2014–15 Eredivisie

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Eredivisie
Season 2014–15
Champions PSV (22nd title)
Relegated NAC Breda
Go Ahead Eagles
FC Dordrecht
Champions League PSV
Ajax
Europa League AZ
Groningen
Go Ahead Eagles
Vitesse
Matches played 306
Goals scored 942 (3.08 per match)
Top goalscorer Memphis Depay
(22 goals)
Biggest home win PSV 6–1 NAC Breda
(16 August 2014)
Vitesse Arnhem 6–1
ADO Den Haag
(3 October 2014)
Heracles 6–1
NAC Breda
(4 October 2014)
Ajax 5–0 Willem II
(6 December 2014)
PSV 5–0 Go Ahead Eagles
(20 December 2014)
Utrecht 6–1 Dordrecht
(15 February 2015)
Biggest away win Excelsior 0–5 PEC Zwolle
(30 November 2014)
Twente 0–5 PSV
(4 April 2015)
Highest scoring NAC Breda 4–5 Groningen
(17 May 2015)
Longest winning run 10 games[1]
PSV
Longest unbeaten run 17 games[1]
PSV
Longest winless run 17 games[1]
Dordrecht
Longest losing run 9 games[1]
Dordrecht
Highest attendance 52,472[1]
Ajax 0–0 Feyenoord
(25 January 2015)
Lowest attendance 3,149[1]
Excelsior 3–1 Heracles
(30 August 2014)
Total attendance 5,727,077[1]
Average attendance 18,715[1]

The 2014–15 Eredivisie season was the 59th season of the Eredivisie since its establishment in 1955. On 18 April 2015, PSV were confirmed as champions of the season, thus ending the four-year reign of Ajax.

Teams[edit]

A total of 18 teams took part in the league: The best fifteen teams from the 2013–14 season, two promotion/relegation playoff winners and the 2013–14 Eerste Divisie champions.

There are three teams that played in the 2013–14 Eerste Divisie that were promoted to the Eredivisie for the 2014–15 season. Willem II returned to the Eredivisie after just one season by winning its first Eerste Divisie title in 49 years. Meanwhile, FC Dordrecht and Excelsior navigated to the promotion/relegation playoffs to reach the Eredivisie, with both clubs having received byes after finishing second and third in the Eerste Divisie. FC Dordrecht swept both legs against VVV-Venlo 5–2 on aggregate in the second round before facing another Eerste Divisie club for a spot in the Eredivisie (after Sparta Rotterdam sent NEC Nijmegen into relegation). FC Dordrecht won 5–3 on aggregate to return to the Eredivisie for the first time in 19 years.[2]

Excelsior returned after two seasons in the Eerste Divisie by first overcoming FC Den Bosch 5–2 on aggregate before relegating RKC Waalwijk from the league by winning 4–2 on aggregate.[3]

Club Location Venue Capacity
ADO Den Haag The Hague Kyocera Stadion 15,000
Ajax Amsterdam Amsterdam ArenA 53,052
AZ Alkmaar AFAS Stadion 17,023
Cambuur Leeuwarden Cambuur Stadion 10,250
Dordrecht Dordrecht GN Bouw Stadion 4,088
Excelsior Rotterdam Stadion Woudestein 3,531
Feyenoord Rotterdam De Kuip 51,177
Go Ahead Eagles Deventer Adelaarshorst 8,000
Groningen Groningen Euroborg 22,550
Heerenveen Heerenveen Abe Lenstra Stadion 26,100
Heracles Almelo Almelo Polman Stadion 8,500
NAC Breda Breda Rat Verlegh Stadion 19,000
PEC Zwolle Zwolle IJsseldelta Stadion 12,500
PSV Eindhoven Philips Stadion 36,000
Twente Enschede De Grolsch Veste 30,205
Utrecht Utrecht Stadion Galgenwaard 23,750
Vitesse Arnhem Arnhem GelreDome 25,000
Willem II Tilburg Koning Willem II Stadion 14,637

Personnel and kits[edit]

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

Team Manager Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
ADO Den Haag Netherlands Henk Fräser Erreà Basic-Fit Fitness
Ajax Netherlands Frank de Boer adidas Ziggo
AZ Netherlands John van den Brom Macron AFAS software
Cambuur Netherlands Henk de Jong Quick Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma
Dordrecht Netherlands Jan Everse Macron Riwal
Excelsior Netherlands Marinus Dijkhuizen Masita DSW Zorgverzekeraar
Feyenoord Netherlands Fred Rutten adidas Opel
Go Ahead Eagles Netherlands Dennis Demmers hummel Drukwerkdeal.nl
Groningen Netherlands Erwin van de Looi Masita Essent
Heerenveen Netherlands Dwight Lodeweges Jako Univé
Heracles Almelo Netherlands John Stegeman Erima TenCate
NAC Breda Netherlands Robert Maaskant Umbro Into Telecom
PEC Zwolle Netherlands Ron Jans Patrick Compello
PSV Netherlands Phillip Cocu Nike Philips
Twente Netherlands Alfred Schreuder Nike XXImo
Utrecht Netherlands Rob Alflen hummel HealthCity
Vitesse Netherlands Peter Bosz Macron Truphone
Willem II Netherlands Jurgen Streppel Robey Tricorp

