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Siem de Jong is one of thousands of players who accepted the challenge to compose their own FIFA FIFPro World XI. The captain of Dutch champions Ajax talks with FIFPro about his choices in an exclusive video interview.

 

De Jong is one of many players who have come through the ranks of one of the most famous youth academies in the world, Ajax academy.

 

The attacking midfielder made his debut at the age of 18, in September 2007. Now, 23 and still young, manager Frank de Boer has named him captain of the very youthfull Ajax squad, a team looking for its third consecutive Dutch championship.

 

Unfortunately, Ajax is not longer the international football power it once was. During the ninetees, the Amsterdam club was one of the teams to beat in international competition. In 2012, Ajax is the team that has to beat the others in international competition. As they did in this year’s Champions League. In a true champions group with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund (respectively the reigning champions of Spain, England and Germany), they snatched the third place by beating Manchester City.

 

Against City, De Jong was impressive. He scored during the 3-1 win in Amsterdam and scored twice during the 2-2 draw in Manchester. Who knows, maybe De Jong – whose younger brother Luuk currently plays at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Germany – will be the next player from Ajax Academy to go abroad.