Go Ahead Eagles

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Go Ahead Eagles
Go Ahead Eagles crest
Full nameGo Ahead Eagles
Nickname(s)The pride of the IJssel
Founded2 December 1902; 116 years ago (1902-12-02)
Capacity10,000 [1]
ChairmanHans de Vroome
ManagerJohn Stegeman
LeagueEerste Divisie
2017–18Eerste Divisie, 17th
Current season

Go Ahead Eagles (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɡoː əˈɦɛt ˈiɡəls]) are a Dutch football club from Deventer, playing in the Eerste Divisie. 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 including Raimond van der Gouw, René Eijkelkamp, Marc Overmars, Paul Bosvelt, Jan Kromkamp, Victor Sikora, Bert van Marwijk and Demy de Zeeuw while providing Henk ten Cate and Leo Beenhakker with their first tastes of management.


The club was founded in 1902 as Be Quick by the Hollander brothers. 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 then head coach Barry Hughes.[2] The eagle is the charge in the coat of arms of the city of Deventer.

Go Ahead Eagles were famously the only side to defeat Ajax in any competition during the 1971–72 season when they won 3–2 at De Adelaarshorst in the Eredivisie. They have participated in the UEFA Cup once, in the 1965–66 season, losing in the first round to Celtic.

Recent seasons[edit]

After almost two decades in the second division, Go Ahead won promotion to the 2013–14 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, finishing 13th.

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 Twente withdrew due to financial difficulties, making the 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 5–2 on aggregate in the promotion/relegation play-offs,[6] but were relegated again at the end of the 2016–17 season.


Winner: 1916–17, 1921–22, 1929–30, 1932–33
Runners-up: 1964–65
Winner: 1958–59
Promotion: 1962–63, 1991–92, 2012–13, 2016–17


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Below is a table with Go Ahead Eagles' domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.


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. Further teams who share a rivalry with Go Ahead Eagles include FC Twente, Vitesse Arnhem and De Graafschap.

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 August 2018[8]

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 Hobie Verhulst
2 Netherlands DF Julian Lelieveld (on loan from Vitesse)
3 Netherlands DF Gino Bosz
4 Netherlands DF Jeroen Veldmate (captain)
5 Netherlands DF Roland Baas
6 Netherlands MF Jeff Stans
7 Czech Republic FW Jaroslav Navrátil
8 Netherlands MF Istvan Bakx
9 Netherlands FW Thomas Verheydt
10 Netherlands MF Paco van Moorsel
11 Brazil FW Bruno Andrade
13 Netherlands DF Rick Ketting
14 Netherlands FW Givan Werkhoven
16 Netherlands GK Mark Spenkelink
17 Netherlands DF Julius Bliek
18 Netherlands GK Lars Jensen
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands MF Sjoerd Overgoor
21 Netherlands MF Thijs Dekker
22 Netherlands FW Pieter Langedijk
23 Netherlands MF Richard van der Venne
24 Netherlands MF Orhan Džepar
25 Netherlands MF Desney Bruinink
26 Netherlands FW Maarten Pouwels
27 Netherlands DF Dennis Hettinga
28 Netherlands MF Jairzinho Slijngard
29 Netherlands DF Jarno van den Bos
30 Armenia MF Gor Agbaljan
31 Netherlands DF Sam Beukema
32 Netherlands DF Joey Groenbast
33 Netherlands FW Giovanni Büttner
34 Netherlands FW Vince Gino Dekker

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

Managerial history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stadion - Go Ahead Eagles". ga-eagles.nl. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  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 (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Ferencváros maat te groot voor GA Eagles - GA Eagles (in Dutch)
  6. ^ Go Ahead Eagles naar eredivisie - De Telegraaf (in 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.
  8. ^ "Selectie". www.ga-eagles.nl. Go Ahead Eagles. Retrieved 25 January 2018.

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