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Eerste Divisie Report: Week 1


All the games of the first matchday of the Jupiler League have been played and without a doubt the contest between relegated NAC Breda and FC Volendam brought the biggest surprise writes Thomas Jacobs.

Divine Naah did not help Breda after he received two yellow cards after unsportsmanlike fouls. After the half-time break, Volendam took advantage of the player advantage as they travelled home with the three points and a big 4-1 win.

Although it was a surprising result, it was was the most spectacular match of the day. That was Almere City playing host to VVV-Venlo as both teams managed to score three goals each in an exciting game, where no one really deserved to win and finished level at 3-3.

In Dordrecht, FC Eindhoven rolled into town hoping to start the competition with a win. Where the Eindhoven side deserved the win, an even took the lead, it was Dordrecht who ended with the three points. They played on the counter, which was successful for a 3-1 win.

While Dordrecht stole the win, Fortuna Sittard virtually handed their points to FC Den Bosch. After an unlucky own goal from Den Bosch they were ahead 2-1 and were awarded a penalty. Gökhan Lekesiz stepped up to take it but missed. It was miss was deemed crucial as Den Bosch scored the equaliser just minutes after the failed spot kick. In the dying minutes, Den Bosch thought they had stole all three points, but the referee chalked off a goal due to a foul.

The goal of the weekend came in the FC Oss and FC Emmen game. Boy Deul – who was one of the five to watch in our season preview magazine – put his team ahead with a stunning shot from 20 meters firing into the top corner. Emmen won the game eventually by 3-0 after a red card for FC Oss defender Jeffrey Ket hampered the sides chances of a comeback.

Helmond Sport also began with a win with a great goal from Stanley Elbers was enough to clinch all three points. MVV was desperately looking for the equalizer, but every time the hosts ‘keeper Wouter van der Steen was in the way to save the points for his side.

Semi-pro club Achilles ’29 were the hosted Jong Ajax and after a sensational comeback they won the game 2-1. With just ten minutes to go, Joey Dekkers scored the winner with a beauty.

On Monday evening, Telstar were hoping to start the competition with a win but in a boring first half, it was RKC Waalwijk who opened the scoring. However, Telstar grabbed the important equalizer and the match ended in 1-1, in which both teams – should be – happy with the points shared.

The second game on Monday saw Jong PSV and relegated Go Ahead Eagles go head-t0-head. After 25 minutes, Jong PSV took the lead with an stunning volley from young midfielder Olivier Rommens. However, the match fizzled out with only one shot on target in the whole second-half. Jong PSV deservedly won their first match while Eagles did not have the power and creativity to create the equalizing goal. The Eagles will need to improve to if they wish to gain promotion back to the Eredivisie. In a remarkable fact: Jong PSV have now faced six relegated sides at home in their first two professional seasons and have not lost one (winning four and drawing two).


Wouter van der Steen (Helmond Sport)

With crucial stops in the 1-0 win against MVV, he really saved the third points for his team.


Friday 7th August

FC Den Bosch 2-2 Fortuna Sittard

Almere City FC 3-3 VVV-Venlo

Helmond Sport 1-0 MVV Maastricht

FC Oss 0-3 FC Emmen

FC Dordrecht 3-1 FC Eindhoven

NAC Breda 1-4 FC Volendam

Achilles ’29 2-1 Jong Ajax

Monday 10th August

Jong PSV 1-0 Go Ahead Eagles

Telstar 1-1 RKC Waalwijk


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Eerste Divisie Week 8 Round-up


Round 8 of the Dutch Eerste Divisie report by Kalkeren Kieran.

We begin our week nine report with NEC Nijmegen travelling to Almere City, NEC were hoping they could finish the 1st period on the top of the table but nothing was guaranteed and Rood Broods side went out to play for the win in which they were successful in doing so. NEC led at half-time thanks to a wonderful goal by Alireza Jahanbakhsh, the side doubled their lead through Sjoerd Ars on the 47th minute. Although the match was stopped for a short period due to crowd trouble, thankfully the match resumed after the break. Almere’s Ricardo Kip scored late into the second half but NEC held on to the win, finishing 1-2.

FC Volendam will go into the International break in second place, after a 0-1 victory over Fortuna Sittard on Friday evening, Fortuna were reduced to 10 men as Fatih Turan was shown a straight red on the 66th minute. Kevin Brands gave Volendam the lead several minutes later and it proved to be enough to take all three points.

Roda JC dominated possession against Jong PSV but the match finished all square at 1-1, Henk Dijkhuizen put Roda into the lead on the 17th minute but Jong PSV’s Boris Cmiljanic equalised on the 80th minute to clinch an important point in Kerkrade.

Joey Sleegers and Anthony van den Hurk both scored for FC Eindhoven as they defeated the yellow and blue of RKC Waalwijk, FC Eindhoven go into the international break on red hot form as they sit 4th in the table, RKC will no doubt be glad of the break as they slip to the foot of the table with only four points after nine matches.

Telstar got the better of Sparta Rotterdam on Friday evening in an exciting match which included 7 goals. Paul Gladon gave his Sparta side the lead with only 2 minutes played, but Johan Kulhan

Equalised for the home side several minutes later, although Sparta’s lead was restored thanks to Johan Voskamp’s goal on the 29th minute. Telstar weren’t going to go down without a fight and it was made clear as they equalised for the second time in the match through Jonathan Kindermans and It wasn’t long until Telstar found themselves leading for the first time as Anmar Almubaraki scored for the home side. Johan Voskamp got his second and Sparta’s third of the night making it 3-3, Telstar managed the final say thanks to Anmar Almubaraki’s goal on the 71st minute giving Telstar a 4-3 victory over Sparta in a closely fought match, which could have gone either way.

VVV-Venlo defeated Helmond Sport, VVV lead 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Melvin Platje and Jeffrey Altheer. Helmond scored on the 67th minute through Jack Tuyp but it wasn’t enough and VVV won 2-1, the win puts the Venlo side into 6th place unlike their opponents Helmond,who enter the international break in 18th.

FC Den Bosch entertained De Graafschaap on Friday evening, the experienced Anthony Lurling gave Den Bosch the lead on the 11th minute but De Graafschaap’s Vincent Vermeij equalised giving the travelling supporters something to cheer about. Jerry van Ewijk put De Graafschaap into the lead on the 71st minute and the match finished 1-2 to De Graafschaap.

Roland Bergkamp netted for FC Emmen to give them the lead against Achilles 29, which was then doubled by Cas Peters who gave FC Emmen a two goal advantage. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the away side, they were reduced to 10 men when Elson Rosario Almeida was shown a straight a red on the 78th minute. Freek Thoone managed to pull one back for Achilles but time was against the home side and FC Emmen took three valuable points on the road in a 1-2 victory for the away side.

Richairo Zivkovic and Elton Acolatse netted two goals each and Queensy Menig also got his name on the score sheet as Jong Ajax defeated Jong FC Twente 5-1, the home side will be disappointed they didn’t keep a clean sheet as Jari Oosterwijk scored for Jong FC Twente. It was a relatively comfortable win for Jong Ajax who will face Helmond Sport when the sides return after the International break.

FC Oss left it late against MVV Maastricht but the away side defeated MVV 0-2, Kevin van Veen netted for Oss on the 84th minute and Fatih Kamaci completed the win as he went on to doubled his sides lead late into added time.


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Eerste Divisie Week 8 Round-up


We begin week 8 of the Eerste divisie with a 2-2 draw between FC Emmen and  Jong Ajax on Friday evening, Jong Ajax led by two goals at half time thanks to Kenny Tete and Robert Murie but the home side came out the stronger after the break and pulled one back on the 49th minute through Luis Pedro Da Silva Ferreira. Alexander Bannink then scored the equaliser for the Emmen on the 83rd minute, the match finished with a share of the spoils 2-2. 
Anthony van den Hurk’s goal for FC Eindhoven was the difference between Eindhoven and VVV-Venlo in a match that either teams could have won, but FC Eindhoven won 1-0.
Although Stanley Elbers put his Helmond Sport side in the lead on the 44th minute against the Limburg side Roda JC, his side couldn’t hold on to the lead, they conceded on the 54th minute when Wiljan Pluim netted for the away side, Roda JC then went on to take the lead and all three points thanks to Rigino Cicilia.
FC Oss led by two goals after 40 minute against Telstar on Saturday evening as Jochem Jansen and Jorzolino Falkenstein netted for the home side, the visiting side pulled a goal back on the 47th minute through Toine Van Huizen but FC Oss held onto the lead and importantly took all three points.
Johan Voskamp,Denis Mahmudov and Jeremy de Nooijer scored for Sparta Rotterdam against Almere City, the three goals from Sparta went unanswered by Almere as they failed to create any clear cut opportunities through out the match, it finished 3-0 to the Rotterdam side.
Achilles 29 were one of only three teams to get a win on their travels this weekend, Achilles trashed the blue and yellow of RKC Waalwijk 0-4, goals coming from Freek Thoone,Thijs Hendriks and Kürsad Sürmeli who netted twice for the away side.
Although De Graafschap dominated possession on Sunday against table toppers NEC Nijmegen they still ended up on the wrong side of the result. NEC defeated De Graafschap 0-2, Anthony Limbombe and Kristjan Emilsson provided the goals for the away side in their two goal victory.
FC Volendam defeated MVV Maastricht 3-0, Henk Veerman opened the scoring for Volendam on the 22nd minute, Kevin Brands then double their lead just before halftime. The match was then put out of reach of MVV when Henk Veerman scored his second of the night and his sides third, Volendam ran out comfortable winners.
Jong PSV knocked five passed FC Den Bosch on Monday night, Clint Leemans,Elvio van Overbeek,Mohamed Rayhi,Aleksandar Boljevic and Jordy de Wijs were on hand to help Jong PSV take a healthy lead against Den Bosch, although the former Irish man Barry Maguire restored some pride as he converted his penalty for the away on the 76th minute, although a Den Bosch come back wasn’t on the cards and the night only got worse for the away side on the 90th minute when Elvis Kabashi received a straight card.
Shadrach Eghan,Felitciano Zschusschen and Jari Oosterwijk got their names on the score sheet as their side Jong FC Twente defeated Fortuna Sittard 3-0. Although Jong Twente were reduced to ten men on the 87th minute as Peet Bijen was shown a straight red. The defeat leaves Fortuna 19th in the table, leaving them with a lot of work to do if they want to finish in a play-off spot by the end of the season.


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Eerste Divisie Week 7 Round-up


Round 7 of the Dutch Eerste Divisie began on Friday evening with seven matches on the opening evening writes Kalkeren Kieran.

We start with a 3-2 win for VVV-Venlo over Almere City FC, the home side were cruising going into half time with a 2-0 lead through goals from Mevlin Platje and Danny Post but Almere came out the stronger of the two sides after the break as the attempted to salving something from the game, Vincent Janssen netted his first goal of the night on the 54th minute to reduce VVV’s lead to one goal, although Mevlin Platje had other ideas and he restored the home sides two goal cusin on the 60th minute. Almere scored late into added time as Janssen scored his second of the night but the match finished 3-2 to VVV.

FC Den Bosch thumped Helmond Sport 3-0 thanks to goals from Erik Quekel,Jordy Thomassen and Edoardo Ceria. The night got worse for the away side when Kevin Gomez-Nieto picked up a second yellow in the closing minutes of the match. Its Ceria’s 4th goal in his last 5 appearances an impressive record as the striker continues to make a name for himself in the league.

Achilles 39 finished 2-2 at home to FC Oss, although both teams are predicted to finish at the foot of the table, it was an exciting encounter with the match producing a countless number of efforts for the two sides. FC Oss lead at the break through Fatih Kamaci but Achilles equalised on the 70th minute when Thijs Hendriks netted for the home side, Twan Smits was shown a straight red just a few minutes after his team had levelled but the 10 men scored again and Hendriks got his second of the night on the 86th minute. FC Oss fought to the end and were rewarded with an equaliser through Kevin van Veen.

Sparta Rotterdam returned to winning ways as the defeated Jong PSV 2-0, Giovanni Hiwat and Johan Voskamp scored for the Rotterdam side as they remain 5th in the table respectably.

Jens van Son and Fries Deschilder both netted for FC Eindhoven as they defeated Fortuna Sittard, the away side looked the strongest throughout the match and dissevered all three points of their travels, the match finished 0-2.

Telstar drew with Jong FC Twente on Friday evening although the home side were in the lead for the most the match thanks to a Felitciano Zschusschen goal on the 28th minute, Jong FC Twente found an equaliser on the 72nd minute through Tarik Tissoudali and the match finished all square at 1-1.

Vlatko Lazic penalty in the 86th minute separated De Graafschap from MVV Maastricht, the match was a poor spectacle throughout but the away side snatched a victory in the closing minutes when Lazic slotted home the penalty.

Anthony Limbombe netted twice in the first half for NEC Nijmegen as his side defeated FC Emmen at home on Saturday evening, although the leagues joint top scorer Sjoerd Ards was shown a straight red early into the second half for the home side, it didn’t affect the match in the slightest as NEC doubled their lead through Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Tom Daemen. The 4-0 win for Brood’s side means they remain joint top of the league and have only conceded 4 times in their opening matches, and impressive record for the NEC defence who will face a spirited De Graafschaap side next weekend.

FC Volendam collected all three points on their journeys this weekend to face the blue and yellow of RKC Waalwijk, Volendam opened the scoring on the 17th minute through Guyon Philips, Ludcinio Marengo then scored for the away side to give them a two goal lead, RKC pulled one back on the 82nd minute when Kenny Anderson scored but the away side had the final say as Kevin Brands scored making it 1-3 to Volendam.

Hicham Faik’s goal on the 50th minute for Roda JC separated the Limburg side from Jaap Stam’s Jong Ajax side, Stams side looked dominant throughout the match but they failed to take their chances and Faik’s goal gave the limburg side a 1 goal lead in which they held onto to take the win 1-0.


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Eerste Divisie Week 5 Round-up


Eight matches were played on Friday evening, we begin with a win for NEC Nijmegen at Helmond Sport writes Kalkeren Kieran.

The away side conceded in the opening minutes through Helmond’s Stanley Elbers but NEC equalised on the 15th minute when the Iran international Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored, it wasn’t long and Jahanbakhsh double NEC’s lead and bagged his second goal of the night. Sjoerd Ards scored twice for the away side, the match finished 4-1 victory for NEC Nijmegen.

FC Den Bosch beat Jong Ajax 2-0, Benjamin van den Broek and Erik Quekel scored for the home side. The defeat for Jong Ajax means the team have lost their last three matches in a row, they face Sparta Rotterdam in round 6.

A 3-0 victory for Fortuna Sittard in round five of the competition, Sittard travelled to Achilles 29 and picked up all three points with Seku Conneh scoring twice and Jordie Briels once, to round up a convincing away win for Sittard, who went into the match after losing their last three matches, Achilles return to the bottom of the table.

Jong PSV hosted FC Eindhoven the away side defeated PSV 3-1, although Maxime Gunst was shown a straight red card on the 20th minute and PSV’s Clint Leemans netted for the home side, FC Eindhoven weren’t hindered by the sending off of their number five, and went on to beat keeper Bertram’s three times as Chiro N’Toko, Snader Heesakkers and Fries Deschilder got their names on the score sheet for the away side.

RKC Waalwijk’s season has continued to disappoint many supporters and their chances of finishing in a Play-off place seems to be in serious doubt, after another defeat during the weekend. This time the blue and yellows were defeated at home by Jong FC Twente 2-1, Jari Oosterwijk and Alvin Daniels put their side into a two goal lead, until Kenny Anderson netted for the home side on the 83rd minute but the Waalwijkers failed to show much defensive discipline, which becoming a habit for the side who fancied their chances of winning the title at the start of the season.

Sparta Rotterdam were trashed at home to FC Volendam, even though Volendam have lost the league’s top scorer Robert Mühren to Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar earlier in the week, Volendam didn’t have trouble finding the back of the net as they went on to beat Sparta 5-0, goals from Ludcinio Marengo, Kevin van Kippersluis(2), Brandley Kuwas and Henk Veerman. The win puts Volendam top of the table with an impressive +15 goal difference.

Telstar defeated Almere City 3-1, Kevin van Essen netted for the home side on the 39th minute, Enzio Bolderwijn of Almere was sent off just before half time, the decision proved to be a massive factor in the match as the ten men of Almere couldn’t handle Telstar’s Ralf Seuntjens who scored twice putting his side into a 3-0 lead until Sander Keller scored for the away side, no doubt keeper Varkevisser will be disappointed that he failed to keep a clean sheet but Telstar’s attention turns to a trip to De Graafschap

FC Emmen faced VVV-Venlo on Friday evening, Niki Maenpaa of VVV was sent off just four minutes into the match putting his side on the back foot from the start, things only got worse for VVV as they conceded on the 6th minute, when Alexander Bannik scored for the visiting side. Although Danny Post equalised for the ten men of Venlo on the 21st minute. FC Emmen netted three more times without any answer from the home side of VVV as Frank Olijve, Cas Peters and Jeffery Altheer scored for their side FC Emmen. VVV were reduced to nine men on the 54th minute as Jerold Promes received a straight red. The match finished 1-4 to FC Emmen, a lack of discipline was the obvious reason the home side faced the heavy defeat.


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Eerste Divisie Week 3 Round-up


The third round of Eerste Divisie fixtures began on Friday evening, with all teams in action that evening in the league, round three consisted of 33 goals and five red cards recorded writes Kalkeren Kieran.

De Goffert stadium in Nijmegen was the venue for NEC’s game against Fortuna Sittard. The home side opened the scoring on the 27th minute as Christian Santos beat Fortuna’s goalkeeper and captain Ferhart Kaya. It didn’t take long and Ruud Brood’s men had their second goal of the night, this time Sjoerds Ards netted for the home side on the 29th minute making it 2-0. Although the celebrations were cut short when Seku Conneh scored for the away side on the 31st minute and at half time NEC led 2-1. In the second half, Brood’s men netted three more times without any answer from the visiting team, Paco van Moorsel, Tom Daemen and Niels Vets all got their names on the scoresheet to the delight of the 8,500 capacity crowd. Former PSV defender Dennis Dengering of Fortuna was shown a straight red in the 61st minute, which resulted in a penalty being awarded to the home side. The match finished 5-1 making it three wins out of three for the Nijmegen club. Peter van Vossen will be disappointed with his team’s performance in the final third, as they failed to convert several chances in the first half.


Roda JC played host to Jean Paul de Jong’s FC Eindhoven and they got off to a great start as Marc Hoecher scored in the ninth minute. The score remained the same until the home side extended their lead on the 54th minute through Johan Plats. Eindhoven pulled one back on 66 minutes when Jens van Son netted but it wasn’t enough and the Limburg side held the lead, the match finished 2-1. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the home side and they will be without Tom van Hyfte and Henk Dijkhuizen for next’s weeks match, as both Roda players seen were awarded red cards by referee Reinold Wiedemeijer.

Achilles 29 travelled to Telstar and Francois Gesthuizen’s men took the lead in the 20th minute through Ralf Seuntjens. The hosts doubled their lead in the 66th minute when Kevin van Essen beat Ter Wielen and sent Gesthuizens side into a comfortable two goal lead, which sealed all three points for Telstar and sent Achilles 29 back home empty handed. Achilles have yet to earn any points in their opening three matches, leaving them bottom of the Eerste Divisie.

VVV Venlo defeated De Graafschap with the only goal of the game came from VVV’s Abdelaziz Khalouta. Another win for Venlo who will be hoping they can continue to beat other teams considered to be contenders like De Graafschap. In round four, VVV travel to FC Oss and De Graafschap host RKC Waalwijk.

Sparta Rotterdam continue to impress under manager Gert Kruys, they travelled to MVV Maastricht and took the win. Kenny Teijesse and Thomas Verhaar both scored for the visitors and it finished 2-0 to the delight of the travelling support.

RKC Waalwijk travelled to FC Den Bosch and the match looked like it was all over when Sandro Calabro found the net in the 84th minute to make it 2-1. FC Den Bosch were down to ten men from an earlier straight red shown to Edoardo Ceria from referee Allard Lindhout. The hosts showed great character and scored twice in the closing minute of normal time to take to victory. Joey Belterman and Erik Quekel scored for Ruud Kaiser’s side, with an added four minutes of stoppage time.

Jaap Stam’s Jong Ajax were destroyed 5-0 by FC Volendam at home in an ill disciplined match for Stam’s men. Ajax’s keeper Peter Leeuwenburgh and Richairo Zivkovic were both sent off by referee Davey Otto. After scoring four goals in the opening round of the season, Robert Muhren got his name back on the score sheet as he netted twice for his side. Henry Schilder, Guyon Philips and Henk Veerman all scored for Volendam as Robert Muhren has now scored six in three games, he is certainly hot property for any side in the Eredivisie.

Jong PSV were also on the end of a 5-0 defeat to FC Emmen. Joop Gall’s side went ahead after just four minutes through Luis Pedro Da Silva Ferreria. Cas Peters went on to score a hat-trick as he netted all three goals in just under twenty minutes. Emmen’s Leandro Resida also scored for Joop Gall’s side as they dished out rounded out the five goal win.

Jong Twente’s Jari Oosterwjk’s 90th minute goal separated the two teams as Fred Grim’s Almere City were denied of a point for their efforts. Twente’s Oosterwijk netted in a last gasp attack to give the travelling fans that made the journey to the Almere City stadium, a welcome trip back to Enschede.

Stanley Elber was on the scoresheet for Helmond Sport for a second week running, as Helmond defeated FC Oss 2-1. The home side scored twice, first from Elber and then Oumar Diouck although Oss got a consolation goal through Dennis Janssen.


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Eerste Divisie Week 2 Round-up


The second week of fixtures in the Eerste Divisie began on Friday evening and were completed on Monday evening. An astonishing 30 goals were scored in the 10 matches played in week two reports Kalkeren Kieran.

A shock result in the Mandemakers Stadium in Waalwijk, when the home side RKC Waalwijk were soundly beaten 4-0 by FC Oss. The travelling support returned with all three points, after Kevin van Vaeen scored a hat-trick and RKC keeper Arjan van Dijk scored an own goal to rub salt into the wounds of the yellow and blue support. After suffering a 4-0 defeat in the opening round to FC Volendam the away side showed great character to knock four goals pass Erwin Koeman’s men.

The Limburgers left it late to defeat the home side Telstar on Friday evening, Marcel Keizers’ side took the lead in the 42th minute though Jonathan Kindermans. Roda JC equalised from the penalty spot on the 57th minute as Marc Hoecher finished well for the away side. Roda took the lead on the 86th minute when Johan Plat netted for the Jon Dahl Tomassons side. The Limburg side made it two out of two and continue to build a great start to life in the Eerste Divisie in their fight for promotion.

