Football: Barca welcome Ajax for historic first clash
MADRID (AFP) - For two sides with such a great history in European football, the meeting between Barcelona and Ajax on Wednesday night will remarkably be the first ever competitive match between the two clubs.
The feeling that this is an historic occasion is felt even more strongly in the Catalan capital given the huge influence the Ajax model has had on the incredible success Barcelona have enjoyed over the past three decades.
Both sides have four European Cup titles to their name but it wasn't until 1992 that Barca won the famous trophy for the first time when Johan Cruyff, who as a player had guided Ajax to their first three European titles, was the Barca coach.
Since then Cruyff's influence has continued at Barca in the 4-3-3 formation that they still use and most notably in the success of a former Cruyff pupil in Pep Guardiola during his period in charge.