Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax, simply as AFC Ajax, Ajax Amsterdam or Ajax, is a famous football club based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Ajax is one of the most successful ten clubs in the world and the most popular club in Netherlands currently. It together with Feyenoord Rotterdamand and Philips Sport Vereniging(PSV) is the country’s “big three” clubs that have dominated Eredivisie, the Dutch football top division. The squad has won 33 Eredivisie titles, 18 KNVB Cups and four UEFA Champions League trophies.
Ajax is a club that can provide professional players for the world football. Footballers from the club can be the core players of the national teams, such as Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten. Van Basten is a retired Dutch football player and the former manager of Netherlands national team and Ajax, who played for Ajax and Milan, as well as Netherlands national team as a forward. One of the greatest European forwards and one of the greatest footballers in his generation, he was awarded Ballon d’Or three times, FIFA World Player of the Year, UEFA Best Player of the Year and so on. Unfortunately, he had to hang up his boots at the age of 30 because of an injury.
Ajax not only keeps the focus on the youth soccer in Netherlands but also reached agreement with Chinese Super League Club Guangzhou R&F in 2017. The partnership intended to develop Guangzhou’s youth academy. From January 1, 2018, the coaching team led by Edwin Paulus Engelkes of Ajax came to China to provide expertise and knowledge in areas such as scouting, talent development and all supporting departments. In the future, footballers from China will appear on international major sporting events.
Adidas is the supplier of Ajax and designers of Adidas are dedicated to make the most comfortable football shirts for athletes. The 2017-18 away shirt of Adidas was unveiled by Adidas and Ajax. The brand-new away shirt combines the traditions of Ajax and modern elements. Navy blue shirt with the special red decoration shows a new look of the club. It features a round collar. Three stars above the club crest represent the 33 titles of Eredivisie. The printing on the shirt takes inspiration from the shirt that was worn by players when they won the 1995 UEFA Champions League at Ernst Happel Stadion due to Patrick Kluivert’s goal. Red Adidas three stripes on shoulders shows the club itself.
The design of players’ numbers and names on the shirt is inspired by the typeface of bridges’ names in Amsterdam, showing the uniqueness of the city.
Completing the away kit, there are navy blue shorts and socks. Most noticeably, the socks are printed with three saltires. Adidas also manufactured red shorts and socks for the team.
In order to make players run faster at football fields, lightweight fabric is used and the shirt becomes more comfortable and breathable than previous ones. Besides, Adidas Climacool technology keeps players cool and dry. The new shirt is manufactured by recycled polyester which can reduce the impact on environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
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