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The 2018–19 Eredivisie was the 63rd season of the Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. The season began on 10 August 2018 and concluded on 15 May 2019; the Europa League and relegation play-offs will take place later that month. PSV were the defending champions. Emmen, De Graafschap and Fortuna Sittard joined as the promoted clubs from the 2017–18 Eerste Divisie. They replaced Sparta Rotterdam, Twente and Roda JC who were relegated to the 2018–19 Eerste Divisie.

Eredivisie
Season2018–19
Dates10 August 2018 – 15 May 2019
ChampionsAjax (34th title)
RelegatedNAC Breda
De Graafschap
Excelsior
Champions LeagueAjax
PSV Eindhoven
Europa LeagueFeyenoord
AZ
FC Utrecht
Matches played306
Goals scored1,061 (3.47 per match)
Top goalscorerDušan Tadić
Luuk de Jong
(28 goals each)
Biggest home winAjax 8–0 De Graafschap
(16 December 2018)
Biggest away winADO Den Haag 0–7 PSV Eindhoven
(15 September 2018)
Highest scoringHeracles Almelo 4–5 Excelsior
(12 May 2019)
Longest winning run13 matches
PSV Eindhoven
Longest unbeaten run13 matches
PSV Eindhoven
Longest winless run10 matches
Excelsior
NAC Breda
Longest losing run7 matches
Excelsior
Highest attendance53,720
Lowest attendance3,811
Total attendance5,509,186
Average attendance18,004

TeamsEdit

A total of 18 teams took part in the league: The best fifteen teams from the 2017–18 season, two promotion/relegation playoff winners (FC Emmen and De Graafschap) and the 2017–18 Eerste Divisie runners-up (Fortuna Sittard). FC Emmen will play in the Eredivisie for the first time in their history.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Club Location Venue Capacity
ADO Den Haag The Hague Cars Jeans Stadion 15,000
Ajax Amsterdam Johan Cruyff Arena 54,990
AZ Alkmaar AFAS Stadion 17,023
De Graafschap Doetinchem De Vijverberg 12,600
Emmen Emmen De Oude Meerdijk 8,600
Excelsior Rotterdam Van Donge & De Roo Stadion 4,500
Feyenoord Rotterdam De Kuip 51,177
Fortuna Sittard Sittard Fortuna Sittard Stadion 10,300
Groningen Groningen Noordlease Stadion 22,550
Heerenveen Heerenveen Abe Lenstra Stadion 27,224
Heracles Almelo Almelo Polman Stadion 12,080
NAC Breda Breda Rat Verlegh Stadion 19,000
PEC Zwolle Zwolle MAC³PARK Stadion 14,000
PSV Eindhoven Philips Stadion 36,500
Utrecht Utrecht Stadion Galgenwaard 23,750
Vitesse Arnhem GelreDome 21,248
VVV-Venlo Venlo Seacon Stadion – De Koel 8,000
Willem II Tilburg Koning Willem II Stadion 14,500

Personnel and kitsEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
ADO Den Haag   Alfons Groenendijk   Aaron Meijers Erreà Cars Jeans
Ajax   Erik ten Hag   Matthijs de Ligt Adidas Ziggo
AZ   John van den Brom   Guus Til Under Armour AFAS Software
De Graafschap   Henk de Jong   Sven Nieuwpoort Nike Flexfactory
Emmen   Dick Lukkien   Anco Jansen Beltona Noordlease
Excelsior   André Hoekstra   Ryan Koolwijk Quick DSW Zorgverzekeraar
Feyenoord   Giovanni van Bronckhorst   Robin van Persie Adidas Qurrent
Fortuna Sittard   René Eijer [nl]   Wessel Dammers Masita Sparr Finance
Groningen   Danny Buijs   Mike te Wierik Puma Payt
Heerenveen   Johnny Jansen [nl]   Stijn Schaars Jako GroenLeven
Heracles   Frank Wormuth   Robin Pröpper Acerbis Asito
NAC Breda   Mitchell van der Gaag   Menno Koch Legea CM Payments
PEC Zwolle   Jaap Stam   Bram van Polen Craft Molecaten
PSV   Mark van Bommel   Luuk de Jong Umbro Energiedirect.nl
Utrecht   Dick Advocaat   Willem Janssen Hummel Zorg van de zaak
Vitesse   Leonid Slutsky   Maikel van der Werff Macron Droomparken
VVV-Venlo   Maurice Steijn   Danny Post Masita Seacon Logistics
Willem II   Adrie Koster   Jordens Peters Robey Destil

