Soccer / Football : Netherlands : First Division 2016/2017
Krul joins AZ Alkmaar on loan
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined AZ Alkmaar on loan following the termination of his previous spell at Ajax. Krul, 28, was contracted to stay with the Amsterdammers until the end of the season but that move was cut short after just six games. The Netherlands keeper has now moved to Alkmaar until the end of the season.
|11||Willem II||26||-8||6-8-9 (23)|
|16||Go Ahead||19||-16||5-4-14 (23)|
|19.2||Willem II - Alkmaar||1 : 1|
|19.2||Vitesse - Ajax||0 : 1|
|19.2||Haag - Feyenord||0 : 1|
|19.2||Sparta - Groningen||2 : 2|
|18.2||PSV - Nijmegen||3 : 1|
|18.2||Twente - Heerenv.||1 : 0|
|18.2||Utrecht - Zwolle||3 : 1|
|18.2||Heracles - Excelsior||4 : 0|
|17.2||Roda - Go Ahead||1 : 0|...
Dutch First Division stats
|home wins||41 %|
|away wins||31 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Netherlands : First Division 2016/2017
There are two professional football leagues in the Netherlands, the First Division (Eredivisie) and the Second Division (Eerste or Gouden Gids Divisie). The Dutch First Division consists of 18 teams. Each team faces every other team twice during the season, once at home and once away. At the end of the campaign, the first placed team in the Dutch First Division automatically advances to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, while the runner-up plays the qualifying rounds to enter the competition.
At the foot of the table, only the 18th placed team is automatically relegated to the Second Division. This team will be replaced by the Second Division champion. The 16th and 17th-place clubs in the First Division have to play promotion/relegation playoff (Nacompetitie) that includes six high-placed teams from the Second Division. There are two pools containing four teams. Each group has one First Division club and three teams from the Second Division. In both playoff groups, each club plays each other home and away. The group winners qualify for to the First Division, with the other six teams going to the Dutch Second Division.