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 By Simon Kuper

Ajax's recipe for success: Ridiculously young players and a brilliant coach

Gab Marcotti describes the security measures for the Europa League and Champions League finals after Monday's terror attack.
Ajax head coach Peter Bosz admits he is inspired by Johan Cruyff's philosophy ahead of the Europa League final.
Despite losing to Lyon, Ajax and their fans were in the dancing spirit after sealing a spot in the Europa League final.

I've never seen the Amsterdam Arena as happy as the other night when Ajax played Lyon. The stadium opened in 1996, exactly when Ajax's good days were ending. It's a low-atmosphere bowl in an out-of-town business park, a bad imitation of an outdated American model.

But that night, an absurdly young Ajax team hammered Lyon 4-1 in the Europa League semifinal on the way to the final against Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24. The crowd could hardly believe it. Old fat guys like me were singing...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Harry Kane seals Prem's Golden Boot to top Player Power Rankings

The FC crew weigh in on how Harry Kane stacks up at the moment with the best strikers in the world.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world after winning back-to-back golden boots.

Also receiving votes: Mohamed Salah (AS Roma), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Nicolas de Preville (Lille).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

Ronald Koeman: Europa League finalists set standard Everton aspire to reach

With disappointing league campaigns, the FC crew debate if Man United's UEL or Arsenal's FA Cup final is more crucial.
Ronald Koeman has hailed Everton fans as the key to his sides superb home record at Goodison Park.
A clear objective will be to bring in players who will have more productivity for next season when we're in the Europa League.

I will be a keen observer of events in the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Wednesday when Ajax and Manchester United contest the final of the UEFA Europa League.

As manager of Everton, I am very much looking forward to playing in the competition next season, with the team having realised our objective when we set out at the beginning of the campaign of qualifying for Europe. For us, this was the first step. The final between Ajax and Manchester United will provide a glimpse as to the next step...

Zidane guides Real to La Liga glory, Allegri's Juve win again, Terry's sendoff

The ESPN FC crew hail Zinedine Zidane for his part in bringing Real Madrid back to the summit in La Liga.

There was no last day miracle, no "Tenerifazo" like a quarter-century ago when Real Madrid contrived to blow the title 90 minutes from the finish line. What you got instead was an early lead to settle the nerves, some great goalkeeping from Keylor Navas, and Karim Benzema putting the title out of reach by giving Real Madrid their 2-0 lead in the second half.

The victory away to Malaga sealed the club's 33rd league title, although only the club's second since 2008. Whether this reflects shifting...

 By Ian Darke

Chelsea are worthy champions after a top-heavy Premier League season

Janusz Michallik and Alexis Nunes take a long look at how the Premier League top 6 shaped out this season.
With the Premier League season behind us, take a look at the latest predictions of how the top 4 will shape up next season.

Any team that clocks up a record 30 Premier League wins and 93 points deserves to be champions, so nobody can argue about Chelsea wearing the crown.

It was a remarkable turnaround after their mysterious no-show resulted in a 10th-place finish last season. Indeed, a club-by-club comparison between this campaign and 2015-16 offers some revealing insights on how all 20 clubs performed.

Chelsea were the biggest climbers and Leicester the biggest fallers, while two of the three promoted clubs went straight...

Plane banners and 8 other things we hated about the Premier League season

The Exploading Heads gain exclusive access to the Plane Banners 'R' Us call centre.

There's been plenty of talking points from an eventful season but we didn't like everything we saw...

Plane banners

Ok, we understand that fans get frustrated by their managers. We understand that they want to showcase that frustration for others to see. But what we don't get is why they choose to spend almost £1,000 on a pointlessly tiny banner flying behind a plane for all of 10 seconds.

And, as if that wasn't bad enough, now we have no idea who is actually behind the "protest." Is a group...