Soccer / Football : Netherlands : First Division 2017/2018
|16.Sparta - Vitesse|
|19.Utrecht - Alkmaar|
|20.Roda - Twente|
|Zwolle - Breda|
|Haag - Venlo|
|Vitesse - Heerenv.|
|21.Sparta - Excelsior|
|Willem II - Groningen|
|Ajax - Feyenord|
|Heracles - PSV|
Dolberg ruled out for months
Kasper Dolberg will be out of action for at least two months after the striker suffered an injury against Willem II. The striker came off injured on Christmas Eve and after some research in Denmark, doctors discovered that Dolberg suffered a tear in his foot. Ajax have confirmed that the injury will keep the Dane out for at least two months, meaning he will miss several Eredivisie ties including a clash with Feyenoord.
Ajax complete Tagliafico signing
Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico's switch from Independiente to Ajax has been completed. Left-back Tagliafico signed a four-and-a-half-year contract in Amsterdam on Friday and joins for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old made his Argentina debut last June as Jorge Sampaoli guided the Albiceleste to a 1-0 victory over Brazil in his first match at the helm. Tagliafico, whose only previous spell in Europe was a season on loan at Real Murcia in the Spanish second tier, was a key member of the Independiente side that won the Copa Sudamericana in December.
Ajax appoint Erik ten Hag as coach
Ajax have appointed Utrecht boss Erik ten Hag as their new head coach. Ajax have reached an agreement with their league rivals for the 47-year-old to take over from the start of January. The club had appointed Michael Reiziger as interim coach after the sacking of Marcel Keizer and his assistants, former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp and Hennie Spijkerman earlier this month. Ten Hag worked alongside Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich before joining Utrecht in 2015, steering them to a fifth-placed finish and the Dutch Cup final in his first season at the helm.
Ajax sack manager Kaiser
Ajax have appointed Michael Reiziger as interim coach after the sacking of Marcel Keizer and his assistant coaches Hennie Spijkerman and Dennis Bergkamp. The Dutch giants have turned to the 44-year-old boss of their reserve side, Jong Ajax, following a penalty shootout defeat to Twente in the Dutch Cup. Keizer was only appointed in the summer as a replacement for Petr Bosz, who left for Borussia Dortmund and has also since been sacked by the German side.
Sparta fire coach Pastoor
Sparta Rotterdam have sacked coach Alex Pastoor after their 7-0 defeat to rivals Feyenoord on Sunday. The worst ever result against their city rivals put the club in 17th place. Pastoor was named Sparta coach in 2015 and guided the club back into the top flight after winning the Duch second division. Last season he consolidated their place in the top flight after they finished 15th.
|14||Willem II||16||-13||4-4-10 (18)|
|24.12||Feyenord - Roda||5 : 1|
|24.12||Groningen - Sparta||4 : 0|
|24.12||Ajax - Willem II||3 : 1|
|24.12||Venlo - Heracles||3 : 1|
|23.12||PSV - Vitesse||2 : 1|
|23.12||Excelsior - Twente||0 : 0|
|23.12||Alkmaar - Heerenv.||3 : 1|
|23.12||Breda - Utrecht||3 : 1|
|22.12||Haag - Zwolle||4 : 0|
Dutch First Division stats
|home wins||44 %|
|away wins||34 %|
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.