Soccer / Football : Netherlands : First Division 2016/2017
|20.Twente - Heracles|
|21.Alkmaar - Sparta|
|Feyenord - Willem II|
|Haag - Zwolle|
|Groningen - Vitesse|
|22.Utrecht - Ajax|
|Excelsior - Go Ahead|
|Nijmegen - Roda|
|PSV - Heerenv.|
Garcia joins Breda on loan
Manchester City midfielder Manu Garcia has joined NAC Breda on loan until the end of the season. The 19-year-old spent the first portion of the campaign at Alaves, but made just one Cup appearance during his spell in Spain. Garcia made four appearances for Manuel Pellegrini's City in 2015/16, scoring his only senior goal to date in the League Cup victory over Crystal Palace. He has agreed a contract extension with City in December until 2020.
Odegaard joins Heerenveen on loan
Martin Odegaard has joined Heerenveen on loan from Real Madrid until June 2018. Odegaard, 18, was unveiled to the media on Tuesday after the Eredivisie club announced they had reached an agreement for his temporary transfer. The Norwegian attacking midfielder, who failed to break into Zinedine Zidane's senior squad, is eager to earn regular playing time and said: "I just want to say that I'm very happy and that this is an opportunity for me to show can I do. I'm very excited."
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Chirivella loaned to Go Ahead Eagles
Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella has joined Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles on a loan until the end of the season. The Spaniard joined the Reds' Academy from Valencia in 2013, and made his senior debut in a Europa League meeting with Bordeaux last season. Chirivella, 19, has since clocked up five first-team appearances, and penned fresh terms at Anfield in March.
Larsson joins NEC Nijmegen
NEC have announced the signing of striker Jordan Larsson, the son of former Sweden and Barcelona star Henrik, from Helsingborgs. The move sees the 19-year-old leave Helsingborgs, nearly two months after he was attacked by fans after their relegation from Sweden's top flight. His father stepped down as manager of the Swedish side following that result. Larsson has penned a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Eredivisie side.
Siem de Jong out until February
PSV's midfielder Siem de Jong is set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering a groin tear. The 27-year-old has barely featured for PSV since he joined them on loan from Newcastle United, but the former Ajax star had played a leading role in recent weeks.
After scoring the winner against Go Ahead Eagles, De Jong came off the bench to earn PSV a 1-1 draw at Ajax on Sunday. However, at the end of the game De Jong could be seen hobbling off the pitch and PSV have now confirmed that he has suffered a groin tear. De Jong is now set for a 4-6 week recovery which means he will almost certainly miss the first game in the league after the winter break.
|12||Willem II||19||-8||4-7-7 (18)|
|18||Go Ahead||12||-17||3-3-12 (18)|
|15.1||Roda - Feyenord||0 : 2|
|15.1||Zwolle - Ajax||1 : 3|
|15.1||Willem II - Nijmegen||0 : 1|
|15.1||Vitesse - Twente||3 : 1|
|14.1||PSV - Excelsior||2 : 0|
|14.1||Heerenv. - Haag||2 : 0|
|14.1||Sparta - Utrecht||1 : 2|
|14.1||Heracles - Groningen||1 : 4|
|13.1||Go Ahead - Alkmaar||1 : 3|
Dutch First Division stats
|home wins||40 %|
|away wins||30 %|
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.