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Week 16 – 8th-11th November 2013

Dordrecht take three points again, FC Oss closing in on Achilles

Another round played in the Dutch Jupiler League and it was a round in which Sparta hoped to go past Dordrecht in the table. Sparta hosted the league leaders on Saturday knowing that they were yet to be beaten at home, but it all went wrong for Sparta in the first half as Dordrecht managed to lead 0-3 at the break thanks to goals by Gladon, Meulens and Danso. Sparta did pull back to 2-3 in the second half and even got the opportunity to level the game, but Bilate failed from short distance.

FC Eindhoven benefited from Sparta’s loss by easily beating Achilles ’29 at the Jan Louwers Stadion. Three Eindhoven goals before half time meant they could sit back and relax after the break, in which Achilles scored a consolation goal to make it 3-1.

The day before these two matches, FC Den Bosch went back to winning ways. After two trashings against Dordrecht and Sparta, they beat Helmond Sport 3-1 at home with goals from Van Den Broek and Quekel in the last twenty minutes. Willem II humiliated Almere City by putting five behind Van Duin. The win keeps them in fourth place, seven points behind Dordrecht. Meanwhile, bottom of the table side Oss got a draw against in-form Excelsior to keep the pressure on Achilles and Almere City. The first half was most exciting as all four goals were scored before the break.

Jong Twente and Jong PSV both grabbed wins in their fixtures. Twente had an easy game against Telstar (3-0), while Jong PSV continued their run by beating mid-table rivals MVV Maastricht 3-2 in an interesting match. Jong PSV now find themselves fiercely involved in the period title battle with 16 points from the last 7 games.

Their run contrasts sharply with that of rivals Jong Ajax, who lost their seventh game in a row, this time in a 1-2 defeat at home to De Graafschap. Although the Ajax reserves did grab a lead through former De Graafschap man Sam Hendriks, De Graafschap eventually got the win. First, De Graafschap were lucky as Ajax were denied a free kick, followed up by a quick counter attack that Anco Jansen finished off. Then, in the second half, Martina got sent off for allegedly bringing down Vincken in the box, although Vincken himself indicated he was not sure if it was a foul. Parzyszek scored the following penalty kick to score the final goal of the game, 1-2.


Friday 8th November 2013

FC Den Bosch 3-1 Helmond Sport

FC Oss 2-2 Excelsior Rotterdam

Fortuna Sittard 2-0 FC Emmen

Jong FC Twente 3-0 Telstar

Willem II 5-0 Almere City

Saturday 9th November

Sparta Rotterdam 2-3 FC Dordrecht

FC Eindhoven 3-1 Achilles ‘29

Sunday 10th November

FC Volendam 1-1 VVV Venlo

Monday 11th November

Jong Ajax 1-2 De Graafschap

Jong PSV 3-2 MVV Maastricht



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FC Oss take three points, Eindhoven win key match

FC Oss will no doubt be delighted with this weekend as they finally managed to get their third win of the season by winning 1-2 De Geusselt in Maastricht. FC Den Bosch had another match to forget as the league leaders FC Dordrecht beat them 5-0. After the 7-1 loss last weekend, Den Bosch now find themselves in 17th place with just three points from their last six games.

Almere City managed to grab a point against Fortuna Sittard, moving past Achilles ’29, who lost against Volendam on Saturday, and again on Tuesday against Sparta Rotterdam. Sparta had also won their match on Saturday (away to Emmen), which means Sparta are now only 1 point away from first place and firmly on top in the second period table.

FC Eindhoven had an amazing match as they visited De Graafschap. With Willem II surprisingly losing 3-1 to Telstar on Friday, the game at De Vijverberg in Doetinchem meant a battle for third place. An excellent performance by the boys from Eindhoven meant they took the three points back home.

Helmond Sport once again proved they don’t give up easily as they beat Jong Ajax 3-2 after going 0-2 down. Hoesen scored an amazing lob ball for Jong Ajax but it turned out to be not enough for the Amsterdammers. Rivals Jong PSV extended their great run of form with a surprising 0-2 win over recently relegated VVV Venlo, while Excelsior managed to grab all points against Jong FC Twente. Talented FC Twente attacker Youness Mokhtar overslept and missed the match, which ended 3-0.

Friday 1st November 2013

FC Dordrecht 5-0 FC Den Bosch

MVV Maastricht 1-2 FC Oss

Almere City 1-1 Fortuna Sittard

Telstar 3-1 Willem II

Saturday 2nd November

FC Emmen 0-1 Sparta Rotterdam

De Graafschap 1-3 FC Eindhoven

Achilles ’29 0-2 FC Volendam

Sunday 3rd November

VVV Venlo 0-2 Jong PSV

Excelsior Rotterdam 3-0 Jong FC Twente

Monday 4th November

Helmond Sport 3-2 Jong Ajax

Tuesday 5th November

Sparta Rotterdam 1-0 Achilles ‘29




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Dordrecht strengthen lead, Sparta trash Den Bosch

It was a great weekend for FC Dordrecht as they saw FC Eindhoven and Willem II both spill points on Friday, and beating Jong Ajax 0-4 themselves tonight. FC Eindhoven lost 1-3 at home to Excelsior, while Willem II drew goalless against MVV.

The most impressive result came on Saturday, when Sparta Rotterdam put seven behind FC Den Bosch at “Het Kasteel”. The win saw Sparta move up to second place in the league.

De Graafschap also moved past Eindhoven and Willem II in the league, after beating Volendam 0-1 late in the game.

At the bottom of the league, FC Oss almost managed to pull off a stunt against Helmond Sport, but two quick goals from Brouwers and Elbers respectively meant Helmond took home the three points with a 2-3 win.

Jong PSV managed to pick up a win again, beating Telstar 3-1. They are now the highest “Jong” team in the league, with a 14th place.


Friday 25th October

Willem II 0-0 MVV Maastricht

FC Emmen 2-1 Almere City

FC Eindhoven 1-3 Excelsior Rotterdam

FC Oss 2-3 Helmond Sport

Saturday 26th October

Sparta Rotterdam 7-1 FC Den Bosch

Fortuna Sittard 2-1 Achilles ‘29

Sunday 27th October

FC Volendam 0-1 De Graafschap

Monday 28th October

Jong Ajax 0-4 FC Dordrecht

Jong PSV 3-1 Telstar

Jong FC Twente 1-1 VVV Venlo



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WEEK 3 – 16th-19th August 2013

FC Dordrecht still top of the second tier of Dutch football with the only 100% record in the division.

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The biggest win of the weekend came on Monday night as Jong PSV thrashed FC Oss 4-0 with the highly-rated central defender Menno Koch scoring twice.

Willem II managed their first win of the season with a 2-1 triumph at Excelsior Rotterdam. Winger Virgil Misjidan was sold to Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad midweek but goals from Jorden Peters and Ruud Boymans gave the Tilburg the win.

MVV defeated Jong Ajax by a Bryan Smeets penalty in a tight 1-0 win on Friday night.

FC Eindhoven were finally defeated by Telstar in a heavy 3-0 loss.

















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WEEK 2 – 9th-12th August 2013

FC Dordrecht sit top of the Eerste Divisie after matchday two, with the Schapenkoppen being the only team to win both games. Erixon Danso fired two goals away to division new boys Achilles ’29 to help his side to a 4-1 victory. Giovanni Korte and Paul Gladon grabbed the two others with Frank Hol scoring a consolation for the home side.

Week two began on Friday night, with a goal-less draw between Den Bosch and Fortuna Sittard with goals featured in all four other games.

In a battle of the two relegated clubs, VVV Venlo defeated Willem II 2-0 with Randy Wolters scoring on the stroke of half-time and Jules Reimerink adding another deep into second-half stoppage time.

FC Oss won by the same scoreline while hosting Jong Ajax. The Amsterdammers fell to goals from Wesley Deenen and Danny van den Meiracker even though they had quality like Tobias Sana, Nicolai Boilesen and Lesley De Sa.

Telstar bounced back from losing to Ajax last weekend with a great 3-2 home win over FC Emmen. Johan Culhan put the hosts ahead after seven minutes before Elson Rosario Almeida equalised ten minutes later. A double in six minutes from Terell Ondaan gave Telstar the points with Wouter Weghorst grabbing one back before full-time.

FC Eindhoven pulled off a shock away win against Helmond Sport. Anthony van der Hurk got the visitors off to a good start after 16 minutes only for Davy Brouwers to reply at the start of the second half. The three points headed to Eindhoven after a Juanito Sequeira own goals gave them the 2-1 lead.

A goal by Tom van Hyfte after just ten minutes gave MVV the slender 1-0 victory over Jong Twente on Saturday afternoon. As De Graafschap defeated Almere City by a single goal after Belgian Jordan Garcia-Calvete netted the only goal of the game.

Two draws ended the week with FC Volendam sharing the point with Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday. Johan Voskamp gave Sparta the lead after 16 minutes but the game ended 1-1 after Robert Mühren grabbed the leveller on the half-hour mark.

Finally, on Monday night at the Philips Stadion, Jong PSV drew 1-1 with Excelsior. The Rotterdam side took the lead deep into the first period with Lars Hutten finishing coolly past Nigel Bertrams in goal. Danish international defender, Mathias Zanka Jorgensen gained his side a point with a nice finish of his own.

















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WEEK 1 – 2nd-5th August 2013

The opening games of the new Eerste Divisie season provided the first matches in professional football for four clubs in the division, and all four new sides ended week one undefeated.

On Friday evening, ten-man FC Dordrecht gained a 2-1 victory at home to an unlucky MVV. The hosts opened the scoring with Jeffrey Fortes after 17 minutes but MVV’s Tom van Hyfte got the leveller before the break. After referee Rogier Honig showed Marvin Peersman the red card on 55 minutes, Giovanni Korte got the winner with twenty minutes remaining against the run of play.

After a goal-less first half, goals from Abdelaziz Khalouta and a Vlatko Lazic own goal in the second period gave Fortuna Sittard a 2-0 win against the travelling De Graafschap. And the game between FC Eindhoven and VVV Venlo ended without either team finding the net.

After just eight minutes into the game, Excelsior‘s Lars Veldwijk and Helmond Sport’s Ferry de Regt collided heads and had to be both substituted. Excelsior took the lead with Lars Hutten on 33 minutes but Helmond replied straight from the restart with a Serhat Koc goal. The visitors went in the break 2-1 ahead when defender Dave Nieskens scored. Jeff Stans got the game’s fourth goal on the hour mark as the teams shared the points.

On Saturday afternoon, Jong PSV held their own away to Sparta Rotterdam and managed to grab a 2-2 draw. Ninteen-year-old midfielder Mohamed Rayhi put PSV ahead until an Iliass Bel Hassani free-kick levelled the game up on the hour mark. Nine minutes later, Cendrino Misdjan nodded the Sparta in the lead but a Menno Koch header gained a point for the league debutants.

