Ajax
2008–09 season
Chairman Uri Coronel
Manager Marco van Basten (until 6 May 2009)
John van 't Schip (interim)
Eredivisie 3rd
KNVB Cup Third Round
UEFA Cup Round of 16
Top goalscorer League:
Luis Suárez (22)

All:
Luis Suárez (28)
Home colours
Away colours

During the 2008–09 season AFC Ajax participated in the Dutch Eredivisie, the KNVB Cup and the UEFA Cup. The first training took place on Monday July 14, 2008. The traditional AFC Ajax Open Day was on Tuesday August 5, 2008, followed by a testimonial match for the retired former Ajax defender Jaap Stam.

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Pre-seasonEdit

The first training for the 2008–09 season was held on July 14, 2008. In preparation for the new season Ajax organized a training camp in De Lutte, Netherlands at the De Thij Sportpark. During the pre-season, the squad from manager Marco van Basten played friendly matches against VV Noordwijk, CVV Germanicus and Excelsior '31 before traveling to the United Kingdom to play against Cardiff City and Sunderland, then traveling to Spain to play Real Murcia. They then returned to Amsterdam to play Arsenal and Internazionale in the annual Amsterdam Tournament.

Player statisticsEdit

Appearances for competitive matches only

No. Pos Nat Player Total Eredivisie UEFA Cup KNVB Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK   Maarten Stekelenburg 15 0 12 0 2 0 1 0
2 DF   Bruno Silva 13 0 5+3 0 3+1 0 1 0
3 DF   Oleguer 37 1 26+1 1 9 0 1 0
4 DF   Thomas Vermaelen 41 5 31 4 8 1 2 0
5 DF   Jan Vertonghen 35 5 23+3 4 7 1 2 0
6 MF   Rasmus Lindgren 32 2 15+7 2 6+2 0 1+1 0
7 DF   Kennedy Bakircioglü 12 2 5+3 1 2+1 1 1 0
8 DF   Urby Emanuelson 42 4 31+1 4 9 0 1 0
10 FW   Miralem Sulejmani 34 10 23+4 8 7 2 0 0
11 FW   Ismaïl Aissati 11 1 8+1 1 2 0 0 0
12 GK   Kenneth Vermeer 31 0 22 0 8 0 1 0
15 DF   Gregory van der Wiel 43 2 31+1 2 8+1 0 2 0
16 FW   Luis Suárez 43 28 30+1 22 10 5 2 1
17 DF   Rob Wielaert 16 1 16 1 0 0 0 0
18 MF   Gabri 21 1 12+4 1 3+1 0 1 0
20 FW   Darío Cvitanich 23 9 14+4 9 2+2 0 0+1 0
21 MF   Eyong Enoh 25 2 17+2 1 5 1 1 0
22 MF   Siem de Jong 16 1 5+5 1 2+2 0 1+1 0
23 FW   Leonardo 33 4 5+19 2 0+8 2 0+1 0
24 MF   Jan-Arie van der Heijden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF   Evander Sno 15 1 4+6 1 2+2 0 1 0
26 MF   Jeffrey Sarpong 14 1 6+4 1 2+1 0 1 0
28 MF   Vurnon Anita 21 1 12+4 0 3+2 1 0 0
29 MF   Mitchell Donald 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 GK   Dennis Gentenaar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 FW   Darko Bodul 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW   Javier Martina 2 0 1+1 0 0 0 0 0
37 DF   Robbert Schilder 18 0 7+4 0 3+2 0 0+2 0
38 DF   Toby Alderweireld 8 0 2+3 0 2+1 0 0 0
39 MF   Daley Blind 6 0 0+5 0 0+1 0 0 0
43 FW   Marvin Zeegelaar 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Players sold or loaned out after the start of the season:
9 FW   Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 15 9 10 6 4 2 1 1
11 FW   Kenneth Perez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW   Dennis Rommedahl 3 0 1+2 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF   Laurent Delorge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 FW   John Goossens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 GK   Hans Vonk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

As of 31 October 2011

2008-09 selection by nationalityEdit

Nationality                             Total Players
Current squad selection 11 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - 27
Youth/reserves squad in AFC Ajax selection 3 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - - 5
Players out on loan 1 - 1 - - - - - - - - - 1 1 4

Team statisticsEdit

Eredivisie standings 2008-09Edit

Standing Matches played Wins Draws Losses Points Goals for
 
Goals against
 
Yellow cards
 
Red cards
 
3 34 21 5 8 68 74 41 60 6

Points by match dayEdit

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 0 3 1 3 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 0 1 3 3 3 3 3 0 0 1 0 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 0 1 0 3 68

