Why Ajax Amsterdam anyway?

The Dutch club, opponent of Lille in the round of 16 of the Europa League, takes its name from Greek mythology.

Although it has lost its past splendor, Ajax Amsterdam, which made a comeback in 2019 by reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, nonetheless remains one of the legendary clubs of the European football. Because of his playing philosophy, brought to the sky by Johan Cruyff, but also his impressive track record with notably four Champions League, or at least C1 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995), a Cup Winners’ Cup ( 1987), a UEFA Cup, which became the Europa League, two Intercontinental Cups (1973, 1995) and two European Super Cups. Titles to which must be added 34 crowns in the Dutch championship.

Mythical, Ajax Amsterdam is also mythological. Its name is indeed inherited from Greek mythology. Founded in 1893, the club in the capital of the Netherlands was originally called Union. But from 1894, its creators operated a name change to become Football Club Ajax. A reference to Ajax, one of the heroes of the Trojan War. Considered the strongest and bravest Greek hero after Achilles, he single-handedly stopped the Trojans when they besieged the Greek camp. He nevertheless experienced a tragic end since after Achilles’ death, while he hoped to recover his armor, he committed suicide by throwing himself on his sword after learning that Odysseus had recovered the armor.

The use of names from Greek mythology was common in the Netherlands. The names of Heraclas Almelo, Sparta Rotterdam or Achilles’12 attest to this. Note that Ajax Amsterdam almost lost its name since it was already used by Ajax Sportman Combinatie, which nevertheless gave its agreement for Ajax Amsterdam to take its name for a period of 99 years. An agreement that has since disappeared, however, is the business of Ajax Amsterdam.