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Eredivisie Team Of The Week – Round 5


Welcome to week five of our Eredivisie Team of the Week which leads into our Eredivisie ‘Player of the Season’ competition.  All players have performed so well this weekend that Martijn Hilhorst and Will Burns have decided they should be in our team of the week.  Each player in the eleven receives one point and whichever player is declared ‘Player of the Week’, he receives an extra point.



KENNETH VERMEER – FEYENOORD: Deserved clean sheet that protected all three points for Feyenoord against an persistent Willem II side.


SANTIAGO ARIAS – PSV: The Colombian faces a tough test against former team-mate Memphis Depay on Tuesday night but he prepared superbly in the 6-0 win over Cambuur with an assist.

SEAN KLAIBER – FC UTRECHT: Commanding display at right-back in Utrecht’s 2-1 win over Vitesse. Great attacking outing.

TIMO LETSCHERT – FC UTRECHT: The big central defender was untroubled by Vitesse in Utrecht’s excellent 2-1 win over Vitesse.

RAJKO BREŽANČIĆ – FC TWENTE: Great debut from Twente’s new Serbian left-back and a great goal to match in a 2-2 draw with Ajax.


REICHEDLY BAZOER – AJAX: The youngster improves with every outing and was influential in Ajax’s comeback against FC Twente.

MARKUS HENRIKSEN – AZ ALKMAAR: Two quick fire goals for AZ in their first win of the season over De Graafschap.

HAKIM ZIYECH – FC TWENTE: The playmaker notched a spot-kick and was an constant thorn in Ajax’s side in Twente’s 2-2 draw.


LARS VELDWIJK – PEC ZWOLLE: The loanee from Nottingham Forest notched a hat-trick in Zwolle’s 3-0 win over Excelsior which makes him our PLAYER OF THE WEEK.

LUUK DE JONG – PSV: The big target man will not get an easier hat-trick than he did in the first-half against SC Cambuur on Sunday. Took all three goals well.

JÜRGEN LOCADIA – PSV: The youngster seems to have patch things up with coach Philip Cocu and scored twice after coming off the bench in PSV’s 6-0 demolition of Cambuur.

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A brilliant attacking display from Depay & Co. sends PSV to the top of the table as both Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum get braces with Jurgen Locadia getting one and Aleksandr Damcevski scoring an own goal while NAC’s star performer Adnane Tighadouini pulled one back for the away side while the game was still at 2-0. The six goals cover up a sloppy defensive display that would have been severely punished against top sides.  

PSV came into today’s game knowing a win would send them top after Feyenoord could only draw last night against Heerenveen and the rest of the division were still to play. In their last game PSV beat Willem II 3-1 in a unconvincing performance while NAC Breda suffered a disappointing opening day draw at home against newly-promoted side Excelsior who are the type of team that NAC need to beat to avoid relegation. PSV started the game with a team all either 23 years old or younger which certainly bodes well for the future of PSV. 

Before PSV’s first goal on 20 minutes the game was pretty even with both sides only having half-chances. PSV started very sloppily with players giving the ball away too often including left back Tamata who attempted a back pass which went out for a goal kick near the corner flag. Adnane Tighadouini of NAC impressed early on playing on the left side of a front three. He repeatedly got the better of Santiago Arias at right back and was probably the best player in the first half. The best early chance came from NAC’s new man upfront Kingsley Boateng who drove past a couple of defenders before trying an attempt from a tight angle which was well saved by Zoet.

Then came PSV’s first goal which was a result of a misplaced pass from Depay in the middle of NAC’s half, it was intended for Luuk de Jong but it went behind him and Wijnaldum ran into the box before taking it in his stride and slotting the ball home into the bottom right corner of the net. Then came a period of PSV domination in which PSV hardly left NAC’s half. The pressure paid off in the 25th minute when Depay passed to Arias who ran down the wing and crossed it low for de Jong, only for NAC debutant Aleksandar Damchevski to deflect the ball into his own net.

However, NAC did get themselves back into the game in the 29th minute when the impressive Tighadouini got on the ball and slid a pass through to Erik Falkenburg who was running clear before being brought down by a pull from Arias for a penalty. Tighadouini then stepped up to score the penalty, which brought the game into a more level playing field. Their goal was followed up quickly by two chances from Tighadouini who both times cut inside a poor Arias and attempted an effort into the top corner, one of which went just wide while the other was tipped over by Zoet.

The second half started off badly for NAC with Tighadouini had to come off in the 48th minute due to an ankle injury he had sustained in the early stages of the game. Just after the substitution Falkenburg had a great chance to bring NAC level with a close range effort that was well saved by Zoet. This was quickly followed by a brilliant free kick from Memphis Depay, exactly 21.3 metres out thanks to the on-screen graphics, which curled over the wall and into the right hand side of the net to send the home side two goals clear.

