De Graafschap

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De Graafschap
Full name Vereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s) Superboeren (Super Farmers)
Founded February 1, 1954; 62 years ago (1954-02-01)
Ground De Vijverberg
Ground Capacity 12,600
Chairman Hans Veldhorst
Manager Jan Vreman
League Eerste Divisie
2015–16 Eredivisie, 17th (relegated)
Current season

De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈɣraːfsxɑp]) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands, currently playing in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of football in 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 club name means "The County" in Dutch. They are nicknamed Superboeren ("Super Farmers").

While not a large club by European club football standards, the club has remained a semi-permanent fixture in the Eredivisie (top league); although to date it has never won any silverware of importance. 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.


In 1995, 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.[1] They finished 6th in the 2014–15 Eerste Divisie, but won promotion to the top tier after beating Volendam in the promotion/relegation play-offs.[2]

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



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


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 August 2016

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Poland GK Filip Bednarek
2 Netherlands DF Nathaniël Will
3 Netherlands DF Bart Straalman
4 Netherlands DF Jan Lammers
5 Turkey DF Tolgahan Çiçek
6 Netherlands MF Lion Kaak
7 Netherlands MF Youssef El Jebli
8 Netherlands MF Mark Diemers (captain)
9 Poland FW Piotr Parzyszek
10 Netherlands MF Dean Koolhof
11 Netherlands MF Alexander Bannink
12 Netherlands DF Luis Pedro
14 Netherlands MF Bryan Smeets
15 England MF Andy Driver
No. Position Player
16 Netherlands GK Jasper Heusinkveld
17 Netherlands FW Anthony van den Hurk
18 Netherlands DF Tim Linthorst
19 Netherlands FW Erik Quekel
22 Netherlands DF Tim Keurntjes
23 Netherlands DF Sven Nieuwpoort
27 Netherlands DF Abdelilah El Malki
32 Netherlands DF Niek van den Berg
33 Netherlands GK Eric Verstappen
35 Serbia MF Aleksandar Janković
36 Netherlands MF Aron de Koning
37 Netherlands DF Jurre Vreman
38 Netherlands MF Koen Huntelaar
39 Netherlands FW Marlon Versteeg

Notable former players[edit]

The players below had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed represented their countries while playing for De Graafschap.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Netherlands Jan Vreman
Assistant coaches Netherlands Richard Roelofsen
Netherlands Jan Oosterhuis
Netherlands Dennis te Braak
Goalkeeping coach Netherlands Edwin Susebeek

Former managers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ De Graafschap gedegradeerd – NOS (Dutch)
  2. ^ De Graafschap terug in eredivisie – Telegraaf (Dutch)

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