Dutch Eredivisie 2020/2021 season preview Football

No league title awarded last season

No Dutch top-flight football league title will be awarded for last season after the Covid-19 pandemic brought the campaign to a premature close, the Dutch FA decided in a meeting with clubs and unions representing coaches and players in April. However, Ajax Amsterdam and AZ Alkmaar, who were level on points at the top of the standings with nine rounds of matches still to be played, will go into this season's Champions League. On the basis of top place, Ajax will take the Netherlands' automatic place in the Champions League group phase while AZ will enter the competition at the preliminary round stage. Third-placed Feyenoord Rotterdam will compete in Europa League group phase, while PSV Eindhoven, who are fourth, and Willem II Tilburg in fifth will be in the preliminary rounds. It was also decided there would be no relegation and promotion after a vote of the 38 first and second division clubs.

  • First place:(Champions League GS)
  • Second place: AZ Alkmaar (Champions League QR2)
  • Third place: Feyenoord (Europe League GS)
  • Fourth place: PSV Eindhoven (Europe League QR2)
  • Fifth place: Willem II Tilburg (Europe League QR2)
  • Relegated: -
  • Promoted: -
Sparta Rotterdam6-1517-11
Willem II3161313105
AZ Alkmaar246342
Den Haag211117918
Fortuna Sittard----1516

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.

PSV Eindhoven hire Roger Schmidt as coach

PSV Eindhoven have appointed Roger Schmidt as their new boss for the 2020/21 season, replacing interim coach Ernest Faber. The 52-year-old Schmidt, who gained a reputation for encouraging energetic, attacking football at Red Bull Salzburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Chinese team Beijing Guoan, has signed a two-year contract. He won the 2013/14 Austrian title while in charge of Salzburg before leading Leverkusen to back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga. The German coach has been out of work since being sacked by Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan in July 2019.

Twente appoint Ron Jans as new head coach

Twente have named Ron Jans as their new head coach this summer. The 61-year-old is the successor to Gonzalo Garcia, who did not get a new contract after one season on the bench. Jans, who has signed a two-year contract, was recently in charge of FC Cincinnati but quit his role in controversial circumstances after being accused of racism. The trainer was discredited, among other things, because he sang along in the dressing room with a hip-hop song in which the loaded word nigger occurs. Jans a lot of experience in the Eredivisie, having coached Groningen, Heerenveen, and Zwolle.

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Thomas Letsch is the new coach of Vitesse

Vitesse Arnhem have confirmed the appointment of Thomas Letsch as their new head coach on a two-year contract. In May, Vitesse confirmed that Edward Sturing would not continue in the head coach role this season. Letsch, 51, worked in various positions from 2012 to 2015, including assistant to PSV's new trainer Roger Schmidt, who worked for Salzburg. He was then head coach at Liefering, Erzgebirge Aue and most recently Austria Vienna.

Den Haag confirms arrival of Rankovic

Aleksandar Rankovic is the new head coach of Den Haag. Den Haag confirmed in April that Alan Pardew would not remain at the club after his contract expired and they have turned to Rankovic. The 41-year-old Serb previously served as an assistant to Henk Fraser at Vitesse and Sparta Rotterdam, where he had worked for the past two seasons. Rankovic has agreed a two-year deal.

Hofland takes Fortuna Sittard job

Former Dutch defender Kevin Hofland has become the new head coach of Fortuna Sittard with Sjors Ultee taking on a new role with the club. Ultee has been head coach for a year, but Fortuna Sittard have decided for a reshuffle that will see Hofland take over the role. Ultee will be joint assistant coach and technical director. Hofland has not yet completed his coaching badges but the Dutch FA have approved the appointment, with the corona virus causing an special circumstance.

5Willem II44313-5-8

Dutch football league standings for season 2018/2019.

Ajax or PSV?

Once again, the title race is likely to be a closed shop between Ajax and PSV. Erik ten Hag has an incredibly talented squad to work with and Ajax are favourites, but main rivals PSV has been overhauled by new head coach Roger Schmidt. Afwer pushing Ajax to the wire last term, AZ Alkmaar has kept all their stars and will once again be looking to challenge.

