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#87 // Van de Beek → Dolberg Ajax 2 – 0 VVV Venlo

There are XXX banners around the stadium, and on the LED screens.

Serving, for a moment, as a warning for the kind of content contained in such a pass.

If you’re older than 18—have a peek:




It’s the Amsterdam coat of arms, really—the symbol of the city.

Three Saint Andrew’s Crosses arranged in a line.



But after all Ajax’s years of world-class passing—from Cruyff, Bergkamp and the greats to the current group of Neres, de Jong, Ziyech, Tadić…

They should consider a change, in honor of the assist:

From XXX to O→O


This one was pure class, from Donny van de Beek.

Wat een goal, indeed.



It’s a scramble in the box, with a Blind’s pass broken up, Ziyech’s shot sent up into the air, and then out to the feet of van de Beek.

Seeing Kasper Dolberg unmarked at the far post, he swings his leg forward…

And half-volleys a gem of a low cross to Dolberg’s chest.




Van de Beek is 21, with five Eredivisie goals on the year and six assists.

In the last several international games for the Netherlands, he hasn’t played a minute.




Maybe time to get him in there?