AFC Ajax, Amsterdam's regional football club, have bestowed number 39 to five-time Dutch national FIFA champ, Koen "k0entj92" Weijland. k0entj92 is the club's first esports acquisition.
“Koen is multiple FIFA-champion, inspires youth, has a personality that matches this club and is a big Ajax-fan. Reasons enough to be happy about our collaboration," said Ajax's marketing director and former champion goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar, in a statement. "Besides, we have been looking for new ways to appeal to young fans better. This initiative can be seen in that light. We will not only support Koen in big tournaments, but also organize activities for our fans together with him. Finally, we find it important to contribute to more ‘digital fun’, as well as to inspire youth to pick up a ball and play football. These worlds can exist together very well and even complement each other.”
In addition to his five national titles, k0entj92 won the Electronic Sports World Cup for FIFA 11 in 2011. He's also a Youtuber with over 14,000 subscribers.
“Today is a dream come true for me. I have been Ajacied all my life and I am very proud to defend the beautiful red and white in FIFA-tournaments," k0entj92 said in a statement. "The story of Ajax speaks to me. Like me, they want to organize a variety of activities for youth and link those to real-life football. As a YouTube-personality and FIFA E-Sports athlete, I am convinced I will be able to inspire young people, just like the Ajax-players.”
Ajax is not the first European FC to make the jump into esports. They follow on the heels of Manchester City, who signed FIFA 17 player Kieran "Kez" Brown in July, and FC Schalke 04, who fielded a EU LCS team in the summer split.
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