2017–18 AFC Ajax season

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Ajax
2017–18 season
Chairman Hennie Henrichs
Manager Marcel Keizer
(until 21 December 2017)
Erik ten Hag
(from 1 January 2018)
Stadium Amsterdam Arena
Eredivisie 2nd
KNVB Cup Round of 16
Champions League Third qualifying round
Europa League Play-off Round
Top goalscorer League: David Neres (14)
All: David Neres (14)
Highest home attendance 53,320 vs Feyenoord (21 January 2018)
Lowest home attendance 30,295 vs VVV-Venlo (19 April 2018)
Average home league attendance 49,711
Home colours
Away colours

During the 2017–18 season, Ajax participate in the Dutch Eredivisie and the KNVB Cup. It also participated in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League but they couldn't get through the qualification stage for both competitions. As a result, this season marked the first season where Ajax did not qualify for a UEFA club competition since the 1990–91 season when they were excluded from competing in European football for a year due to the staafincident. The first training took place on 29 June 2017.

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances for competitive matches only

No. Pos Nat Player Total Eredivisie UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
KNVB Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Cameroon André Onana 38 0 33 0 4 0 1 0
3 DF Netherlands Joël Veltman 36 1 28+2 1 4 0 2 0
4 DF Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt 39 3 33 3 4 0 2 0
5 DF Austria Maximilian Wöber 23 1 16+6 1 0 0 1 0
6 MF Netherlands Donny van de Beek 39 13 33+1 11 4 2 1 0
7 FW Brazil David Neres 37 14 28+4 14 1+2 0 2 0
8 MF Netherlands Daley Sinkgraven 5 0 1+3 0 0 0 1 0
9 FW Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 32 13 24+4 13 0+3 0 0+1 0
10 MF Morocco Hakim Ziyech 39 9 34 9 4 0 1 0
11 FW Germany Amin Younes 17 2 9+4 1 4 1 0 0
15 DF Netherlands Carel Eiting 6 0 1+3 0 0 0 2 0
17 MF Czech Republic Václav Černý 7 1 2+2 0 0+1 0 2 1
18 FW Norway Dennis Johnsen 4 0 0+2 0 0 0 0+2 0
19 FW Colombia Mateo Cassierra 5 1 0+4 1 0 0 0+1 0
20 FW Denmark Lasse Schöne 36 11 27+3 10 4 1 2 0
21 MF Netherlands Frenkie de Jong 26 1 16+6 0 0+2 0 2 1
22 GK Netherlands Benjamin van Leer 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 MF Netherlands Siem de Jong 26 7 4+19 4 0 0 2+1 3
25 FW Denmark Kasper Dolberg 30 9 11+12 6 4 0 3 3
26 DF Netherlands Nick Viergever 18 2 12 2 4 0 2 0
28 MF Colombia Luis Manuel Orejuela 4 0 0+1 0 0 0 2+1 0
30 GK Netherlands Norbert Alblas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF Argentina Nicolás Tagliafico 15 1 15 1 0 0 0 0
33 GK Greece Kostas Lamprou 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
34 MF Netherlands Abdelhak Nouri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF Netherlands Mitchell Dijks 12 0 8+1 0 2 0 1 0
36 MF Netherlands Dani de Wit 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
40 DF Netherlands Noussair Mazraoui 8 0 3+5 0 0 0 0 0
41 MF Netherlands Azor Matusiwa 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
43 DF Denmark Rasmus Nissen 8 0 5+3 0 0 0 0 0
45 FW Netherlands Justin Kluivert 36 11 27+3 10 3+1 0 2 1
47 MF Netherlands Jurgen Ekkelenkamp 3 0 0+3 0 0 0 0 0
Players sold or loaned out after the start of the season:
5 DF Colombia Davinson Sánchez 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
42 DF Netherlands Deyovaisio Zeefuik 9 0 2+3 0 0+2 0 0+2 0

As of 6 May 2018

Team statistics[edit]

Eredivisie standings 2017–18[edit]

Current standing Matches played Wins Draws Losses Points Goals for
Goal
Goals against
Goal
Yellow cards
Yellow card
Red cards
Red card
2 34 25 4 5 79 89 33 58 3
Match day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 Total
Points by match day 0 3 3 3 1 0 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 1 0 3 3 3 3 0 3 3 3 79
Total points by match day 0 3 6 9 10 10 13 16 19 22 22 25 28 29 32 35 38 41 44 45 48 51 54 57 58 58 61 64 67 70 70 73 76 79 79
Standing by match day 12 8 6 3 6 7 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Goals by match day 1 3 2 3 1 1 4 4 4 3 1 8 5 3 3 3 2 3 2 0 3 4 2 1 0 2 4 5 2 1 0 4 3 2 89
Goals against per match day 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 3 1 2 1 0 3 1 0 1 33
Total goal difference per match day −1 +1 +3 +6 +6 +5 +9 +13 +16 +18 +17 +25 +29 +29 +32 +34 +35 +37 +39 +39 +41 +43 +44 +45 +45 +44 +47 +50 +51 +52 +49 +52 +55 +56 +56