MVV Maastricht defeated Jong PSV in De Geusselt. Although PSV took the lead in the 23rd minute, when the talented youngster Jetro Willems scored for the away side. It wasn’t long until MVV found them selfs back on level terms, as Sven Braken netted for Tinie Ruijs’ side on the 30th minute. The winner was scored by Davy Brouwers on the 45th minute and the home side managed to hold the lead and take the all three points.

FC Den Bosch faced VVV-Venlo in De Vliert and the home side won 2-0, both goals were scored by Edoardo Ceria on the 68th and 84th minute. Ruud Kaiser’s Den Bosch side showed great character to defeat VVV, who will be hoping to finish in a promotion spot this season.

After showing great potential last weekend against De Graafschap, FC Emmen never got going in Eindhoven this time around. The home side FC Eindhoven defeated FC Emmen comfortably in a 3-0 win for Jean-Paul de Jong’s men. Road van Hout found the back of the net twice and Chiro N’Toko also netted for the home side.

NEC Nijmegen travelled to the Kras Stadium in Volendam to face Hans de Konings FC Volendam side. The opening goal of the match was scored by new signing Sjoerd Ards of NEC on the 16th minute. The away side then doubled their lead on the 55th minute though the substitute Christian Santos. The match finished 0-2 to NEC, in another victory for the Nijmegen side, next week Ruud Broods men face Fortuna Sittard in De Goffert Nijmegen.

After defeating FC Den Bosch last weekend, Sparta Rotterdam travelled to Achilles 29 in Sportspark De Heikant on Friday evening. The Rotterdam side took an early lead though Daniel Breedijk, it wasn’t until the 52nd minute that Achilles 29 equalised, the goal scored by Thijs Hendriks. Sparta took the lead for the second time in the match, when Thomas Verhaar netted for the away side. Verhaar then sealed the victory for Gert Kruy’s men late in added time with his second goal of the match. Sparta will be trying to make it three out of three when they travel to MVV Maastrict in round three.

Fortuna Sittard lost 0-2 at home to Jong Ajax, Sheraldo Becker opened the scoring for the away side in the 10th minute. Jong Ajax were reduced to 10 men before halftime when Riechedly Bazoer was shown a straight red by referee Ingmar Oostrom, which was the first of three red cards to be handed out that night. Sittard’s Ramon Voorn and Jordy Ter Borgh were both shown straight reds and sent off for the home side. Voorn’s red card led to a penalty being awarded to Jong Ajax, which was slotted away by Richairo Zivkovic on the 55th minute.

De Graafschap defeated Almere City by 3 goals on Saturday evening in De Vijverberg home to De Graafschap. All three goals were scored in the second half, Jerry van Ewijk scored the opener for the home side on the 76th minute, Kristopher Voda and Vincent Vermeij also made their names onto the score sheet as they netted for De Graafschap on the 83rd and 89th minute. The match finished 3-0 to Jan Verman’s De Graafschap side.

The only draw of round two was played out between Jong Twente and Helmond Sport. Jong Twente’s Jesus Manuel Corona scored twice for the home side in the 4th and 8th minute, Helmond Sport replied with a goal from Oumar Diouck in the 17th minute. The away side did not find an equaliser until the 75th minute, when the substitute Stanley Elbers netted for Helmond Sport. Helmond will play host to the spirited FC Oss side in week three, Jong Twente will travel to Almere City to play Fred Grim’s men.


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Eerste Divisie Week 1 Round-up



Twelve teams began their new campaign on the Friday evening, when all matches that evening kicked off at 7.00pm (BST), as the referees blew their whistles around the grounds to signal the start of the match and the start of the 2014/15 season. 

Almere City faced MVV Maastricht at the Mitsubishi Forklift Stadium in Almere. It didn’t take long for the host to take the lead, in fact only twelve minutes into the match and Almere had scored their opening goal of the season, which was scored by Vincent Jansen. After a brilliant start to the game Almere found them self’s going into the dressing room at halftime with a two goal lead, as the number 9 Fabian Serrarens had netted the second goal of the game for the home side in the thirty-ninth minute. The teams returned from the halftime break and things didn’t get any better for Lei Bovens Maastricht side, his team conceded twice more in the fifty-first and fifty-sixth minute, this time Norair Mamedov had put himself on the score sheet and Serrarens had his second of the night. Almere continued to dominate the match and it was all credit to their control of the game in midfield thanks to outstanding performance from Jergie Hoefdraad. The substitute Enzio Boldewijn finished off the match in style as he sent his team into a 4-0 lead and wrapping up the win for the side which was never in doubt. Roy Gebbink can be proud of his side from their first week’s performance, it’s a very positive start to the season from the Almere team, and sadly the same can’t be said about Maastricht. It’s back to the training ground for Bovens side as the face next weekend.


FC Oss played host to FC Volendam as both sides began their season with the away side expecting a victory in their opening match against the weak Oss team. It wasn’t until the 78th minute that the deadlock was broken and it was no surprise that FC Volendam had scored after continues waves of attack from the away side they finally found the back of the net, after the homes defence conceded a penalty which was coolly slotted in by Robert Mühren. This wasn’t the only time that Mühren would find the back of the net as it became a night to remember for the striker, who went on to complete his hat-trick just  10 minutes after scoring the opener. The win for the away side was accursed when Mühren went on to score his fourth of the evening in the 90th minute. It looked like FC Oss were going to hold out for the draw but the match was taken from them after the penalty and Volendam showed the travelling support that they are capable to compete for promotion this season. Positives can be taken from this defeat to Theo van Cleef’s team as they fought bravely to hold out the impressive Mühren and his side. Delight for Erik Heijblok as the number one kept his clean sheet, as he hopes to collect several more clean sheets this season, but no doubt he will face stronger opposition in the coming weeks.