Five goals were exchanged in Almere as FC Volendam came back from behind to beat Almere City by three goals to two. Volendam’s hero was Robert Mühren who scored all three of his teams goals. Tim Receveur and Fabian Serrarens replied for the home side but a 78th minute Mühren goal gave the three points to the visitors.

A ninetieth-minute Wout Weghorst goal for FC Emmen spoiled Achilles ’29 chance to gain all three points in their first game as a professional team. The new boys were looking good after Freek Thoone had gave them a 17th minute lead but Alexander Bannink made the score 1-1 just two minutes later. Frank Hol then gave the underdogs the 2-1 advantage on 76 minutes before Weghorst’s grabbed the last gasp equaliser.

In Sunday’s only game we saw yet another 2-2 draw in Tilburg as Willem II hosted FC Den Bosch. Ruud Boymans had put the hosts in front before Benjamin van der Broek may Willem pay for a defensive lapse. Boymans must have thought he had won the game for his side on 87 minutes when he successfully converted a spot-kick. But it was not to be as two minutes later, Furghill Zeldenrust headed to level the score.

Jong Ajax defeated Telstar 2-0 at the Amsterdam ArenA on Monday evening. Highly-rated Danish prospect Lucas Andersen grabbed both of the Ajax goals with Lesley de Sa providing both assists.

Jong FC Twente dished out an emphatic 3-0 defeat to FC Oss, and they began very strong and scored twice in the first seven minutes. Nils Röseler and Felitciano Zchusschen the scorers with the latter adding a third on 71 minutes.

















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Eerste Divisie 2013/14 Season Preview


The new Eerste Divisie season begins tonight, Markus Wenzel is here with a full preview of the new season.

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The Eerste Divisie is facing a season with many unknowns. After the bankruptcies from AGOVV Apeldoorn and the SC Veendam last season, as well as the failures of Haarlem and RBC Roosendaal in recent years, was the league finished with only 16 teams. As a result, the KNVB decided to give the competition a makeover and a new structure of the League and decided for a version with 20 teams.

For the first time since 2005, the possibility that teams from outside the professional football world were able to join the Eerste Divisie. While at that time the FC Omniword, today known as Almere City FC, managed to fulfill all criteria to join the league with the help of private investors, were this time four teams invited by the KNVB.

After some discussion that lasted weeks, the KNVB and the media partners from FOX (former Eredivisie Live) the KNVB invited the Beloftenteams (2nd team) from the two biggest teams in the Eredivisie, Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven. The other two teams should be the two champions of the Topklasse Zaterdag (3rd division on Saturday) and the Topklasse Zondag (3rd division on Sunday). The problem with this was that both champions, vv Katwijk (Zaterdag) and Achilles`29 (Zondag) resigned weeks ago the possible promotion into the Eerste Divisie because of the strong rules in professional football.

Every new team discussed with the KNVB and Katwijk decided to reject the promotion and stayed in the Topklasse. So the KNVB needed another team for the Eerste Divisie and searched another Beloftenteam. The only team that was ready was Jong FC Twente, and they became the newest member of the Eerste Divisie.

Unlike the other 16 teams the four new teams have some special regulations for their first campaign in professional football. Achilles´29, Jong Ajax, Jong PSV and Jong FC Twente are not allowed to be promoted directly (with the aid of the Periodenkampionen) into the Eredivisie. If the feeder club of the Beloftenteams relegates into the Eerste Divisie, than the Beloftenteam must go back to the Beloften Eredivisie. Every Beloftenteam must have a fixed number of professional footballers (16), a headcoach and only three players plus one keeper is allowed to be older than 23 years. It will be exciting to watch as the teams use the rule that they are allowed to use players from the first team. Every player who played less than 15 games in the Eredivisie can play for the Beloftenteam. If one of the big stars from Ajax, Twente or PSV was injured or suspended or has no perspective for a short time in the first team he could play in the Eerste Divisie. The three teams earn no TV money. Achilles´29 from Groesbeek on the other hand, remains in the status of an amateur club. They do not need to have professional players in their squad and they will be helped with money from the TV contract.

Another big new rule is that the teams have chosen the preferred match day ahead of the season. So the Eerste Divisie has now games from Friday to Monday with up to five different kick-off times each weekend.

Like in past seasons, we will have no relegation into the Topklasse. The winner of the league will get promoted directly and the four Periodenkampionen (best team of 9 games) plus the best four team without a Periodentitel (except one of the new teams) will again join two teams from the Eredivisie to play out two more teams for the top flight, in a three round play-off system.

VVV from Venlo will try to make amends for their relegation last term. After finishing in 17th in the Eredivisie they failed to avoid relegation in the Play-offs. In the second round, VVV lost to Go Ahead Eagles. For the direct promotion, Venlo have changed nearly the whole squad. They said goodbye to fifteen players and signed thirteen new ones. Besides some youth players they contracted two players from rival Fortuna Sittard (Quin Kruijsen and Prince Rajcomar) and some players with knowledge of the League. In addition to that Venlo has to sign a new coach. Ton Lokhoff was fired at the 6th of June, so VVV signed René Trost from MVV.