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Excelsior   Mitchell van der Gaag End of contract 1 July 2018[1] Pre-season   Adrie Poldervaart 1 July 2018[2]
Fortuna Sittard   Cláudio Braga [nl] End of interim spell 1 July 2018   René Eijer [nl] 1 July 2018
Groningen   Ernest Faber End of contract 1 July 2018   Danny Buijs 1 July 2018
Heerenveen   Jurgen Streppel End of contract 1 July 2018   Jan Olde Riekerink 1 July 2018
Heracles Almelo   John Stegeman End of contract 1 July 2018   Frank Wormuth 1 July 2018
NAC Breda   Stijn Vreven End of contract 1 July 2018   Mitchell van der Gaag 1 July 2018
PSV   Phillip Cocu Signed by Fenerbahçe 1 July 2018   Mark van Bommel 1 July 2018
Vitesse   Edward Sturing End of interim spell 1 July 2018   Leonid Slutsky 1 July 2018
Willem II   Reinier Robbemond End of interim spell 1 July 2018   Adrie Koster 1 July 2018
FC Utrecht   Jean-Paul de Jong Sacked 4 September 2018 11th   Dick Advocaat 12 September 2018
PEC Zwolle   John van 't Schip Sacked 19 December 2018 15th   Jaap Stam 28 December 2018
Excelsior   Adrie Poldervaart Resigned 4 April 2019 [3] 15th   André Hoekstra 4 April 2019
Heerenveen   Jan Olde Riekerink Sacked 10 April 2019 [4] 10th   Johnny Jansen [nl] (caretaker) 10 April 2019

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Ajax (C) 34 28 2 4 119 32 +87 86 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
2 PSV Eindhoven 34 26 5 3 98 26 +72 83 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
3 Feyenoord 34 20 5 9 75 41 +34 65 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round[a]
4 AZ 34 17 7 10 64 43 +21 58 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round[a]
5 Vitesse 34 14 11 9 70 51 +19 53 Qualification to European competition play-offs[b]
6 Utrecht (O) 34 15 8 11 60 51 +9 53
7 Heracles Almelo 34 15 3 16 61 68 −7 48
8 Groningen 34 13 6 15 39 41 −2 45
9 ADO Den Haag 34 12 9 13 58 63 −5 45
10 Willem II 34 13 5 16 58 72 −14 44
11 Heerenveen 34 10 11 13 64 73 −9 41
12 VVV-Venlo 34 11 8 15 47 63 −16 41
13 PEC Zwolle 34 11 6 17 44 57 −13 39
14 Emmen 34 10 8 16 41 72 −31 38
15 Fortuna Sittard 34 9 7 18 50 80 −30 34
16 Excelsior (R) 34 9 6 19 46 79 −33 33 Qualification to Relegation play-offs[c]
17 De Graafschap (R) 34 8 5 21 38 75 −37 29
18 NAC Breda (R) 34 5 8 21 29 74 −45 23 Relegation to Eerste Divisie
Source: eredivisie.nl
Rules for classification: Season in progress: 1) Most points won; 2) Less points lost; 3) Goal difference; 4) Goals scored; 5) Alphabetical order; End of season: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Play-off if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw. 8) Penalty shoot-out (only after a play-off)[5]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Since the winners of the 2018–19 KNVB Cup, Ajax, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the KNVB Cup winners (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the third-placed team and the spot awarded to the third-placed team (Europa League second qualifying round) was passed to the fourth-placed team.
  2. ^ Four teams play for a spot in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.
  3. ^ Ten teams, two from the Eredivisie and eight from the Eerste Divisie, play for two spots in the 2019–20 Eredivisie. The remaining eight teams play in the 2019–20 Eerste Divisie.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ADO AJA AZ EMM EXC FEY FOR GRA GRO HEE HER NAC PEC PSV UTR VIT VVV WIL
ADO Den Haag 1–5 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–7 5–0 3–3 2–4 6–2
Ajax 5–1 5–0 5–0 6–2 3–0 4–0 8–0 3–0 4–4 1–1 5–0 2–1 3–1 4–1 4–2 6–0 2–0
AZ 2–3 1–0 5–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–0 1–0 2–3 2–1 5–0 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 0–2
Emmen 3–2 2–5 1–4 1–2 1–4 3–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–2
Excelsior 2–4 1–7 4–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–4 3–3 0–3 1–2 0–2 0–2 3–3 2–0 1–0 1–1
Feyenoord 0–2 6–2 2–1 4–0 3–0 0–2 4–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 4–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–1 2–3
Fortuna Sittard 0–0 0–2 0–3 3–1 4–1 1–4 3–1 0–0 2–4 3–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–4
De Graafschap 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 5–1 0–1 0–5 1–2 3–0 0–2 1–4 0–1 2–2 1–2 2–1
Groningen 1–0 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 5–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–1
Heerenveen 1–1 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–5 3–1 0–3 1–1 3–5 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–2 4–2
Heracles Almelo 4–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 4–5 0–2 6–0 4–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–4 1–5 3–2 4–1 3–4
NAC Breda 1–1 0–3 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–3 3–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–2
PEC Zwolle 2–3 1–4 0–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 5–0 0–3 3–2 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–3 0–2 2–4 2–3
PSV Eindhoven 3–1 3–0 3–1 6–0 6–0 1–1 5–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–0 4–0 6–1
Utrecht 3–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–2 2–1 5–0 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–1
Vitesse 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 6–1 5–1 2–2 4–0 4–1 4–1 3–3 2–1 2–1 3–2
VVV-Venlo 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–3 1–0 0–3 3–2 4–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–6 1–3 2–1
Willem II 0–3 1–4 2–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 3–2 3–2 1–2 1–5 5–0 2–0 2–0 0–3 0–1 1–3 0–1
Source: eredivisie.nl
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round.