Topscorers[edit]

Eredivisie

Nr. Name Goal
1. Brazil David Neres 14
2. Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 13
3. Netherlands Donny van de Beek 11
4. Netherlands Justin Kluivert 10
Denmark Lasse Schöne 10
6. Morocco Hakim Ziyech 9
7. Denmark Kasper Dolberg 6
8. Netherlands Siem de Jong 4
9. Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt 3
10. Netherlands Nick Viergever 2
11. Colombia Mateo Cassierra 1
Argentina Nicolás Tagliafico 1
Netherlands Joël Veltman 1
Austria Maximilian Wöber 1
Germany Amin Younes 1
Own goal Netherlands Sherel Floranus (Sparta Rotterdam) 1
Belgium Ryan Sanusi (Sparta Rotterdam) 1
Total 89

KNVB Cup

Nr. Name Goal
1. Denmark Kasper Dolberg 3
Netherlands Siem de Jong 3
3. Czech Republic Václav Černý 1
Netherlands Frenkie de Jong 1
Netherlands Justin Kluivert 1
Own goal Netherlands Ruben Koorndijk (Scheveningen) 1
Total 10

UEFA Champions League

Nr. Name Goal
1. Netherlands Donny van de Beek 2
2. Colombia Davinson Sánchez 1
Total 3

UEFA Europa League

Nr. Name Goal
1. Denmark Lasse Schöne 1
Germany Amin Younes 1
Total 2

Competitions[edit]

All times are in CEST

Eredivisie[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 PSV Eindhoven (C) 34 26 5 3 87 39 +48 83 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
2 Ajax 34 25 4 5 89 33 +56 79 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
3 AZ 34 22 5 7 72 38 +34 71 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
4 Feyenoord 34 20 6 8 76 39 +37 66 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[a]
5 Utrecht 34 14 12 8 58 53 +5 54 Qualification to European competition play-offs[b]
Updated to match(es) played on 6 May 2018. Source: eredivisie.nl
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Play-off if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw. 8) Penalty shoot-out (only after a play-off)[1]
(C) Champion.
Notes:

Matches[edit]

KNVB Cup[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Transfers for 2017–18[edit]

Summer transfer window[edit]

For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the summer window (1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017) please see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2017.

Arrivals[edit]

  • The following players moved to AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type Previous club Fee
Return from loan spell
Substituted in Croatia Robert Murić Forward 1 June 2017 Italy Pescara -
Substituted in Netherlands Richairo Živković Forward 1 June 2017 Netherlands Utrecht -
Substituted in Netherlands Indy Groothuizen Goalkeeper 1 June 2017 Denmark Nordsjælland -
Substituted in Netherlands Django Warmerdam Defender 1 June 2017 Netherlands PEC Zwolle -
Substituted in Netherlands Leeroy Owusu Defender 1 June 2017 Netherlands Excelsior -
Substituted in Netherlands Queensy Menig Forward 1 June 2017 Netherlands PEC Zwolle -
Substituted in Morocco Zakaria El Azzouzi Forward 1 June 2017 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam -
Substituted in Netherlands Mitchell Dijks Defender 1 June 2017 England Norwich City -
Transfer
Substituted in Denmark Victor Jensen Midfielder 2 June 2017 Denmark Copenhagen €2,600,000
Substituted in Netherlands Benjamin van Leer Goalkeeper 28 June 2017 Netherlands Roda JC €700,000
Substituted in Brazil Danilo Forward 7 July 2017 Brazil Santos €2,000,000
Substituted in Croatia Dominik Kotarski Goalkeeper 7 July 2017 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb ?
Substituted in Colombia Luis Manuel Orejuela Defender 8 August 2017 Colombia Deportivo Cali €3,500,000
Substituted in Norway Dennis Johnsen Forward 11 August 2017 Netherlands Heerenveen €2,000,000
Substituted in Austria Maximilian Wöber Defender 24 August 2017 Austria Rapid Wien €7,500,000
Substituted in Netherlands Siem de Jong Midfielder 28 August 2017 England Newcastle United €2,000,000
Substituted in South Africa Dean Solomons Defender 31 August 2017 South Africa Ajax Cape Town ?
Substituted in South Africa Leo Thethani Forward 31 August 2017 South Africa Ajax Cape Town ?
Free Transfer
Substituted in Netherlands Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Forward 1 June 2017 Germany Schalke 04 -
Substituted in Netherlands Teun Bijleveld Midfielder 15 June 2017 Netherlands AZ -
Substituted in Morocco Issam El Maach Goalkeeper 21 June 2017 Netherlands Vitesse -
Substituted in Netherlands Robin Schouten Defender 4 July 2017 Netherlands AZ -
Substituted in Finland Saku Ylätupa Midfielder 21 July 2017 Finland HJK Helsinki -
Substituted in Greece Kostas Lamprou Goalkeeper 1 August 2017 Netherlands Willem II -

