Soccer / Football : Netherlands : First Division 2017/2018
|19.Twente - Venlo|
|Alkmaar - Haag|
|Heerenv. - Heracles|
|20.Excelsior - Feyenord|
|Ajax - Groningen|
|Utrecht - Willem II|
|Breda - PSV|
|Sparta - Zwolle|
Bahebeck heads to Utrecht on loan
Paris Saint-Germain forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck has sealed a season-long loan move to Utrecht. The 24-year-old has scored six goals in 53 games for PSG and will return to the club next year, with no purchase option included in the deal with the Dutch side. This is the third consecutive season in which Bahebeck has been sent out on loan by the Ligue 1 giants, having enjoyed spells at Pescara and Saint-Etienne in the last two years.
Berghuis leaves Watford for Feyenoord
Watford have confirmed that Steven Berghuis has joined Feyenoord on a permanent deal. The Dutch international spent last season on loan at De Kuip and won the Eredivisie title. Berghuis has put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal for a fee thought to be around €6.5m. He made just nine appearances for the Hornets after signing from AZ Alkmaar and all of them were during Quique Sanchez Flores' time in charge at Vicarage Road.
Miazga rejoins Vitesse on loan
Chelsea have announced that United States defender Matt Miazga will spend a second season on loan at Vitesse. Miazga, 22, joined Chelsea from New York Red Bulls in 2016 before joining Vitesse for the 2016/17 campaign and helping them finish fifth and win the Dutch Cup. Miazga will join fellow Chelsea loanees Fankaty Dabo, Charlie Colkett and Mason Mount at Vitesse.
|12||Willem II||0||-1||0-0-1 (1)|
|18.8||Roda - Vitesse||1 : 3|
|13.8||Feyenord - Twente||2 : 1|
|13.8||Groningen - Heerenv.||3 : 3|
|13.8||Zwolle - Roda||4 : 2|
|13.8||Willem II - Excelsior||1 : 2|
|12.8||PSV - Alkmaar||3 : 2|
|12.8||Vitesse - Breda||4 : 1|
|12.8||Heracles - Ajax||2 : 1|
|12.8||Venlo - Sparta||3 : 0|
Dutch First Division stats
|home wins||60 %|
|away wins||30 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Netherlands : First Division 2017/2018
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.