Another side that impressed in their first outing of the new season was VVV-Venlo as the Venlo side took on the Jong FC Twente team in De Koel. As the pride of the south set out to gain promotion this season it started off well for the side, Dyon Gijzen scored the opener for the home side in the 20th minute. The Enschede side continued to press as they went in search of equalisers before half time but instead it led to a straight red card awarded to the VVV player Jerold Promes for a disgraceful tackle just before the half time whistle. The second half was a test of Venlo’s defence who came up with the goods as the team defended for their lives and after spending a full 45 minutes with ten men the opposition failed to capitalize, which meant that VVV held the lead to take all 3 points. The home support will be delighted with the character shown from their team, but question marks ring out over a recognised goal scorer needed by the away side, if not it could be a long season with few goals in store for the Jong Twente team.

Helmond Sport failed to make home advantage count in this one as the away side of Fortuna Sittard took the spoils with a Jasper Waalkens goal in the 80th minute, which left the Helmond keeper Van der Steen less than impressed as he steered at his defence in disgust. The attacking formation of 4-3-3 turned out to be a success for the away side. But it was a busy night for the midfield of Sittard which was occupied by Gulpen, Vlug and Voorn as they put in a great shift for the side. Poor start to the season for the Helmond Sport team, but they can be proud of their efforts tonight, I believe there were several opportunities for the home side to end up on the right side of the score sheet but it wasn’t to be in the opening night of the Eerste Divisie.

Just over 250 kilometres separates the two sides that meet in Emmen tonight, as FC Emmen took on a fancied De Graafschap side. The opening goal of the night was scored from the penalty spot after a costly error from the De Graafschap defence, as Bannink went on to slot the ball into the net from the spot on the 38th minute. Emmen went into the break with a 1-0 lead, to the satisfaction of the home support. Most of the game was played in the middle of the pitch until the 87th minute, when De Grafschap’s Vermij scored for the away side. The two sides shared the points as the game faded out to a 1-1 draw. I personally think the home side can have no complaints as their side showed great character to hold off De Graafschap who will be hoping they can finish in a promotion place preferably occupying round two spot into the playoffs, but it’s a long season and nothing is to be taken for granted by the side, a fair result tonight in this match.


Only one match took place on Saturday evening, When Jong PSV began their campaign at home as they were paid a visit by Achilles 29. The PSV 2nd team took the lead early in the first half with a goal from the Belgian youngster Zakaria Bakkali, the 18 year-old is currently in talks with the English club Liverpool, and no doubt he has a bright future in the game of football. Jong PSV went in 2-0 at halftime, the second goal was scored just before the halftime whistle sounded, when Olivier Rommens netted for the home side. The second half was a complete disappointment compared to the first 45 minutes of the match, Jong PSV failed to extend their lead in the game but Achilles 29 never looked like scoring. Both teams shared the possession but neither was capable of finishing in the final third during the second half.  The home side’s keeper Nigel Bertams wasn’t tested by much and held out for his an opening clean sheet of his season. The matched finished Jong PSV 2, Achilles 0.


Sparta Rotterdam played host to FC Den Bosch in their first match of the 2014/15 season. The opening 45 minutes was a very poor spectacle of football as both sides squandered their opportunities on goal, and pressure mounted on the two side’s defences, as both were hoping they wouldn’t concede an early goal in their new campaigns. The teams went in at half time scoreless. The match didn’t come to live until the 55th minute, when referee Martin van den Kerkhof awarded the away side a penalty for a foul on Barry Maguire. Maguire stepped up to take the penalty and he neatly placed the ball in the back of the neat passed the Sparta goalkeeper Kortsmit. Sparta equalised on the 78th minute from the left back Kenny Teijsse, who is beginning his loan spell at the club from Eredivisie side FC Utrecht. Den Bosch took tip off after conceding, they lost possession rather cheaply in the middle of the park, which lead to another Sparta goal as Johan Voskamp went on to score Sparta’s second goal in the space of two minutes, and put his team 2-1 up in the match. The away side looked dead on their feet after the conceding the two goals in such quick succession, Den Bosch finished the match with 10 men after the number 17 for the away side Boddaert was shown a straight red for dangerous play in the closing minutes of the match. Sparta took all 3 points to the delight of the home fans, although it took the side a long time to find the back of the net, Adri Bogers will be the happier of the two managers after this one. I don’t think both of the two teams look like they can clinch a playoff place this season, but it is very early to call and with the transfer window still open both sides will be hoping they can improve their squad’s depth and quality.

Life began in the Eerste Divisie for last season’s relegated side NEC Nijmegen after spending 20 years in the top flight. De Goffert home of NEC was the venue for the match between home side NEC and visitors FC Eindhoven during a stormy Sunday afternoon in Nijmegen. The home side began lively and created a series of chances but they failed to take their chances until the 35th minute, when the new sighing of Sjoerd Ars scored the opening goal of the match. Delight on the faces of the home supporters and their smiles only grew larger as referee Allard Lindhout pointed to the spot, and another new sighing Tom Daemen stepped up and slotted the ball past goal keeper Muyters. The referee had no other option but to send FC Eindhoven’s defender Durwel off on a straight red card for the challenge inside the box. Putting the home side into a two goal lead going into half time. Ruud Broods side looked in complete control of the match and extended their lead in the 76th minute with a goal from the Iranian international Alireza Jahanbakhsh. FC Eindhoven did pull one back in the 80th minute, when the substitute Torino Hunte scored for the away side, giving the away fans something to celebrate the game was already over for the away side. Jean-Paul de Jong’s side faced a very strong NEC side, whose objective will be to achieve promotion back into the Eredivisie for the 2015/2016 season. FC Eindhoven will now prepare to face FC Emmen this coming Friday. NEC will travel to FC Volendam after both sides won convincingly in the opening week it should be an interesting match in Volendam.



