Football fans are in for a treat when top Dutch side Ajax play German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig at the Estádio da Nora, Ferreiras, Albufeira on Saturday, January 7. The game starts at 3.30pm but earlier in the day the Ajax second string will play fellow Eredivisie members SBV Excelsior at 12.30pm.
Admission: adults €7.50; children (over 12 years) €5; under 12s free.
Ajax have an illustrious history and are one of only three clubs to have won the European Cup/Champions League titles three times consecutively; the other two being Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
On loan from EFL Championship leaders Newcastle United, Dutch international keeper Tim Krul will be one to watch, but Bertrand Traoré, on loan from Chelsea, will miss the training camp as he represents Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The great Ajax team of Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens and Arie Haan won 26 consecutive games in 1972 at a time when the Dutch club were dominating European football, but last week that record was broken when Welsh Premier League champions, The New Saints, set a new world record with a 2-0 victory at Cefn Druids to end Ajax's 44-year reign.
RB Leipzig, currently just three points behind Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga, have several exciting players attracting the attention of English Premier League clubs. Striker Davie Selke is wanted by Stoke City whilst Swedish international midfielder Emil Forsberg is a target for Liverpool.
Two other players to keep an eye on are 19-year-old Scottish international winger Oliver Burke and USA international striker Terrence Boyd.
Included in the SBV Excelsior squad are Arghus Soares Bordignon, on loan from SC Braga and 20-year-old Danilo Pantić on loan from Premier League club Chelsea. CHRIS WRIGHT