After a disastrous season, Willem II finished last in the Eredivisie and were relegated. Only five victories in the whole season lead to the bottom position since week 12 for the club from Tilburg. But unlike Venlo, Willem II trust Jürgen Streppel to coach the team with success in his third year as Tilburg coach. They lost some important players like Nicky Hofs (to Vitesse), Marc Höcher (to Roda JC) or strike Aurélien Joachim (was loan from Düdelingen (LUX), but signed the Armenian international Norair Mamedov from FC Emmen and some experienced players from the Eerste Divisie like Jeffrey van Nuland (Helmond) or Freek Heerkens (Go Ahead).

The FC Volendam finished second last year and threw away the chance for the direct promotion into the top flight on the last day of the season. In the final play-off match for a place in the Eredivisie, they played the Go Ahead Eagles, who avert Volendam at the last day of the regular season the direct promotion and lost again. But after a radical change in the team, for example they lose the top scorer of the league, Jack Tuyp, to Ferencvaros, and the fact that Volendam signed with one exception (Kevin Wattamaleo from NEC) only own youngsters, so they may be perhaps not such a strong contender for promotion.

Sparta Rotterdam on the other hand seems to be a team who could gain promotion in this season. Finishing third last season, they lost a key player with keeper Pellatz, who signed for Dynamo Dresden, but got veteran keeper Khalid Sinouh from NEC and former striker John Verhoek. Soufian El Hassnaoui from De Graafschap and Cendrino Misidjan make Sparta under the new coach Adri Bogers one of the favorites of this season but they will have to try to cope with a trauma. Sparta was in the play-off-final against Roda JC and Sparta threw the promotion away in the last minute of the game. Without the final goal in Kerkrade, where Roda JC won 2-1, Sparta would be now in the Eredivisie on the away goal rule.

Helmond Sport hit the exclusion of AGOVV and Veendam last season very hard. After Helmond was also deducted the points from the two games against Veendam, they lost the top spot in the league. Top scorer Emrullah Güvenc left the club to join Antwerp in Belgium. Jeffrey van Nuland plays now for Willem II and Samir Fazli has gone back to Heerenveen but they signed potentially great replacements. Kevin Visser and Stanley Elbers from ADO and Serhat Koc from FC Eindhoven.

MVV from Maastricht lost their coach to VVV and find their new one in Kerkrade. Tini Ruys, a former head coach of Fortuna Sittard could lead MVV to a glorious season.

Fortuna Sittard on the other hand lost some important players. Belgian, Ramazan Cevik was loaned to Standard Liege in Belgium. Quin Kruijsen and Prince Rajcomar will play for VVV this season and Joeri Schroyen takes on the challenge of the adventure to play Eredivisie with the Go Ahead Eagles. Veteran defender Fernando Ricksen, who played for AZ, Glasgow Rangers and Zenit St. Petersburg, ended his career in professional football for the second time and signed with RKSV Minor, a team in the sixth tier of Dutch Football. With Jeffrey Vlug from Den Bosch, Boy Heijsteeg from Topklasser EVV Echt, the loan from Franco Zennaro has Sittard an striker Patrick Amoah from Belgium club WS Woluwe by now only signed four new players.

De Graafschap will try to play a better season. After they relegated in 2012, they missed the chance to get back in the first tier. They finished eighth and failed to win the play-offs. The team from Doetinchem said good bye to a few players. So signed Sam Hendriks a contract with Jong Ajax or Soufian El Hassnaoui with Sparta. At the same time De Graafschap decided to not renew the contracts of 8 other players, for example Gregor Breinburg, Jochem Jansen or Adil Auassar. Four players are now new signings in Doetinchem. Besides one player from youth and a Keeper from Go Ahead Eagles, Jasper Heusinkveld, they signed Edwin Linssen from AEK Larnaca and Tim Bakens from Cambuur.

FC Dordrecht, a competitor in the last Play-offs, wants to confirm their good season with the ninth position. However, their losses could be hard to replace. Four of their players (Amevor, Rijsdijk, Tano and Kastenaar) join a team in the Eredivisie, three players want to play in the amateur football and Gielisse, Veldwijk and Post joined another team in the Eerste Divisie. So they signed two players from Spain, Erison Danso (Valencia B) and Carlos Carrasco Rodriguez (FC Orihuela), Paul Gladon from Sparta and some talented players from their own youth and other lower teams. The new coach Harry van der Ham, who was fired once during the last season, might have a problem to get back into the Play-offs

The FC Oss was behind Volendam the biggest unlucky team last season. They missed the Play-offs with 3 points. Coach Anton Janssen lost 17 players from the team, 8 players signed at a team from a lower league. Unfortunately for them, they lost many key players like Marc Koot (Helmond), Ferhat Görgülü (Genclerbirligi) or Muslu Nalbantoglu (Orduspor). These gaps should be filled by the 6 new players. These new man from the benches of Eredivisieclubs and regular players from the Topklasse should help Oss to establish in the first half of the Eerste Divisie.

FC Den Bosch signed a new coach during the summer. After the resignation from Jan Poortvliet they signed Ruud Kaiser. The former player from Den Bosch was the technical director from Lierse SK and wants now to reach the Play-offs. But like many teams in the Eerste Divisie they have a radical change in their squad. Some players are now Free Agents, Keeper Kevin Begois is now a player from Zwolle, Bart van Brakel will play in Leeuwarden for Cambuur and two players, Jeffrey Vlug and Randy Wolters, signed with another club in the League. On the other side they contracted the Brazilian defender Alair Cruz Vicente from Sparta Rotterdam and Stijn de Looijer, who signed after a one year adventure in Nijmegen again for the team from `s-Hertogenbosch. Another new signings are players from the youth or amateur teams.

