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; 114 years ago (1902-12-02)
Ground Adelaarshorst
Ground Capacity 10,000 [1]
Chairman Edwin Lugt
Manager Robert Maaskant
League Eredivisie
2015–16 Eerste Divisie, 5th (promoted)
Current season

The Go Ahead Eagles (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɡoː əˈɦɛt ˈiɡəls]) are a Dutch football club from Deventer, as of 2016 playing in the Eredivisie. 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.[2] The eagle is the charge in the coat of arms of the city of Deventer.

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.

Recent seasons[edit]

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.[3] The club remained in the top division for the 2014–15 season, having finished thirteenth.

Go Ahead Eagles would compete in Europe in the 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.[4] In July 2015 they were beaten 2–5 on aggregate by Hungarian side Ferencváros[5] in the first Europa League qualifying round with the home leg played in Emmen due to the Adelaarshorst being renovated and the away leg without spectators because the Hungarians were serving a ban by UEFA.

The club bounced back to the Eredivisie on the first attempt in May 2016, after beating De Graafschap this time around (5–2 on aggregate) in the promotion/relegation play-offs.[6]


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


Eerste Divisie 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.[7] 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]

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 Theo Zwarthoed
2 Netherlands MF Lars Lambooij
3 Netherlands DF Sander Fischer (captain)
4 Netherlands DF Xandro Schenk
5 Kosovo DF Lum Rexhepi
6 Netherlands MF Sander Duits
7 England MF Daniel Crowley (on loan from Arsenal)
8 Indonesia MF Joey Suk
9 Netherlands FW Leon de Kogel
11 Netherlands FW Ludcinio Marengo (on loan from ADO Den Haag)
13 Netherlands GK Erik Cummins
14 Netherlands FW Darren Maatsen
17 Belgium DF Sébastien Locigno (on loan from K.V. Oostende)
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands FW Sam Hendriks
23 Suriname DF Norichio Nieveld
24 Austria MF Marcel Ritzmaier (on loan from PSV)
26 Netherlands MF Tom Daemen
27 Netherlands MF Thijs Dekker
28 Ghana FW Elvis Manu (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
29 Spain MF Pedro Chirivella (on loan from Liverpool)
30 Netherlands MF Chris David
32 Suriname DF Joey Groenbast
39 Netherlands GK Mark Spenkelink
35 Morocco DF Rochdi Achenteh
47 Netherlands FW Mo Hamdaoui
77 Curaçao FW Jarchinio Antonia

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
Estonia FW Henrik Ojamaa (at Dundee F.C. until 30 June 2017)
Netherlands MF Orhan Džepar (at Telstar until 30 June 2017)
Netherlands FW Teije ten Den (at Helmond Sport until 30 June 2017)
No. Position Player
Netherlands FW Elvio van Overbeek (at De Graafschap until 30 June 2017)
Netherlands FW Randy Wolters (at ADO Den Haag until 30 June 2017)

Managerial history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.ga-eagles.nl/club/stadion/
  2. ^ "Go Ahead Eagles – About Us". Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Eredivisie review: Go Ahead Eagles end 17-year exile from the Eredivisie". Sky Sports. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Graafschap duwt Go Ahead Eagles naar Eerste Divisie – Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch)
  5. ^ Ferencváros maat te groot voor GA Eagles - GA Eagles (Dutch)
  6. ^ Go Ahead Eagles naar eredivisie - De Telegraaf (Dutch)
  7. ^ 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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