Wim Jonk (Ajax v Torino, 1992)

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The Dutch giants started 
the UEFA Cup final as firm favourites, but not even the most optimistic Ajax fan 
could have imagined the goal that would kick-start their challenge in the first leg 
at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. Goalscorer Wim 
Jonk remembers it well.

“We were a well-drilled unit and worked a lot on midfielders moving into attacking areas to penetrate the defence. This was one of those classic moments when all this work paid off.

“I would have to say it was one of the most important goals of my career, particularly as it came in the away leg and really put us on the front foot. We had beaten an Italian side in the semi-final [Genoa] but Torino had knocked out Real Madrid so we knew it was 
going to be a tough ask to 
get anything out of that first game. That goal after 17 minutes really helped us settle, though, and looking back, 
I would say for certain it was 
one of my standout goals.

“I had joined the attack in the middle of the field and arrived at just the right time. I was 
a fair way out but didn’t think twice about going for goal. I remember it very well because I drifted in and then hit the 
ball as hard as I could. As soon as I hit it, it was quite strange, because I was absolutely sure it was going to go in despite 
the fact I was so far out.

“I hit it with my right foot 
and although the goalkeeper dived full length to his left there was nothing he could do – no one could have saved that. Although we eventually drew that first leg 2-2, it set us up to seal the cup in the second leg in Amsterdam [drawing 0-0 
to win on away goals].

“It’s a moment that I will 
cherish forever.”

Interview: Richard Edwards. Illustration: German Aczel. From the May 2013 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe!