Go Ahead Eagles

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Go Ahead Eagles
Go Ahead Eagles crest
Full name Go Ahead Eagles
Nickname(s) The pride of the IJssel
Founded December 2, 1902; 112 years ago (1902-12-02)
Ground Adelaarshorst
Ground Capacity 8,011
Chairman Edwin Lugt
Manager Dennis Demmers
League Eerste Divisie
2014–15 Eredivisie, 17th (relegated by play-offs)
Current season

The Go Ahead Eagles (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɡoː əˈɦɛt ˈiɡəls]) are a football club from Deventer, The Netherlands, as of 2015 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.

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


The club was founded in 1902 as Be Quick, by the brothers 'Hollander'.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 the then coach, Barry Hughes.[1] The eagle is the charge in the coat of arms of the city of Deventer. After almost two decades in the second division, Go Ahead won promotion to the Eredivisie at the end of the 2012–13 season, winning the promotion play-offs.[2] The club will remain in the top division for the 2014–15 season having finished thirteenth in the 2013-14 Eredivisie.

The Go Ahead Eagles were famously the only side to defeat Ajax in any competition during the 1971–72 season, when they beat Ajax 3–2 at De Adelaarshorst in the Eredivisie. They have played in the Europacup II once, in the 1965–66 season. They lost in the first round to Celtic. Go Ahead Eagles will compete in Europe in the season 2015-16 UEFA Europa League due to the Netherlands' first place in UEFA Respect Fair Play ranking. National Fair Play winner FC Twente withdrew due to financial difficulties, making 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.[3]


Winner: 1916–17, 1921–22, 1929–30, 1932–33
Runners-up: 1964–65
Winner: 1958–59
Promotion: 1962–63, 1991–92, 2012–13


Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie

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


Main article: IJsselderby

Go Ahead Eagles biggest rivals are PEC Zwolle.[4] 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.

Current squad[edit]

As of 22 December 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 Mickey van der Hart (on loan from Ajax)
3 Netherlands DF Bart Vriends
4 Netherlands DF Jop van der Linden
5 Netherlands DF Xandro Schenk
6 Netherlands MF Sjoerd Overgoor
7 Netherlands FW Alex Schalk
8 Netherlands MF Deniz Turuc
9 Netherlands FW Marnix Kolder (captain)
10 Netherlands MF Jeffrey Rijsdijk
11 Netherlands FW Lesley de Sa (on loan from Ajax)
13 Netherlands GK Maurits Schmitz
14 Togo DF Mawouna Amevor
No. Position Player
15 Netherlands MF Sander Duits
16 Netherlands GK Erik Cummins
17 Netherlands DF Sven Nieuwpoort
18 Netherlands MF Lars Lambooij
20 Netherlands MF Peter van Ooijen
21 Netherlands FW Nick de Bondt
22 Netherlands FW Jules Reimerink
23 Netherlands DF Robin van der Meer
25 Netherlands DF Giliano Wijnaldum
27 Netherlands FW Puck Postma
28 Netherlands FW Wesley Verhoek (on loan from Feyenoord)
29 Netherlands FW Glynor Plet (on loan from Zulte Waregem)

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Netherlands FW Teije ten Den (at FC Oss until 30 June 2015)
Netherlands FW Guyon Philips (at FC Volendam until 30 June 2015)

Managerial history[edit]

Go Ahead Eagles managers from 1954 to present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Go Ahead Eagles - About Us". Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Eredivisie review: Go Ahead Eagles end 17-year exile from the Eredivisie". Sky Sports. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Graafschap duwt Go Ahead Eagles naar Eerste Divisie - Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch)
  4. ^ 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. 

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