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What AFC Ajax has achieved with their homegrown talents very few can manage, and they are once again ready to challenge Europe’s best with another golden generation of players. They beat Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 in Europa League semifinal first leg at Amsterdam Arena with an ease to make their mark in Europe again.

If Ajax makes a similar effort in Lyon next week, they’ll reach to their first European final in last 21 years. They last played in a European competition final in 1996 against Juventus in Uefa Champions League, where they lost on penalties.

The four-time European Cup winners’ last medal in Europe came in 1995, when they beat AC Milan in Champions League final. But, now with another golden generation of footballers, they are ready to challenge Europe’s best.

Chelsea’s on loan striker Bertrand Traore leads the goal scoring pack alongside homegrown Kasper Dolberg. German winger Amen Younes, Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech, and club captain Davy Klassen leads the attacking midfield trio, and Justin Kluivert (Patrick Kluivert’s son) makes this young Ajax side look like another golden generation is ready to make their mark in Europe.

Traore double and Dolberg & Younes single strikes earns Ajax 4-1 victory, and Frenchman Mathieu Valbuena only able to earn an important away goal for the Lyon. It left Ajax with an uphill task next week to score thrice and not to concede any goals in order to go through, but Ajax are on verge of making history again.

They have the side who can conquer Europe, and if these talented players play together for another couple of years, there is no doubt they’ll challenge Europe’s best. They have the ability to compete in Uefa Champions League on regular basis, and they deserve to play so in Europe’s elite competition.

They are four time European champions, and this golden generation can earn them their fifth European title. Kasper Dolberg, Hakim Ziyech, Davy Klassen, Bertrand Traore, Amin Younes, Abdelhak Nouri, Andre Onana, Matthijs de Ligt, Donny Van de Beek, Justin Kluivert, and Frenkie de Jong are the talents whom Europe’s best clubs are watching closely. But, if Ajax able to build a team around them, Godenzonen will be able to put their name on global map once again, and European power will once again shift from Spain to Netherlans.


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