Ajax and Gamba Osaka to partner up on Talent Identification and Development

Ajax and Gamba Osaka are delighted to announce a strategic partnership to advance talent identification and development initiatives in Japan. This exclusive collaboration is scheduled to extend over an initial three-year period.

For Ajax, this partnership represents a significant opportunity to strengthen its global football network and identify and nurture young talents in the Japanese football landscape. Gamba Osaka, in turn, gains access to Ajax's renowned training methodologies for its youth development program while establishing connections within the global football community.

Gamba Osaka, one of the most prestigious clubs of J-League, has consistently showcased its prowess in Japanese football. This partnership opens new avenues for Gamba Osaka in the European football arena.

Marijn Beuker, Director of Football at Ajax, expressed: "This partnership symbolises our determination to expand Ajax's international football network and scout top talent globally. We are excited to welcome Gamba Osaka into our network - a highly respected club in Japan for its commitment to excellence. In collaboration with Gamba Osaka, our shared objective is to foster a mutually beneficial scenario that transcends the traditional boundaries of talent development."

Valuable opportunities
Tadashi Ono, President of Gamba Osaka, added: "This partnership focuses on both the football domain, covering the 1st team and the academy, and the business facet. Beginning with exchanging knowledge and expertise, it also involves sharing strategic data and insights on the Japanese and European markets, including football market dynamics and player development methodologies. We expect this initiative will significantly enhance the developing progress of our young talents, particularly in offering them valuable opportunities for international experience through our partnership with Ajax."

The delegations of the two clubs will undertake reciprocal visits in the coming months to commence the initial phase of this partnership initiative.