De Graafschap

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De Graafschap
Full name Vereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s) Superboeren (Super Farmers or Super Peasants)
Founded February 1, 1954; 60 years ago (1954-02-01)
Ground De Vijverberg
Ground Capacity 12,600
Chairman Dick Chargois
Manager Jan Vreman
League Eerste Divisie
2013–14 Eerste Divisie, 7th

De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈɣraːf.ˌsχɑp]) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands. 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 name of the club means "The County" in Dutch although they are nicknamed the Superboeren ("Super Farmers" or "Super Peasants").

While not a large club by European club football standards, the club has remained a semi-permanent fixture in the Dutch Eredivisie (top league); although to date it has never won any silverware of importance. De Graafschap is a club with a lot of tradition; but players such as the former PSV coach Guus Hiddink ensure that exciting football is played. 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.

In 2005, their first season back in the top flight, De Graafschap lost out in the play-offs and were relegated from the Eredivisie. In 2003, it was defeated again in the playoffs, this time as a promotion candidate.

They were crowned champions of the Eerste Divisie for the 2009-10 season. At the end of the 2011-12 season, De Graafschap were again relegated from the Eredivisie. They currently play in the Eerste Divisie.

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


  • Promoted to Eredivisie
    • Promotion: 1973, 1981, 1995, 2004, 2010


Eredivisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie

Season League Rank Games Points GF GA Manager Top Scorer Goals
1999-00 Eredivisie 14 34 33 41 60 England Rob McDonald Netherlands Eric Viscaal
2000-01 Eredivisie 15 34 31 44 66 Netherlands Jurrie Koolhof Netherlands Marino Promes
2001-02 Eredivisie 14 34 37 43 55 Netherlands Jurrie Koolhof Netherlands Martijn Meerdink
2002-03 Eredivisie 18 34 23 35 84 Netherlands Peter Bosz Netherlands Hans van de Haar
2003-04 Eerste divisie 6 36 64 63 43 Netherlands Frans Adelaar Netherlands Jhon van Beukering / Netherlands Hilmi Mihci
2004-05 Eredivisie 17 34 23 32 78 Netherlands Gert Kruys / Netherlands Andries Ulderink Netherlands Jhon van Beukering
2005-06 Eerste divisie 5 38 62 63 51 Netherlands Jan de Jonge Netherlands Donny de Groot
2006-07 Eerste divisie 1 38 83 88 41 Netherlands Jan de Jonge Netherlands Berry Powel
2007-08 Eredivisie 16 34 30 33 64 Netherlands Jan de Jonge Netherlands Donny de Groot
2008-09 Eredivisie 17 34 30 24 58 Netherlands Henk van Stee / Bosnia and Herzegovina Darije Kalezić Netherlands Jason Oost / Israel Ben Sahar
2009-10 Eerste divisie 1 38 81 85 34 Bosnia and Herzegovina Darije Kalezić Argentina Hugo Bargas
2010-11 Eredivisie 14 34 38 31 56 Bosnia and Herzegovina Darije Kalezić Netherlands Rydell Poepon

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

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2014

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Hidde Jurjus
2 Netherlands DF Caner Cavlan
3 Netherlands DF Robin Pröpper
4 Netherlands DF Ted van de Pavert
5 Netherlands DF Milan Massop
6 Netherlands MF Edwin Linssen (captain)
7 Netherlands MF Vlatko Lazić
8 Belgium MF Karim Tarfi
9 Netherlands FW Vincent Vermeij
10 Netherlands MF Dean Koolhof
No. Position Player
11 Netherlands FW Jerry van Ewijk
14 Netherlands MF Santy Hulst
15 Netherlands MF Soufian Echcharaf
16 Netherlands GK Jasper Heusinkveld
17 Netherlands MF Tigran Gazarjan
18 Brazil FW Caio Eltink
19 Netherlands DF Nathaniël Will
20 Belgium MF Jordan García-Calvete
22 Netherlands GK Jordy van de Kracht
23 Hungary FW Kristopher Vida

Former managers[edit]

Notable players[edit]

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