The away side started the match with several newcomers including Steve Olfers, Alair Cruz Vicente, Jonathan Kindermans, Ralf Seuntjens, Anmar Almubaraki and Tarik Tissoudali. The Jong Ajax side was made up of a number of familiar faces to the line-up from the Ajax side in the top flight as Jaap Stam selected a very strong starting eleven including world cup stars Jasper Cillessen and Joël Veltman. The team also included forward Richairo Zivkovic as he hoped to impress the Ajax manager Frank de Boer who watched the match from the stands, also midfielders De Lerin Duarte, Lucas and Andersen all started. It didn’t take long for the red and white of Ajax to take the lead as the 18 year-old Queensy Menig opened the scoring for the home side on the 19th minute. In the opening forty minutes of the match Telstar showed a serious amount of respect towards the home side. Although a series of chances went begging as the white lions failed to make the most of their opportunities, Jong Ajax led 1-0 going into the halftime break. Telstar began the second half in dominant fashion as they went in search of an equaliser but the Ajax side always looked a threat as Lucas Andersen’s shot hit the frame of the goal, the fans didn’t have to wait too long for second goal of the match as Jong Ajax’s Queensy Menig scored his second of the night and put the home side in certainty of taking all three points in the 75th minute of the match. The match was put well out of reach from the Telstar team, when Danish international Lucas Andersen scored his 1st of the night as the Telstar keeper Varkevisser failed to clear the ball and the number 10 of Andersen finished the rebound to make it 3-0 to the home side. The attendance of 1.168 was treated to a game of international class on behalf of the Jong Ajax performance.


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Eerste Divisie preview


A total of 20 teams will take part each week in the Eerste Divisie, also known as the Jupiler League. It will be the fifty-ninth edition of the competition, since its establishment in 1955. The season will run from the beginning of August 2014 until May 2015, as teams fight for promotion into the Dutch top flight – the Eredivisie.


After facing relegation last season from the Eredivisie, Roda JC Kerkrade will begin their new campaign in the Eerste Divisie, also joined by NEC Nijmegen and RKC Waalwijk also faced relegation but this time through the playoff rounds after finishing second and third from bottom in the top flight last season.  All three clubs will be hoping that their time spent in the Eerste Divisie will be short lived, as they battle for promotion during the 2014/15 campaign.


Only the club that tops the table at the end of the season guarantees themselves automatic promotion to the Eredivisie. Teams finishing between second and fifth will enter the second round of the Eredivisie promotion/relegation play-offs, which also gives the sides a chance to qualify for the top flight.

There is also a slight chance for teams who finish the season between sixth and ninth to gain entry into the Eredivisie, as the teams will also enter the Eredivisie play-offs in the first round of the knockout format. The rest of the ten teams finishing from 10th to last will remain in the Eerste Divisie for the following season.


Without a doubt the main objective for the three clubs that have been relegated to the Eerste Divisie will be hoping that they can rejoin the top sides next season, but other clubs such as FC Den Bosch, VVV-Venlo, FC Eindhoven and De Graafschap will all be hoping they can finish in a promotion place, whether it be a round one or two entry into the playoff faze, they will still be in with a chance to gain promotion.

There is also an odd side chance that FC Volendam and Fortuna Sittard may upset the odds and surprise many this season, a chance to battle for a place in the Dutch top flight means high attendees in the ground on match day, which no club would refuse, considering the impotents of finance in clubs these recent years.  The league will be occupied by three reserve teams from Dutch giants – Jong Ajax , Jong PSV and Jong FC Twente. Last season, the PSV youngsters managed to finish ahead of the other two’s ‘B’ teams and ended the season in tenth with a + 5 Goal difference. It is impossible for any of these three sides to gain promotion, due to the fact the clubs already have teams in the top flight.

There is four sides that I believe will struggle to compete in the league this season, they are Almere City , FC Oss , Telstar and Achilles ’29. These sides appear not to have the strength in their squad to compete for any type of silverware or promotion this coming season. All four sides ended the season on a minus goal difference last campaign, and that may not change come the end of the 2015/16 season.

Usually in the Eerste Divisie matches are played on a Friday evening at 7pm (BST) and this weekend is the opening weekend of games in the league.


– Remember the Dutch legend Jaap Stam?  Well, he will manage Jong Ajax this season as he attempts to bring his experience to the players of future who hope to break into Frank de Boer’s  Ajax side.

– Other popular names such as Ruud Kaiser will manage the FC Den Bosch side, Kaiser coached Dutch stars such as Robin Van Persie , Wesley Sneijder , Nigel de Jong and several other current Dutch internationals as he coached the Dutch in the 2005 European Under-17 Championship.

– Many young stars are loaned out from major clubs in the Netherlands to smaller clubs, where they get the chance to show their qualities and learn their trade

– Not forgetting that the fans and atmosphere each week is not to be forgotten as the crowds for the Dutch first division continues to grow.


Every week here at Total Dutch Football, I will doing a ‘Game of the Week’ feature and weekly round-up for the league so stay tuned for full coverage of the 2014/15 season.


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Midweek Eerste Divisie: Willem II steal victory to top league




A Jorge Andrade penalty in the last kick of the game gave Willem II the 2-1 win over De Graafschap to take the Tilburg side top of the Eerste Divisie. Jurgen Streppel’s side now hold pole position for promotion to the Eredivisie, two points clear of second-placed FC Dordrecht with four games to go.

The visitors got off to the perfect start when top scorer Ruud Boymans fired the ball underneath the crossbar from a great Terell Ondaan move from the right wing to put Willem II in front after just four minutes played.

The league leaders held the game into hostage and deterred any De Graafschap attack until twenty minutes of time remaining. The Super Farmers equalised through midfielder Robin Pröpper and when the hosts looked to have stopped Willem II’s title charge, the visitors were awarded a penalty in injury time.