This beckoned the crumbling of the NAC defence, two minutes later Jurgen Locadia drove the ball into the top corner from outside the box after he was set up by a lovely deft De Jong back-heel. This was then followed by yet another goal, this time from Wijnaldum to make it 5-1, he received the ball in an area of space inside the box before lifting the ball into the corner of the net, unforgivable defending from NAC. Despite being 5-1 up and in a seemingly comfortable position PSV still appeared vulnerable to attack from NAC and had they been more accurate with their final balls they could’ve had a couple of goals.

In the 73 minute however Depay got his second from an almost identical free kick to his first to finish off the rout. This well and truly took the wind out of NAC’s sails and they barely threatened after this as the game wound down to the final whistle.

Overall, Phillip Cocu will be extremely pleased with his side’s attacking prowess but will be concerned at the ease in which NAC managed to create some of their attacks from the wing especially, both Arias and Tamata were substituted before the end after poor defensive performances.


PSV: Zoet, Arias (Hendrix 73), Bruma, Rekik, Tamata (Brenet 46), Wijnaldum (Vloet 78), Hiljemark, Maher, Locadia, De Jong, Depay.

SUBS NOT USED: Pasveer, Narsingh, Jozefzoon, Vloet, Ritzmaier.

GOALS: Wijnaldum 21 & 57, Damcevski 25OG, Depay 51 & 73, Locadia 53.

BOOKINGS: Arias 29.

NAC: Ten Rouwelaar, Ssewankambo, Drost, Damcevski, Amieux, De Kamps, Falkenburg, Matic, Hooi (Seuntjens 69), Boateng, Tighadouini (Sarpong 49).

SUBS NOT USED: Babos, De Roover, Sarpong, Suk, Swerts, Van der Weg.

GOALS: Tighadouini 30P.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Memphis Depay (PSV)


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Philip Cocu’s PSV was uninspiring away to Eredivisie new boys Willem II but still came away with a 3-1 win in the final game of the weekend.

PSV exploded out the blocks and harried Willem II into two defensive mistakes that resulted in two goals in the first ten minutes. First off, Kostas Lamprou making his debut for the Tilburg side since joining on loan from Feyenoord, dramatically rushed out of his goal on seven minutes to meet the ball a few yards outside of the area. After the keeper took an awful touch, the ball flick up in the air which allowed Jürgen Locadia to nod the ball out of the goalie’s path. The striker then aimed the ball towards goal and Jordan Peters hurried back but was unable to clear off the line and PSV were a goal ahead.

The lead was doubled minutes later after another horrific mistake. After a pass back went wrong from Robbie Haemhouts, Memphis Depay collected the ball twisted and turned the Willem II defence and place a low drive inside Lamprou’s post. The fans inside the Koning Willem II Stadion were booing, apart from the 500 PSV fans in the south east corner.

The Eindhoven side looked like they were going to go on a rout, however the Eredivisie newcomers collected themselves and put up a fight and even grabbed a goal back before the break. The exciting Terrel Ondaan got past Luuk de Jong on the right and fired in a low ball into the area. Brazilian striker Bruno Andrade collected the loose ball, spun his defender and finished from close range, a great goal.

The relegation contenders looked anything but after the goal as Cocu’s men were on the ropes and had Jeroen Zoet to thanks for retaining the lead. Before the break, the PSV keeper parried a great effort from long range by Ondaan.

After the interval, as the torrential rain came down, Willem II should have been level within eight minutes of the restart. Andrade whipped a vicious ball towards the back post from the right wing which Ben Sahar connected with his head and nodded back across goal. Belgian midfielder Stijn Wuytens was a metre out and headed the ball straight at Zoet, easy enough for the keeper to catch. A terrible miss by the former PSV midfielder.

Zoet held firm for the remainder of the game and PSV wrapped up the points with less than 15 minutes to go. Depay placed a perfect ball through to Georginio Wijnaldum in the area and the midfielder was tripped by Lamprou, who immediately received his marching orders from referee Kevin Blom. Depay easily dispatched the remaining penalty to seal the win.


WILLEM II: Lamprou, Peters, Ondaan (Vicento 67), Haemhouts, Messaoud, Andrade (Meul 75), Sahar (Ippel 80), D. Wuytens, Heymans, Cornelisse, S. Wuytens.

SUBS NOT USED: Heerkens, Vossebelt, Zanelli, Deckers.

GOALS: Andrade 40.

BOOKINGS: Messaoud 50, Andrade 61, Peters 68.

SENT OFF: Lamprou 73.