Dick Advocaat will continue in his role as Feyenoord's head coach this season after signing a one-year contract extension. It means the 72-year-old has committed to remain at the club until the summer of 2021 anf he will reach his 40-year milestone in coaching while at Feyenoord.

It has been the story of the summer with Arjen Robben coming out of retirement in order to sign for Groningen. The 36-year-old had called time on his illustrious career after helping Bayern Munich win a Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in 2018/19. However, a change of heart has led the former Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea winger to making a sentimental return to the club where he started his career.

Ajax1.61Sparta Rotterdam501
AZ Alkmaar10Twente751
Feyenoord10Willem II751
Vitesse51Den Haag1251

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2020/21 Dutch football league

Dutch Cup finals in last five years

2020 -
2019   Ajax - Willem II   4:0
2018   Feyenoord - AZ Alkmaar   3:0
2017   Vitesse - AZ Alkmaar   2:0
2016   Feyenoord - Utrecht   2:1

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)

Ajax Amsterdam

Goalkeeper Andre Onana (36); Defense: Nicolas Tagliafico (28), Daley Blind (20), Lisandro Martinez (20), Sergino Dest (18); Midfield: David Neres (36), Dusan Tadic (20), Antony (18), Quincy Promes (17.5), Ryan Gravenberch (11); Forward: Lassina Traore (5.4).

AZ Alkmaar

Goalkeeper Marco Bizot (5.5); Defense: Owen Wijndal (11), Jonas Svensson (4), Yukinari Sugawara (1.8; Midfield: Calvin Stengs (18), Teun Koopmeiners (14.5), Oussama Idrissi (12), Fredrik Midtsjo (8), Hakon Evjen (3.2); Forward: Myron Boadu (18), Ferdy Druijf (2).

Den Haag

Goalkeeper Luuk Koopmans (0.5); Defense: Shaquille Pinas (1.5), Aaron Meijers (0.6), Peet Bijen (0.5), Boy Kemper (0.4); Midfield: Dante Rigo (0.8), Danny Bakker (0.7), Samy Bourard (0.4), John Goossens (0.4); Forward: Michiel Kramer (0.6), Jonas Arweiler (0.5).


Goalkeeper Dennis Telgenkamp (0.2); Defense: Glenn Bijl (0.8), Miguel Araujo (0.7), Keziah Veendorp (0.5), Caner Cavlan (0.5); Midfield: Simon Tibbling (1.3), Sergio Pena (1.2), Michael Chacon (0.7), Nikolai Laursen (0.7); Forward: Marko Kolar (0.4), Shani Tarashaj (0.3).

Feyenoord Rotterdam

Goalkeeper Justin Bijlow (6); Defense: Marcos Senesi (13.5), Uros Spajic (6.5), Ridgeciano Haps (4.8), Tyrell Malacia (3.2); Midfield: Orkun Kokcu (17.5), Steven Berghuis (11), Luis Sinisterra (10), Leroy Fer (3.5); Forward: Nicolai Jorgensen (3.5), Robert Bozenik (3.2).

Fortuna Sittard

Goalkeeper Alexei Koselev (1.6); Defense: Martin Angha (0.6), Branislav Ninaj (0.5), Roel Janssen (0.3; Midfield: Lisandro Semedo (1.2), Mats Seuntjens (0.9), Emil Hansson (0.8), Tesfaldet Tekie (0.7), Jorrit Smeets (0.6); Forward: Sebastian Polter (1.6), Zian Flemming (0.8).


Goalkeeper Sergio Padt (1.6); Defense: Ko Itakura (0.8), Damil Dankerlui (0.7), Wessel Dammers (0.4); Midfield: Azor Matusiwa (3), Arjen Robben (2), Daniel van Kaam (1.8), Ahmed El Messaoudi (0.8), Ramon Pascal Lundqvist (0.8); Forward: Jorgen Strand Larsen (0.3), Romano Postema (0.2).


Goalkeeper Erwin Mulder (0.6); Defense: Ibrahim Dresevic (1.2), Pawel Bochniewicz (0.8), Sherel Floranus (0.8), Lucas Woudenberg (0.7); Midfield: Joey Veerman (5), Mitchell van Bergen (3.6), Sieben Dewaele (1.6), Oliver Batista Meier (1.5); Forward: Henk Veerman (0.8), Runar Espejord (0.4).


