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

De Graafschap
VBV De Graafschap Doetinchem.svg
Full name Vereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s) Superboeren (Super Farmers)
Founded 1 February 1954; 64 years ago (1954-02-01)
Ground De Vijverberg
Doetinchem
Ground Capacity 12,600
Chairman Hans Veldhorst
Manager Henk de Jong
League Eerste Divisie
2016–17 Eerste Divisie, 12th
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.

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HistoryEdit

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.

HonoursEdit

ResultsEdit

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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 25 January 2018 [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 Filip Bednarek
2   DF Bart Straalman
3   DF Kevin van Diermen
4   DF Lars Nieuwpoort
5   DF Jordy Tutuarima
6   MF Robert Klaasen
7   FW Elvio van Overbeek
8   MF Tim Receveur
9   FW Anthony van den Hurk
10   MF Mark Diemers (captain)
11   FW Daryl van Mieghem (on loan from Heracles Almelo)
12   DF Myenty Abena
No. Position Player
13   FW Sjoerd Ars (on loan from Fortuna Sittard)
14   DF Tim Keurntjes
15   MF Andy Driver
16   GK Jordy Rondeel
17   FW Tarik Tissoudali (on loan from Le Havre)
18   GK Agil Etemadi
20   MF Youssef El Jebli
22   FW Fabian Serrarens
23   DF Sven Nieuwpoort
28   MF Frank Olijve
44   DF Rannick Schoop

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

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ De Graafschap terug in eredivisie – Telegraaf (in Dutch)
  2. ^ De Graafschap gedegradeerd – NOS (in Dutch)
  3. ^ "Eerste Elftal - De Graafschap". www.degraafschap.nl. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 

External linksEdit