PSV: Zoet, Brenet, Bruma, Hendrix, Tamata, Maher (Ritzmaier 80), Wijnaldum, Hiljemark, Locadia (Narsingh 81), De Jong, Depay (Jozefzoon 85).

SUBS NOT USED: Pasveer, Arias, Vloet, Koch.

GOALS: Locadia 7, Depay 10 & 76P.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Memphis Depay (PSV)


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Who could be Eredivisie 2014/15 top scorer?

The top goal scorer in the Eredivisie last season was won by the Icelandic international and SC Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason. He top scored with 29 goals proving that he was worthy of his market value.

Although this coming season, the Eredivisie will not be home to the likes of Finnbogason or the runner-up of last season’s title Graziano Pellè, who scored 23 goals last term for Feyenoord.

Both strikers have left the league for their new clubs. Finnbogason signing for the La Liga side Real Sociedad and Pellè joined his former manager Ronald Koeman at Premier League side Southampton.

As both first and second place top scorers of the league last season have departed along with other competitors such as Dušan Tadić. The Serbian international notched 16 times last season and finished fourth top goal scorer for his club FC Twente. Tadić has also recently transferred to Southampton and this leaves a massive opportunity for other young talented players to make a name for themselves this coming season.

Here are a number of players that I consider will be competing to win the ‘Golden Boot’ in the Eredivisie.


The Dutch born striker who plays for FC Twente showed us why he deserves to play for the Jong Oranje last year as he went on to score 14 goals, unlike other strikers strangely none of his goals came from the penalty spot. His playing style has led the media to compare him to the French legend Thierry Henry and he also holds the all-time Netherlands Under-17s leading goalscorer honour.

Twente lost their top scorer from last season Tadić, this should mean that the club will rely on Castaignos even more during the coming season to provide them with more goals than he usually is expected to score.


I have high expectations for this AZ Alkmaar striker during the 2014/15 campaign. During last term, he managed to score 17 finishing third behind Finnbogason and Pellè.

He is also returning from the World Cup in Brazil, where he represented the United States during their very successful campaign. Jóhannsson made his World Cup debut during America’s opening match against Ghana, coming on for the injured Jozy Altidore, himself a former player for AZ. His experience was short lived though, as he made very little impact and did not play in their last three matches of the tournament.

The 23-year-old will have to undergo ankle surgery and will be out for the opening six to eight weeks of the season. Considering the only two players that scored more goals than him last season have both left the league means that he should be in with a shout this season no matter if he misses the opening few weeks of the season for AZ.


This left winger for PSV Eindhoven has always come up with the goals when their needed, but most importantly his World Cup success with the Dutch, finishing third overall in the competition, will come as a massive learning curve for this young talent. After scoring twice during the tournament, Depay’s confidence will be sky high coming into the start of the season. Once Depay is given the license to play an attacking role for his side then he should bag more than his fair share of goals during the 2014-15 campaign.


The number 10 for Feyenoord is sure to score more than a few this season. The departure of Pellè will mean that more will be expected of Immers and he has proven that he is a threat to any defence in the league after notching 12 times last campaign.

This attacking midfielder should be more than just competing for the Eredivisie championship this season.


Other names such as NAC Breda’s new signing Erik Falkenburg will also be attempting to make an impact at his new club and to become the top goalscorer would be the perfect way to do it.

Names such as Bryan Linssen (Heracles), Jens Toornstra (FC Utrecht) and Jurgen Locadia (PSV) are players that cannot be ruled out to challenge for the title of leading goalscorer in the Eredivisie during the upcoming campaign.


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The greats of the PSV forward line

At PSV’s Philips Stadion, two prominent statues guard the main entrance. In glorious bronze, the contributions made by two Eindhoven greats is preserved forever. Coen Dillen and Willy van der Kuijlen were that influential.

The former played in excess of 400 games for PSV and, in scoring 288 goals, became a standard-bearer for a future procession of lethal strikers. The latter, known affectionately as Mr. PSV due to eighteen years of loyal service, scored an untouchable 311 goals for the club whilst eclipsing many of Dillen’s records. The rich lineage of prolific PSV goalscorers started with two legends; with Dillen in the 40s and 50s, and van der Kuijlen in the 60s and 70s. Now, as PSV search for the next great forward capable of earning a Stadion statue, it’s fitting that we explore a city and it’s enduring love of goals.

The succession of legendary PSV forwards extended from Dillen and van der Kuijlen and encompassed some of the games greatest-ever players. It’s a legacy of goalscorers which includes Romário, one of the few known men to score 1,000 career goals and to be branded a “genius” by Johan Cruyff. The vaunted Brazilian spent five years in Eindhoven, winning the affection of fans who were thrilled by his mercurial brilliance around the penalty-area. When Romário moved to Barcelona in 1993, many worried about PSV.

