Soccer / Football : Netherlands : First Division 2016/2017


Vitesse 25.6.17
Dabo joins Vitesse on loan

Chelsea defender Fankaty Dabo has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan deal. Dabo, a full-back, becomes the club's third signing of the summer, with his move following a spell on loan in League One with Swindon Town last season. The 21-year-old is the 20th Chelsea player to make a loan move to Vitesse, who finished fifth in the Dutch top flight last season.

Twente 23.6.17
Vuckic completes Twente deal

Newcastle United midfielder Haris Vuckic has completed a move to Twente. The 24-year-old Slovenian, whose contract with the Magpies runs out at the end of this month, has agreed a deal which will keep him at the Dutch club for the next three seasons. Vuckic leaves St. James' Park having made a total of 20 appearances for the club since his arrival in 2009. He spent time out on loan at Cardiff City, Rotherham United, Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Bradford City.

PSV 20.6.17
PSV sign Lozano

PSV have reached an agreement with Pachuca over the transfer of Hirving Lozano for an undisclosed fee. The Mexico international paid the Eredivisie giants a visit on Monday to undergo a medical and will sign a contract with PSV until June 2023 once the Confederations Cup is over. The 21-year-old winger becomes the second Mexican at the club, joining experienced midfielder Andres Guardado at the Philips Stadion, with fellow compatriot Hector Moreno having just left the club for Roma.

Ajax 19.6.17
Keizer named new Ajax boss

Ajax have appointed Marcel Keizer as their new head coach to replace Peter Bosz, who left the Amsterdam club after one season to join Borussia Dortmund. Keizer, who was in charge of Jong Ajax last term, has signed a two-year deal with an option for one additional season. The 48-year-old started his coaching career at Argon and also worked at VVSB, Telstar, Emmen and Cambuur before returning to Ajax in 2016 to take charge of their reserve team.

Ajax 1.6.17
Ajax re-sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Ajax have re-signed their former striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on a one-year contract after his departure from German side Schalke. The 33-year-old played for the Dutch giants between 2006 and 2008, scoring 105 goals. In April, the Netherlands international announced that he would be leaving Schalke when his contract expired at the end of the season. He joined Schalke from AC Milan in 2010 but found playing time limited last season, starting only five Bundesliga games.

1Feyenord826126-4-4 (34)
2Ajax815625-6-3 (34)
3PSV764522-10-2 (34)
4Utrecht621618-8-8 (34)
5Vitesse511115-6-13 (34)
6Alkmaar49412-13-9 (34)
7Twente45-212-9-13 (34)
8Groningen43410-13-11 (34)
9Heerenv.43112-7-15 (34)
10Heracles43-212-7-15 (34)
11Haag38-2211-5-18 (34)
12Excelsior37-179-10-15 (34)
13Willem II36-159-9-16 (34)
14Zwolle35-289-8-17 (34)
15Sparta34-199-7-18 (34)
16Nijmegen34-279-7-18 (34)
17Roda33-257-12-15 (34)
18Go Ahead23-416-5-23 (34)

Last results

28.5Utrecht - Alkmaar4 : 0
25.5Alkmaar - Utrecht3 : 0
20.5Alkmaar - Groningen4 : 1
20.5Utrecht - Heerenv.2 : 1
17.5Groningen - Alkmaar1 : 4
17.5Heerenv. - Utrecht1 : 3
14.5Feyenord - Heracles3 : 1
14.5PSV - Zwolle4 : 1
14.5Heerenv. - Nijmegen0 : 2

Dutch First Division stats

home wins46 %
draws23 %
away wins30 %

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.

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