cape Town Board”



Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer.

He confirmed the story through his Twitter handle when he posted; “This day is a special one for me. In 1989 I arrived in Amsterdam as a young goalkeeper. As of today I’m the CEO of @AFCAjax.”

The former Red Devils player takes over from Dolf Collee who is set to exit in a year. The appointment confirmation came during the Annual General Meeting of shareholders. Van der Sar would relinquish his former commercial director role to Menno van Geelen as he prepares to assume his new office whilst he remains the technical chair of the club.

The player also recently joined the board of Ajax Cape Town. He was announced a member as the club wanted to tap into his wealth of experience as a top football brand. Van der Sar was with Ajax Amsterdam before his move to Old Trafford. He has featured for Juventus and Fulham as well and is expected to help the Urban Warriors improve.

“I think this is a great step by the club and directors. We are delighted to have him on board as we all know him as one of the most celebrated football legends of the game.

“He joins the Cape Town-based directors bringing with him lots of experience and a wealth of knowledge. We are pleased and we hope to take the brand to the world as we used to. We are confident that he will add to the strong board we currently have,” the club’s commercial director Alexi Efstathiou said.

Efstathiou added that they expected the visit of Van der Sar next year when they discuss and collaborate with Ajax Amsterdam.


Edwin van der Sar went from being a player to the CEO of Ajax

Throughout the entire playing career of Edwin van der Sar, he has performed in Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United and VV Noordwijk.

Despite having played with some of the biggest European clubs such as Manchester United and Juventus, it’s with Ajax where he feels most at home and where his fan-base can truly be felt.

It was with Ajax where Edwin van der Sar initially developed as a youth before he went off to join some of the bigger and more recognized European clubs.

Edwin van der Sar officially retired from playing at a competitive level on May of 2011 but the retiree still remains up to date with the world of football as he returned to his roots with Ajax as he later went on to become the marketing director of the Dutch club and it has recently been confirmed by the club itself that Edwin van der Sar is going to become the chief executive officer as he is expected to replace DolfCollee.

On November 11 of the ongoing year, DolfCollee is predicted to step down from his CEO position in Ajax and Edwin van der Sar has already been confirmed as the person selected to replace him and become the new CEO of the Dutch club.

After having spent around 9 years with Ajax and helped the club to win a number of trophies including: UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Eredivisie and a few others along the way as a player, Edwin van der Sar is hoping that he can continue helping out Ajax in adding more pieces of silverware and accomplishing more milestones but this time around not as a player but as an executive staff member.


Van der Sar wants patience

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar has urged fans to be patient with their manager.

The Portuguese manager has come under pressure in recent games after the club was beaten three times in a row. Edwin Van Der Sar believes that Jose Mourinho is currently a victim of his own success and that people expect a lot from him.

The Dutch goalkeeper believes that the manager should be given time to work with the players and to inculcate his own philosophy in the team. He said that it is not a good idea to change manager every year and that Mourinho should be given time.

He said that the club had started well their campaign and it is only in the last few games that there have been problems. He believes that Jose Mourinho is the right person for the team and that the club should give him some time.

He has urged fans to stay behind the team and not to put unnecessary pressure on the team by booing players on the pitch. He said that a new manager needs time and that he expects the board to give Jose Mourinho enough time to change the team.

For Van der Sar, Manchester United currently has a good team, and it is up to the players to deliver the goods. He believes that Mourinho has made some impressive signings during the transfer window and that it will take time before the team gel.

Edwin Van der Sar believes that the current Manchester United team will be part of the Premier League race and that they will need to be consistent if they want to win the title. He said that Mourinho is a highly experienced manager and he is the appropriate man to change Manchester United fortunes around.


Edwin van der Sar is of the opinion that Everton could be making the wrong move

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is of the opinion that Everton could be making the wrong move in going for former Ajax manager Frank de Boer.

After having been in charge of Ajax for six seasons, the Dutchman recently left the job in the hope of getting an even bigger appointment. The prospect of managing in the Premier League, which is regarded as one of the best in the world, will be enticing for any manager and the same seems to hold for Frank de Boer. He has been rumoured as the frontrunner for the Everton managerial role.

After recently parting company with Roberto Martinez, Everton are on the lookout for a new manager. Even though they have the option of going for the former manager David Moyes who is now available, the club are thought to be keen on retaining the attractive style of football built by Martinez. The Spaniard, though, was not at his consistent best and the club were not able to achieve their objectives as a result. Any foreign manager will immediately struggle to adapt at Goodison Park and Everton should be focusing on getting a manager experienced with the league, according to van der Sar.