However, management created a new striking tandem: Ronaldo and Luc Nilis. In time, Ronaldo would play for the likes of Real Madrid and Internazionale, and win two World Cups with Brazil. However, from 1994-96, he was a raw phenom who illuminated the Eredivisie with a wide array of silky skills and incredible goals. He was lauded in Eindhoven. Nilis stayed around for six years, demonstrating himself as a complete player capable of scoring all manner of goals. In later years, he was paired with another PSV prodigy, Ruud van Nistelrooy, who wooed Lighttown with a similar variety of skill and predatory instinct. I grew-up watching Mateja Kežman. He is a player all-too-frequently derided for a difficult spell in England with Chelsea. I’ve watched a lot of football, however, and I’m still yet to see any goalscorer as good as Kežman in the early Millennium. He was untouchable in front of goal, earning the moniker Doelpuntenmachine from the adoring PSV masses. It was a privilege to watch.

The seven players mentioned combined to score 1085 goals for PSV Eindhoven. Just four of the players, namely Romário, Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy and Kežman, earned the club £55 million in transfer fees. It’s those goals, and that income, which has kept PSV relevant throughout the decades; allowed it to become a club capable of renewing itself as with more modern eras. The goals also brought trophies: PSV has twenty-one Eredivisie titles, one European Cup, and a UEFA Cup triumph. In Eindhoven, great weight is given to the currency of goals.

However, PSV is enduring its longest drought in twenty years. The club is without an Eredivisie championship since 2008; without full-time Champions League football since a similar mark. A solitary KNVB Beker and Johan Cruyff Shield is all they have won in five years. During this stretch, PSV have been noticeably devoid of that one predatory striker which once so signified their style. Sure, they have never struggled to score goals, with impressive totals in all those seasons. However, in the past half-decade, PSV have been more reliant on wide players and midfielders to score their goals; players like Jefferson Farfán, Balázs Dzsudzsák, and Dries Mertens finishing as top-scorers. What is the problem, I hear you ask, so long as PSV win?

The defence is surely more of problem, you may argue? Nevertheless, there is a fine difference between a goal-scorer and a scorer-of-goals. In order to win an Eredivisie championship, a poacher is required to rescue three points at difficult away games, to feed off scraps and earn a victory even without playing well, to breed confidence into fans and teammates alike that they always have hope. Every elite team needs a Kežman, a van Nistelrooy, a Nilis.

Do PSV currently have one? It’s difficult to assess. In 19-year old Jürgen Locadia, they have a player with potential to become such a predator. The Emmen-born forward has already demonstrated his clinical ability in the penalty area, entering PSV folklore with a 22-minute hat-trick in his Eredivisie debut last season. As reward, he was given a five-year professional contract and, with an increased role in First Team affairs, scored a further hat-trick in the KNVB Beker semi-final, in addition to netting in the final. He currently has a record of 12 goals in 26 PSV appearances, which is a tremendous return. Locadia is sensational in front of goal. He is also young. These ingredients unfortunately make him a convenient late-game substitute for Phillip Cocu at present, with the forward being used either when PSV desperately need a goal or when they’re comfortably ahead. Accordingly, until Locadia begins to play ever week, it’s difficult to furnish him with the teams main goal-scoring burden.

The player he is attempting to oust in the PSV forward line is the enigmatic Tim Matavž. When the 24-year old Slovenian arrived from Groningen on Deadline Day 2011, there was tremendous expectation; many feeling that Matavž was at the right club to really develop his game and become a force in front of goal. In a purely statistical sense, Matavž has done just that, reaching the 20-goal plateau in his first two PSV seasons, and thus far holding a record of 42 goals from 86 appearances. However, many are still skeptical as to whether Matavž is the arch-poacher who can really drive PSV to an Eredivisie crown. It’s difficult to watch Matavž at times; he seems to score wonderful, unexpected goals, yet struggle with the ‘easier’ chances. Despite his first leg goal against Milan, I’m still not entirely certain that Matavž is the man who is going to score when PSV need it the most. The fact that Cocu regularly replaces the Slovenian with Locadia late in close games substantiates this point. Matavž will likely score twenty goals per season, but the debate persists as to whether he can add his name to the list of great PSV strikers.

It’s vitally-important that PSV find a reliable source of goals this season. If they have serious Title aspirations, somebody will have to step-up and provide regular punctuation to their often-exquisite approach play. In such a demanding football city, the difference between ‘good’ and ‘great’ is eminently clear. Matavž has a long way to go before he is cast in bronze beside Dillen and van der Kuijlen. Locadia might just get there before him.


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