AFC Ajax: Retirement | The Academies | Football Manager 2017

Hello and welcome to the third and final part of our Ajax Academy series in ‘The Academies’. If you missed either of the previous parts, give them a read now by clicking the links below.

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As this is the final part of the mini-series, we will be looking at each individual career in greater detail. The plan is to look through the players in order of their retirement date.

Let’s get straight into it.

The Academies | Retirement

Abdelhak Nouri

Abdelhak Nouri 16-31 GIF

Abdelhak Nouri aged 19, 24 and 34

Club count (9): Ajax, Club Brugge, SK Rapid Wien, Stade Malherbe Caen, Stuttgart, AS Saint-Etienne, Braunschweig, Red Bull Salzburg, Panathinaikos

Abdelhak Nouri has moved around many clubs in his career, playing in 6 different countries. He made 380 appearances in all competitions in his career, scoring 21 goals in the process, before retiring at the end of the 2030/31 season.


1x African Championship of Nations

3x Austrian Premier Divisionred bull salzburgred bull salzburgred bull salzburg

3x Austrian FA Cup rapid wienred bull salzburgred bull salzburg

Abdelhak Nouri history

Abdelhak Nouri history

Kaj Sierhuis

Kaj Sierhuis 16-31 GIF

Kaj Sierhuis aged 18, 23 and 33

Club count (8): Ajax, Manchester United, FC Utrecht, Wigan, Toulouse, Cardiff, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday

Kaj Sierhuis retired in the same year as Nouri after an eight year spell with English side Sheffield Wednesday. He made 480 appearances in all, scoring 142 goals.


1x EFL Cupcardiff

1x Sky Bet League Onesheffield wednesday

Kaj Sierhuis history

Kaj Sierhuis history

Jairo Riedewald

Jairo Riedewald 16-33 GIF

Jairo Riedewald aged 19, 24, 34 and 36

Club count (6): Ajax, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus, Arsenal, Panathinaikos

Jairo Riedewald can look back on his career with pride. He has travelled around Europe and has played for many big clubs. The centre-back has also become a part of the 100 cap club with Holland, joining the likes of Phillip Cocu, Edwin van der Sar and Wesley Sneijder.


2x Europa League man cityarsenal

3x English Premier Leagueman cityarsenalarsenal

2x English FA Cupman cityman city

1x EFL Cupman city

1x Italian Cupjuventus.png

1x Greek Super Leaguepanathinaikos

Jairo Riedewald history

Jairo Riedewald history

Carel Eiting

Carel Eiting 16-33 GIF

Carel Eiting aged 18, 23, 33 and 35

Club count (7): Ajax, Excelsior, FC Twente, Trencin, PEC Zwolle, AZ Alkmaar, Luzern

Carel Eiting remained uncapped for the national side but became a prominent member of the AZ Alkmaar team during the 2020’s. His only successes came early on in his career when he spent a year on loan in Slovakia before returning to win an Eredivisie title with Ajax.


1x Slovak First Divisiontrecin

1x Slovak FA Cuptrecin

1x Eredivisieajax

Carel Eiting history

Carel Eiting history

Donny van de Beek

Donny van de Beek 16-33 GIF

Donny van de Beek aged 19, 24, 24 and 36

Club count (8): Ajax, sc Heerenveen, QPR, Valladolid, Besiktas, FC Nantes, Rostov, Arsenal Tula

Donny van de Beek is possibly the weakest of our academy graduates in this series. The centre-midfielder, of course uncapped, moved around six different nations looking for a home. It doesn’t look like he found one.


1x Turkish Cupbesiktas

Donny van de Beek history

Donny van de Beek history

Che Nunnely

Che Nunnely 16-33 GIF

Che Nunnely aged 17, 22, 32 and 34

Club count (6): Ajax, Willem II, FC Groningen, Olympique de Marseille, Chelsea, Atletico Pamplona

Che Nunnely peaked late in his career, finally making the step up to a top European team (Chelsea) in 2029. Out of our academy graduates in this series he is the player who stayed with Ajax for the longest period of time, leaving them by 2026.


2x Eredivisieajaxajax

2x Dutch Cupajaxajax

1x English Premier Leaguechelsea

Che Nunnely history

Che Nunnely history

Noa Lang

Noa Lang 16-33

Noa Lang aged 17, 22, 32 and 34

Club count (7): Ajax, MVV, FC Den Bosch, Sparta, FC Eindhoven, FC Utrecht, Slovan Liberec

Noa Lang is definitely battling Donny van de Beek as the weakest of our academy players. The uncapped Dutchman went his entire career without any major honours. He moved around seven different clubs and made 425 appearances throughout his career.

No Major Honours

Noa Lang history

Noa Lang history

Justin Kluivert

Justin Kluivert 16-33 GIF

Justin Kluivert aged 17, 22, 32 and 34

Club count (8): Ajax, Roda JC, Trencin, Vitesse, Bursaspor, Konyaspor, PSV, Willem II

Justin Kluivert spent the majority of his career in Holland, making 522 appearances and scoring 77 goals in all competitions. The winger spent most of his time with PSV but won his only silverware in Holland with Vitesse.


1x Slovak First Divisiontrecin

1x Slovak FA Cuptrecin

1x Dutch Cupvitesse

Justin Kluivert history

Justin Kluivert history

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt 16-37 GIF

Matthijs de Ligt aged 16, 21, 31 and 37

Club count (3): Ajax, Olympique Lyonnais, Dortmund

Our last player to look at in this series if Matthijs de Ligt. Both he and Jairo Riedewald will be happy with their contrasting careers. Matthijs remained loyal to one club for 19 years. Bundesliga side Dortmund will be very happy to have had such a loyal player for nearly two decades.


1x French Cupolympique lyon

2x German Bundesligadortmunddortmund

3x German Cupdortmunddortmunddortmund

Matthijs de Ligt history

Matthijs de Ligt history

The Ajax Academy

All Time Career Appearances (Goals). Previous Ranking (from 2031)

  1. Matthijs de Ligt 878 (43) (1)
  2. Jairo Riedewald 612 (18) (2)
  3. Justin Kluivert 522 (77) (3)
  4. Kaj Sierhuis 480 (142) (4)
  5. Che Nunnely 463 (68) (5)
  6. Noa Lang 425 (48) (6)
  7. Abdelhak Nouri 380 (21) (7)
  8. Carel Eiting 372 (12) (8)
  9. Donny van de Beek 346 (14) (9)

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Thanks for reading our final instalment of the Ajax mini-series in The Academies.

Our next post in the series will be out next Friday as we move on to another club. We will be moving to either Barcelona, Southampton or Sporting. Comment below your preferred choice!

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