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How would Ajax FC look like if it retained all its exports

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The football world has been more than honored, right from the past to the present, to be witness to some of the best Dutch football talents who have gone on to make it big in Europe. However,when one speaks of Dutch football talents, it is impossible to neglect the impact that Ajax FC made on the beautiful game. The ‘Jong Ajax’ or the Ajax Youth Academy is one of the most prestigious football academies in the world, churning out superstar after superstar since ages.

Some of football’s greatest ever players like Johann Cruyff, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Dennis Bergkamp and countless others are all products of Jong Ajax. Even today the Academy boasts of some world-class exports throughout Europe and it will be interesting to look at how Ajax FC would look like, if it brought back all its exports back in the squad to blend in with the new exciting, budding talents that it already possesses.

Ideal Formation- 4-3-3

Goalkeeper-  Maarten Stekelenburg

Maarten Stekelenburg is currently playing for Italian Serie A side AS Roma following a highly impressive career at former club Ajax FC and also some world-class performances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the Netherlands. The Haarlem-born shot-stopper is one of the most technically gifted and sought after goalkeepers in the world today. He boasts of superb reflexes, precise distribution skills and supreme confidence in dealing with high-balls and long-range shots.  He has been the regular man between the sticks for his national side and has never made the Netherlands feel the absence of his predecessor, at both club and national level, Edwin van der Sar. Any manager would die to relinquish his services.

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