2015–16 Eredivisie

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Eredivisie
Season 2015–16
Champions PSV (23rd title)
Relegated Cambuur
De Graafschap
Champions League PSV
Ajax
Europa League Feyenoord
AZ
Heracles
Matches played 306
Goals scored 912 (2.98 per match)
Top goalscorer Vincent Janssen
(27 goals)
Biggest home win Ajax 6–0 Roda JC
(31 October 2015)
Biggest away win Cambuur 0–6 PSV
(12 September 2015)
Highest scoring De Graafschap 3–6 PSV
(31 October 2015)
Heracles 3–6 AZ
(13 February 2016)
Longest winning run 10 games[1]
PSV
Longest unbeaten run 21 games[1]
PSV
Longest winless run 15 games[1]
Cambuur
Longest losing run 7 games[1]
Cambuur
Feyenoord
Highest attendance 51,875[1]
Ajax 2–1 Feyenoord
(7 February 2016)
Lowest attendance 3,394[1]
Excelsior 2–2 AZ
(15 August 2015)
Total attendance 5,929,439[1]
Average attendance 19,377[1]

The 2015–16 Eredivisie season was the 60th season of the Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. Defending champions PSV retained their title.

Teams[edit]

A total of 18 teams took part in the league: the top 15 teams from the 2014–15 season, two promotion/relegation playoff winners and the 2014–15 Eerste Divisie champions.

NEC, the champion of the 2014–15 Eerste Divisie, and play-off winner Roda JC returned to the Eredivisie after just one season. De Graafschap, the other play-off winner, returned to the highest level for the first time since the 2011–12 season.

Club Location Venue Capacity
ADO Den Haag The Hague Kyocera Stadion 15,000
Ajax Amsterdam Amsterdam ArenA 53,490
AZ Alkmaar AFAS Stadion 17,023
Cambuur Leeuwarden Cambuur Stadion 10,500
De Graafschap Doetinchem De Vijverberg 12,600
Excelsior Rotterdam Stadion Woudestein 3,531
Feyenoord Rotterdam De Kuip 51,177
Groningen Groningen Euroborg 22,550
Heerenveen Heerenveen Abe Lenstra Stadion 26,100
Heracles Almelo Polman Stadion 13,500
NEC Nijmegen Stadion de Goffert 12,500
PEC Zwolle Zwolle IJsseldelta Stadion 12,500
PSV Eindhoven Philips Stadion 35,000
Roda JC Kerkrade Parkstad Limburg Stadion 19,979
Twente Enschede De Grolsch Veste 30,205
Utrecht Utrecht Stadion Galgenwaard 23,750
Vitesse Arnhem GelreDome 25,500
Willem II Tilburg Koning Willem II Stadion 14,500

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
ADO Den Haag Netherlands Henk Fraser Erreà Basic-Fit Fitness
Ajax Netherlands Frank de Boer adidas Ziggo
AZ Netherlands John van den Brom Under Armour AFAS software
Cambuur Netherlands Marcel Keizer Quick Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma
De Graafschap Netherlands Jan Vreman Quick ATAG
Excelsior Netherlands Alfons Groenendijk Quick DSW Zorgverzekeraar
Feyenoord Netherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst adidas Opel
Groningen Netherlands Erwin van de Looi Robey Essent
Heerenveen Netherlands Foppe de Haan Jako Univé
Heracles Netherlands John Stegeman Acerbis TenCate
NEC Netherlands Ernest Faber Patrick Scholten Awater
PEC Zwolle Netherlands Ron Jans Robey Molecaten
PSV Netherlands Phillip Cocu Umbro Philips
Roda JC Bosnia and Herzegovina Darije Kalezić Robey KLG]
Twente Netherlands René Hake Nike Webprint.nl
Utrecht Netherlands Erik ten Hag hummel Zorg van de Zaak
Vitesse Netherlands Rob Maas Macron Truphone
Willem II Netherlands Jurgen Streppel Robey Tricorp