The Dutchman also reckons thatde Boer may struggle with the intense level of competition expected in the league next year.“The Premier League is a very tough competition.When you look at the names like (Jurgen) Klopp, (Pep) Guardiola, (Jose) Mourinho, (Arsene) Wenger then it will be a very tough season for him to do well at Everton.I would like to see him go in there because it would be very interesting.He does have a way of playing that is very interesting for England. He would be a very good manager, but the question is how (would he do) with the competition from the other teams,” said the former goalkeeper.


Edwin van der sar believes that Koeman will have it tough in Everton

Ronald Koeman replaced Roberto Martinez as the head coach of Everton a few days ago and now the Dutch coach has the task of pushing the Premier League club into the European spots of the top tier English League which the former coach Roberto Martinez failed to do.

In terms of high-profile players, the Spanish League is the one that receives most attention as the likes of: Messi, Neymar, Suarez, C.Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema are all competing in La Liga. Just by having all of these well-known performers is a reason of why Spain is considered to be as a competitive and attractive football destination.

However, when it comes to managers there is a league that is quickly becoming the spotlight and it’s the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho was recently announced as the new coach of Manchester United and he will be contending against the likes of: Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp and many other highly rated managers and teams in the English League.

It’s because of these reasons that Edwin van der Sar believes why Ronald Koeman will struggle coaching and having success in Everton as the retired shot-stopper said: “When you look at the names like Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger then it will be a very tough season for him to do well at Everton. I would like to see him go in there because it would be very interesting. He does have a way of playing that is very interesting for England. He would be a very good manager, but the question is how he would do with the competition from the other teams.”

Edwin van der sar has experience performing in the Premier League after making a combined total of appearances of over 300 through his time spent wearing the Manchester United and Fulham jersey.
The retired Dutch player is certain that because of all the top managers that have been arriving in recent times will make it difficult for Ronald Koeman to have a successful spell with Everton.


Edwin van der Sar believes Real Madrid don’t need another goal-keeper

For the past few transfer windows, Real Madrid has been attempting to sign Manchester United’s David de Gea but have fallen short and never truly managed to secure the services of the Spanish shot-stopper.

However, according to Edwin van der Sar there is no need for Real Madrid to sign another goal-keeper as they already have a top class player with KeylorNavas.

There were rumors going on claiming that Real Madrid was going to re-attempt and sign David de Gea during the approaching summer transfer window but considering how impressively the Costa Rican player has been doing, it might not be necessary.

When Edwin van der Sar was asked about the possibility of seeing David de Gea making a move to Real Madrid or to any other club, the retired shot-stopper replied by saying: No, De Gea plays for Manchester United. I think Real Madrid already have a very good keeper in KeylorNavas, he is also a very strong keeper and he’s been important to the club. That’s the situation at the moment.”

KeylorNavas has been doing so impressively that he recently broke the Champions League record of having gone for the longest period of time without conceding a single goal.

“He overtook me; I think I’m third now. It’s an incredible achievement. Teams need good keepers, but also good defenders and midfielder, so it’s good for him that Madrid have those players.” Former Manchester United star Edwin van der Sar added on.

Edwin van der Sar retired from playing competitive football back on May of 2011 but he recently came out of retirement to play a single match with the Dutch football team VV Noordwijk and he managed to save a penalty kick.


edwin van der sar says Ajax will head to China

Former Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United goal keeper, Edwin Van Der Sar, who is the marketing director of his first major club says Ajax will head to China after the 2015/2016 season.

Ajax have announced plans to tour China with a full strength squad. They will stay in Beijing and Shenyang from May 13th to the 19th where they will play a friendly against Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin FC in Shenyang on the 18th. The first team squad is also scheduled to have a clinic for a local youth team then a public training session and other various activities in both cities.

Van der Sar in a press release said:

“It is a long-cherished wish to go to China with Ajax.

“After our Asian trip to Indonesia in 2014, we now visit China. It’s good for Ajax to be internationally visible with this tour.

“It will be a nice experience for players and staff and, of course, China is home to Ajax sponsors CST (tire producer), Huawei (telecommunications equipment and service provider), Sengled (smart-lighting company) and Le Sports (sports subsidiary of Internet group Le Eco) and an important market for our sponsors Adidas and Mercedes.”

Ajax are the all-time leading Dutch champions with 33 league titles and are poised to win another as the club leads the current table with four matches left. The club has also won four European Champions Cup/Champions League (1971, 1972, 1973 and 1995) and two Intercontinental Cups (1972, 1995).

Edwin Van Der Sar has been to China before as Ajax director and he also accompanied Dutch King Willem-Alexander during a state visit to China. The goal keeper recently visited Amsterdam to pay his respects to Johan Cruyff following his death. While there, he heaped praises on the legend calling him the “greatest player” Ajax has ever produced.