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Dutch football : Eredivisie league 2017/2018 season preview

Feyenoord win first Dutch title this century

Feyenoord won their first Dutch championship of the century last term. Dirk Kuyt scored a hat-trick on the final game of the season as Giovanni van Bronckhorst's team clinched a first title since 1999, and 15th overall. Ajax finished one point shy of the summit in second, while title holders PSV failed to shine, but the 14-point gap to fourth-placed Utrecht underlined the big three's dominance. Vitesse prevented Feyenoord chasing a double, beating them 2-0 in the Dutch Cup quarter-finals. The Arnhem club claimed a 2-0 final victory against AZ Alkmaar, ending a 125-year wait for their first ever trophy.

  • Champions: Feyenoord (Champions League group stage)
  • Runners up: Ajax (Champions League QR3)
  • Third place: PSV Eindhoven (Europe League QR3)
  • Cup winners: Vitesse Arnhem (Europe League group stage)
  • Play-off winner: Utrecht (Europe League QR2)
  • Relegated: NEC Nijmegen, Go Ahead Eagles
  • Promoted: Breda, Venlo.
teamtitles12/1313/1414/1515/1616/17
Ajax3311222
PSV 2324113
Feyenoord1532431
Sparta6----15
Willem II318-91613
AZ Alkmaar2108346
Den Haag299131111
Heracles2121414610
Twente16310137
Breda1131516--
Groningen-77878
Utrecht-5101154
Heerenveen-857129
Vitesse-46595
Zwolle-11116814
Excelsior---151512
Roda-1618-1417
Venlo-17----

The table shows the overall number of titles for each club in Dutch First Division (Holland Casino Eredivisie) since 1897, and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Ajax appoint Marcel Keizer as new coach

Ajax have appointed Marcel Keizer as their new head coach on a two-year deal with the option of a third season. The 48-year-old guided the reserve team, Jong Ajax, to the runners-up spot in Dutch football's second tier last season. Keizer replaces Peter Bosz, who departed to take charge of German side Borussia Dortmund. Ajax finished second in the Eredivisie and reached the Europa League final, where they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United.

This page is introduction to the 2017/2018 Dutch First Division season. Latest news, statistics, results and predictions you can find on our main Euro Football > Netherlandspage.

Molenaar takes over as Roda manager

Roda have appointed Robert Molenaar as their new head coach after Yannis Anastasiou was sacked at the end of last season. Molenaar has agreed a one-year contract with the option of a second. A former defender of Volendam, Leeds United, Bradford City and Roosendaal, Molenaar will be taking only his second coaching role with Roda. He was coach of Volendam last season but was sacked in April after a string of poor results.

Van't Schip named new Zwolle head coach

John Van't Schip has been unveiled as the new head coach of Zwolle. The 53-year-old former Twente, Netherlands assistant, Guadalajara and Melbourne City boss takes over from the departing Ron Jans. He quit Melbourne in January to return home to take care of his ill father, who sadly recently passed away. Van't Schip has signed a two-year deal with Zwolle.

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

Dutch football league standings for season 2016/2017.

Ajax, PSV or Feyenoord?

Once again, the title race is likely to be a closed shop between Holland's big three. According to online bookmakers, PSV and Ajax are a class apart from the rest of the teams in the Eredivisie, but champions Feyenoord look capable of hurting them like last season.

teamoddsteamodds
Ajax2.38Heracles151
PSV2.38Zwolle251
Feyenoord5Den Haag501
AZ Alkmaar34Willem II501
Vitesse67NAC Breda1001
Utrecht67Roda1001
Heerenveen151Excelsior1001
Twente151Sparta Rotterdam1001
Groningen151Venlo1001

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 Dutch football league

Dutch Cup finals in last five years

2017   Vitesse - AZ Alkmaar   2:0
2016   Feyenoord - Utrecht   2:1
2015   Groningen - Zwolle   2:0
2014   Zwolle - Ajax   5:1
2013   AZ Alkmaar - PSV Eindhoven   2:1

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Ajax Amsterdam

Goalkeeper Andre Onana (8); Defense: Davinson Sanchez (12), Joel Veltman (7), Matthijs de Ligt (5), Nick Viergever (4); Midfield: Hakim Ziyech (15), Donny van de Beek (4), Lasse Schone (3.5); Forward: Kasper Dolberg (14), Amin Younes (7), David Neres (7).

AZ Alkmaar

Goalkeeper Marco Bizot (1.2); Defense: Ron Vlaar (2.5), Stijn Wuytens (2.5), Jonas Svensson (2.3), Rens van Eijden (2); Midfield: Joris van Overeem (3), Iliass Bel Hassani (2.5), Marko Vejinoviae (2.3), Ben Rienstra (2); Forward: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (5.5), Wout Weghorst (2.8).

Breda

Goalkeeper Nigel Bertrams (0.2); Defense: Angelino (0.5), Karol Mets (0.4), Arno Verschueren (0.4), Pablo Mari (0.4); Midfield: Manu Garcia (1), Jeff Stans (0.5), Rai Vloet (0.4), Robbie Haemhouts (0.4); Forward: Giovanni Korte (0.5), Thomas Agyepong (0.3).

Den Haag

Goalkeeper Robert Zwinkels (0.4); Defense: Tom Beugelsdijk (0.8), Aaron Meijers (0.8), Tyronne Ebuehi (0.7), Thomas Meissner (0.6); Midfield: Lex Immers (1.5), Danny Bakker (0.6), Donny Gorter (0.3); Forward: Sheraldo Becker (0.8), Edouard Duplan (0.7), Bjorn Johnsen (0.5).

