Football always presents us curious things every day, with some being darker than others. If you talk about ‘curses’, people can talk about Aaron Ramsey’s curse, the suggestion that every time the Juventus star scores a goal, someone famous dies within a matter of days.
Of course, there is also the Drake curse, which is a reference to whenever the Canadian rapper backs a football team they tend to lose. Well, we have found another that will be interesting for plenty of people.
This time we talk about the Ajax Champions League curse, with Mauricio Pochettino becoming the newest victim of it. The Lancers made it to the semi-final of the Champions League last season and every team they faced along the way has replaced their coach.
For starters, Ajax’s group stage opponents AEK Athens, Benfica and Bayern Munich all have new managers. Knockout stage opponents Juventus, Real Madrid and now Spurs have also changed their helmsman.
The first manager to depart was Benfica’s Rui Vitoria who left the Portuguese giants in January 2019. He would be followed by AEK Athens’ Marios Ouzounidis a month later. To make this worse, his successor, a returning Manolo Jimenez lasted less than four months in the role.
Real Madrid sacked Santiago Solari after their humiliating exit and replace him with Zinedine Zidane. Zizou became their third coach of the 2018/2019 season after Julen Lopetegui’s October sacking.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri ended his five-year stay in Turin at the end of last season which only left Niko Kovac at Bayern and Pochettino respectively.
Kovac’s tenure with the Bavarians ended after a 5-1 defeat in front of Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this month. Poch was the last man standing, only to get sacked earlier this week, after several weeks of rumors and speculation about his future with Tottenham.
This season Ajax started playing great football, as well, and there are people already wondering who’s going to be the next victim of their curse.