Departures[edit]

  • The following players moved from AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type New club Fee
Out on loan
Substituted off Netherlands Leeroy Owusu Defender 21 June 2017 Netherlands Almere City -
Substituted off Morocco Zakaria El Azzouzi Forward 10 July 2017 Netherlands Excelsior -
Return from loan spell
Substituted off Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré Forward 1 June 2017 England Chelsea -
Transfer
Substituted off Netherlands Django Warmerdam Midfielder 1 May 2017 Netherlands Groningen €800,000
Substituted off Netherlands Davy Klaassen Midfielder 15 June 2017 England Everton €27,000,000
Substituted off Netherlands Richairo Živković Forward 16 June 2017 Belgium Oostende ?
Substituted off Netherlands Pelle Clement Forward 28 June 2017 England Reading €300,000
Substituted off Netherlands Kenny Tete Defender 7 July 2017 France Lyon €5,000,000
Substituted off Serbia Dragiša Gudelj Defender 11 July 2017 Switzerland Wohlen ?
Substituted off Netherlands Jaïro Riedewald Defender 24 July 2017 England Crystal Palace €9,000,000
Substituted off Colombia Davinson Sánchez Defender 18 August 2017 England Tottenham Hotspur €42,000,000
Substituted off Netherlands Queensy Menig Forward 31 August 2017 France Nantes €500,000
Substituted off Netherlands Indy Groothuizen Goalkeeper 31 August 2017 Netherlands ADO Den Haag ?
Substituted off Croatia Robert Murić Forward 31 August 2017 Portugal Braga €500,000
Free Transfer
Substituted off Indonesia Ezra Walian Forward 1 June 2017 Netherlands Almere City -
Substituted off Netherlands Diederik Boer Goalkeeper 2 June 2017 Netherlands PEC Zwolle -
Substituted off Netherlands Anderson López Forward 10 June 2017 France Monaco -
Substituted off South Africa Thulani Serero Midfielder 14 June 2017 Netherlands Vitesse -
Substituted off Netherlands Daishawn Redan Forward 22 June 2017 England Chelsea -
Substituted off Netherlands Joe van der Sar Goalkeeper 1 July 2017 Netherlands ADO Den Haag -
Substituted off Germany Heiko Westermann Defender 3 July 2017 Austria Austria Wien -
Substituted off Netherlands Kees de Boer Midfielder 5 July 2017 Wales Swansea City -
Substituted off Denmark Markus Bay Midfielder 8 August 2017 Denmark Viborg -
Substituted off Belgium Nathan Leyder Defender 31 August 2017 Belgium Vigor Wuitens Hamme -

Winter transfer window[edit]

For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the winter window (1 January 2018 to 1 February 2018) please see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2017–18.

Arrivals[edit]

  • The following players moved to AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type Previous club Fee
Transfer
Substituted in Argentina Nicolás Tagliafico Defender 4 January 2018 Argentina Independiente €4,500,000
Substituted in Germany Nicolas Kühn Forward 16 January 2018 Germany RB Leipzig €2,000,000
Substituted in Denmark Rasmus Nissen Defender 23 January 2018 Denmark FC Midtjylland €5,500,000

Departures[edit]

  • The following players moved from AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type New club Fee
Out on loan
Substituted off Netherlands Mauro Savastano Defender 2 January 2018 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles -
Substituted off Netherlands Deyovaisio Zeefuik Defender 31 January 2018 Netherlands FC Groningen -
Transfer
Substituted off Belgium Francesco Antonucci Midfielder 1 January 2018 France Monaco € 2,500,000
Substituted off Netherlands Damil Dankerlui Defender 9 January 2018 Netherlands Willem II ?
Free Transfer
Substituted off Netherlands Pascal Struijk Defender 26 January 2018 England Leeds United -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eredivisie 2017/2018 - Season rules" (PDF). KNVB. Retrieved 21 January 2018.