The FC Emmen lost also some key players from last season. Hiariaj and Jones were only loan from Groningen, Armenian International Mamedov signed with Willem II, Harm Zeinstra should be one of the new Cambuur-keepers and Ruud ter Heide will play in the Hoofdklasse with SVZW. Be seen as a success can be the comeback from midfielder Tim Siekman, who played the last three years in Hardenberg in the Topklasse. They also signed the Free Agent Sander Rozema, who lost his job last season after Veendam goes out of business and some other players from the benches of Eredivisieteams.

The new setup of the Eerste Divisie is for Almere City a heavy problem. Almere, a city from the environment of Amsterdam, was in the last years a partner club from Ajax and got every year some players on loan. Last year for example Gino van Kessel or Sven Nieuwpoort. But now with Jong Ajax in the League, it’s no longer allowed. But they not loose only the loan players. The Keepers Dennis Gentenaar signed at NEC and Erwin Friebel at amateurteam DHC. Other players like Gino Felixdaal or Leroy Resodihardjo are now without any contract or will play in the Topklasse. On the other hand Almere signed a few talented players from the Beloftenteams of AZ, Utrecht or Vitesse.

Also Telstar from Velsen extended many contracts of their old team not. But the biggest losses could be without a doubt the transfers from Jerold Promes to Venlo and Leondro Resida to Emmen. Both players join competitors for a better position in the upcoming season. But to Telstars advantage they could sign two players from the Eredivisie. Tim Keurntjes signed from Groningen and Daryl van Mieghem from Almelo.

After two disastrous season Excelsior Rotterdam, Relegation in 2012 and the second last position in the Eerste Divisie in 2013, the club from the Stadion Woudestein must change everything. They fired coach Leon Vlemmings and signed former Danish International Jon Dahl Tomasson as headcoach. It will be the first job as headcoach for the former Player from Feyenoord. In contrast to the last few years Excelsior has by now no loan player from the big partner Feyenoord in it’s squad. So they tried to renovate their team with players of their own youth. As a big name is Jeff Stans from RKC Waalwijk new at Excelsior. In addition, they gave 8 players no further contract for this season.

The FC Eindhoven is the veteran of the Eerste Divisie. No team is longer active at the second tier of Dutch football without a promotion or a relegation. This season will be the 37.season in row for the FC in this league. After a great season in 2011/12 they got a really bad last year and finished last. Another big blow was the addition from Jong PSV to the Eerste Divisie. Because of that the FC Eindhoven is no longer allowed to loan players from PSV. After the 8 players who joined the FC last season from the big brother they must now try to recruit their new players from other teams. This summer they signed for example the defenders Chiro N`Toko from ADO and Norichio Nieveld from PEC Zwolle. The new coach Jean-Paul de Jong must play without the players from PSV and key players like Fukan Alakmak (now RKC), topscorer Sehat Koc (now Helmond) or the Old-International Theo Lucius, who joined the Kozakken Boys in the Topklasse.

Achilles´29 from Groesbeek started their first campaign in the League with most of the team who won the Topklasse Zondag and lost the Amateur championship last season. A heavy blow, however, is the loss of three key players from last season. Keeper Barry Ditewig, Michael Lanting and Dominique Scholten wanted to stay in the amateur football and join Zaterdagtopklasser Spakenburg. Instead Achilles signed Keeper Nick Hengelmann from Vitesse and Steven Edwards from NAC. So the only plan for the team could be to play along and not to embarrass themselves in the new Division.

Jong Ajax will use the campaign to gain experience from players with this project. With exception of Marvin Höner, a successful striker in last years A-Jugend-Bundesliga West in Germany for Armina Bielefeld, and the loan of Stanislav Lobotka from Ajax’s Slovak partner club AS Trencin, can the new coach Alfons Groenendijk work with many players who go through the Youth of Ajax. Groenendijk, who was responsible for the A1 from Ajax last season and was active as a player and a coach in the Eredivisie, knows many of his players. Also in this team will be some players who came back from loan like Sven Nieuwpoort from Almere or Geoffrey Castillion from Almelo if he find no new team. It’s also possible for injured players from the first team that they will play their first games in this team to get game practice again. In any case, Ajax has many talented players in this team and it will be exciting to watch.

Jong PSV got also a new coach. The Bosnian Darije Kalezic, who was active in the Eerste Divisie as player and coach, has to work with some great talents from the Netherlands and a few international players. But same as Jong Ajax will the team here change within the season, depending on the results and events of the first team. For the participation in the Eerste Divisie PSV must end it’s cooperation with local rival FC Eindhoven. So the players who would normaly get game practice in professional football, last season 8 players were transferred from PSV to FC Eindhoven, will now play for Jong PSV.

Also Jong Twente, with their new coach Jan Zoutman, will play with some talents who came back from loan. Besides some international talents and defender Sven Verlaan from an amateur team, the squad consists of many player from the Youth Academy of FC Twente.

So the Fans will see 380 games this season instead of 308 or less like last season. But not every fan is allowed to see every game of his team in the stadium. In addition to the almost obligatory ban for fans from Ajax and PSV at the opponents pitch, has PSV declared the fans from Willem II, Oss, Jong Twente, MVV, Fortuna Sittard, Den Bosch and De Graafschap are not welcome in Eindhoven. After this announcement the FC Den Bosch banned the fans from Jong Ajax and Willem II in their away games in Den Bosch.

