Full AFC Ajax Logo History & Meaning - 120 Years Old

Monday, 20 April 2020
Almost exactly 120 years ago, on the 18th of March 1900, three friends founded Football Club Ajax, later renamed to Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax or Ajax for short. Today we want to take a look the logo history and meaning of AFC Ajax, commonly refereed as Ajax or Ajax Amsterdam.

The origin of the name Ajax is pretty simple. It is derived from the Greek Aias (alas). The name is borne in Greek mythology by two Greeks renowned for their valor and prowess. Ajax Telamon was a strong and brave warrior who led the Greeks in the Trojan War after Achilles withdrew.

Ajax's first kit, in 1900, was black

Ajax Logo History

Ajax just had four different logos in their history so far, less than many other famous clubs.


In 1900, when the club was founded, the emblem of Ajax was just a picture of an Ajax player. At the time, the club's kit was red, black and white, the colors of the Amsterdam flag.


When Ajax gained access to the first division of the national championship in 1911, the club was forced to change their colors, as Sparta Rotterdam used exactly the same combination. The new kit did not yet exist and, according to the league regulations, the younger clubs should change their colors if other teams in the league already used them. So Ajax opted for a white shirt, with a vertical purple stripe, and white shorts. Consequently, the shield also had to be changed.


In 1928, the club logo was introduced with the head of the Greek hero Ajax.


In 1990, Ajax changed their logo into an abstract version of the previous one. The old logo was, due to its complex lines, very difficult to be exploited commercially

The current Ajax logo still sports the portrait of Ajax, but drawn with just 11 lines, symbolizing the 11 players of a football team.

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