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The Eredivisie 2008–09 is the 53rd season of Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. PSV were the reigning champions. The season began on 29 August 2008 with a game between Vitesse Arnhem and FC Groningen and ended on 10 May 2009. A total of 18 teams take part in the league, consisting of 16 who competed in the previous season and two promoted from the Eerste Divisie. The teams promoted from the Eerste Divisie at the end of the previous season were champions FC Volendam, and play-off winners ADO Den Haag. AZ clinched their second title, their first coming in 1981.

Eredivisie
Season2008–09
ChampionsAZ (2nd title)
RelegatedFC Volendam
De Graafschap
Champions LeagueAZ (Group stage)
FC Twente (Third qualifying round)
Europa LeagueSC Heerenveen (Play-off round; via KNVB Cup)
Ajax (Play-off round)
PSV (Third qualifying round)
NAC Breda (Second qualifying round; via playoff)
Goals scored870
Average goals/game2.84
Top goalscorerMounir El Hamdaoui (23)
Biggest home winAjax 7-0 Willem II (12 April 2009)
Biggest away winDe Graafschap 0-6 Ajax (21 December 2008)
Highest scoringPSV 6-2 Ajax (19 April 2009)
Volendam 3-5 PSV (8 February 2009)
Twente 6-2 Sparta (6 December 2008)

Contents

OverviewEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 AZ (C) 34 25 5 4 66 22 +44 80 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Twente 34 20 9 5 62 31 +31 69 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Ajax 34 21 5 8 74 41 +33 68 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
4 PSV 34 19 8 7 71 33 +38 65 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
5 Heerenveen 34 17 9 8 66 57 +9 60 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[a]
6 Groningen 34 17 5 12 53 36 +17 56 Qualification for European competition Playoffs
7 Feyenoord 34 12 9 13 54 46 +8 45
8 NAC Breda (O) 34 13 6 15 44 54 −10 45
9 Utrecht 34 11 11 12 41 44 −3 44
10 Vitesse Arnhem 34 11 10 13 41 48 −7 43
11 NEC 34 9 15 10 41 40 +1 42
12 Willem II 34 10 7 17 35 58 −23 37
13 Sparta Rotterdam 34 9 8 17 46 66 −20 35
14 ADO Den Haag 34 8 8 18 41 58 −17 32
15 Heracles 34 7 11 16 35 53 −18 32
16 Roda JC 34 7 9 18 38 58 −20 30 Qualification for Relegation Playoffs
17 De Graafschap (R) 34 7 9 18 24 68 −44 30
18 Volendam (R) 34 7 8 19 38 67 −29 29 Relegation to Eerste Divisie
Source: ESPN Eredivisie Table
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Heerenveen qualified for the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League 2009–10 by winning the 2008–09 KNVB Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ADO AJX AZ FEY GRA GRO HEE HER NAC NEC PSV RJC SPA TWE UTR VIT VOL WIL
ADO Den Haag 1–1 3–0 2–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–1 2–0 0–1
Ajax 3–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 5–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 7–0
AZ 4–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 6–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 3–1
Feyenoord 3–1 2–2 0–1 1–3 0–0 2–2 5–1 3–1 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 5–2 2–2 5–0 1–1
De Graafschap 2–0 0–6 0–2 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 3–3 2–2 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–0
Groningen 3–0 1–0 0–2 3–1 3–0 2–3 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–4 2–0 2–3 5–0 0–0
Heerenveen 2–2 5–2 3–3 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 5–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 1–0 3–1
Heracles 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0
NAC Breda 0–4 0–3 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 4–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3
N.E.C. (football club) 0–0 2–4 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 6–1 0–0
PSV Eindhoven 6–0 6–2 2–2 1–0 3–0 4–2 2–3 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0
Roda JC 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–4 3–1 2–5 2–2 3–1 0–3 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–1
Sparta Rotterdam 2–5 4–0 0–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 4–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 4–0 0–1
Twente 1–0 0–2 3–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 6–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 6–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–0
Utrecht 3–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–5 3–1 3–3 3–0 4–0 0–0 1–0
Vitesse Arnhem 3–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–4 1–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–2 6–1 3–1 2–2
Volendam 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–3 3–1 2–4 1–1 3–5 3–1 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–2
Willem II 3–3 2–1 2–5 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–3 0–3 2–0 1–2 0–3 2–1 3–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2
Source: Eredivisie.nl (in Dutch)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorersEdit

Play-offsEdit

European competition (best of 3)Edit

Contrary to the play-offs of previous years, only teams placed 6th through 9th compete in a play-off tournament for one spot in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League 2009–10.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team #1 Pts Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg     3rd leg  
Utrecht 3–7 Groningen 3–3 0–4 not played
NAC Breda 7–2 Feyenoord 3–2 4–0 not played

FinalEdit

Team #1 Pts Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg     3rd leg  
NAC Breda 3–1 Groningen 1–1 2–0 not played

RelegationEdit

The 16th and 17th placed teams, along with the teams from Eerste Divisie, participate in a play-off for two spots in 2009–10 Eredivisie.

Round 1Edit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Telstar 0–1 MVV 0–0 0–1
TOP Oss 0–3 Dordrecht 0–2 0–1

Round 2 (best of 3)Edit

Team #1 Pts Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg     3rd leg  
MVV 1–4 De Graafschap 2–3 2–2 not played
Excelsior 1–4 RKC Waalwijk 1–2 1–1 not played
FC Zwolle 3–6 Cambuur 2–1 1–3 0–2
Dordrecht 1–4 Roda JC 1–1 0–1 not played

Round 3 (best of 3)Edit

Team #1 Pts Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg     3rd leg  
RKC Waalwijk 6–3 De Graafschap 2–0 1–2 1–0
Cambuur 3–3 (p. 1–3) Roda JC 0–0 1–1 2–2 (aet)

RKC Waalwijk and Roda JC will play in Eredivisie 2009–10.

Facts and statisticsEdit

  • Ajax lost the opening match 2–1 away at Willem II. This was Ajax' first opening round defeat since the 1988–89 season.
  • Ajax and Feyenoord both lost their opening matches. The last times this happened was in the 1965–66 season.
  • ADO Den Haag topped the league table after two matches. The last time ADO was in first place was on 16 January 1971.
  • NAC Breda led the Eredivisie after round six. This was the first time in club history that NAC were in first place of the Eredivisie.
  • A record 6,067,288 spectators passed through the turnstiles, an average of 19,827 per match.

Television rightsEdit

The Dutch public broadcaster NOS broadcast the match highlights after beating rival broadcaster RTL for the contract. The new pay-per-view channel Eredivisie Live broadcast the live matches.[1]

In Australia the Eredivisie was broadcast live and exclusive by Setanta Sports.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eredivisie Live launches 29 August". Broadband TV News. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-07-15.