Excelsior Rotterdam

Goalkeeper Alessandro Damen (0.2); Defense: Jurgen Mattheij (0.8), Lorenzo Burnet (0.5), Wout Faes (0.4); Midfield: Ryan Koolwijk (0.9), Hicham Faik (0.7), Luigi Bruins (0.7), Kevin Vermeulen (0.6); Forward: Stanley Elbers (0.9), Mike van Duinen (0.6), Zakaria El Azzouzi (0.6).

Feyenoord Rotterdam

Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer (5); Defense: Eric Botteghin (7.5), Jan-Arie van der Heijden (5), Ridgeciano Haps (5), Sven van Beek (4.5), Jeremiah St. Juste (3.5); Midfield: Tonny Vilhena (9), Jens Toornstra (7.5), Karim El Ahmadi (4); Forward: Nicolai Jorgensen (13), Steven Berghuis (5.5).

Groningen

Goalkeeper Sergio Padt (3.5); Defense: Todd Kane (1.5), Kasper Larsen (1), Mike te Wierik (1), Samir Memisevic (1); Midfield: Ruben Jenssen (1.5), Jesper Drost (1.3), Juninho Bacuna (0.9); Forward: Mimoun Mahi (3.5), Oussama Idrissi (2.5), Lars Veldwijk (1.5).

Heerenveen

Goalkeeper Warner Hahn (1.8); Defense: Joost van Aken (2), Lucas Woudenberg (1), Denzel Dumfries (1); Midfield: Yuki Kobayashi (3), Stijn Schaars (2), Martin Odegaard (1.5), Pelle van Amersfoort (1.5); Forward: Sam Larsson (7), Arber Zeneli (5), Reza Ghoochannejhad (3).

Heracles

Goalkeeper Bram Castro (0.8); Defense: Bart van Hintum (0.8), Dries Wuytens (0.7), Wout Droste (0.7); Midfield: Joey Pelupessy (1.3), Lerin Duarte (0.8), Peter van Ooijen (0.5); Forward: Samuel Armenteros (2.5), Brandley Kuwas (1.8), Brahim Darri (0.9), Kristoffer Peterson (0.8).

PSV Eindhoven

Goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet (8.5); Defense: Santiago Arias (8), Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (4), Joshua Brenet (4), Derrick Luckassen (3.5); Midfield: Marco van Ginkel (7.5), Bart Ramselaar (7), Jorrit Hendrix (5); Forward: Hirving Lozano (10), Gaston Pereiro (7.5), Luuk de Jong (7).

Roda Kerkrade

Goalkeeper Hidde Jurjus (0.5); Defense: Christian Kum (0.6), Frederic Ananou (0.5), Ard van Peppen (0.4), Daryl Werker (0.3); Midfield: Simon Gustafson (1.5), Adil Auassar (0.8), Mohamed El Makrini (0.7), Ognjen Gnjatic (0.5); Forward: Mikhael Rosheuvel (0.6), Gyliano van Velzen (0.4).

Sparta Rotterdam

Goalkeeper Roy Kortsmit (0.5); Defense: Bart Vriends (0.4), Janne Saksela (0.4), Sherel Floranus (0.4); Midfield: Ryan Sanusi (0.6), Stijn Spierings (0.5), Franck-Yves Bambock (0.4), Kenneth Dougall (0.4); Forward: Loris Brogno (1), Craig Goodwin (0.7), Thomas Verhaar (0.7).

Twente

Goalkeeper Jorn Brondeel (0.6); Defense: Hidde ter Avest (1.8), Joachim Andersen (1.5), Stefan Thesker (1), Peet Bijen (1), Jeroen van der Lely (1); Midfield: Danny Holla (1.3), Fredrik Jensen (0.8), Nikola Gjorgjev (0.8); Forward: Oussama Assaidi (2), Tom Boere (0.8).

Utrecht

Goalkeeper Nick Marsman (1.5); Defense: Giovanni Troupee (2.5), Dario Dumic (1.5), Willem Janssen (1.3); Midfield: Yassin Ayoub (4.5), Zakaria Labyad (1.8), Rico Strieder (1), Anouar Kali (1); Forward: Simon Makienok (1.5), Gyrano Kerk (1), Cyriel Dessers (0.9).

Venlo

Goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall (0.3); Defense: Nils Roseler (0.5), Roel Janssen (0.4), Jerold Promes (0.3); Midfield: Jonathan Opoku (0.7), Clint Leemans (0.6), Danny Post (0.5), Terry Antonis (0.4); Forward: Lennart Thy (0.8), Vito van Crooij (0.7), Ralf Seuntjens (0.5).

Vitesse Arnheim

Goalkeeper Eloy Room (4); Defense: Guram Kashia (2.5), Matt Miazga (2), Maikel van der Werff (1.5), Arnold Kruiswijk (0.9), Alexander Buttner (0.9); Midfield: Navarone Foor (1.8), Thomas Bruns (1.5), Thulani Serero (1); Forward: Milot Rashica (3.5), Bryan Linssen (2.5).

Willem II Tilburg

Goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther (0.3); Defense: Jordens Peters (1.3), Darryl Lachman (0.9), Freek Heerkens (0.6); Midfield: Thom Haye (1), Elmo Lieftink (0.5), Pedro Chirivella (0.5), Dan Crowley (0.4); Forward: Jordy Croux (0.9), Fran Sol (0.9), Bartholomew Ogbeche (0.5).

Zwolle

Goalkeeper Mickey van der Hart (0.7); Defense: Dirk Marcellis (0.9), Bram van Polen (0.8), Kingsley Ehizibue (0.8), Bart Schenkeveld (0.6); Midfield: Ryan Thomas (1.3), Mustafa Saymak (0.9), Younes Namli (0.9); Forward: Youness Mokhtar (1.2), Piotr Parzyszek (0.6), Stef Nijland (0.6).

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