‘The name Ajax is mentioned in the same breath with Barcelona and Real’ today

Michael van Praag, former chairman at Ajax, believes that Amsterdammers compete with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in terms of greatness. The honorary chairman is pleased with the developments within Ajax.
This is partly due to the successes in Europe in recent years. “I now dare say that the name Ajax is mentioned in the same breath with Barcelona and Real Madrid today,” says Van Praag, who is being interviewed by Ajax TV in honor of his 75th birthday. “That‘s because of what’s being done here on the field, because that‘s also visible abroad. They are now also watching Ajax matches there and then they see fantastic football.”
“The fact that we also have such a beautiful stadium only reinforces it. This is a great situation for the club”, continues Van Praag, who insists that Ajax owes a lot to the current board. “A few years ago, the management and the supervisory board took the bold decision to change the balance between outside players and youth school players,” he says. “You have to think bigger if you want to play Champions League every year, and that’
s what Edwin van der Sar and the Supervisory Board did.”