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Ajax make history in Eredivisie game against Willem II

Ajax fielded the youngest team in Eredivisie history when they took on Willem II

With the Eredivise title on the line heading into the final game of the season most managers would turn to their experienced pros.

But that isn’t an option for Ajax boss Peter Bosz. Instead, he’s fielded the youngest team in Eredivise history to take on Willem II in a crunch title decider.

Kasper Dolberg on the way to lectures, presumably

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Kasper Dolberg on the way to lectures, presumably

Events are out of Ajax’s hands, with Feyenoord one point better off at the top of the Eredivisie, but any slip up could see the pair swap places.

Ajax’s side doesn’t feature a player over the age of 24- the age of academy product and captain Davy Klaassen.

Klaassen is joined by two players aged 21, five aged 20, a 19-year-old, 18-year-old and a 17-year-old, giving Bosz’s side an average age of 20 years and 139 days.

Davy Klaassen is positively old at 24

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Davy Klaassen is positively old at 24

Seven of the 11 are products of Ajax’s esteemed academy, including 17-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt and 18-year-old Justin Kluivert, who’s doing a fine job of following in his father Patrick’s footsteps.

Seven of the 11 are also Dutch, which is good news for new Holland manager Dick Advocaat as he looks to help his country kick out of the slump they are currently in.

The other four nationalities are Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana, Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez, Brazilian forward David Neres and Danish striker Kasper Dolberg.

The boy from Brazil

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The boy from Brazil

Ajax’s bench features Chelsea loanee Betrand Traore, fresh from helping Ajax progress to the final of the Europa League, and academy graduate Abdelhak Nouri.

The Dutch side take on Man United in the Europa League final on 24 May in the Friends Arena, Stokholm.

So don’t be surprised if they manage to field an even younger team on that occasion.