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Utrecht Netherlands Rob Alflen End of contract 1 July 2015[2] Pre-season Netherlands Erik ten Hag 1 July 2015[3]
NEC Netherlands Ruud Brood Mutual consent 1 July 2015[4] Netherlands Ernest Faber 1 July 2015[5]
Excelsior Netherlands Marinus Dijkhuizen Signed by Brentford 1 July 2015[6] Netherlands Alfons Groenendijk 1 July 2015[7]
Roda JC Netherlands Rick Plum End of interim spell 1 July 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina Darije Kalezić 1 July 2015[8]
Twente Netherlands Alfred Schreuder Sacked 30 August 2015[9] 16th Netherlands René Hake 30 August 2015
Heerenveen Netherlands Dwight Lodeweges Resigned 20 October 2015[10] 15th Netherlands Foppe de Haan 20 October 2015
Vitesse Netherlands Peter Bosz Signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv 4 January 2016[11] 5th Netherlands Rob Maas 4 January 2016
Cambuur Netherlands Henk de Jong Resigned 9 February 2016[12] 17th Netherlands Marcel Keizer 13 February 2016[13]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 PSV Eindhoven (C) 34 26 6 2 88 32 +56 84 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Ajax 34 25 7 2 81 21 +60 82 Qualification for the Champions League third qualifying round
3 Feyenoord 34 19 6 9 62 40 +22 63 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
4 AZ 34 18 5 11 70 53 +17 59 Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round
5 Utrecht 34 15 8 11 57 48 +9 53 Qualification for the European competition play-offs[b]
6 Heracles Almelo (O) 34 14 9 11 47 49 −2 51
7 Groningen 34 14 8 12 41 48 −7 50
8 PEC Zwolle 34 14 6 14 56 54 +2 48
9 Vitesse 34 12 10 12 55 38 +17 46
10 NEC 34 13 7 14 37 42 −5 46
11 ADO Den Haag 34 10 13 11 48 49 −1 43
12 Heerenveen 34 11 9 14 46 61 −15 42
13 Twente[c] 34 12 7 15 49 64 −15 40
14 Roda JC Kerkrade 34 8 10 16 34 55 −21 34
15 Excelsior 34 7 9 18 34 60 −26 30
16 Willem II (O) 34 6 11 17 35 53 −18 29 Qualification for the relegation play-offs
17 De Graafschap (R) 34 5 8 21 39 66 −27 23
18 Cambuur (R) 34 3 9 22 33 79 −46 18 Relegation to the Eerste Divisie
Source: Eredivisie, NUsport, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Play-off (only if deciding champion, European competitions, or relegation); 8) Draw.[16]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Feyenoord qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2015–16 KNVB Cup.
  2. ^ Four teams played for one spot in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
  3. ^ Twente were deducted three points for breaking the financial standards set by the Royal Dutch Football Association. In May 2016 Twente had their licence for the Eredivisie revoked by KNVB and was relegated to the Eerste Divisie,[14] but they successfully appealed this decision and stayed in the league.[15]

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round. Note: Since round 30 FC Twente were deducted three points since they did not meet the financial standards set by the KNVB.

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
PSV6675454433323333222222222222222221
Ajax1111111111111111111111111111111112
Feyenoord4223342222232222333334673333333333
AZ181513141314119101111109101011121010986434444464444
Utrecht1411121071010111199910998775779745555545555
Heracles16842223344444444464543356966656666
Groningen1014101398810988886558991097910101011121210111087
PEC Zwolle6435535566777887988810101099898989778
Vitesse Arnhem105978766555565665466685676777789109
NEC51011910997776657796574558887898978910
ADO Den Haag63611121213151414131414141312101111121212111113111010111210111111
Heerenveen2678111112131515141212111110111212111111121211121313131112121212
Twente10151616161615161313151515161616171616161514131312131211101313131313
Roda JC29546678710101313131414151513131313141414141414141414141414
Excelsior15121512141516121212121111121213141415151616161616161616161615161515
Willem II10171415151314141616161616151515131314141415151515151515151516151616
De Graafschap16181818181818181818181818181818181818181818171718181717171717171717
Cambuur6131717171717171717171717171717161717171717181817171818181818181818
Leader and 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage
2015–16 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
European competition play-offs
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2016–17 Eerste Divisie

