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Luis Suárez rose to stardom with Ajax from 2007 to 2010 / PHOTO: ajax.nl

After playing his first matches donning the Barça colours, Luis Suárez is likely to make his Champions League debut on Wednesday in Amsterdam, when they take on Ajax in the Amsterdam Arena. The setting is undoubtedly a special one for him and is where he'll be looking to help his new team to pick up a much-needed victory after winning two and losing one in the three first leg encounters in Group F.

After serving out the suspension that kept him idle earlier this season, Suárez made his official debut eight days ago for Barça against Real Madrid, then played midweek in the Catalan Super Cup against Espanyol, and finally rounded out the week on Saturday night versus Celta in his first Camp Nou appearance. Now it's time to play his first Champions League match, which he'll do in a memorable venue.

Three and a half seasons

It will certainly be special for Suarez because Amsterdam he made his first big waves in Europe while playing for Ajax. After first coming to the Old Continent and spending his initial season with Groningen — also in the Eredivisie — Suárez landed at Amsterdam Arena at the ripe age of 20 years old, and went on to make his name there. He played for Ajax from 2007 to 2010, appearing in 159 games and scoring 111 goals. It was that stint that solidified him as one of Europe's best attackers and, in spite of his age, he was kindly rewarded with the opportunity to be one of the team's captains.

After excelling at Amsterdam Arena, Luis Suárez was lured to the Premier League by long-time powerhouse Liverpool. He delighted the fans at Anfield for more than three seasons before finally landing in Barcelona. And now, with his newest side, he is set to come full circle and make his official debut in the Champions League in the place that saw his launch into stardom.

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