Boymans got bundled over in the area and referee Pol van Boekel pointed to the spot, three minutes into stoppage time. After Jorge Andrade sent Theo Zwarthoed the wrong way, Van Boekel blew for full-time and Willem II had stole all three points to head top of the pile.


DE GRAAFSCHAP: Zwarthoed, Van de Pavert, Lazic (Cavlan 82), Massop, Will, Pröpper, Breinburg, Vermijl, Linssen, Echcharaf (Darri 70), Kabasele.

SUBS NOT USED: Evers, Eltink, Menting, Heusinkveld, Maertzdorf.

GOALS: Pröpper 72.

BOOKINGS: Lazic 36.

WILLEM II: Swinkels, Peters, D. Wuytens, Heymans, Cornelisse, Haemhouts (Ippel 88), Messaoud, S. Wuytens (Heerkens 83), Ondaan (Vicento 28), Boymans, Andrade.

SUBS NOT USED: Meul,  Jallo, Vossebelt, Matheiu.

GOALS: Boymans 5, Andrade 90+3P.

BOOKINGS: Heymans 62.


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Feyenoord proposes a Eerste Divisie team


Feyenoord wishes to follow in the footsteps of Ajax, FC Twente and PSV and have a second team join the Eerste Divisie.

Feyenoord’s technical director Martin van Geel, has stated to Algemeen Dagblad that he thinks the reserves of his side can now be beneficial:“Last season we decided against to joining the Jupiler Legaue when we were offered a position. Joining would have cost us about €700,000 and due to this we decided against it. However, we would now like to join in 2015 and hope that we can also be added.”.

The Rotterdam side have an official partnership with fellow city rivals Excelsior and Van Geel admits this would end as a lot of Feyenoord’s youth prospects head to the Eerste Divisie side on loan.

“If we go to the Jupiler League, this will of course have an effect on the collaboration we have with Excelsior. We could not loan players to Excelsior if we have our own squad in the league.”

On the subject of official partnerships, it was announced today that Feyenoord, have now set up an partnership with Vierde Klasse side RBC Roosendaal.


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Week 34 Eerste Divisie Report: Willem II in pole position


Willem II are now the favourites to earn the automatic promotion spot to the Eredivisie after overcoming league leaders FC Dordrecht 3-1 on Friday night. The Tilburg side stay in second but are now just one point adrift from the top spot with a game in hand over their rivals.

Willem’s top scorer Ruud Boymans, on loan from AZ Alkmaar, lead his side to the all-important victory scoring a double including the opener after just three minutes. Brazilian forward Bruno Andrade got the second just after the half-hour mark to send the hosts in two goals to the good. As Dordrecht pressed for goals to try and get back into the game, Boymans hit his second on 68 minutes to cement all three points. The visitors got a last minute consolation goal through Paul Gladon but Dordrecht will be hoping that De Graafschap can do them a favour on Wednesday, when Willem II travel to Doetinchem in their game in hand.

The biggest win of the weekend was Excelsior 8-0 drubbing of Telstar in game which saw the Rotterdam side five goals up at half-time. Eerste Divisie top scorer Lars Veldwijk took his tally to 25 goals in 33 games with a hat-trick as fellow striker Kevin Vermeulen notched a brace. Scoring was complete by Moroccan midfielder Adil Auassar, Ricky Kruys and Lars Hutten netting the other three goals.

Third-placed VVV Venlo maintain their playoff position with a 2-1 home victory over FC Emmen, thanks to goals from Oguzhan Tuerk and Prince Rajcomar after Ronald Bergkamp had grabbed a equaliser for the away side.


Friday 4th April






Saturday 5th April

MVV 3 – 0 ACHILLES ‘29


Sunday 6th April


Monday 7th April




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Week 32 Eerste Divisie Report: Four-point lead for Dordrecht


With only seven games taking place due to a large amount of police presence issued to work this week’s Nuclear Security Summit 2014 in Den Haag, only two of the top five played with both coming out on top.

Second-placed Willem II were not in action this past Friday evening which allowed FC Dordrecht to stretch their lead to four points on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Jong Twente. Youri Leon put the league leaders ahead after 20 minutes but soon after the half-time break, Kristopher Vida equalised for the Twente reserve side. Two goals in the last six minutes courtesy of Paul Gladon and Genaro Snijders clinched the victory.

VVV-Venlo comfortably sit in third four points ahead of Excelsior in fourth with a hard-fought 3-2 win over FC Oss. Venlo took a first-half lead through a Leon de Kogel penalty, which was the strikers 11th goal of the campaign. After Jorzolino Falkenstein equalised just before the hour mark, VVV stepped it up a gear and regained the lead nine minutes later with Oguzhan Turk grabbing the goal. Dyon Gijzen looked to cement the points six minutes before time, but Johnatan Opuku Agyemang notched in the 90th minute to give Venlo an unnerved few minutes before the full-time whistle.

Jong PSV missed the opportunity to leapfrog into fifth when they fell 3-1 away to Volendam. The division’s top scorer Robert Mühren notched twice to take his tally to 23 in 27 games with a Ludcinio Marengo goal in injury time to seal the win. PSV’s young central defender Menno Koch scored a second-half penalty which proved to be nothing but a consolation.

Ronald Bergkamp scored the only goal of the game in FC Emmen’s win over FC Eindhoven as the highly-rated Abdelmalek El Hasnaout notched Jong Ajax’s only goal in their 1-0 away win to Fortuna Sittard.

Helmond Sport and Telstar cancelled each other in a 1-1 draw with an early Serhat Koç goal giving the hosts the leas but a late Toine van Huizen leveller meant the points were shared.

Down at the bottom, Achilles ’29 gained a point at home to Sparta Rotterdam but they still sit rock bottom on just 22 points.


Friday 21st March









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