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A semi-final tie between Panathinaikos and Ajax at the business end of the 1995/96 season is our inspiration this time around

WORDS Paul McNamara | Shirts courtesy of Classic Football Shirts

Unity, nature and good luck: the three positive properties represented by the shamrock on the Panathinaikos jersey. That said, the Athens club have had more than one occasion to dwell on whether they should have upped the fortune ante with a four-leaf clover instead – and that consideration certainly applies to meetings with Ajax. 

The seed of the idea for the crest was apparently planted after marathon runner Billy Sherring wore a white vest decorated with an oversized shamrock in winning gold at the 1906 Athens Olympics. A mere 90 years later, Ajax forward Jari Litmanen’s second goal overturned a 1-0 semi-final deficit inside the city’s Olympic Stadium. At that point, the ordinarily undemonstrative Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar embarked on a jubilant sprint that would have given 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey a run for his money.

Unity, nature and good luck: the three positive properties represented by the shamrock on the Panathinaikos jersey. That said, the Athens club have had more than one occasion to dwell on whether they should have upped the fortune ante with a four-leaf clover instead – and that consideration certainly applies to meetings with Ajax. 

The seed of the idea for the crest was apparently planted after marathon runner Billy Sherring wore a white vest decorated with an oversized shamrock in winning gold at the 1906 Athens Olympics. A mere 90 years later, Ajax forward Jari Litmanen’s second goal overturned a 1-0 semi-final deficit inside the city’s Olympic Stadium. At that point, the ordinarily undemonstrative Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar embarked on a jubilant sprint that would have given 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey a run for his money.

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All this after Panathinaikos had emerged from Amsterdam cradling a 1-0 first-leg advantage. Were the Greek side poised to avenge the 1971 European Cup final, won 2-0 by Ajax at Wembley? When the teams reconvened a quarter of a century later, Ajax were defending champions and targeting a fifth title. No change in the Dutch team’s kit design, though: that evocative white jersey with a red stripe carved through its centre. Lovely striped collar and cuffs too, with the name of the sponsor given some innovative sideways treatment.

Panathinaikos had the thick end of 73,000 fans at their backs in Athens. And they had green shirts on those backs, save for white adidas stripes across the shoulders, plus a wavy diamond pattern on the vertical reminiscent of a Caterpillar track mark. In truth, they got steamrollered by Ajax, with Litmanen's double and a third goal by Nordin Wooter clinching a 3-1 aggregate result.

The fortune required to stop Louis van Gaal’s side? That belonged to Juventus, who denied the dazzling Dutch successive European crowns with victory on penalties in the final.

Unity, nature and good luck: the three positive properties represented by the shamrock on the Panathinaikos jersey. That said, the Athens club have had more than one occasion to dwell on whether they should have upped the fortune ante with a four-leaf clover instead – and that consideration certainly applies to meetings with Ajax. 

The seed of the idea for the crest was apparently planted after marathon runner Billy Sherring wore a white vest decorated with an oversized shamrock in winning gold at the 1906 Athens Olympics. A mere 90 years later, Ajax forward Jari Litmanen’s second goal overturned a 1-0 semi-final deficit inside the city’s Olympic Stadium. At that point, the ordinarily undemonstrative Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar embarked on a jubilant sprint that would have given 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey a run for his money.

Classic cut
Fashion

Classic cut

A semi-final tie between Panathinaikos and Ajax at the business end of the 1995/96 season is our inspiration this time around

WORDS Paul McNamara | Shirts courtesy of Classic Football Shirts

Unity, nature and good luck: the three positive properties represented by the shamrock on the Panathinaikos jersey. That said, the Athens club have had more than one occasion to dwell on whether they should have upped the fortune ante with a four-leaf clover instead – and that consideration certainly applies to meetings with Ajax. 

The seed of the idea for the crest was apparently planted after marathon runner Billy Sherring wore a white vest decorated with an oversized shamrock in winning gold at the 1906 Athens Olympics. A mere 90 years later, Ajax forward Jari Litmanen’s second goal overturned a 1-0 semi-final deficit inside the city’s Olympic Stadium. At that point, the ordinarily undemonstrative Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar embarked on a jubilant sprint that would have given 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey a run for his money.

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Unity, nature and good luck: the three positive properties represented by the shamrock on the Panathinaikos jersey. That said, the Athens club have had more than one occasion to dwell on whether they should have upped the fortune ante with a four-leaf clover instead – and that consideration certainly applies to meetings with Ajax. 

The seed of the idea for the crest was apparently planted after marathon runner Billy Sherring wore a white vest decorated with an oversized shamrock in winning gold at the 1906 Athens Olympics. A mere 90 years later, Ajax forward Jari Litmanen’s second goal overturned a 1-0 semi-final deficit inside the city’s Olympic Stadium. At that point, the ordinarily undemonstrative Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar embarked on a jubilant sprint that would have given 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey a run for his money.

Read the full story
Sign up now to get access to this and every premium feature on Champions Journal. You will also get access to member-only competitions and offers. And you get all of that completely free!

All this after Panathinaikos had emerged from Amsterdam cradling a 1-0 first-leg advantage. Were the Greek side poised to avenge the 1971 European Cup final, won 2-0 by Ajax at Wembley? When the teams reconvened a quarter of a century later, Ajax were defending champions and targeting a fifth title. No change in the Dutch team’s kit design, though: that evocative white jersey with a red stripe carved through its centre. Lovely striped collar and cuffs too, with the name of the sponsor given some innovative sideways treatment.

Panathinaikos had the thick end of 73,000 fans at their backs in Athens. And they had green shirts on those backs, save for white adidas stripes across the shoulders, plus a wavy diamond pattern on the vertical reminiscent of a Caterpillar track mark. In truth, they got steamrollered by Ajax, with Litmanen's double and a third goal by Nordin Wooter clinching a 3-1 aggregate result.

The fortune required to stop Louis van Gaal’s side? That belonged to Juventus, who denied the dazzling Dutch successive European crowns with victory on penalties in the final.

Unity, nature and good luck: the three positive properties represented by the shamrock on the Panathinaikos jersey. That said, the Athens club have had more than one occasion to dwell on whether they should have upped the fortune ante with a four-leaf clover instead – and that consideration certainly applies to meetings with Ajax. 

The seed of the idea for the crest was apparently planted after marathon runner Billy Sherring wore a white vest decorated with an oversized shamrock in winning gold at the 1906 Athens Olympics. A mere 90 years later, Ajax forward Jari Litmanen’s second goal overturned a 1-0 semi-final deficit inside the city’s Olympic Stadium. At that point, the ordinarily undemonstrative Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar embarked on a jubilant sprint that would have given 1996 Olympic 100m champion Donovan Bailey a run for his money.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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