2018–19 AFC Ajax season

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Ajax
2018–19 season
ChairmanHennie Henrichs
ManagerErik ten Hag
StadiumJohan Cruyff Arena
Eredivisie1st
KNVB CupWinners
UEFA Champions LeagueSemi-finals
Top goalscorerLeague:
Dušan Tadić (28)

All:
Dušan Tadić (38)
Highest home attendance53,720 vs Feyenoord (28 October 2018)
Lowest home attendance51,949 vs Heracles Almelo (11 August 2018)
Average home league attendance52,987
Alternative colours

During the 2018–19 season, Ajax participated in the Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup and the UEFA Champions League. With winning both the competition and the cup, it meant the first double won since the 2001-02 season. In the Champions League, they knocked-out defending champions Real Madrid in the round of 16. After beating Juventus in the quarter-final, they reached a Champions League semi-final for the first time since 1997. Ajax were seconds away from reaching the final by beating Tottenham Hotspur, until Lucas Moura scored a last-minute goal, sending Tottenham to the final in Madrid on away goals.

On an individual level, Dušan Tadić was the biggest surprise; signed from Southhampton in June 2018 for just €11.4 million, the 30-year old unexpectedly became the club's leading goalscorer with a total of 38, including 9 goals in the Champions League. He doubled his personal season record for scoring, as well as earned the right to be the team's captain for the next season.

Player statistics[edit]

4–2–3–1 formation, known as the "Tadic-variant", as used in the successful Champions League campaign where they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1997 after beating European giants Real Madrid and Juventus.

Appearances for competitive matches only

No. Pos Nat Player Total Eredivisie KNVB Cup UEFA Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2 DF Denmark Rasmus Kristensen 19 1 5+7 0 5 1 0+2 0
3 DF Netherlands Joël Veltman 14 1 4+5 1 0 0 3+2 0
4 DF Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt 55 7 33 3 3+2 1 17 3
6 MF Netherlands Donny van de Beek 56 17 28+5 9 5 4 14+4 4
7 FW Brazil David Neres 50 12 20+9 8 4+2 1 14+1 3
8 DF Netherlands Daley Sinkgraven 11 0 1+8 0 0 0 0+2 0
9 FW Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 42 23 13+15 16 4 3 7+3 4
10 MF Serbia Dušan Tadić 56 38 34 28 4 1 17+1 9
12 MF Morocco Noussair Mazraoui 47 4 26+2 1 3 1 16 2
15 MF Netherlands Carel Eiting 13 0 4+2 0 2 0 3+2 0
16 DF Argentina Lisandro Magallán 5 0 1+1 0 1 0 0+2 0
17 DF Netherlands Daley Blind 57 6 34 5 5 1 16+2 0
18 FW Burkina Faso Hassane Bandé 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF Morocco Zakaria Labyad 19 4 2+9 1 3+2 3 0+3 0
20 MF Denmark Lasse Schöne 51 6 27+3 5 2+2 0 17 1
21 MF Netherlands Frenkie de Jong 51 3 29+1 3 4 0 17 0
22 MF Morocco Hakim Ziyech 49 21 29 16 3 0 17 5
23 FW Burkina Faso Lassina Traoré 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
24 GK Cameroon André Onana 55 0 33 0 3+1 0 18 0
25 FW Denmark Kasper Dolberg 38 12 16+9 11 1+3 1 3+6 0
26 GK Greece Kostas Lamprou 5 0 1+1 0 3 0 0 0
27 DF Netherlands Perr Schuurs 4 1 0+1 0 3 1 0 0
28 GK Portugal Bruno Varela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 MF Netherlands Dani de Wit 12 0 1+4 0 0+3 0 0+4 0
31 DF Argentina Nicolás Tagliafico 46 6 29 2 2 1 15 3
32 MF Czech Republic Václav Černý 3 0 0 0 1+2 0 0 0
35 DF Netherlands Mitchel Bakker 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
37 MF Netherlands Noa Lang 4 0 0+3 0 0+1 0 0 0
38 MF Netherlands Ryan Gravenberch 2 1 0+1 0 1 1 0 0
40 MF Netherlands Jurgen Ekkelenkamp 5 1 0+3 0 0+1 1 0+1 0
Players sold or loaned out after the start of the season:
5 DF Austria Maximilian Wöber 16 0 4+4 0 2 0 4+2 0
16 GK Netherlands Benjamin van Leer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 MF Netherlands Siem de Jong 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Colombia Luis Manuel Orejuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 FW Netherlands Kaj Sierhuis 3 0 1+1 0 0 0 0+1 0
41 FW Norway Dennis Johnsen 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0

As of 15 May 2019

Team statistics[edit]

2018–19 selection by nationality[edit]

Nationality Netherlands Morocco Denmark Argentina Brazil Burkina Faso Cameroon Czech Republic Greece Portugal Serbia South Africa Australia Croatia Finland Germany Colombia Norway Total Players
Current squad selection 9 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - - - - - - 25
Youth/reserves squad in AFC Ajax selection 14 2 1 - 1 1 - - - - - 1 2 1 1 1 - - 24
Players out on loan 3 - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - - 2 1 7

