Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/23/12
Throughout a long and distinguished playing career as a central defender with a laser-guided long ball, Frank de Boer was poked fun at in his native Netherlands for his slurry speech, interspersed by endless hems and haws. He now manages Ajax , the club he and his twin brother Ronald joined at age 14, after being discovered by another club great, Johan Cruyff. And in almost two years at the helm, de Boer has demonstrated a deep understanding of the circumstances afflicting a club run by far too many delusional men in the past. His words, suddenly, carry weight and wisdom. So when de Boer says Ajax, which has four European titles to Manchester City's zero, can't consistently compete with their Champions League opponents on Wednesday, he's probably right. "If we put our budgets beside each other, it's comparing apples to oranges," said de Boer. "Their front line cost 142 million euros, that's more than our entire [annual] budget." Almost one and a half times as much, in fact. Ajax...
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