Heracles Almelo is a Dutch professional football club based in Almelo, founded in 1903. The club has won the Dutch national title twice, in 1927 and 1941. Heracles won the Eerste Divisie title during the 2004–05 season, gaining promotion to the Eredivisie for the first time in 28 years. The club remained in the top division for 17 seasons before suffering relegation at the end of the 2021–22 season. In 2012, they reached the KNVB Cup final for the first time in the club's history, losing to PSV in the final. The club's main rival is FC Twente.

Heracles Almelo
Full nameHeracles Almelo
Nickname(s)Heraclieden, HAFC
Founded3 May 1903; 120 years ago (1903-05-03)
GroundErve Asito
ChairmanJacob Roche
Head coachJohn Lammers
2022–23Eerste Divisie, 1st of 18 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

History edit

The club was founded on 3 May 1903 as Heracles, after the demigod son of Zeus. They changed their name on 1 July 1974 to SC Heracles '74 and finally settled on the current name in 1998.

Heracles finished sixth in the Eredivisie during the 2015–16 season, qualifying for the end of season European play-offs. The club first defeated FC Groningen and then FC Utrecht and thus qualified for the first time in club history for European football, starting in the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.[1]

A run of three consecutive losses saw Heracles end the 2021–22 season in sixteenth place, condemning them to the promotion/relegation play-offs. The club were relegated to the Eerste Divisie after losing 6-1 to Excelsior Rotterdam on aggregate in the semifinals.[2] Less than a year later, the Heraclieden sealed an immediate return to the top flight, with a 3-0 home win over Jong PSV securing them a top two finish in the 2022–23 Eerste Divisie.[3][4] On 19 May 2023, Heracles won their third Eerste Divisie title after defeating Jong Ajax in the last round of play.[5][6]

Stadium edit

Heracles Almelo currently play at the Erve Asito in Almelo. The Erve Asito was built in 1999 with a capacity 6,900, this was expanded in 2005 to hold 8,500. The pitch at the Erve Asito is artificial turf. After renovation of the stadium at the beginning of 2015–16 season, it currently holds 13,500 spectators.

Honours edit

National edit

Domestic results edit

Historical chart of league performance

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

European record edit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League   Arouca 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Current squad edit

As of 17 September 2023[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   NED Michael Brouwer
2 DF   NED Sylian Mokono
3 DF   GER Jannes Wieckhoff
4 DF   GER Sven Sonnenberg
6 DF   SRB Sava-Arangel Čestić
7 FW   BEL Bryan Limbombe
8 FW   GER Mario Engels
9 FW   ITA Antonio Satriano
10 MF   MAR Anas Ouahim
11 FW   DEN Nikolai Laursen
12 DF   NED Ruben Roosken
14 MF   BEL Brian De Keersmaecker
15 DF   NED Jetro Willems
16 GK   NED Fabian de Keijzer
17 MF   NED Thomas Bruns
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   NED Marko Vejinović
19 DF   SUR Navajo Bakboord
21 DF   NED Justin Hoogma (captain)
23 FW   NED Jizz Hornkamp
24 FW   GER Abdenego Nankishi (on loan from Werder Bremen)
27 MF   TUR Melih İbrahimoğlu
28 GK   NED Robin Jalving
29 FW   SWE Emil Hansson
30 FW   NED Diego van Oorschot
32 MF   NED Sem Scheperman
34 DF   NED Chiel Olde Keizer
35 DF   NED Stijn Bultman
36 GK   NED Timo Jansink
39 FW   GER Lasse Wehmeyer
44 FW   NED Mohamed Sankoh (on loan from VfB Stuttgart)

Former players edit

North America
United States

Coaching staff edit

As of 1 July 2022
Position Staff
Technical director   Nico-Jan Hoogma
Team Manager   Edwin van Lenthe
Manager   Tom Uitzetter
Head coach   John Lammers
Assistant coach   René Kolmschot
  Ivo Rossen
First-team coach   Hendrie Krüzen
First-Team Goalkeeper Coach   Brian van Loo
Video analyst   Leen den Boer
Chief scout   Alfred Nijhuis
Scout   Robin Hoogma
Physiotherapist   Emiel Bolscher
  Léon van Beelen
  Ashwien Baidnath
Kit Manager   Martin Dalhoeven

Former coaches edit

References edit

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