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The Go Ahead Eagles (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɡoː əˈɦɛt ˈiɡəls]) is a Dutch football club from Deventer, playing in the Eerste Divisie. The club's home stadium is De Adelaarshorst. The club won the national championship in 1917, 1922, 1930 and 1933.

Go Ahead Eagles
Go Ahead Eagles crest
Full name Go Ahead Eagles
Nickname(s) The pride of the IJssel
Kowet
Founded 2 December 1902; 115 years ago (1902-12-02)
Ground Adelaarshorst
Deventer
Capacity 10,000 [1]
Chairman Edwin Lugt
Manager John Stegeman
League Eerste Divisie
2017–18 17th
Current season

They have produced a number of notable players including Raimond van der Gouw, René Eijkelkamp, Marc Overmars, Paul Bosvelt, Jan Kromkamp, Victor Sikora, Bert van Marwijk and Demy de Zeeuw while providing Henk ten Cate and Leo Beenhakker with their first tastes of management.

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HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1902 as Be Quick by the Hollander brothers. The name was soon changed to Go Ahead at the request of the Dutch Football Association. The suffix "Eagles" was added in 1971, following a suggestion from then head coach Barry Hughes.[2] The eagle is the charge in the coat of arms of the city of Deventer.

Go Ahead Eagles were famously the only side to defeat Ajax in any competition during the 1971–72 season when they won 3–2 at De Adelaarshorst in the Eredivisie. They have participated in the UEFA Cup once, in the 1965–66 season, losing in the first round to Celtic.

Recent seasonsEdit

After almost two decades in the second division, Go Ahead won promotion to the 2013–14 Eredivisie at the end of the 2012–13 season, winning the promotion play-offs.[3] The club remained in the top division for the 2014–15 season, finishing 13th.

Go Ahead Eagles would compete in Europe in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League due to the Netherlands' first place in UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking. National Fair Play winner Twente withdrew due to financial difficulties, making the place for Go Ahead Eagles. However, they also suffered relegation after losing 2–0 on aggregate to De Graafschap in the May 2015 promotion/relegation play-offs.[4] In July 2015, they were beaten 2–5 on aggregate by Hungarian side Ferencváros[5] in the first Europa League qualifying round with the home leg played in Emmen due to the Adelaarshorst being renovated, and the away leg without spectators because the Hungarians were serving a ban by UEFA.

The club bounced back to the Eredivisie on the first attempt in May 2016 after beating De Graafschap 5–2 on aggregate in the promotion/relegation play-offs,[6] but were relegated again at the end of the 2016–17 season.

HonoursEdit

ResultsEdit

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Below is a table with Go Ahead Eagles' domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.

RivalriesEdit

Go Ahead Eagles' biggest rivals are PEC Zwolle.[7] Both clubs are located at the river IJssel, hence the name IJssel-derby. In the early years, Go Ahead was the best club in the region but since the relegation to the Dutch First Division in 1987, Zwolle has won most derbies. Further teams who share a rivalry with Go Ahead Eagles include FC Twente, Vitesse Arnhem and De Graafschap.

Current squadEdit

As of 12 August 2018[8]

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 Hobie Verhulst
2   DF Julian Lelieveld (on loan from Vitesse)
3   DF Gino Bosz
4   DF Jeroen Veldmate
5   DF Roland Baas
6   MF Jeff Stans
7   FW Jaroslav Navrátil
8   MF Istvan Bakx
9   FW Thomas Verheydt
10   MF Paco van Moorsel
11   FW Bruno Andrade
13   DF Rick Ketting
14   FW Givan Werkhoven
16   GK Mark Spenkelink
17   DF Julius Bliek
No. Position Player
18   GK Lars Jensen
19   MF Sjoerd Overgoor
21   MF Thijs Dekker
22   FW Pieter Langedijk
23   MF Richard van der Venne
24   MF Orhan Džepar
25   MF Desney Bruinink
26   FW Maarten Pouwels
27   DF Dennis Hettinga
28   MF Jairzinho Slijngard
29   DF Jarno van den Bos
31   DF Sam Beukema
32   DF Joey Groenbast
33   FW Giovanni Büttner

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

Managerial historyEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stadion - Go Ahead Eagles". ga-eagles.nl. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Go Ahead Eagles – About Us". Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Eredivisie review: Go Ahead Eagles end 17-year exile from the Eredivisie". Sky Sports. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Graafschap duwt Go Ahead Eagles naar Eerste Divisie – Algemeen Dagblad (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Ferencváros maat te groot voor GA Eagles - GA Eagles (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Go Ahead Eagles naar eredivisie - De Telegraaf (in Dutch)
  7. ^ Tonie van Ringelestijn and Joël Groeneveld (May 1999). "Betaald voetbal in Zwolle van 1980 tot 1999. Van PEC naar FC Zwolle" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2007-03-17. FC Zwolle – Go Ahead Eagles Rivalry. 
  8. ^ "Selectie". www.ga-eagles.nl. Go Ahead Eagles. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 

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