The world famous Dutch football club, Ajax, have announced they have moved into esports as they pickup the top FIFA player in the region. Following in the footsteps of clubs that include Manchester City, West Ham, FC Schalke and Valencia, the Dutch club's new signing was revealed by legendary former goalkeeper and Ajax director, Edwin Van Der Sar, at the Amsterdam Arena. Taking the number 39 jersey will be Koen Weijland of the Netherlands, a FIFA 5x national champion and up and coming Youtuber. They're not the first Dutch club to register interest in esports after PSV Eindhoven revealed plans to pickup a FIFA player themselves through an open tournament. Koen released this statement on the Ajax website (translated).
"Today a dream comes true for me. All my life I have been an Ajax support and I'm very proud that I can represent the beautiful red and white at FIFA tournaments. The story of Ajax really appears to me and I want to help organise activities for youth players between gaming and physical football. I hope as a Youtuber and FIFA E-Athlete that I serve as a source of inspiration like the Ajax players do."Edwin van der Sar -
"Koen is a multiple time FIFA champion that inspires youth and has a personality that fits our club here at Ajax. We are always looking for new ways as a club to bind us to our young fans. We will be helping Koen with support not only in major tournaments, but also organising activities with our fans. We believe it is important to encourage both digital and real football. These two worlds can perfectly coexist and compliment each other."
Source - Ajax