Ajax Set to Clinch Record-Breaking Eredivisie Title

Liam NewmanContributor IApril 26, 2014

Ajax coach Frank de Boer watches his players at the start of the national soccer league game match against Twente at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Peter Dejong

Frank de Boer's league-leading Ajax head to struggling Heracles on Sunday knowing that avoiding defeat will secure the Eredivisie crown.

Having squandered last week's opportunity to complete a domestic double, this weekend's contest offers the Amsterdam giants the chance to bounce back from that bitter disappointment with a club-record fourth successive league victory—a feat that would only further cement de Boer's place amongst the all-time Ajax greats.

Since de Boer took charge of the club, for whom he made 400 appearances as a player, in 2010, Ajax have enjoyed a firm stranglehold on Dutch football, and the Amsterdam giants don't look like they'll releasing that grip any time soon.

Assuming Ajax don't capitulate in the final two games, it will be the first time that the club has ever claimed four successive Dutch titles. The Amsterdam club are already the Netherlands most decorated club, lifting 32 league championships (24 since it became the Eredivisie) and would further cement their place as the country's greatest club with this victory.

The Amsterdam club's previous best haul was three straight league titles, a feat that was achieved between 1966-1968 and again between 1994-1996 (de Boer had been a player throughout the latter).

Entering the history books would be the perfect response to last week's KNVB Cup final defeat, in which the club were embarrassed both on and off the field. A 5-1 loss to PEC Zwolle was humiliating for Ajax, but not nearly as shameful as the action of their fans—who caused a 25-minute delay after throwing dozens of flares onto the De Kuip playing turf.

Elsewhere in the division, rock-bottom Roda will be desperate for a win against Groningen as they look to keep their slim hopes of survival alive. The best possible outcome for Jon Dahl Tomasson's side is a relegation play-off, but they could be condemned to automatic relegation this weekend if results don't go their way.

Meanwhile, Feyenoord can cement Champions League qualification with a victory in their final home game of the season; the Rotterdam club face 10th-placed Cambuur.


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Stats from Soccerway and Transfermarkt.co.uk.