Heracles Almelo

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Heracles Almelo
Heracles Almelo logo.jpg
Full name Heracles Almelo
Nickname(s) Heraclieden
Founded May 3, 1903; 113 years ago (1903-05-03)
Ground Polman Stadion
Ground Capacity 13,500
Chairman Jan Smit
Manager John Stegeman
League Eredivisie
2015–16 Eredivisie, 6th
Current season

Heracles Almelo is a football club from Almelo, The Netherlands. 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 May 3, 1903 as Heracles, after the demigod son of Zeus. They changed their name on July 1, 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
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 July 2016[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 Netherlands DF Mike te Wierik
4 Netherlands DF Robin Pröpper
6 Croatia MF Dario Vujičević
7 Netherlands FW Brahim Darri
8 Morocco MF Iliass Bel Hassani
9 Netherlands FW Paul Gladon
10 Netherlands MF Thomas Bruns
11 Netherlands FW Tarik Kada
12 Netherlands DF Wout Droste
14 Netherlands MF Joey Pelupessy
15 Czech Republic FW Jaroslav Navrátil
No. Position Player
17 Netherlands MF Brandley Kuwas
18 Netherlands DF Ramon Zomer
20 Netherlands MF Peter van Ooijen
21 Germany MF Robin Gosens
22 Netherlands FW Daryl van Mieghem
23 Netherlands MF Mark-Jan Fledderus (captain)
24 Armenia FW Gor Agbaljan
25 Netherlands GK Renze Fij
26 Netherlands MF Sander Thomas
27 Netherlands DF Justin Hoogma
30 Netherlands GK Michael Brouwer
31 Netherlands DF Marijn de Kler

Former managers[edit]


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