Total points by match dayEdit

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 0 3 4 7 7 10 13 16 19 22 25 25 26 29 32 35 38 41 41 41 42 42 45 48 51 52 55 58 61 64 64 65 65 68 68

Standing by match dayEdit

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 Standing
Standing 12th 9th 12th 6th 10th 9th 5th 5th 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd

Goals by match dayEdit

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
Goals 1 1 2 3 2 1 2 3 2 5 4 0 1 2 3 6 3 4 0 0 2 1 2 2 2 1 3 3 2 7 2 1 0 1 74

Statistics for the 2008-09 seasonEdit

  • This is an overview of all the statistics for played matches in the 2008-09 season.
Friendlies Amsterdam
Tournament
KNVB Cup UEFA Cup Eredivisie Total
Matches 7 2 2 10 34 55
Wins 4 0 1 5 21 31
Draws 1 0 0 3 5 9
Losses 2 2 1 2 8 14
Home 0 2 1 5 17 25
Away 7 0 1 5 17 30
Yellow cards   2 2 2 17 60 83
Red cards   0 0 0 2 6 8
2 x yellow in 1 match     0 0 0 1 3 4
Number of substitutes used    47 8 6 27 89 177
Goals for   24 2 2 16 74 118
Goals against   8 4 1 10 41 64
Balance   +16 -2 +1 +6 +33 +54
Clean sheets   3 0 1 4 14 22
Penalties for   2 0 0 2 8 12
Penalties against   0 0 0 0 3 3

2008-09 team recordsEdit

Description Competition Result
Biggest win   Friendly match Excelsior '31 - AFC Ajax ( 1 - 8 )
  KNVB Cup AFC Ajax - FC Utrecht ( 2 - 0 )
  UEFA Cup FK Borac Čačak - AFC Ajax ( 1 - 4 )
  Eredivisie AFC Ajax - Willem II ( 7 - 0 )
Biggest loss   Friendly match VfB Stuttgart - AFC Ajax ( 3 - 2 )
  KNVB Cup FC Volendam - AFC Ajax ( 1 - 0 )
  UEFA Cup Olympique de Marseille - AFC Ajax ( 2 - 1 )
  Eredivisie PSV - AFC Ajax ( 6 - 2 )
Most goals in a match   Friendly match Excelsior '31 - AFC Ajax ( 1 - 8 )
  KNVB Cup AFC Ajax - FC Utrecht ( 2 - 0 )
  UEFA Cup FK Borac Čačak - AFC Ajax ( 1 - 4 )
  Eredivisie PSV - AFC Ajax ( 6 - 2 )

Top scorersEdit

Friendlies

Nr. Name  
1.   Luis Suárez 5
2.   Darío Cvitanich 4
3.   Gabri 3
4.   Leonardo 2
  Kenneth Perez 2
6.   Jeffrey Sarpong 1
  Albert Luque 1
  Jan-Arie van der Heijden 1
  Kennedy Bakircioglü 1
  Javier Martina 1
  Siem de Jong 1
  Vurnon Anita 1
  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 1
Total 24

Eredivisie

Nr. Name  
1.   Luis Suárez 22
2.   Darío Cvitanich 9
3.   Miralem Sulejmani 8
4.   Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 6
5.   Thomas Vermaelen 4
  Jan Vertonghen 4
  Urby Emanuelson 4
8.   Leonardo 2
  Rasmus Lindgren 2
  Gregory van der Wiel 2
11.   Jeffrey Sarpong 1
  Oleguer 1
  Siem de Jong 1
  Evander Sno 1
  Kennedy Bakircioglü 1
  Gabri 1
  Rob Wielaert 1
  Ismaïl Aissati 1
  Eyong Enoh 1
Own goals   Erik Pieters (PSV) 1
  Fernández (N.E.C.) 1
Total 74

KNVB Cup

Nr. Name  
1.   Luis Suárez 1
  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 1
Total 2

UEFA Cup

Nr. Name  
1.   Luis Suárez 5
2.   Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 2
  Miralem Sulejmani 2
  Leonardo 2
5.   Jeffrey Sarpong 1
  Thomas Vermaelen 1
  Jan Vertonghen 1
  Kennedy Bakircioglü 1
  Eyong Enoh 1
Total 16

Amsterdam Tournament

Nr. Name  
1.   Luis Suárez 1
  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 1
Total 2