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ADO AJX AZ CAM GRA EXC FEY GRO HEE HER NEC PEC PSV RJC TWE UTR VIT WIL
ADO Den Haag 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–3 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Ajax 4–0 4–1 5–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 5–2 0–0 2–2 3–0 1–2 6–0 4–0 2–2 1–0 3–0
AZ 0–1 0–3 3–1 4–1 2–0 4–2 4–1 3–1 3–1 2–4 5–1 2–4 0–1 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–0
Cambuur 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 1–6 3–1 1–0 0–6 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–2 1–1
De Graafschap 3–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–3 3–6 3–0 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–2
Excelsior 2–4 0–2 2–2 1–4 3–0 2–4 2–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 0–0
Feyenoord 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 1–0
Groningen 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–4 0–3 2–1
Heerenveen 0–4 0–2 4–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–5 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–3 0–4 0–0 3–1
Heracles 1–1 0–2 3–6 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1
NEC 4–1 0–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–3 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0
PEC Zwolle 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–3 5–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–5 4–1
PSV 2–0 0–2 3–0 6–2 4–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 4–2 3–1 2–0 2–0
Roda JC 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 0–5 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–3
Twente 1–4 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–4 4–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–3
Utrecht 2–2 1–0 1–3 3–3 0–2 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 4–2 2–1 2–1
Vitesse Arnhem 2–2 1–3 0–2 4–1 3–0 0–0 0–2 5–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 5–1 1–3 0–1
Willem II 0–2 0–4 0–2 3–0 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 3–2 2–3 3–1 1–1

Updated to games played on 8 May 2016.
Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Number of teams by provinces[edit]

Number of teams Province Team(s)
3  Gelderland De Graafschap, NEC and Vitesse
 Overijssel Heracles, PEC Zwolle, and Twente
 South Holland ADO Den Haag, Excelsior, and Feyenoord
2  Friesland Cambuur and Heerenveen
 North Brabant PSV and Willem II
 North Holland Ajax and AZ
1  Groningen Groningen
 Limburg Roda JC
 Utrecht Utrecht

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[17]
1 Netherlands Vincent Janssen AZ 27
2 Netherlands Luuk de Jong PSV 26
3 Poland Arkadiusz Milik Ajax 21
4 Netherlands Dirk Kuyt Feyenoord 19
5 France Sébastien Haller Utrecht 17
Morocco Hakim Ziyech Twente
7 Japan Mike Havenaar ADO Den Haag 16
Venezuela Christian Santos NEC
9 Netherlands Michiel Kramer Feyenoord 14
Netherlands Lars Veldwijk PEC Zwolle

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Morocco Oussama Tannane4 Heracles Cambuur 6–1 22 August 2015
Netherlands Luuk de Jong PSV Cambuur 6–0 12 September 2015
Netherlands Lars Veldwijk PEC Zwolle Excelsior 3–0 12 September 2015
Netherlands Dirk Kuyt Feyenoord Heerenveen 5–2 18 October 2015
Netherlands Dirk Kuyt Feyenoord AZ 3–1 25 October 2015
Netherlands Michiel Kramer Feyenoord Excelsior 4–2 28 November 2015
Denmark Lucas Andersen Willem II Twente 3–1 28 November 2015
Netherlands Vincent Janssen AZ Feyenoord 4–2 24 January 2016
Netherlands Vincent Janssen4 AZ PEC Zwolle 5–1 16 April 2016
Note

