From the publisher:
Glorious Reinvention is the story of how Ajax rediscovered their mojo to compete again with Europe's best. In November 2010, after Ajax's 2-0 loss in the Champions League group stage to Real Madrid, Johan Cruyff wrote a newspaper column criticising his former club. He believed the side were poorly run, had lost their identity and been left behind by modern football.
Cruyff wanted change. He wanted Ajax to rely on their academy as they once had, and he wanted former Ajax players in high positions calling the shots at the club. This was dubbed 'the velvet revolution' - a peaceful coup that would propel Ajax to once more compete with the best.
A few years on, with many of the changes in place, the side reached a Europa League final and a Champions League semi-final with an exquisite style of football and methods that Cruyff would have appreciated. Ajax, now run by former club greats such as Edwin van der Sar and Marc Overmars, combined the techniques of old with modern elements.
Karan Tejwani is a football writer whose work has featured in These Football Times, The Guardian, Sport360 and various other publications and websites. His first book, Wings of Change: How The World's Biggest Energy Drink Manufacturer Made a Mark in Football, was published by Pitch in 2020.
Message from Stanchion:
All orders will receive an author-signed bookplate and a free A4 Johan Cruyff colour print on heavy card stock designed by Jonathan Costall (whilst stocks last).
Includes colour picture section