Eredivisie standings 2018–19[edit]

Current standing Matches played Wins Draws Losses Points Goals for
Goal
Goals against
Goal
Yellow cards
Yellow card
Red cards
Red card
1 34 25 2 4 86 119 32 35 2
Match day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Total
Points by match day 1 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 0 3 0 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 86
Total points by match day 1 4 7 10 13 13 16 19 22 25 28 31 34 37 40 43 46 47 47 50 50 53 56 59 62 62 65 68 71 74 77 80 83 86 86
Standing by match day 10 6 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Goals by match day 1 1 5 4 3 0 2 5 4 3 2 7 3 5 4 8 3 4 2 6 0 5 5 4 2 0 3 5 4 6 1 4 4 4 119
Goals against per match day 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4 6 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 1 1 32
Total goal difference per match day ±0 +1 +6 +10 +13 +10 +12 +17 +21 +24 +26 +32 +35 +39 +42 +50 +52 +52 +48 +54 +53 +58 +62 +66 +67 +66 +68 +71 +74 +78 +79 +81 +84 +87 +87

Topscorers[edit]

Eredivisie

Nr. Name Goal
1. Serbia Dušan Tadić 28
2. Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 16
Morocco Hakim Ziyech 16
4. Denmark Kasper Dolberg 11
5. Netherlands Donny van de Beek 9
6. Brazil David Neres 8
7. Netherlands Daley Blind 5
Denmark Lasse Schöne 5
9. Netherlands Frenkie de Jong 3
Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt 3
11. Argentina Nicolás Tagliafico 2
12. Morocco Zakaria Labyad 1
Morocco Noussair Mazraoui 1
Netherlands Joël Veltman 1
Own goal Netherlands Pelle van Amersfoort (Heerenveen) 1
Netherlands Glenn Bijl (Emmen) 1
Netherlands Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord) 1
Netherlands Freek Heerkens (Willem II) 1
Curaçao Gervane Kastaneer (NAC Breda) 1
Netherlands Jethro Mashart (NAC Breda) 1
United States Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda) 1
Netherlands Ricardo van Rhijn (AZ Alkmaar) 1
Germany Daniel Schwaab (PSV Eindhoven) 1
Total 119

KNVB Cup

Nr. Name Goal
1. Netherlands Donny van de Beek 4
2. Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 3
Morocco Zakaria Labyad 3
4. Netherlands Daley Blind 1
Denmark Kasper Dolberg 1
Netherlands Jurgen Ekkelenkamp 1
Netherlands Ryan Gravenberch 1
Denmark Rasmus Kristensen 1
Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt 1
Morocco Noussair Mazraoui 1
Brazil David Neres 1
Netherlands Perr Schuurs 1
Serbia Dušan Tadić 1
Argentina Nicolás Tagliafico 1
Total 21

UEFA Champions League

Nr. Name Goal
1. Serbia Dušan Tadić 9
2. Morocco Hakim Ziyech 5
3. Netherlands Donny van de Beek 4
Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 4
5. Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt 3
Brazil David Neres 3
Argentina Nicolás Tagliafico 3
8. Morocco Noussair Mazraoui 2
Denmark Lasse Schöne 2
Total 35

Competitions[edit]

All times are in CEST

Overview[edit]

Competition First match Last match Starting round Final position Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
Eredivisie 11 August 2018 15 May 2019 Matchday 1 Winners 34 28 2 4 119 32 +87 082.35
KNVB Cup 26 September 2018 5 May 2019 First round Winners 6 5 1 0 21 2 +19 083.33
Champions League 25 July 2018 8 May 2019 Second qualifying round Semi-finals 18 10 6 2 35 17 +18 055.56
Total 58 43 9 6 175 51 +124 074.14

Last updated: 15 May 2019

Source: Competitions

Eredivisie[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ajax (C) 34 28 2 4 119 32 +87 86 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
2 PSV Eindhoven 34 26 5 3 98 26 +72 83 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
3 Feyenoord 34 20 5 9 75 41 +34 65 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[a]
4 AZ 34 17 7 10 64 43 +21 58 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round[a]
5 Vitesse 34 14 11 9 70 51 +19 53 Qualification to European competition play-offs[b]
Source: eredivisie.nl
Rules for classification: Season in progress: 1) Most points won; 2) Less points lost; 3) Goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 5) Alphabetical order; End of season: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Play-off if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw. 8) Penalty shoot-out (only after a play-off)[1]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Since the winners of the 2018–19 KNVB Cup, Ajax, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the KNVB Cup winners (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the third-placed team and the spot awarded to the third-placed team (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the fourth-placed team.
  2. ^ Four teams play for a spot in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Matches[edit]

KNVB Cup[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Second qualifying round[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAY AJX BEN AEK
1 Germany Bayern Munich 6 4 2 0 15 5 +10 14 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 5–1 2–0
2 Netherlands Ajax 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6 12 3–3 1–0 3–0
3 Portugal Benfica 6 2 1 3 6 11 −5 7 Transfer to Europa League 0–2 1–1 1–0
4 Greece AEK Athens 6 0 0 6 2 13 −11 0 0–2 0–2 2–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Transfers for 2018–19[edit]

For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the summer window (1 July 2018 to 31 August 2018) please see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2018. For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the winter window (1 January 2019 to 1 February 2019) please see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2018–19.

