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Views: 80808 Description: The VAK410 (Dutch, "Gate 410") is a Dutch football hooligan firm associated with AFC Ajax. The name is from the stand in Ajax' home stadium Amsterdam Arena.
VAK410 was founded 26 January 2001 by hardcore supporters of the club who were tired of sitting on the waiting list to join the F-side. On that day, young Ajacied Karel organized the first meeting of the group in the Amstel Cup home match against SBV Vitesse in row 114. The match ended in a 1-2 loss, however the club took a positive stance towards the iniative to create more atmosphere in the North side of the stadium and VAK410 was born.
Originally known as the Ajax Ultras with ajaxultras.nl being the official website, the group relocated to row 415 on 11 February 2001 ahead of the home match against Willem II, right next to the "Away row" for the visiting supporters. Ajax fanzine De Ajax Ster otherwise known as DAS reported on the development of the row, despite the low turnout of the ultras during the match. Two weeks later on 25 February 2001 a big success was celebrated however when a large gathering managed to silence the visiting crown during the home match against FC Utrecht.
The first match in their current location in the stadium, after which they took the name VAK410 was on 19 August 2001 in a home match against Roda JC, at which point the group had approximately 400 members. Considered one of the most famous Tifosi groups in the sport, the group consider themselves ultras and distance themselves from association with the former.
The F-side was founded in 1976. The biggest rivalry was between the F-side and Vak S of Feyenoord. The F-side has also many clashes with the North Side of ADO Den Haag and the Bunnikside of FC Utrecht. After the infamous Staafincident ( Iron bar incident ) in 1989 Ajax took measures. After a very high fence was installed in front of the F-side's traditional seating in Vak F, the F-side decided to move to Vak M, next to the stand for away supporters. Other supporters from other cities in the Netherlands came to use the old F-side stand. The old F-siders came mainly from Amsterdam. In the F-side there were now two groups - the old and the new generation.
Ajax is popularly seen as having "Jewish roots" and in the 1970s supporters of rival teams began taunting Ajax fans by calling them Jews. Ajax fans (few of whom are actually Jewish) responded by embracing Ajax's "Jewish" identity: calling themselves "super Jews", chanting "Joden, Joden"" (Jews, Jews) at games, and adopting Jewish symbols such as the Star of David and the Israeli flag. This Jewish imagery eventually became a central part of Ajax fans' culture. At one point ringtones of "Hava Nagila", a Hebrew folk song, could be downloaded from the club's official website. Beginning in the 1980s, fans of Ajax's rivals escalated their antisemitic rhetoric, chanting slogans like "Hamas, Hamas/Jews to the gas" ("Hamas, hamas, joden aan het gas"), hissing to imitate the flow of gas, giving Nazi salutes, etc. The eventual result was that many (genuinely) Jewish Ajax fans stopped going to games. In the 2000s the club began trying to persuade fans to drop their Jewish image, yet have achieved no success in this pursuit. Supporters, on and off the field, still employ imagery associated with Jewish history and the Israeli nation. Tottenham Hotspur's Yid Army use similar symbols.....