Ajax have been drawn against French side Nice in the Champions League third round qualifier.

  • By Michael Statham
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Nice finished third in Ligue 1 last season and are spearheaded by the Italian striker Mario Balotelli – pictured above playing for AC Milan against Ajax in 2013, when he scored a last minute penalty.

Of course, events of Ajax’s European exploits have been overshadowed by the bitterly sad news over Abdelhak Nouri. Before the draw was made for this qualifying round, UEFA chiefs gave a moving speech in light of ongoing struggles for Nouri’s family.

Ajax players will be ready to give their all for the midfielder when they play the away leg in France on either the 25th or 26th of July. The home leg in Amsterdam will be played on either the 1st or 2nd of August.

Michael Statham (244 Posts)

I'm a physics student from the UK and a massive Eredivisie fan. Started watching after being inspired by the Netherlands national team after the 2010 World Cup. Wilfred Bouma also has a big part to play in my initial keen interest in the league, being a Villa fan meant I wanted to keep track of my favourite player.