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The Ajax of 1992: ‘A big party at Bergkamp for the door’

The Ajax of 1992: ‘A big party at Bergkamp for the door’

He was a press officer from up close how a young Ajax 25 years ago, Europe overtook and won the UEFA Cup. Now called the tournament of the Europa League, but seems to be the history to repeat itself. NU.nl went with David Endt back to the place where it happened.

We write Thursday, 14 may 1992. With his hands in his pockets runs David Endt on this sunny afternoon quietly in a circle to the Olympic Stadium. It is particularly quiet. Everywhere are cans and leftovers of spectators that Ajax the night before in a heroic contest the UEFA Cup saw a win at the expense of Torino.

Endt feel like being in a roller coaster of emotions. As a press officer, he sat with his nose to the success of the team of coach Louis van Gaal. Mere hours after the festival on the Leidseplein, he must think everything put together for himself. He opens the gates of the famous stadium and tail for a few minutes motionless before him.

“Then I thought: this is what the temple where it all happened”, looks at the now 63-year-old Endt, 25 years later, return in the same place at that time. “I was really emotional. I say sometimes that I have a chain I, with its six golden pearls and one of the pearls is definitely the final of 1992. That was very special. Also because the Olympic Stadium is actually doomed to disappear.”

Ajax came against Torino in their own house does not go beyond a goalless draw, but that was after the 2-2 in Italy sufficient to keep the cup up, to lift. About happiness had, the men of Van Gaal, and with players like Danny Blind, Frank de Boer, Dennis Bergkamp and Johnny of the Ship, during the second meeting, not to complain. The visitors were three times the woodwork, which resulted in Endt up to the final whistle with pinched buttocks on the stand sat.

“That race I really intensely lived. That was also because the whole of Amsterdam in a state of preparedness was brought. Everyone, and that now, you see, had a certain faith and trust. The enthusiasm was so jacked up. In that duel is actually a large base created of the enormous national following of Ajax. It fell a little along with the ideas for the startup of a supportersclub. Everyone wanted to be part of that then hopelijke success.”

UEFA Cup final 1992: Ajax-Torino

Ajax is 24 may in the final of the Europa League. 25 years ago, won the people of Amsterdam the precursor of this tournament, the UEFA Cup. The Italian Torino, was about two matches defeated.
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The Ajax-supporters made during the finals in 1992 for a great atmosphere.
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Dennis Bergkamp keeps Enrico Annoni of the body during the first final match in Turin (2-2).
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John van ‘t schip in discussion with Roberto Policano during the second final match (0-0).
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Frank de Boer in a duel with Gianluigi Lentini in the second finaleduel, in the Olympic Stadium (0-0).
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Ajax-players Rob Alflen, Marciano Vink, Aron Winter, Danny Blind celebrate the win of the UEFA Cup.
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The Amsterdam supporters celebrate the win of the UEFA Cup.
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Joy explosion

What Endt, who, after years of also team manager to have been in 2013 had to leave for Ajax, is still the most assists is the joy-explosion after in the city.

“The players wanted the victory on the Leidseplein to celebrate and saw that the fans as well. Everyone wanted to express his or her euphoria. The municipality became a little bit panicked. Who was afraid that the hand would walk away. We were all ready to go to the page, but when it was queried, that, first of all Stefan Pettersson had to be removed. That was still during the race were transported to the hospital because he by a charge of Roberto Policano, a broken collarbone suffered.”

“So We went to the VU and while we were at Stefan were waiting, I got a call from the police. An agent said that we are equal to the Leidseplein had to come because otherwise it would there go wrong. We left Stefan behind him later in the evening by someone else to the town.”

“We were in the hospital not yet out or it was said that we also pass by Bergkamp, who, because of a laryngitis the match at home in front of the tube had to follow, had to go. Well, that could not at that time because they had us on the Leidseplein.”

“When all festviteiten it were, we are in the middle of the night to visit Dennis. I know that Bryan Roy on the back and sat by one of the motoragenten that our guided. It was one big party for the door of Dennis’ house. Blind and Gerard van der Lem went first to the inside with that beautiful bowl. There is a legendary picture.”

