De Graafschap

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De Graafschap
VBV De Graafschap Doetinchem.svg
Full nameVereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s)Superboeren (Super Farmers)
Founded1 February 1954; 64 years ago (1954-02-01)
GroundDe Vijverberg
ChairmanHans Veldhorst
ManagerHenk de Jong
2017–18Eerste Divisie, 4th (Promoted via play-offs)
Current season

De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈɣraːfsxɑp]) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands, currently playing in the Eredivisie, the first 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 Arnhem.


De Graafschap had their longest streak in the Dutch top tier from 1995 until 2003. In the 1995-96 season De Graafschap finished in 8th place, an all time high. After this season results went down and in 2003 the club was relegated after finishing in last place (18th).

Since 2003 De Graafschap was both promoted and relegated four times. They were crowned champions of the Eerste Divisie in 2007 and 2010, and won the promotion playoffs in 2004 and 2015.[1] De Graafschap never finished last in the Eredivisie since 2003 but lost relegation playoffs after finishing in 17th place in 2005, 2009 and 2012.[2]

In the 2015-16 Eredivisie season De Graafschap were once again relegated through playoffs after finishing 17th but not before drawing 1-1 against AFC Ajax on the final day of the season, denying Ajax the championship.

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 1 January 2019[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Iran GK Agil Etemadi
2 Netherlands DF Bart Straalman (3rd captain)
3 Netherlands DF Ted van de Pavert (vice-captain)
4 Netherlands DF Lars Nieuwpoort
5 Netherlands DF Jordy Tutuarima
6 Netherlands MF Robert Klaasen
7 Netherlands FW Furdjel Narsingh
8 Netherlands MF Javier Vet
10 Netherlands FW Stef Nijland
11 Netherlands FW Daryl van Mieghem
12 Suriname DF Myenty Abena
13 Netherlands GK Jordy Rondeel
14 Netherlands MF Liban Abdulahi
15 Netherlands MF Erik Bakker
No. Position Player
17 Netherlands GK Hidde Jurjus (on loan from PSV)
19 Netherlands FW Jordy Thomassen
20 Netherlands MF Youssef El Jebli
22 Netherlands FW Fabian Serrarens
23 Netherlands DF Sven Nieuwpoort (captain)
24 Netherlands FW Elvio van Overbeek
25 Netherlands FW Delano Burgzorg
28 Netherlands MF Frank Olijve
34 Netherlands MF Azor Matusiwa (on loan from Ajax)
36 Netherlands MF Koen Huntelaar
37 Netherlands DF Jurre Vreman
44 Netherlands DF Leeroy Owusu
47 Netherlands FW Mo Hamdaoui

Out 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
39 Netherlands FW Marlon Versteeg (at FC Lienden until 30 June 2019)

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 Henk de Jong
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 terug in eredivisie – Telegraaf (in Dutch)
  2. ^ De Graafschap gedegradeerd – NOS (in Dutch)
  3. ^ "Eerste Elftal - De Graafschap". Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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