Arrivals[edit]

  • The following players moved to AFC Ajax.
Name Position Period Previous club Fee
Transfer
Substituted in Burkina Faso Hassane Bandé Forward Summer Belgium Mechelen €8,250,000
Substituted in Morocco Zakaria Labyad Midfielder Summer Netherlands Utrecht €7,000,000
Substituted in Serbia Dušan Tadić Midfielder Summer England Southampton €11,400,000
Substituted in Netherlands Daley Blind Defender Summer England Manchester United €16,000,000
Substituted in Argentina Lisandro Magallán Defender Winter Argentina Boca Juniors €9,000,000
Free Transfer
Substituted in Burkina Faso Lassina Traoré Forward Winter South Africa Ajax Cape Town -
Loan
Substituted in Portugal Bruno Varela Goalkeeper Winter Portugal Benfica -
Return from loan spell
Substituted in Netherlands Leeroy Owusu Defender Summer Netherlands Almere City -
Substituted in Netherlands Perr Schuurs Defender Summer Netherlands Fortuna Sittard -
Substituted in Morocco Zakaria El Azzouzi Forward Summer Netherlands Excelsior -
Substituted in Colombia Mateo Cassierra Forward Winter Netherlands Groningen -

Departures[edit]

  • The following players moved from AFC Ajax.
Name Position Period New club Fee
Transfer
Substituted off Netherlands Leeroy Owusu Defender Summer Netherlands De Graafschap ?
Substituted off Netherlands Darren Sidoel Defender Summer England Reading ?
Substituted off Netherlands Danilho Doekhi Defender Summer Netherlands Vitesse ?
Substituted off Netherlands Zian Flemming Midfielder Summer Netherlands PEC Zwolle ?
Substituted off Netherlands Justin Kluivert Forward Summer Italy Roma €22,750,000
Substituted off Austria Maximilian Wöber Defender Winter Spain Sevilla €11,000,000
Substituted off Finland Saku Ylätupa Forward Winter Sweden AIK Fotboll ?
Free Transfer
Substituted off Netherlands Norbert Alblas Goalkeeper Summer Netherlands N.E.C. -
Substituted off Netherlands Peter Leeuwenburgh Goalkeeper Summer South Africa Cape Town City -
Substituted off Netherlands Léon Bergsma Defender Summer Netherlands AZ -
Substituted off Netherlands Mitchell Dijks Defender Summer Italy Bologna -
Substituted off Netherlands Danilho Doekhi Defender Summer Netherlands Vitesse -
Substituted off Netherlands Ki-Jana Hoever Defender Summer England Liverpool -
Substituted off Netherlands Terry Lartey Sanniez Defender Summer Netherlands N.E.C. -
Substituted off Netherlands Mauro Savastano Defender Summer Netherlands AZ -
Substituted off Netherlands Nick Viergever Defender Summer Netherlands PSV -
Substituted off Netherlands Deyovaisio Zeefuik Defender Summer Netherlands Groningen -
Substituted off Morocco Reda Boultam Midfielder Summer Italy Cremonese -
Substituted off Netherlands Denilho Cleonise Midfielder Summer Italy Genoa -
Substituted off Romania Ricardo Farcaş Midfielder Summer Italy SPAL -
Substituted off Netherlands Vince Gino Dekker Forward Summer Netherlands AZ -
Substituted off Netherlands Mees de Wit Forward Summer Portugal Sporting CP -
Substituted off Germany Amin Younes Forward Summer Italy Napoli -
Substituted off Morocco Zakaria El Azzouzi Forward Winter Netherlands Emmen -
Substituted off Hungary Szabolcs Schön Forward Winter Hungary MTK Budapest -
Out on loan
Substituted off Netherlands Benjamin van Leer Goalkeeper Summer Netherlands NAC Breda -
Substituted off Netherlands Robin Schouten Defender Summer Netherlands Volendam -
Substituted off Netherlands Siem de Jong Midfielder Summer Australia Sydney FC -
Substituted off Colombia Mateo Cassierra Forward Summer Netherlands Groningen -
Substituted off Colombia Luis Manuel Orejuela Defender Winter Brazil Cruzeiro -
Substituted off Netherlands Azor Matusiwa Midfielder Winter Netherlands De Graafschap -
Substituted off Netherlands Kaj Sierhuis Forward Winter Netherlands Groningen -
Substituted off Norway Dennis Johnsen Forward Winter Netherlands Heerenveen -
Substituted off Colombia Mateo Cassierra Forward Winter Argentina Racing Club -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eredivisie 2018/2019 - Season rules" (PDF). KNVB. Retrieved 11 September 2018.