Ajax of Amsterdam has maintained its tradition of supplying the World Cup with exciting young talent.
The legendary Dutch club finished the 2009-10 Eredivise season in second place despite scoring an astonishing 106 goals in 34 games.
35 of these strikes were provided by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, who added three more to his season’s total as his national team progressed to the semifinals in South Africa.
However, Suarez’s World Cup looks to have come to a controversial end following his red card for a deliberate handball that denied Ghana the victory in the final minute of extra-time in the team’s quarterfinal clash.
Another Uruguayan Ajax star Nicolas Lodeiro was also sent off, when he picked up two bookings after coming on a substitute during Uruguay’s opening day draw with France.
As Lodeiro will also miss the semifinal meeting with Holland through injury, Ajax’s Dutch stars will not come up against their club mates.
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and right-back Gregory Van Der Wiel have both started every game for Holland.
However, Van Der Wiel is suspended for the semifinal after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against in the quarterfinal win over Brazil
Midfielder Denny De Zeeuw made a late appearance against Denmark and looks set to start against Uruguay.