4 Player scored 4 goals

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists[17]
1 France Édouard Duplan ADO Den Haag 11
2 Netherlands Rick Karsdorp Feyenoord 10
Netherlands Jürgen Locadia PSV
Netherlands Lars Veldwijk PEC Zwolle
Morocco Hakim Ziyech Twente
6 Mexico Andrés Guardado PSV 9
Netherlands Joris van Overeem AZ
8 Netherlands Dabney dos Santos AZ 8
Serbia Nemanja Gudelj Ajax
Netherlands Luuk de Jong PSV
Netherlands Davy Klaassen Ajax
Sweden Sam Larsson Heerenveen

Discipline[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Most yellow cards: 65[18]
    • Heerenveen
  • Most red cards: 5[18]
    • Cambuur
    • Utrecht

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Ajax 681,147 51,875 48,494 48,653 −1.5%
2 Feyenoord 617,500 47,500 47,500 47,500 +4.6%
3 PSV 433,600 35,000 32,000 33,354 +2.7%
4 Twente 334,300 24,900 24,900 24,900 −12.7%
5 Heerenveen 300,051 24,645 20,100 22,373 −8.0%
6 Groningen 271,765 21,241 19,277 20,259 +0.3%
8 Utrecht 228,313 16,364 16,364 16,364 −1.7%
9 AZ 207,862 16,673 14,144 15,409 −0.7%
10 Roda JC 202,624 13,472 13,130 13,301 +24.2%1
7 Vitesse Arnhem 233,393 13,212 13,212 13,212 −23.2%
15 ADO Den Haag 155,929 13,125 12,293 12,709 +6.1%
14 Heracles 157,095 12,084 12,084 12,084 +45.1%
13 PEC Zwolle 158,608 12,123 11,650 11,887 −2.7%
12 NEC 161,589 12,321 10,240 11,281 +18.3%1
11 Willem II 173,862 11,000 11,000 11,000 −9.1%
17 Cambuur 126,874 10,000 9,630 9,815 +1.1%
16 De Graafschap 146,477 8,100 8,100 8,100 +64.4%1
18 Excelsior 49,821 3,394 3,394 3,394 −3.5%
League total 498,612 48,494 3,394 18,467 −1.5%

Updated to games played on 23 August 2015
Source: World football
Notes:
Median attendances of the 2014–15 season will be shown until the league starts.
1: Team played last season in Eerste Divisie

Play-offs[edit]

European competition[edit]

Four teams played for a spot in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
PEC Zwolle 02 2
 
 
 
Utrecht 05 5
 
Heracles* 12 3
 
 
 
Utrecht 10 1
 
Groningen 21 3
 
 
Heracles (e) 15 6
 
Key: * = Play-off winners, (a) = Wins because of away goals rule, (e) = Wins after extra time in second leg, (p) = Wins after penalty shoot-out.

Promotion/relegation play-offs[edit]

Ten teams, two from the Eredivisie and eight from the Eerste Divisie, played for two spots in the 2016–17 Eredivisie, the remaining eight teams play in the 2016–17 Eerste Divisie.

 
First roundSecond roundThird round
 
                
 
 
 
 
MVV Maastricht 22 4
 
 
 
Volendam 11 2
 
MVV Maastricht 01 1
 
 
De Graafschap 12 3
 
 
 
 
 
De Graafschap 11 2
 
 
Go Ahead Eagles* 41 5
 
 
 
 
 
Go Ahead Eagles 12 3
 
 
VVV-Venlo 02 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Almere City 44 8
 
 
 
Emmen 11 2
 
Almere City 02 2
 
 
Willem II 15 6
 
 
 
 
 
Willem II* 13 4
 
 
NAC Breda 21 3
 
 
 
 
 
FC Eindhoven 10 1
 
 
NAC Breda 02 2
 
 
 
 
Key: * = Play-off winners, (a) = Wins because of away goals rule, (e) = Wins after extra time in second leg, (p) = Wins after penalty shoot-out.

References[edit]

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