Heracles Almelo

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Heracles Almelo
Heracles Almelo logo.jpg
Full name Heracles Almelo
Nickname(s) Heraclieden
Founded 1903; 114 years ago (1903)
Ground Polman Stadion, Almelo
Ground Capacity 13,500
Chairman Jan Smit
Manager John Stegeman
League Eredivisie
2016–17 Eredivisie, 10th
Website Club home page
Current season

Heracles Almelo is a Dutch professional football club based in Almelo, founded in 1903. The club has won the Dutch national title twice, in 1927 and 1941.

In the 2004–05 season, Heracles won the title in the Eerste Divisie, so that during the 2005–06 season, Heracles played in the Eredivisie, where they finished 13th. The average attendance in 2004–05 was 5,700 people. In the recent[when?] top flight seasons, this has risen to just over 8,300[citation needed] (close to the maximum capacity of 8,500).

In 2012 Heracles competed in its first Dutch cup final, which it lost to PSV in the Rotterdam Stadium De Kuip.


Heracles Almelo currently play at the Polman Stadion in Almelo. The Polman Stadion was built in 1999 with a capacity 6,900, this was expanded in 2005 to hold 8,500. The pitch at the Polman Stadion is artificial turf. After renovation of the stadium at the beginning of season 2015–16 it holds 13.500 supporters.


The club was founded on 3 May 1903 as Heracles, after the demigod son of Zeus. They changed their name on 1 July 1974 to SC Heracles '74 and finally settled on the current name in 1998.

In the 2015/16 season, Heracles finished sixth in the Eredevisie, so the club could participate in the playoffs for European football. The club first defeated FC Groningen and then FC Utrecht. Heracles thus qualified for the first time in club history for European football, in the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.[1]



Domestic results[edit]

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

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Portugal Arouca 1–1 0–0 1–1
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 June 2017[3]

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 Belgium GK Bram Castro
2 Netherlands DF Tim Breukers
3 Belgium DF Dries Wuytens
4 Netherlands DF Robin Pröpper
5 Netherlands DF Bart van Hintum
6 Belgium DF Dario Van den Buijs
7 Netherlands FW Brahim Darri
8 Netherlands MF Lerin Duarte
9 Netherlands FW Paul Gladon (on loan from Wolverhampton)
10 Sweden FW Samuel Armenteros
11 Netherlands FW Tarik Kada
12 Netherlands DF Wout Droste
No. Position Player
14 Netherlands MF Joey Pelupessy
15 Czech Republic FW Jaroslav Navrátil
17 Curaçao MF Brandley Kuwas
18 Sweden FW Kristoffer Peterson
19 Netherlands FW Vincent Vermeij
20 Netherlands MF Peter van Ooijen
22 Netherlands FW Daryl van Mieghem
24 Armenia FW Gor Agbaljan
26 Netherlands GK Harm Zeinstra
28 Netherlands GK Michael Brouwer
29 Netherlands MF Reuven Niemeijer
35 Netherlands MF Jamiro Monteiro

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
25 Netherlands GK Renze Fij (at FC Dordrecht until 30 June 2017)

Former managers[edit]


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