Founded on March 18, 1900 AFC Ajax is one of the largest and most storied clubs in European football. Under the leadership of Jack Reynolds Ajax won their first National Championship in 1918. From that point on Ajax could always be found at or near the top of the Dutch table. It was also Reynolds and his revolutionary training methods that built the foundation for what has now become the world famous Ajax Youth Training Program.
The historic win of 1918 was the first of what currently stands at an astonishing 32 league titles for the Amsterdam club. Ajax' first taste of European competition came in 1961 when the club became the first from the Netherlands to participate in the European Cup Winners Cup. Success on the European front loomed in the future as the club found a place in the 1969 Cup final before bringing home their first title in 1971. Starting with the magical victory in 1971 Ajax went on to win three consecutive European Champions Cups. In 1972, led by the world famous Johan Cruijff had one of the best seasons ever by a professional football team winning the National Championship, the Dutch Cup, the European Champions Cup and the World Cup.
The success of the late 1960's and early 1970's although impossible to duplicate was followed up by 25 more years of success for the club that included 11 National Championships in the final quarter of the century. The success was highlighted by another exciting venture in Europe as Ajax again became European and world champions in 1995.
The need for a new stadium brought with it the closing of "De Meer" in 1996 and the move to the Amsterdam ArenA. In 1998 Ajax would again find themselves at the top winning both the National Championship and their 14th Dutch Cup in 1998. Now it is time once again for the club to celebrate a new beginning. This time as they head into their second century as one of Europe's most innovative and successful football clubs.
In 2013 Ajax won their 33nd Dutch Championship.