You can’t have a website about Amsterdam without writing about AFC Ajax Amsterdam. The soccer club was founded on March 18, 1900. and is one of the largest and most storied clubs in European football. 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. Nowadays Ajax is still the biggest club in the Netherlands and is known for their excellent youth academy. With manager Marco van Basten Ajax is still in the race for the Dutch championship as they continue their pursuit of AZ Alkmaar.
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If you ever watched the Dutch soccer team play or visited Amsterdam during Queens day, you might wonder why we all dress in Orange. Especially because the colours of our flag are red, white and blue. Why not dress up in those colours right?
Well, Orange is the colour of our Royal Family, who are called ‘Oranje-Nassau’, and the Dutch word ‘Oranje’ means ‘Orange’. They have played a central role in the political life of the Netherlands since William I of Orange (“William the Silent”) organized the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule, which after the Eighty Years’ War led to an independent Dutch state.