Ajax legend Marc Overmars delights fans by sliding across the turf in his suit after famous win at Juventus as he joins former team-mate Edwin Van der Sar in post-match celebrations
- Marc Overmars and Edwin van der Sar revelled in Ajax’s famous win at Juventus
- Both men used to play for the club and won the Champions League back in 1995
- They are now Ajax’s director of football and chief executive respectively
- Overmars slid across the turf in his suit leaving van der Sar in hysterics
Ajax legend Marc Overmars showed there is no better way to celebrate your club’s first Champions League semi-final appearance for 22 years than by body sliding across the turf – even while wearing a suit.
Overmars, 45, is now the club’s director of football and like all those associated with Ajax, he was ecstatic after the Dutch club pulled off another extraordinary upset in the Champions League.
Erik ten Hag’s young trailblazers followed up a remarkable 4-1 win over reigning European champions Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last month with a stunning 2-1 triumph over Italian giants Juventus in Turin.
The result is the first time since 1997 that Ajax have reached the last-four, with a team that featured both Overmars and team-mate Edwin van der Sar.
Marc Overmars celebrated Ajax’s famous win over Juventus by sliding across the turf
Ajax beat Juventus 2-1 thanks to goals from Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt
Marc Overmars was joined by Edwin van der Sar following the 2-1 win over Juventus in Turin
The 45-year-old attempted a full-suited body-slide on the turf in front of the travelling fans
Ajax recorded a stunning victory over Juventus to reach the Champions League semi-finals
The duo lifted the trophy back in 1995 and both players are now involved behind the scenes at the Amsterdam Arena, with 48-year-old van der Sar now the club’s chief executive.
And both went wild at full-time in front of delirious Ajax supporters at the Allianz Stadium, replicating similar celebrations after the club’s victory in Madrid.
Overmars, dressed in a shirt and tie, took a run up before attempting to slide across the pristine turf in front of the travelling contingent.
Van der Sar watched on in hysterics as the Ajax fans lapped up their former hero’s celebrations.
Role: Director of Football
Clubs: Go Ahead Eagles, Willem II, Ajax, Arsenal, Barcelona.
Honours: Eredivisie (x3), KNVB Cup, Dutch Supercup, UEFA Champions League, Intercontinental Cup, Premier League, FA Cup, Charity Shield.
EDWIN VAN DER SAR
Role: Chief executive
Clubs: Ajax, Juventus, Fulham, Manchester United, VV Noordwijk.
Honours: Eredivisie (x4), KNVB Cup (x3), Dutch Supercup (x3), UEFA Champions League (x2), UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup (x2), Premier League (x4), League Cup, Community Shield (x3), FIFA Club World Cup
The Dutch side had to come from behind in Turin after Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts the lead.
But the visitors showed tremendous character to fight back and they levelled the game almost immediately through Donny van der Beek, before Matthijs de Ligt headed home the winning goal on 67 minutes.
Overmars and van der Sar played an integral part on the field the last time Ajax stunned European competition with a generation of exceptional young talent.
Louis van Gaal’s Ajax boasted the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids and Danny Blind when they lifted the trophy in 1995 with a 1-0 win over Milan.
The pair watch Ajax play Barcelona together during the group stages back in September 2013
Overmars (left) and van der Sar also celebrated wildly after Ajax’s win over Real Madrid
Both men played for the club when Ajax last won the Champions League back in 1995
They almost retained the trophy too, narrowly losing to the side they beat last night in Rome a year later.
This year’s contingent will face an English side in their semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City set to go head-to-head tonight at the Etihad.
Spurs hold a narrow 1-0 advantage from the first leg thanks to a Son Heung-min strike, but they face a Pep Guardiola side targeting an unprecedented quadruple this season.
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