Ajax Pay Tribute to Reggae Icon Bob Marley in New Kit Release

Published 08/20/2021, 9:20 AM EDT


Ajax are known for their beautiful kits, and the Dutch club surpassed expectations again this season. While their home kits still adorn the classic red and white, they wowed their fans with a beautiful away kit with blue and black stripes.

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Several clubs have released their third kits in the past week (including the infamous Puma third kits), and Ajax was the latest to do so. However, they decided to go for something different this time around. They decided to pay homage to music legend Bob Marley.

Marley’s song “Three Little Birds” is a popular fan anthem among the Ajax faithful, and the new jersey is a beautiful tribute to it. A primarily black shirt with green, yellow, and red details, the jersey features three colorful birds on the back.

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Ajax fans started singing the song when they traveled to Wales to face Cardiff City in a preseason friendly. The fans were asked to remain inside the stadium after the final whistle and were entertained by a DJ. “Three Little Birds” was a great hit with the fans and is sung till date.

Marley was a great fan of football too. His daughter, Cedella, spoke about Ajax’s tribute and shared her love for the sport. “I am beyond touched that Ajax has taken Three Little Birds and made it their anthem,” she said.

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AFC Ajax and their success in the Netherlands.

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Ajax reached the pinnacle of their success in 21st century in 2018/19 when they reached the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League. The former European winners lost to Tottenham Hotspur via a last-second Lucas Moura winner and were seconds away from reaching the final.

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Since then, they have struggled in the UCL, but they have been spotless domestically. Ajax have won the Dutch Eredivisie every single season after 2017/18. The COVID-19 pandemic shortened the 2019/20 season, and no winner was announced. However, Ajax was still top of the table after 25 games and were favorites to beat AZ Alkmaar to the title.

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