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AZ 1 – 1 Ajax: A glass half-full at best, for both sides

January 22, 2012


The glass half-full from the title refers to AZ taking only a point, where they failed to take more distance during dominating spells in the first half. And it refers to Ajax, who managed to fix some issues from the recent Cup defeat against AZ, but left much to be improved in order to refresh […]

Heerenveen 5 – 1 AZ: Trashing for the Eredivisie leaders

December 4, 2011


Heerenveen managed to extend their excellent opening of the 2011/12 season by defeating league leaders AZ 5-1 at home, breaking a club record in the process by going 12 Eredivisie matches unbeaten. Freshness, a high work rate, and outstanding individual performances proved key in defeating AZ, who clearly lost the battle early on in midfield, […]

Ajax 2 – 2 AZ: Both teams see their courage rewarded and pay for mistakes

October 16, 2011


League leaders AZ would, beforehand, have been quite satisfied with coming away with a draw in the Amsterdam Arena, but having been in front for the majority of the game to end up giving up a late equalizer to ten men Ajax made this result feel a bit different than it should. Ajax, on the […]

AZ 2 – 0 Jablonec: Offensive football rewarded with excellent first leg result

July 29, 2011


AZ managed an excellent result in winning 2-0 at home against Czech side Jablonec. And they did so in an offensive and entertaining style, but sometimes got ahead of themselves in the process. Manager Verbeek pulled off  his dynamic three man defensive system to unlock his defensive opponent and was rewarded with an excellent prospect […]

Ajax 4 –0 AZ: Early goal secures a dominant win

March 6, 2011


Only three months after their match in the Dutch Cup quarter final, where Frank de Boer made his debut as Ajax manager, Ajax and AZ met again in the ArenA. An early goal gave Ajax a comfortable start on which they built a patient game, pressing AZ just enough to stay clear of trouble, preferring […]

AZ 2 – 1 Twente: An emotional defeat for the Dutch Champions

March 1, 2011


Reigning Eredivisie champions Twente were defeated by the previous champions, AZ. This all happened in a much debated game, played out in pouring rain, bringing all the excitement that may be expected when these two teams are involved, and more. Twente received their second red card of the season after Douglas lost control near the […]

AZ 0 – 4 PSV: Less than the score line suggests

February 12, 2011


Both teams had to make up for three lost points in the previous round of the Eredivisie. PSV uncharacteristically failed to score at home and lost through a dying seconds opening goal to ADO while AZ gave away their 1-0 lead at Excelsior to lose 2-1 in the end. Tonight PSV needs the win to […]

Ajax 1 – 0 AZ: it’s all smiles at the ArenA again!

December 24, 2010


After defeating Milan 2-0 away in the Champions League and winning 1-0 over Vitesse in the Gelredome, new Ajax manager Frank de Boer made his home debut for Ajax in theit Dutch Cup quarter final against former champions AZ. And the wide 4-3-3 system worked wonders again…   Ajax’ not so new system The formation […]

Groningen 2 – 0 AZ: Hard-working Groningen break down AZ’s direct game

December 13, 2010


Two high-flying teams went into this match that turned out to be the fierce battle that was expected beforehand. With two team playing a very comparable formation and playing style, this was a match to be fought out quite as a straight match-up of the qualities of the players involved and Groningen managed to come […]

ADO 0 – 2 AZ: Fixing the wingers wins the game for AZ

December 5, 2010


Winning at ADO means an important result for Verbeek’s AZ. After an unconvincing start to the season, his team are on a six match unbeaten run, including victories over Ajax and Twente. AZ have by now firmly established themselves among the top six of the Eredivisie, the top six that would be five points clear […]