Manchester United goalkeeping legend Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he almost signed for Liverpool under Gerard Houlier. The Dutchman said he almost moved to Anfield back in 1999. He was on the radar of most top sides following his success at Ajax. He spent nine successful years at the Netherlands top club, winning the UEFA Cup and the Champions League title in 1991 and 1995.

Houlier really wanted Van der Sar at the Merseyside that summer of 1999. The tall and lanky shot stopper was even shown around the club ahead of a likely transfer from the Eredivisie to the Premier League. While there were rumours that the deal was one waiting to happen, the keeper changed his mind as he agreed to a move to Juventus.



The Chief Executive Officer of Dutch soccer side Ajax, Edwin van der Sar, has opened up on the painful loss from the Europa League this season.

The team was rebuilding itself into a European heavyweight again but there have been many setbacks.

A young side led by a dynamic manager Peter Bosz helped the team go far in the Dutch Eredivisie but they narrowly lost it. The talented manager exited the side to replace Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund so Ajax had to turn to Marcel Keizer for the new season.

Some players that formed the core of last season’s team have moved to other sides, like Davy Klaassen who joined Premier League side Everton FC. Klaassen skippered the young Dutch side to Ajax’s first European final in 21 years. The finalists last term against Manchester United struggled and were beaten 3-2 by Norwegian side GersbackRosenborg. Continue reading “VAN DER SAR: EUROPA LEAGUE EXIT IS DIFFICULT”



Dutch side Ajax has confirmed that one of its players AbdelhakNouri has suffered a permanent brain damage.

The 20-year old collapsed on the pitch in the 73rd minute in a preseason friendly game against German side Werder Bremen.

He was attended to by the medical staff, who performed CPR on the spot. After initial test, the club announced that Nouri was functioning well and fine. However, further tests how that the player’s brain is permanently damaged.

“#Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that AppieNouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones in this difficult time,” the club revealed online.

The director of the club Edwin van der Sar said: “This is the worst possible message. It’s terrible. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives. Their suffering is impossible to describe. The blow is also being felt at Ajax, though we knew we had to consider this scenario. They were uncertain days, lots of people in different ways have sympathized with his situation.”

Nouri has attracted sympathy from the Dutch football community. Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie joined in tweeting support for the player and his family.

The youngster is expected at Amsterdam where he would undergo further treatment. He played 15 games, scoring once in the last term. The whole team is sending their support and praying he pulls through. The game with Bremen had to be abandoned as they were all shocked following the collapse. 



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.