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

De Graafschap
VBV De Graafschap Doetinchem.svg
Full nameVereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s)Superboeren (Super Farmers)
Founded1 February 1954; 65 years ago (1954-02-01)
GroundDe Vijverberg
ChairmanHans Veldhorst
ManagerHenk de Jong
2017–18Eerste Divisie, 4th (Promoted via play-offs)
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 means "The County" in Dutch. 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 have a fierce rivalry with Vitesse Arnhem.



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 both promoted and relegated four 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.

Their colors are blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and blue socks.



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


Current squadEdit

As of 18 February 2019[3]

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 Bart Straalman (captain)
3   DF Ted van de Pavert (vice-captain)
4   DF Lars Nieuwpoort
5   DF Jordy Tutuarima
6   MF Robert Klaasen
7   FW Furdjel Narsingh
8   MF Javier Vet
9   FW Nabil Bahoui
10   FW Stef Nijland
11   FW Daryl van Mieghem
13   GK Jordy Rondeel
14   MF Liban Abdulahi
15   DF Ruben Ligeon (on loan from PEC Zwolle)
17   GK Nigel Bertrams (on loan from Nordsjælland)
No. Position Player
18   MF Erik Bakker
20   MF Youssef El Jebli
21   MF Azor Matusiwa (on loan from Ajax)
22   FW Fabian Serrarens
23   DF Sven Nieuwpoort
24   FW Elvio van Overbeek
25   FW Delano Burgzorg
28   MF Frank Olijve
35   FW Charlison Benschop (on loan from Ingolstadt)
36   MF Koen Huntelaar
37   DF Jurre Vreman
44   DF Leeroy Owusu

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
39   FW Marlon Versteeg (at FC Lienden until 30 June 2019)
47   FW Mo Hamdaoui (at FC Twente until 30 June 2019)
19   FW Jordy Thomassen (at Adelaide United until 30 June 2019)

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   Henk de Jong
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. ^ "Eerste Elftal - De Graafschap". Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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