Goalkeeper Janis Blaswich (0.8); Defense: Mats Knoester (0.9), Robin Propper (0.7), Tim Breukers (0.6); Midfield: Orestis Kiomourtzoglou (1.3), Silvester van der Water (0.8), Delano Burgzorg (0.6), Rai Vloet (0.5), Teun Bijleveld (0.5); Forward: Sinan Bakis (0.8), Adrian Szoke (0.4).

PSV Eindhoven

Goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall (2.8); Defense: Philipp Max (15), Denzel Dumfries (12), Timo Baumgartl (5.5); Midfield: Mohamed Ihattaren (20), Cody Gakpo (7.2), Pablo Rosario (7), Bruma (6.5), Erick Gutierrez (4.8); Forward: Donyell Malen (25), Sam Lammers (7).

Sparta Rotterdam

Goalkeeper Benjamin van Leer (0.8); Defense: Mica Pinto (0.6), Tom Beugelsdijk (0.5), Jeffry Fortes (0.5), Bart Vriends (0.4); Midfield: Abdou Harroui (2.3), Bryan Smeets (0.8), Deroy Duarte (0.8), Mohamed Rayhi (0.7); Forward: Lennart Thy (0.7), Reda Kharchouch (0.4).


Goalkeeper Joel Drommel (1); Defense: Kik Pierie (3), Dario Dumic (1), Tyronne Ebuehi (0.6); Midfield: Lazaros Lamprou (1.2), Godfried Roemeratoe (0.8), Lindon Selahi (0.8), Vaclav Cerny (0.7), Queensy Menig (0.6); Forward: Danilo (1), Alexander Jeremejeff (0.7).


Goalkeeper Maarten Paes (1.3); Defense: Sean Klaiber (2.4), Justin Hoogma (2.3), Willem Janssen (1.2); Midfield: Gyrano Kerk (4), Adam Maher (3.2), Simon Gustafson (2.4), Sander van de Streek (2.4), Mimoun Mahi (2.4); Forward: Adrian Dalmau (2.8), Moussa Sylla (2.7).


Goalkeeper Thorsten Kirschbaum (0.4); Defense: Tobias Pachonik (0.8), Roy Gelmi (0.6), Lukas Schmitz (0.6), Tristan Dekker (0.4), Steffen Schafer (0.4); Midfield: Evert Linthorst (0.8), Vito van Crooij (0.8), Danny Post (0.6); Forward: Jafar Arias (0.4), Georgios Giakoumakis (0.4).

Vitesse Arnhem

Goalkeeper Jeroen Houwen (0.4); Defense: Jacob Rasmussen (2.8), Danilho Doekhi (0.8), Maximilian Wittek (0.8), Eli Dasa (0.8); Midfield: Matus Bero (1.6), Riechedly Bazoer (1.4), Oussama Tannane (1); Forward: Lois Openda (4), Armando Broja (1), Thomas Buitink (0.9).


Goalkeeper Konstantinos Lamprou (0.6); Defense: Jurien Gaari (0.4), Melle Meulensteen (0.4), Thierry Lutonda (0.4); Midfield: Vurnon Anita (0.8), Cyril Ngonge (0.8), Anas Tahiri (0.6), Nicolas Olsak (0.4); Forward: Vitalie Damascan (0.8), Finn Stokkers (0.6), Sylla Sow (0.5).

Willem II Tilburg

Goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter (1.2); Defense: Sebastian Holmen (1.7), Derrick Kohn (0.8), Leeroy Owusu (0.7); Midfield: Mike Tresor Ndayishimiye (3.6), Pol Llonch (1.7), Che Nunnely (1.3), Mats Kohlert (1.1), Driess Saddiki (0.7); Forward: Vangelis Pavlidis (2.7), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (1).


Goalkeeper Michael Zetterer (0.7); Defense: Thomas Lam (0.8), Kenneth Paal (0.8), Yuta Nakayama (0.6), Bram van Polen (0.6); Midfield: Rico Strieder (0.8), Pelle Clement (0.8), Mustafa Saymak (0.8), Clint Leemans (0.6); Forward: Slobodan Tedic (3), Mike van Duinen (0.8).