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; 66 years ago (1954-02-01)
GroundDe Vijverberg
ChairmanMartin Mos
ManagerMike Snoei
LeagueEerste Divisie
2019–20Eerste Divisie, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈɣraːfsxɑp]) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands, playing in the Eerste divisie, the second professional tier of football in the 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 is Dutch for "The County". 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 had a fierce rivalry with Vitesse Arnhem, but during the years due several circumstances Go Ahead Eagles began to be a rival as well.

The club's colors are blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and blue socks. The club's major sponsors are Pincvision and ATAG [nl].

De Graafschap's home base, De Vijverberg has been voted as the most atmospheric stadium in the Eredivisie for the 2018–19 campaign.


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 relegated four times and gained promotion five 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. In 2018, the club gained promotion again by winning the promotion playoffs, beating Almere City FC in the playoffs finals.[3] They were relegated in 2019, and the next season ended in further heartbreak on April 24, 2020 as they were denied a possible promotion back to the top flight due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the Eredivisie to declare their season void with no promotion or relegation.[4]



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


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2020[5]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Netherlands NED Rody de Boer (on loan from AZ)
2 DF Netherlands NED Julian Lelieveld
3 DF Netherlands NED Jasper van Heertum
4 DF Netherlands NED Ted van de Pavert (vice-captain)
5 DF Indonesia IDN Jordy Tutuarima
6 MF Netherlands NED Elmo Lieftink
7 FW Netherlands NED Sven Blummel
8 MF Netherlands NED Jesse Schuurman
9 FW Netherlands NED Ralf Seuntjens (captain)
11 FW Netherlands NED Daryl van Mieghem
16 GK Netherlands NED Nick van den Dam
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF Netherlands NED Johnatan Opoku
19 MF Netherlands NED Rick Dekker
21 DF Netherlands NED Toine van Huizen
22 MF Netherlands NED Danny Verbeek
24 DF Netherlands NED Roland Baas
25 FW Netherlands NED Joey Konings
27 FW Greece GRE Giannis Mystakidis
30 DF Netherlands NED Milan Hilderink
32 GK Netherlands NED Guus Vaags
43 MF Netherlands NED Jonathan Berrio
47 FW Netherlands NED Mohamed 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. Pos. Nation Player
FW Netherlands NED Marlon Versteeg (at SV Spakenburg until 30 June 2020)

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 Mike Snoei
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. ^ De Graafschap knokt zich voorbij Almere City en keert terug in Eredivisie – Voetbalprimeur (in Dutch)
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Eerste Elftal - De Graafschap".

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