PlacementsEdit

Friendlies Amsterdam Tournament KNVB Cup UEFA Cup Eredivisie
Status 7 played, 4 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses 4th place Eliminated in Third Round
Last opponent: FC Volendam
Eliminated in Round of 16
Last opponent: Olympique de Marseille
3rd place
68 points in 34 matches
qualified for UEFA Europa League

Qualifying rounds

ResultsEdit

All times are in CEST

EredivisieEdit

Main article: 2008–09 Eredivisie

KNVB CupEdit

Main article: 2008–09 KNVB Cup

UEFA CupEdit

Main article: 2008–09 UEFA Cup

First roundEdit

Group stageEdit

Group F
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Hamburg 4 3 0 1 7 3 +4 9
  Ajax 4 2 1 1 5 4 +1 7
  Aston Villa 4 2 0 2 5 6 -1 6
  Žilina 4 1 1 2 3 4 –1 4
  Slavia Praha 4 0 2 2 2 5 –3 2

Final phaseEdit

Round of 32Edit
Round of 16Edit

Amsterdam TournamentEdit

Final standings of the LG Amsterdam Tournament 2008
Team Pld W D L GF Pts
  Arsenal 2 1 1 0 4 8
  Internazionale 2 1 1 0 1 5
  Sevilla FC 2 0 2 0 1 3
  Ajax 2 0 0 2 2 2

FriendliesEdit

Transfers for 2008-09Edit

Summer transfer windowEdit

For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the summer window (1 July 2008 to 1 September 2008) please see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2008.

ArrivalsEdit

  • The following players moved to AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type Previous club Fee
Return from loan spell
    Kenneth Vermeer Goalkeeper 30 June 2008   Willem II -
Transfer
    Darío Cvitanich Midfielder 28 April 2008   Banfield €6,5 million
    Miralem Sulejmani Forward 4 July 2008   SC Heerenveen €16,25 million
    Ismaïl Aissati Midfielder 19 July 2008   PSV €4,1 million
    Oleguer Defender 29 July 2008   FC Barcelona €3 million
    Evander Sno Midfielder 21 August 2008   Celtic €1,5 million
Free Transfer
    Darko Bodul Forward 14 June 2008   SC Heerenveen -
    Eyong Enoh Midfielder 31 August 2008   Ajax Cape Town -
    Hans Vonk Goalkeeper 31 August 2008   Ajax Cape Town -

DeparturesEdit

  • The following players moved from AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type New club Fee
Out on loan
    Donovan Slijngard Defender 27 July 2008   Sparta Rotterdam -
    George Ogăraru Defender 30 August 2008   Steaua București -
    Albert Luque Forward 31 August 2008   Málaga CF -
Transfer
    Rydell Poepon Forward 30 May 2008   Sparta Rotterdam €1 million
    John Heitinga Defender 15 August 2008   Atlético Madrid €12 million
Free Transfer
    Edgar Davids Midfielder 20 May 2008 -
    Marco van Duin Goalkeeper 21 June 2008   HFC Haarlem -
    Erik Heijblok Goalkeeper 30 June 2008   De Graafschap -
    Ismael Urzaíz Forward 15 July 2008 -
    Jurgen Colin Defender 20 August 2008   Sporting de Gijón -
    Michael Krohn-Dehli Midfielder 29 August 2008   Brøndby IF -
    Nicolae Mitea Forward 31 August 2008   Dinamo București -
    Samuel Kuffour Defender 1 September 2008   Asante Kotoko -
    Vito Wormgoor Defender 2 September 2008   FC Utrecht -
    Kenneth Perez Midfielder 4 September 2008   FC Twente -

Winter transfer windowEdit

For a list of all Dutch football transfers in the winter window (1 January 2009 to 1 February 2009) please see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2008–09.

ArrivalsEdit

  • The following players moved to AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type Previous club Fee
Transfer
    Rob Wielaert Defender 22 January 2010   FC Twente €3,15 million

DeparturesEdit

  • The following players moved from AFC Ajax.
Name Position Transfer type New club Fee
Out on loan
    Dennis Rommedahl Forward 20 January 2009   N.E.C. -
Transfer
    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Forward 1 January 2009   Real Madrid €27 million
    John Goossens Forward 1 February 2009   N.E.C. €900.000
Free Transfer
    Laurent Delorge Midfielder 6 January 2008   Roda JC -
    Hans Vonk Goalkeeper 20 January 2009   SC Heerenveen -

External linksEdit