The All-Time-Table is lead by Cambuur Leeuwarden (44 seasons, 2.227 points) but after their promotion there is the chance for the FC Eindhoven to take over the first position. The club from Eindhoven collected 2.205 points in 53 seasons and it is possible for them to get more than 22 points at the end of the season. However Eindhoven is the team with the most losses and the most goals against them in the history of the Eerste Divisie.

Besides the four new teams there is a chance for Helmond Sport to overtake Heracles Almelo, FC Volendam to overtake Excelsior, Fortuna Sittard to overtake Heerenveen and Wageningen, Willem II to overtake ADO, Sparta to overtake Elinkwijk and Delft and Almere can overtake Stormvogels and Amersfoort.

Without a doubt this will be an exciting season for the Eerste Divisie. The officials from the KNVB must show that they prove their critics wrong with the new concept. Achilles´29 must prove that they can compete in professional football. The three Beloftenteams must demonstrate that they play fair and don’t use too many players from the Eredivisie squad. The two relegated teams must verify their ambitions to get back directly into the Eredivisie. And many of the other teams will point out their strength to play for the promotion over one long season.


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EERSTE DIVISIE: An Introduction to the new boys

The upcoming Eerste Divisie season will have four new teams competing in the league, Markus Wenzel provides a few facts to introduce you to the new boys.


R.K.S.V. (Rooms-Katholieke SportVerenigung) Achilles´29 are from Groesbeek, a town in the eastern Netherlands, and has a population from 18,929 and is a near the border to Germany. The nearby city is Nijmegen.

Achilles´29 are one of the most successful amateur clubs of the Netherlands, since they were founded on 1st June 1929. There recent success has been remarkable, just last season, the Whiteblacks won the Topklasse Zondag for the second time in a row. Besides that they have won the KNVB Amateur Beker in 2011 and the Supercup for Amateurs twice in 2011 and 2012. They have also won some titles in the lower leagues and in the Districts. With last season’s title win in the Topklasse Zondag, Achilles was asked to join the Eerste Divisie by the KNVB and the team accepted the invitation.

Their stadium, the Sportpark De Heikant has been used since their inception and has a capacity of 4,500 seats.

Last season, the club won 22 games, lost 6 and drew twice with the best goal difference in the league (+47) only conceding 23 goals. The highest win was a 6-0 thrashing of SWZ from Sneek.

After the promotion, their successful coach Jan van Deinen announced that he would not lead them into professional football and quit. So Achilles has hired François Gesthuizen, from hoofklasser (4th Division) Blaauw Geel´38 from Veghel, to guide them this upcoming campaign.

Their only well known player is Thijs Hendriks, who played 4 games in the Eredivisie for NEC. No other player in their squad, as time of writing, has ever played higher than in the Topklasse.

Achilles´29 have had several great players in the past on their books like Arno Arts, midfielder who played top flight football for FC Twente, FC Utrecht and NEC or Barry Ditewig former goalkeeper for the now defunct SC Veendam and ADO Den Haag.

Apart from the first team Achilles´29 has 11 other senior teams, 1 womens team and 13 youth teams. Their archrivals are De Treffers, also a team from Groesbeek.


Jong Ajax

Jong Ajax, the reserve side of Eredivisie champions Ajax Amsterdam, are also on the way to their first season in professional football. The eight-time winner of the Beloften Eredivisie (1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009) finished 4th last season in the league and was invited to take part as one of the four new teams in the newest implementation of the Eerste Divisie.

The team, likes the first team, plays 4-3-3, like every other team from the Ajax set-up. Just like a reserve side, they will consist of players who graduate from the Ajax youth academy or are unable to play in the first team due to injuries or players who cannot gain selection for the first team. Alfons Groenendijk, who played 22 times for Ajax himself, is in charge of the squad.

They will play their home games at Ajax’s sporting complex near to the Amsterdam Arena. De Toekomst, opened at the 14th August 1996, and will have a capacity to house 2,250 supporters. Only the home game against Jong PSV, will be played at the Amsterdam Arena due to the interest in that game.


Jong PSV

The Beloftenteam from PSV, Jong PSV, are four-time champions of the Beloften Eredivisie (1997, 2000, 2010, 2011) and they ended last season in 9th position.

Jong PSV will be the squad to introduce the talents from the youth to the senior football and give the talents from the first team some game practice. The team will be managed by former RKC Waalwijk player Darije Kalezic, whgo was last seen coaching De Graafschap.

The home games will be played at De Herdgang, the training complex of PSV. In an announcement before the new season, PSV announced that no fans from Willem II, FC Den Bosch, Jong Ajax, Jong FC Twente, MVV Maastricht, Fortuna Sittard, FC Dordrecht, FC Oss or De Graafschap will be welcome at De Herdgang for risks of crowd trouble.


Jong FC Twente

The two-time winners of the Beloften Eredivisie (2008, 2012) from Enschede were the last invited team to the Eerste Divisie for the upcoming season. Jong Twente, finished in the 8th last year in the competition for the Beloftenteams, and will try to help players to promote into the first team of FC Twente. Jan Zoutman has the task of leading the team, he managed Haarlem years ago in the Eerste Divisie.

Jong Twente will play their home games in the same stadium like the first team, De Grolsch Veste.


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Eerste Divisie transfer round-up

The new Eerste Divisie season begins on Friday 2nd August 2013, our new writer Markus Wenzel is here with a rundown of all the transfer dealings and managerial movement within the divisions clubs over the summer so far.


