Much to my annoyance, I had to start over again. I lost, or corrupted a savegame-file and could not advance to my third season with Ajax. But it does give me the opportunity to hit the reset button and start over again
New players, new ratings
With Ajax making giant leaps in the Europa League, many players have had their ratings adjusted. Also some transfers have been taken care of: Anwar El Ghazi
has moved to Lille and David Neres
has joined Ajax! In the first summer no transfers will take place.
The Cruijff Strategy
For those who don't know, formally AFC Ajax is a Limited company with its product (football) being developed according to the Cruijff Strategy: this, in short, emphasizes the role the Academy and Youth Development holds within the club and also makes the attacking high-pressing wing-play (also known as Dutch Total Football, or attacking 4-3-3) as good as mandatory at every level of the team.
Less known is that managers must conform to this strategy
, otherwise they can't work at Ajax. That's why a lot of youth coaches are ex-players of Ajax, or people acquainted to the football approach of the Amsterdam side. All youth coaches must rotate teams within a season at least twice, so that they get used to training children in the U9's as well as near pro's from the U17 and U19 squads.
Cruijff's methods are taught at the Cruijff University
, an educational institute for sports management. The most prominent person coming out of this trajectory so far is (in real life, assistant coach to Aron Winter, coaching the U19 squad). He, in the summer of 2016, takes over as manager from the departed Frank de Boer in this fictional story.
Goals for the season
The goals are similar to where Ajax are now in real life, compete for the title
until the last day (critical), reach the semi finals of the EURO League
(important) and of course pay attention to Youth Development
Groeten uit Mokum!
(Greetings from Mokum - nickname for Amsterdam...)