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Ajax8632222222222222222222222222111111
PSV Eindhoven3211111111111111111111111111222222
Feyenoord15753333333333333333333333344333333
AZ1124555669657765754444444433444444
Vitesse2368677575764676545555555576776755
Utrecht171310111415161297575544466666766655557566
Heracles Almelo114115444444446457688887677767665677
Groningen16181516181817171818181616161416151316151299898109899988
ADO Den Haag1316126109108101112131013121111121311131012121214131312111210109
Willem II149478891111131411131111131299910121011119889888910
Heerenveen5581012121191289912988101011131515119810910101010111111
VVV-Venlo787976675688889987777881010111111131311131212
PEC Zwolle12171815161412101412131515141515161412101113151513121212111213121313
Emmen611161491014141516161214151612131514161416161616171717151515151414
Fortuna Sittard10141718111115151314101091010109111012911131314131414141414141515
Excelsior9159131313813810111411121314141615141614141415151515171716171616
De Graafschap4101312151613161615151717171818181818171717171717161616161617161717
NAC Breda18121417171718181717171818181717171717181818181818181818181818181818
Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
Qualification to European competition play-offs
Qualification to Relegation play-offs
Relegation to Eerste Divisie

Season statisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club Games Goals Penalties Average per game
1.   Luuk de Jong PSV Eindhoven 34 28 00 0.82
  Dušan Tadić Ajax 34 11 0.82
3.   Adrián Dalmau Heracles Almelo 31 19 00 0.61
4.   Hirving Lozano PSV Eindhoven 30 17 04 0.57
  Abdenasser El Khayati ADO Den Haag 33 06 0.52
6.   Robin van Persie Feyenoord 25 16 00 0.64
  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Ajax 28 01 0.57
  Hakim Ziyech Ajax 29 00 0.55
  Sam Lammers Heerenveen 31 05 0.52
  Michel Vlap Heerenveen 34 00 0.47

Source: nos.nl[6]

Hat-tricks(+)Edit

Rnd Player Club Goals Date Home Score Away
3   Fran Sol Willem II   34'   52' (p)   70' 26 August 2018 Willem II 5–0 Heracles Almelo
4   Abdenasser El Khayati ADO Den Haag   21' (p)   45'+1'   65'   69' 1 September 2018 Excelsior 2–4 ADO Den Haag
16   Daley Blind Ajax   65'   74'   90' 16 December 2018 Ajax 8–0 De Graafschap
16   Hakim Ziyech Ajax   32'   62'   69' 16 December 2018 Ajax 8–0 De Graafschap
18   Fabian Serrarens De Graafschap   27'   30'   66' 20 January 2019 De Graafschap 5–1 Fortuna Sittard
20   Luuk de Jong PSV Eindhoven   54'   76'   87' 3 February 2019 PSV Eindhoven 5–0 Fortuna Sittard
22   Adrián Dalmau Heracles Almelo   1'   51'   60'   78' 16 February 2019 Heracles Almelo 6–0 Fortuna Sittard
24   Robin van Persie Feyenoord   38'   52'   62' 3 March 2019 Feyenoord 4–0 Emmen
27   Alexander Isak Willem II   44' (p)   58' (p)   61' (p) 30 March 2019 Willem II 3–2 Fortuna Sittard
27   Thomas Buitink Vitesse   21'   27'   43' 30 March 2019 ADO Den Haag 3–3 Vitesse
30   Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Ajax   10'   40'   65' 13 April 2019 Ajax 6–2 Excelsior
31   Bryan Linssen Vitesse   9'   47'   77' 20 April 2019 Vitesse 4–1 PEC Zwolle
33   Adrián Dalmau Heracles Almelo   23'   51'   59' 12 May 2019 Heracles Almelo 4–5 Excelsior
33   Elías Már Ómarsson Excelsior   4'   45'   90'+1' 12 May 2019 Heracles Almelo 4–5 Excelsior
33   Peniel Mlapa VVV-Venlo   54'   57'   75' 12 May 2019 PEC Zwolle 2–4 VVV-Venlo