Sparta Rotterdam have swapped their goalkeepers in the last few days. German keeper Nico Pellatz, who played 30 games for Sparta last season, after two years in Rotterdam has signed a contract with the Dynamo Dresden. Dresden plays in the 2.Bundesliga and Pellatz moves on a free. The new keeper will be Moroccan Khalid Sinouh, last season the 38-year-old was under contract in NEC Nijmegen and played six times.

Also joining Sparta is striker Johan Voskamp, 28, who arrives from Slask Wroclaw in Poland. He played before in 2010/11 for the club in the Eerste Divisie. Meanwhile, Jens van Son leaves Rotterdam for a contract with the FC Eindhoven.

New entry Jong Ajax has signed some talents in the past week for their first campaign in the Eerste Divisie. Marvin Höner, a German striker, comes from the youth team of Arminia Bielefeld where he played in the U19-Bundesliga. Midfielder Stanislav Lobotka arrives on a one-year loan from the Slovakian club AS Trencin. Also coming in is defender Derwin Martina and striker Vincent Vermeij are promoted from Ajax own academy.

Fortuna Sittard has loaned Franco Zennaro from Belgian club Standard Liege. The midfielder, with Belgian and Italian roots, will come on a one-year loan deal to Limburg.

Relegated from the Eredivisie, VVV Venlo has confirmed they are interested in Prince Rajcomar from rival Fortuna Sittard, talks are ongoing as the striker has still a contract at the Trendwork Arena. In other news, Fortuna Sittard has extended the contracts with midfielder Jordie Briels and keeper Mark Voss.

Daryl van Miegham is the newest striker from Telstar. The 24-year-old, was last season in Almelo under contract with Heracles but has now signed for a year in Telstar. Coach Marcel Keizer said “With his quickness, he is an absolute asset for our club.”

Jong Twente has signed Peruvian defender Renato Tapia, the 18-year-old arrives from Peruvian side (Esther Grande de Bentín) EBG Sports Club

De Graafschap has acquired Edwin Linssen from Greek side AEK Lanerca. The midfielder, 32, has previous played in Holland with VVV Venlo, Roda JC, Helmond Sport and Fortuna Sittard.

FC Emmen contracted the 22-year-old striker Quenten Martinus from Hungarian club Ferencvaros Budapest.

FC Volendam have suffered a blow losing last year’s division top-scorer of the Eerste Divisie, Jack Tuyp. The striker is now a free agent talking to some lower Eredivisie clubs. Fellow frontman Mieciel Kramer, has now signed for Helmond Sport. He should replace Emrullah Güvenc, who joins Antwerp in Belgium. Young promising goalkeeper Sonny Stevens has also left Volendam for the FC Twente. The 21-year-old player will be the number three goalkeeper in Enschede.


Nearly half the league’s clubs arrive into the new season with a new coach. Alfons Groenendijk is the new coach of Jong Ajax (from Ajax A1), John-Paul de Jong switches from Jong FC Utrecht to the FC Eindhoven, Jong PSV signed the Bosnian coach Darije Kalezic and Jong FC Twente signed the former Haarlem coach Jan Zoutman.

The new team entering the league is from Groesbeek, Achilles´29, and they have lost their successful coach Van Deinen and presented François Gesthuizen from Blaauw Geel 28 as their new coach.

After Henk ten Cate departs Sparta signed Adri Bogers, formerly assistant coach of NAC Breda. Den Bosch hopes to get success with Ruud Kaiser. The former coach of Dynamo Dresden in Germany was last the technical director of Lierse SK in Belgium.

VVV Venlo presented Rene Trost from MVV as their new boss so MVV signed Tini Ruys from local rival Roda, he was there responsible for the A1 side.

The biggest name in this summer so far was presented from Excelsior. The club from Rotterdam, who finished at the second last position in the finished season, signed the now retired Danish international striker Jon Dahl Tomasson as their new coach. Tomasson was two times the Danish player of the year and won the Champions League in 2003 with the AC Milan.


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Go Ahead Eagles of Deventer have soared into the top flight for the first time in seventeen long years.

Eagles had defeated FC Volendam 3-0 at home on Thursday but lost the return in Volendam 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, winning 3-1 on aggregate. The last time Go Ahead played in the highest league was in the 1995/1996 season when they finished bottom.

Roda JC have avoided relegation by scoring a last-minute winning goal against Henk Ten Cate’s Sparta Rotterdam. After the first match ended goalless Mario Bilate earned Sparta an early lead in Kerkrade on Sunday. However, Mark-Jan Fledderus equalized via a free-kick in the 73rd minute and also became match winner in the 90th minute through another free-kick: 2-1.

If Roda would have been relegated the southern province of Limburg would have been without representation in the Eredivisie for the first time in history, with VVV, MVV and Fortuna Sittard already playing on the second level.



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Go Ahead Eagles are flying towards the top flight as Roda and Sparta cancel each other out in tonight’s Eredivisie Relegation/Promotion playoffs.

Gretige Eagles lonken naar Eredivisie

Go Ahead Eagles 3 (Houtkoop 8, Antonia 70, Kolder 82)

FC Volendam o

Go Ahead Eagles have all but confirmed their next season in the Eredivisie with a emphatic 3-0 victory over fellow Jupiler League side FC Volendam this evening.

The hosts took the lead after eight minutes with a great individual display of the ruthless in-form Xander Houtkoop.

Go Ahead subsequently failed to build on the goal, with Volendam goalkeeper Sonny Stevens several times coming to his side’s rescue.

