Johan Cruyff, Dennis Bergkamp, Edwin van der Sar and Marco van Basten – all Dutch, all world class and all products of Ajax's famed youth academy.

The Amsterdam club is Holland's most successful, with 32 Eredivisie titles, 18 domestic cup wins and an enviable European record – four European Cup/Champions League victories and a win each in the UEFA and Cup Winners' Cup tournaments – making them one of only four teams to have won all three major UEFA trophies.

But the economics of modern football have not been kind to them. Ajax still develop some of the best young talent in Europe, but they can't match the wages these players can expect to be paid in some of the continent's bigger leagues.

As a result, once mighty Ajax have become a selling club who struggle to compete at the highest level – a level they once dominated.

We have a cracking selection of 100% authentic memorabilia in stock, with prints, gloves and armbands hand-signed by Ajax legends such as de Boer and Vermeer.