Amsterdam Cup Live
The Amsterdam Cup is an annual pre-season friendly tournament hosted by the Dutch club AFC Ajax. Many big names in world football participate in this tournament, which also happens to be the oldest of its kind. You can watch all live Amsterdam Cup games online through our dedicated members area.
The Amsterdam Tournament began as Amsterdam 700 way back in 1975 when the Dutch city celebrated its 700th year of existence. Usually played at the Amsterdam Arena, the tournament almost always includes Ajax.
The first edition included RWD Molenbeek, Ajax, Feyenoord and Barcelona and was clinched by Molenbeek. In subsequent editions, big clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, AC Milan, Valencia, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have lent their own color to the competition.
The tournament is organized by the International Event Partnership (IEP), which started doing so from the year 2000 after no competition was held between 1992 to 1999.
The Amsterdam Cup has a different points system to what is usually used in competitive matches. Each team is awarded three points for a victory and one point for a draw, but the catch is that each goal scored during the match also merits a point.
It is widely believed that this points system is meant to encourage participating teams to play attacking football in what would otherwise be a tepid tournament.
Amsterdam Cup 2009
This season's tournament includes hosts Ajax, English Premiership League side Sunderland, La Liga representatives Atletico Madrid and Benfica of Portugal.
Sunderland enter the competition in the knowledge that they are the only representative from the North East of England in the Premier League after the relegation of local rivals Newcastle and Middlesbrough. New boss Steve Bruce will be keen to ensure that his side puts on a good show in front of what is likely to be a strong traveling contingent from Wearside. He will also hope to be able to parade a couple of new faces ahead of what could prove an interesting season.
Atletico’s ranks have been swelled by the arrival of keeper Sergio Asenjo from Real Valladolid but their concerns continue to rest with defender Mariano Pernia, injured in a car crash in Argentina. The continued rumours linking Golden Boot winner Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero with moves away from Madrid will not help pre-season preparation but the visit to Holland provides a welcome distraction.
Benfica will also have a couple of new faces on the place to Amsterdam. Newly-installed coach Jorge Jesus will have Javier Saviola in his squad following the 27-year olds move from Real Madrid.
Hosts Ajax are also under new management following the arrival of Martin Jol. He has since brought in Thimothee Atouba Essama from SV Hamburg and goal-keeper Jeroen Verhoeven from FC Volendam, both of whom are likely to feature over the two days of matches.
The schedule for the tournament is as follows:
Day 1 - 24/07/2009
Sunderland v Benfica
Ajax v Atletico Madrid
Day 2 – 26/07/2009
Sunderland v Atletico Madrid
Ajax v Benfica
You can catch all the exciting action from the Amsterdam Cup live right here courtesy of Live Sport Network.
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