‘Amsterdam is a bit like Copenhagen: I should never have left...

Christian Poulsen played as a footballer in all major leagues and traveled all over Western Europe, but eventually settled in Amsterdam. The Danish assistant coach of Ajax feels at home in the capital of the Netherlands, he says in the Ajax Podcast.

Poulsen had played at Schalke 04, Sevilla and Juventus, among others, when he made a transfer to Ajax in 2012. The 92-time Danish international had enjoyed life in southern Spain, but also felt right at home in the Netherlands. “Where I adapted most easily? Still in Amsterdam, I think. The city resembles Copenhagen in many ways. In retrospect, I should never have left,” he says. “My family and I had been abroad for so long: we had to go back to Denmark. But once we got back, I thought to myself: Amsterdam also felt like home.”

The ex-midfielder left Ajax in 2014 and ended his career at FC Copenhagen. In 2019 he returned to the Johan Cruijff Arena. “I spent a lot of time with my family and traveled a lot when I quit. But I also started as a youth trainer and got a few trainer diplomas. I kept in close contact with the people at Ajax. First I was allowed to do an internship for four months. After that. Marc Overmars and Erik ten Hag offered me a place in the technical staff. “

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