The way of Ajax to the EL-final

The European campaign starts for Ajax in a minor key. In the preliminary round of the Champions League, the Amsterdammers are no match against FK Rostov, and they will be condemned to the Europa League.
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In the group stage of the Europa League Ajax with a 1-2 uitzege on Panathinaikos.
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The first game in the Arena is also won. By a goal from Kasper Dolberg is Standard Liege with 1-0 records.
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At Celta de Vigo gives Ajax to two times a advantage way. The match ends 2-2.
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Home win Ajax with 3-2 by Celta, after 3-0 to have been.
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Thanks to a goal from Kenny Tete wins Ajax at home 2-0 by Panathinaikos.
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Thanks to a beautiful goal from Anwar El Ghazi, who shortly thereafter departs with the club, Ajax is playing the last team contest with a 1-1 draw in Liege. It is enough for the group profits.
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In the first round of the knock-out stages has Ajax it difficult against Legia Warsaw. Nick Viergever is the only one that in 180 minutes, it just knows how to find.
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In the eighth-finals play the Locals against the stiff FC Copenhagen. Dolberg in his native country as an extremely important uitdoelpunt.
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Ajax lose in Copenhagen with 2-1 and keeps the damage is thus limited. However, Davy Klaassen a yellow card for comments on the guidance. The captain is therefore suspended for the return in Amsterdam.
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In the Arena ready Ajax fairly simple job. Bertrand Traore makes a rebound for the opening goal.
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Just before half-time determines Dolberg with a used penalty the final score at 2-0. Ajax beat Copenhagen and goes through to the quarter finals.
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In the first quarter gives Ajax an unprecedented show way. Schalke 04 is in Amsterdam upside down played and may even be happy with a 2-0 defeat.
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Captain Klaassen excels against Schalke with two goals.
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In Germany, however, error for Ajax. Schalke wins 2-0, in the extension, even at 3-0, until Viergever the redeeming uitdoelpunt binnenwerkt. In the last minute makes Amin Younes even the 3-2.
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For the first time since the 2005/2006 season (PSV and AZ) there is again a Dutch team in the semi-finals of a European tournament.
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In the semi-finals, Olympique Lyonnais the opponent. In the home match Ajax there is a gala performance of.
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Helped by two goals from Traore wins Ajax with 4-1.
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Again, it goes in the return almost still wrong for Ajax. Led by striker Alexandre Lacazette, the French are very close.
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Further than 3-1 come the French, however, which the team of Peter Bosz make it to the final.
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Thanks to strong home games and unprecedented fighting spirit in uitduels gets Ajax to their first European final since 1996.
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Illusion

A quarter of a century later Ajax finally the true work of art from 1992 to repeat. The team of coach Peter Bosz takes the Wednesday in the final of the Europa League in Stockholm on against Manchester United. Endt sees a lot of parallels between this season and that of 25 years ago.

“In two years, started Ajax without any illusion to the tournament. They had this season, their hopes were focused on the Champions League and then the Europa League. By doing so, you come to the realization that perhaps you are going to play a part, and in 1992, that happened with the achievement of the quarter-finals.”

“AA Gent was the opponent, and that was a favourable draw, especially because teams like Liverpool and Real Madrid still in the quiver sat. Ajax began from that time really to turn. Just as the team of Leaf had the team of Van Gaal, who is Leo Beenhakker at the beginning of the season, succeeded, some time to attach.”

Endt thinks it’s great to see that Leaf just like Van Gaal at the time, many young boys the chance. “In 1992, did you know that there is also a whole generation was coming. Edgar Davids smoke all at the football. Clarence Seedorf is still not so much, but which also came very quickly in the picture.”

“You got that now. You know that behind this team, maybe even greater talents are eager to get inside. Then you must think of guests as Frenkie de Jong, Carel Eiting, Abdelhak Nouri. And Donny of the Stream running to the door and actually already within. He has the same position as David’s in 1992. Only is Of the Brook, yet just a little further because he already has played, and his mark has already been able to push on the team.”

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This cost the basiselftallen of Ajax and Manchester United

Sentimental

Where Ajax after the profit of the UEFA Cup in 1992 the prices together reeg, culminating in the capture of the Champions League in 1995, see Endt the as an idealistic and utopian idea that the citizens of Amsterdam also at this time the European football dominate.

“Now we have to deal with the Bosman judgment. And the success of 1995 was also due to the fact that a lot of clubs our qualities not in time have been identified. Players like Seedorf, Davids and the brothers de Boer capitulated, not for the many millions. If that had happened, we had probably never seen the Champions League won.”

“You need to hope that the current players think: with this team we schoolvoetbalkampioen of Amsterdam and we are going on almost sentimental manner a stamp on this generation. But well, so can I still just continue to dream.”

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