De Graafschap

De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈɣraːfsxɑp]) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands, playing in the Eerste divisie, the second professional tier of football in the Netherlands.

De Graafschap
VBV De Graafschap Doetinchem.svg
Full nameVereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s)Superboeren (Super Farmers)
Founded1 February 1954; 66 years ago (1954-02-01)
GroundDe Vijverberg
ChairmanMartin Mos
ManagerMike Snoei
LeagueEerste Divisie
2018–19Eredivisie, 17th (relegated via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

It was formed on 1 February 1954 and they play their home games at the De Vijverberg stadium. The stadium was opened on 12 August 2000 and stands on the site of the club's old pitch. The club name is Dutch for "The County". They are nicknamed Superboeren ("Super Farmers").

While not a large club by European club football standards, the club has remained a semi-permanent fixture in the Eredivisie (top league); although to date it has never won any silverware of importance. It also has a large stadium and a large fan base when compared to many other Dutch teams, particularly those in the Eerste Divisie. They had a fierce rivalry with Vitesse Arnhem, but during the years due several circumstances Go Ahead Eagles began to be a rival as well.

The club's colors are blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and blue socks. The club's major sponsors are Pincvision and ATAG [nl].

De Graafschap's home base, De Vijverberg has been voted as the most atmospheric stadium in the Eredivisie for the 2018-19 campaign


De Graafschap had their longest streak in the Dutch top tier from 1995 until 2003. In the 1995-96 season De Graafschap finished in 8th place, an all time high. After this season results went down and in 2003 the club was relegated after finishing in last place (18th).

Since 2003, De Graafschap was relegated four times and gained promotion five times. They were crowned champions of the Eerste Divisie in 2007 and 2010, and won the promotion playoffs in 2004 and 2015.[1] De Graafschap never finished last in the Eredivisie since 2003 but lost relegation playoffs after finishing in 17th place in 2005, 2009 and 2012.[2] In the 2015-16 Eredivisie season De Graafschap were once again relegated through playoffs after finishing 17th but not before drawing 1-1 against AFC Ajax on the final day of the season, denying Ajax the championship. In 2018, the club gained promotion again by winning the promotion playoffs, beating Almere City FC in the playoffs finals.[3] They were relegated in 2019, and the next season ended in further heartbreak on April 24, 2020 as they were denied a possible promotion back to the top flight due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the Eredivisie to declare their season void with no promotion or relegation.[4]



Below is a table with De Graafschap's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.


Current squadEdit

As of 1 February 2020[5]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Hidde Jurjus (on loan from PSV)
2   DF Victor van den Bogert (on loan from Willem II)
3   DF Jasper van Heertum
4   DF Ted van de Pavert (vice-captain)
5   DF Jordy Tutuarima
6   MF Frank Olijve
7   MF Branco van den Boomen
8   MF Javier Vet
9   FW Ralf Seuntjens (captain)
10   MF Stef Nijland
11   FW Daryl van Mieghem
14   MF Jeremy Helmer (on loan from AZ)
16   GK Jordy Rondeel
17   MF Dylan Chiazor
No. Position Player
18   MF Jesse Schuurman
19   FW Sven Blummel
20   MF Callum Slattery (on loan from Southampton)
21   DF Toine van Huizen
23   MF Matthijs van Nispen
24   DF Roland Baas
27   FW Giannis Mystakidis
30   DF Milan Hilderink
34   DF Gregor Breinburg
43   MF Jonathan Vergara Berrio
44   DF Leeroy Owusu
47   FW Mohamed Hamdaoui
48   GK Guus Vaags

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  FW Marlon Versteeg (at SV Spakenburg until 30 June 2020)

Notable former playersEdit

The players below had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed represented their countries while playing for De Graafschap.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager   Mike Snoei
Assistant coaches   Richard Roelofsen
  Jan Oosterhuis
  Dennis te Braak
Goalkeeping coach   Edwin Susebeek

Former managersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ De Graafschap terug in eredivisie – Telegraaf (in Dutch)
  2. ^ De Graafschap gedegradeerd – NOS (in Dutch)
  3. ^ De Graafschap knokt zich voorbij Almere City en keert terug in Eredivisie – Voetbalprimeur (in Dutch)
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Eerste Elftal - De Graafschap".

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