Ajax stars welcomed by more than 100,000 fans to celebrate domestic double as club pay tribute to brain-damaged Abdelhak Nouri
- Ajax were greeted by more than 100,000 fans as they celebrated the league title
- Erik ten Hag’s side finished the season with a domestic league and cup double
- They have gained plenty of plaudits for their Champions League performances
- A last-minute goal from Lucas Moura saw Tottenham beat them in semi-finals
More than 100,000 fans turned out in the centre of Amsterdam on Thursday as Ajax’s players celebrated their domestic league and cup double.
After sealing the Eredivisie title on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over De Graafschap, Erik ten Hag’s players showed off their latest piece of silverware at Amsterdam’s Museumplein.
Local officials started to urge people on social media not to attend as the area was overcrowded with so many looking to catch a glimpse of Frenkie de Jong and Co.
Ajax celebrated the domestic league and cup double in the centre of Amsterdam on Thursday
More than 100,000 supporters turned out for the event as Amsterdam became a sea of red
A large stage was set up for players and staff in Amsterdam’s Museumplein to mark the event
According to DutchNews, the Van Gogh and Stedelijk museums were forced into closure in the afternoon because of the size of the crowd and three schools were ‘forced to move school final exams to a new location’ because of the levels of disturbance.
Ten Hag, usually smartly dressed and an air of calmness on the touchline, donned a home shirt as he raised the trophy on the erected stage to the delight of the club’s supporters.
It remains to be seen this summer how many of this talented group will take on challenges elsewhere with De Jong definitely leaving having agreed a £65million move to Barcelona earlier this year.
A 4-1 victory on Wednesday night saw Ajax seal their first Dutch league title since 2014
Officials ended up trying to stop people from descending on the square as it was at capacity
While the event brought wild celebrations, there was also a time for reflection as the club took the opportunity to pay tribute to Abdelhak Nouri, the Ajax starlet who suffered brain damage back in 2017.
The 21-year-old was playing against Werder Bremen in July, 2017, when he collapsed and received CPR on the pitch before being airlifted to hospital.
Doctors were initially optimistic about Nouri’s progress, but Ajax later confirmed that his diagnosis was career-ending.
‘This one is for you’, Ajax tweeted after their win on Wednesday. The team also invited Abdelhak’s father and brother on to the stage for the celebrations.
The Dutch title was the club’s 34th but that was also the number worn by Nouri when he was in action and all of the current squad donned the number for the trophy celebrations.
The day saw the club pay tribute to former player Abdelhak Nouri who suffered brain damage
Nouri’s dad, wearing a shirt with his son’s number on, got to hold and show off the trophy
This latest season represented one of the finest in recent memory for Ajax fans having come close to a famous treble.
Having knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League, ten Hag’s side were stunned on home turf against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.
Spurs now take on domestic rivals Liverpool at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1.
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