Normal, Ajax win Eredivisie In the title, they paraded trophies for thousands of fans adorned in red and white at the Museum Square in Amsterdam and praised their heroes to become the Dutch league champion again.
But with the COVID-19 pandemic rock Ajax Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar wondered, “Why can’t we share this trophy with our supporters?” From the ban on mass rallies that prevent the Johan Cruijff Arena and the club’s 35th title public celebration.
After winning the 2020-21 title, Ajax found a unique way to reward enthusiastic fans in a unique way. To give the actual trophy. Or, as they call it, “part of Ajax.”
Winners of the Eredivisie will receive a custom shield each year made by De Tingieterij, a company based in Alfenarn Demars, 90 km (56 miles) from the Dutch capital. Earlier trophies are in the club’s museum, but this season Ajax requested the Dutch FA (KNVB) for two versions of the trophies, the original and the replica.
De Tingieterij has created the Eredivisie trophy since 1985 and created the Ajax 2020-21 Shield. But then the club sent it back and asked the manufacturer to use it instead to make a souvenir for the fans. The shield, which weighs 2.575 kilograms (5½ pounds), melts into 42,390 stars. One for each person who has an Ajax season ticket.
The process of making a star began with melting the shield and then adding tin. The mixture was passed through a foundry and then placed in a star-shaped mold. The stars were then polished, each weighing 3.45 grams (0.12 ounces) and containing 0.06 g (0.002 ounces) of the original trophy.
“This season we had to play mostly without fans, at least even if the fans weren’t sitting on the stands,” said the club’s goalkeeper in the 1990s with four Eredivisie titles and the Champions League. Van der Sar, who won the game, said. “Nevertheless, we feel their support every week. On the way to the stadium, on social media, and with our personal contacts.
“Previously, when we said’this title is for you’, we were expressing how we were doing it for our fans, but sharing the trophy is what we do. The ultimate proof of being really. After a turbulent year, we have secured our fans and feel part of our championship. “
club Produced a video detailing the story behind the stars With the player Ryan Gravenberch, Dusan Tadic And Lisandro Martinez -Complete with torch lamps-And football director Marc Overmars takes the shield to the furnace and melts it. It is accompanied by the message, “Amsterdam, a city where everything is possible.”
Many of the club’s fans have already received the stars, and the stars are sent to each fan with a message on behalf of everyone in the club.
“For the 35th time in our history, we have become the Dutch champion. The shield is ours, and above all, with the fans in the beautiful Amsterdam full square, you get used to it. You would have celebrated as if you were, but not. As with almost every season, you have to miss each other.
“Nevertheless, this did not prevent you from being there for us. To show our commitment even from a distance. We are very grateful. This trophy is from the club. As much as yours, even stronger, this is for you, so we decided to give the ticket holders each season a piece of history.
“Everyone gets a unique part of the shield. This is for you. You are part of our victory. You are the club. XXXV is yours.”
Ajax played 30 of 34 Eredivisie games in front of an empty stand. They also won the KNVB Cup this season and achieved a domestic double. The team reached the Europa League quarterfinals and recently signed a new contract with manager Eric Tenhug and took him until 2023. Tottenham Hotspur.. However, he was pleased with the club’s decision to award trophies to his fans.
“It shows that we missed our fans, and they missed us,” Tenhug told ESPN. “We want to connect with them.
“It’s a very good gesture we did together. Ajax is a player, a staff member, every employee, but definitely a fan, and we show it in a very fashionable way. I think.”
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