After the break, Volendam urged forward more often but the Eagles remained by far the most dangerous team. Again, Stevens kept his team in the match with some good saves until Jarchinio Antonia eventually breached the net. The game was finished off by Marnix Kolder with eight minutes remaning as Volendam were reduced to ten men with a second yellow card for Paul de Lange.

It is hard to see whether Erik ten Hag’s side can turn this around in Sunday’s return leg, on this performance it looks to be an impossible task.


Sparta Rotterdam 0

Roda JC 0

Ruud Brood’s Roda JC cling onto survival by taking a 0-0 draw back home for Sunday’s second leg against Henk ten Cate’s Sparta Rotterdam.

Roda nearly grabbed the opening goal with Hungarian hitman Krisztián Németh missing early opportunities. But the best chance of the game fell to the Mark-Jan Fledderus after half an hour of play, his free kick got the best out of Spaerta’s German goalkeeper Nico Pellatz.

In the second half, the anxious Sparta found it hard to attack and in particular striker Donovan Deekman spurning some great chances to clinch the game for his team.

Roda’s top scorer Sanharib Malki was quiet until in the final stages placing his shots wide.

A poor game, which before the kick-off most were chomping at the bit at the thought of these two sides looking to entertain.



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On-loan striker Xandro Schenk hit the solitary goal in GAE’s big 1-0 win over VVV

Go Ahead Eagles 1 (Schenk 80)

VVV Venlo 0

VVV Venlo’s race for survival has fell at the first hurdle with a 1-0 defeat away to Go Ahead Eagles, they will be aiming to get back on track this Sunday in the second leg.

The only goal of the game was scored by Xandro Schenk (on-loan from Ajax) in the 80th minute. Go Ahead showed the more of the initiative and the opportunities for VVV were scarce.

VVV will have it all to do on Sunday with Go Ahead Eagles in pole position to move into the next round of playoffs.


Brandley Kuwas celebrates his goal against MVV Maastricht


FC Volendam 1 (Kuwas 76)

A Brandley Kuwas goal gave FC Volendam a narrow lead heading into their second leg on Sunday at home to MVV Maastricht.

The match began with a poor first half as both teams were evenly matched without creating many opportunities. Volendam seemed a lot sharper than the hosts and in the second half they came alive with most chances falling to Ludcinio Marengo, but the attacker could not get the ball past MVV goalkeeper Bram Castro. But with fifteen minutes to go, Kuwas grabbed the all important goal sliding in to finish.


After defeating Helmond Sport, Sparta Rotterdam take a 4-2 lead home

Helmond Sport 2 (Brouwers 84, Grabovac  90)

Sparta Rotterdam 4 (Luirink 25, Calabro 44, Bel Hassani 63, Mahi 90+3)

Sparta coach Henk ten Cate was disappointed with his side’s performance in their 4-2 away win over Helmond Sport, as he thought they should have scored EIGHT!

Sparta, undefeated under Ten Cate, went into this game with a different style and formation and pulled away into a 3-0 lead just after the hour with first-half goals from Gijs Luirink and Sandro Calabro, with Illiais Ben Hassani adding in the second half.

But a late rally from the hosts saw the lead reduced to a goal with Davy Brouwers and Zarko Grabovac made in the final stage worrying for the Rotterdam side, but an injury time Mimoun Mahi strike gave the visitors a two-goal cushion for the second leg.


Anco Jansen is congratulated by teammates after the opening goal

De Graafschap 1 (Jansen 35)

Roda JC 1 (Demouge 55)

Roda JC has a took their first step towards in saving themselves from relegation with a vital 1-1 away draw against De Graafschap in Doetinchem.

Pieter Huistra’s side took the lead in the first half after Anco Jansen found some space and finished well on 35 minutes but a Frank Demouge (on loan from Bournemouth) header grabbed the important leveller.  They meet in Kerklade on Sunday in the return leg.



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Quincy Promes celebrates his second goal

Go Ahead Eagles 3 (Promes 76P, 86, Peters 85)

FC Dordrecht 0

Go Ahead Eagles wins 6-3 on agg

It took Go Ahead Eagles 76 minutes to break the deadlock in their second leg against FC Dordrecht on Saturday evening. They ran out 3-0 winners and play VVV Venlo on Thursday in the next round of the promotion/relegation playoffs.

A Cas Peters strike and two goals from Quincy Promes decided the match and tie for Deventer side, both players are on-loan from FC Twente.


Fortuna Sittard 1 (Khalouta 76)

De Graafschap 3 (van der Meulen 52, Parzyszek 63, Jansen 85)

De Graafschap wins 5-2 on agg

A torrential rain filled night in Sittard finished Fortuna’s hopes of reaching the top flight for the first time since 2002. De Graafschap now need to get past Roda JC in the two-legged affair beginning on Thursday as they attempt to go back to the Eredivisie at the first time of asking.

Fortuna were without coach Wil Boessen who was serving a suspension after being sent to the stands in the last game.

The first goal came after half-time from a corner and big defender Timothy van der Meulen outmuscled his marker and powered a header home.

The tie was killed off just past the hour after some great work from Adil Auassar ended with a great cross to big Polish target man Piotr Parzyszek to head home for 2-0.

Aziz Khalouta gave Fortuna a bit of hope in the 75th minute pouncing a long ball and finishing past Joost Terol  in goal.

The final nail in Fortuna’s coffin was a fortunate goal from Anco Jansen with only five minutes remaining.  A cross-cum-shot that floated over the head of goalkeeper Ferhat Kaya in goal to cement the 3-1 victory and the second round place.



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