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The Eredivisie outfit are one of most successful European clubs. They are only one of a few clubs who have been allowed to keep the European Cup.
The Dutch outfit's youth academy is regarded as the best in the world, ahead of numerous other successful clubs. It is associated with giving the world a number of former and present football superstars who have marveled every lover of the beautiful game with their football skills.
Of these numerous players the most notable are Johan Cruijff, Edwin Van Der Sar (Manchester United), Denis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marco Van Basten, Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan), Ryan Babel (Liverpool), and Rafael Van der Vaart (Real Madrid).
Although they have such a top flight youth system, the Dutch club has been unable to win much, both at domestic and international level during the past decade. Except a couple of Eredivisie trophies, they have not really been stupendous enough to be ranked as favorites.
The Dutch outfit has starred in various editions of the Champions League since its inception and have even been crowned European champions once.
But from that point on they have failed to achieve much success. Their failure is attributed to the fact that they always sell their star striker when he is at his prime.
This season they have a host of quality players in the squad which includes the in-form Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. The team also has some promising talents like Andre Ooijer and Gregory Van der Wiel.
After seeing off Greek side PAOK and Ukrainian Dynamo Kyiv in the third qualifying and play-off rounds respectively, the "de Godenzonen" have been grouped in a relatively tough group with European superpowers AC Milan and Real Madrid along with French club Auxerre.
Though the Italian and Spanish giants are seen as favorites to top the group, Ajax could spring a surprise or two and move on into the next rounds with their talented youngsters at the expense of one of the top clubs.