AssistsEdit

Rank Player Club Games Assists Average per game
1.   Hakim Ziyech Ajax 29 13 0.45
  Dušan Tadić Ajax 34 0.38
3.   Steven Berghuis Feyenoord 33 12 0.36
  Steven Bergwijn PSV Eindhoven 33 0.36
  Abdenasser El Khayati ADO Den Haag 33 0.36
6.   Martin Ødegaard Vitesse 31 10 0.32
  Brandley Kuwas Heracles Almelo 33 0.3
  Donny van de Beek Ajax 34 0.29
9.   Arbër Zeneli Heerenveen 17 09 0.53
  Angeliño PSV Eindhoven 34 0.26

Source: nos.nl[7]

DisciplineEdit

Player with the most yellow cards: 11[8]

Players with the most red cards: 2

Updated to match(es) played on 8 April 2019.

AwardsEdit

Play-offsEdit

European competitionEdit

Four teams will play for a spot in the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
Heracles Almelo 0 0 0
 
 
 
FC Utrecht 2 3 5
 
FC Utrecht* 1 2 3
 
 
 
Vitesse 1 0 1
 
FC Groningen 2 1 3
 
 
Vitesse 1 3 4
 
Key: * = Play-off winners, (a) = Wins because of away goals rule, (e) = Wins after extra time in second leg, (p) = Wins after penalty shoot-out.

Promotion/relegation play-offsEdit

Ten teams, two from the Eredivisie and eight from the Eerste Divisie, play for two spots in the 2019–20 Eredivisie, the remaining eight teams playing in the 2019–20 Eerste Divisie.

 
First roundSecond roundThird round
 
                
 
 
 
 
NEC 2 0 2
 
 
 
RKC Waalwijk 0 3 3
 
RKC Waalwijk 2 1 3
 
 
Excelsior 1 1 2
 
 
 
 
 
RKC Waalwijk* 0 5 5
 
 
Go Ahead Eagles 0 4 4
 
 
 
 
 
Go Ahead Eagles 2 1 3
 
 
FC Den Bosch 2 0 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOP Oss 0 0 0
 
 
Sparta Rotterdam 2 3 5
 
 
 
 
 
Sparta Rotterdam* 1 2 3
 
 
 
De Graafschap 2 0 2
 
SC Cambuur 2 2 4
 
 
 
Almere City 2 1 3
 
SC Cambuur 1 0 1
 
 
De Graafschap 1 2 3
 
 
 
 
Key: * = Play-off winners, (a) = Wins because of away goals rule, (e) = Wins after extra time in second leg, (p) = Wins after penalty shoot-out.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Adrie Poldervaart stapt over van de massagetafel naar het coachvak". Volkskrant (in Dutch). 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Trainer Poldervaart stapt op bij Excelsior na nederlaag tegen NAC". NOS.nl (in Dutch). 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Heerenveen zet trainer Olde Riekerink op non-actief". NOS.nl (in Dutch). 10 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Eredivisie 2018/2019 - Season rules" (PDF). KNVB. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Dutch Eredivisie Top Scorers". NOS (in Dutch). 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Dutch Eredivisie Assists". NOS (in Dutch). 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Eredivisie Stats". 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Robin van Persie receives first Eredivisie Player of the Month trophy | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. September 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Peterson wint prijs voor Speler van de Maand | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. October 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Hakim Ziyech uitgeroepen tot Eredivisiespeler van de Maand | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. November 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Nicolás Tagliafico uitgeroepen tot Speler van de Maand november | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. December 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Frenkie de Jong en Steven Bergwijn Speler en Talent van de Maand december". www.foxsports.nl.
  14. ^ "Patrick Joosten uitgeroepen tot Speler van de Maand januari | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. January 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Frenkie de Jong opnieuw uitgeroepen tot Speler van de Maand | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. February 28, 2019.
  16. ^ "Dusan Tadic announced as Played of the Month | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. April 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Martin Ødegaard named as player of the month for April | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. May 5, 2019.
  18. ^ "Omarsson Eredivisie player of the month May, Ødegaard talent of the month; Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl. May 20, 2019.
  19. ^ a b c "Frenkie de Jong Eredivisie Player of the Season 2018/2019". Eredivisie. 16 May 2019.

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