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Heerenveen Netherlands Marco van Basten End of contract 1 July 2014[4] Pre-season Netherlands Dwight Lodeweges 1 July 2014[5]
AZ Netherlands Dick Advocaat End of contract 1 July 2014[6] Netherlands Marco van Basten 1 July 2014[7]
Feyenoord Netherlands Ronald Koeman End of contract 1 July 2014[8] Netherlands Fred Rutten 1 July 2014[9]
Utrecht Netherlands Jan Wouters Mutual consent 1 July 2014[10] Netherlands Rob Alflen 1 July 2014[11]
Dordrecht Netherlands Harry van den Ham End of contract 1 July 2014[12] Netherlands Ernie Brandts 1 July 2014[13]
Heracles Almelo Netherlands Jan de Jonge Sacked 31 August 2014[14] 18th Netherlands John Stegeman 17 September 2014[15]
AZ Netherlands Marco van Basten Mutual consent 16 September 2014[16] 12th Netherlands John van den Brom 29 September 2014[17]
NAC Breda Serbia Nebojša Gudelj Sacked 13 October 2014[18] 15th Netherlands Eric Hellemons (interim) 14 October 2014[19]
NAC Breda Netherlands Eric Hellemons Sacked 2 January 2015[18] 17th Netherlands Robert Maaskant 3 January 2015[19]
Dordrecht Netherlands Ernie Brandts Sacked 19 February 2015[20] 18th Netherlands Jan Everse (interim) 10 March 2015
Go Ahead Eagles Netherlands Foeke Booy Sacked 22 March 2015[21] 17th Netherlands Dennis Demmers (interim) 22 March 2015
Feyenoord Netherlands Fred Rutten Sacked 17 May 2015[22] 4th Netherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst 17 May 2015

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 PSV (C) 34 29 1 4 92 31 +61 88 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Ajax 34 21 8 5 69 29 +40 71 Qualification to Champions League third qualifying round
3 AZ 34 19 5 10 63 56 +7 62 Qualification to Europa League third qualifying round
4 Feyenoord 34 17 8 9 56 39 +17 59 Qualification to European competition play-offs[a]
5 Vitesse (O) 34 16 10 8 66 43 +23 58
6 PEC Zwolle 34 16 5 13 59 43 +16 53
7 Heerenveen 34 13 11 10 53 46 +7 50
8 Groningen 34 11 13 10 49 53 −4 46 Qualification to Europa League group stage[b]
9 Willem II 34 13 7 14 46 50 −4 46
10 Twente[c] 34 13 10 11 56 51 +5 43
11 Utrecht 34 11 8 15 60 62 −2 41
12 Cambuur 34 11 8 15 46 56 −10 41
13 ADO Den Haag 34 9 10 15 44 53 −9 37
14 Heracles 34 11 4 19 47 64 −17 37
15 Excelsior 34 6 14 14 47 63 −16 32
16 NAC Breda (R) 34 6 10 18 36 68 −32 28 Qualification to Relegation play-offs[d]
17 Go Ahead Eagles (R) 34 7 6 21 29 59 −30 27 Qualification to EL first qualifying round and relegation play-offs[e]
18 Dordrecht (R) 34 4 8 22 24 76 −52 20 Relegation to the Eerste Divisie
Updated to match(es) played on 17 May 2015. Source: NUsport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Four teams played for a spot in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
  2. ^ Groningen qualified for the Europa League group stage by winning the 2014–15 KNVB Cup.
  3. ^ FC Twente were deducted three points twice since they did not meet the financial standards set by the KNVB.
  4. ^ Ten teams, two from the Eredivisie and eight from the Eerste Divisie, played for two spots in the 2015–16 Eredivisie, the remaining eight teams play in the 2015–16 Eerste Divisie.
  5. ^ Go Ahead Eagles was awarded a spot in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League first qualifying round because of its Fair Play ranking. They were also relegated to the 2015–16 Eerste Divisie after losing in the second round of the relegation play-offs.

Positions by round[edit]

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
PSV3111111111111111111111111111111111
Ajax1237522222222222222222222222222222
AZ27148129679101265545655554443444455443
Feyenoord769101415121083344334333343334333333334
Vitesse Arnhem1714171717171311771111121111121012121098775655544555
PEC Zwolle4423233344657653444435556567677766
Heerenveen1312854446658710121291187776667776766677
Groningen5342610891111710877889988101111118111110108888
Willem II151712161181081299129891012101011119109101210898101099
Twente8101313865558433466566667889989111111121110
Utrecht1695910791210131091110101191111121213121212111212121312111211
Cambuur810643574365869877789101191081091089991012
ADO Den Haag1412712131315161615151415151616141415151414141314141414131213131313
Heracles18181818181818181818171717161514151516161616161616161515151515141414
Excelsior8511691111131412131313141413131313131312131413131313141414151515
NAC Breda815151171214151516161616171717171717171717171717171716161616161616
Go Ahead Eagles12161614151416141314141514131315161614141515151515151617171717171717
Dordrecht68915161617171717181818181818181818181818181818181818181818181818
Leader and 2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage
2015–16 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
European competition play-offs
Relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2015–16 Eerste Divisie
Source: NUsport

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ADO AJX AZ CAM DOR EXC FEY GAE GRO HEE HER NAC PEC PSV TWE UTR VIT WII
ADO Den Haag 1–1 2–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–3 3–2 3–2 2–3 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–2
Ajax 1–0 0–1 3–0 4–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 4–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–3 4–2 3–1 4–1 5–0
AZ 3–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–3 1–4 2–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 3–2 1–0 2–4 2–2 0–3 1–0 2–0
Cambuur 3–2 2–4 0–2 4–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–2
Dordrecht 0–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–6 0–4
Excelsior 2–3 0–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 2–5 3–2 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–5 2–3 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–3
Feyenoord 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 0–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–4 1–2
Go Ahead Eagles 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–4 2–3 1–1 1–3 2–0 3–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–0
Groningen 1–1 2–0 2–4 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–0
Heerenveen 0–0 1–4 5–2 2–2 1–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 1–3 3–1 4–1 1–1
Heracles 3–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 1–1 0–3 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–4 6–1 2–0 1–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–3
NAC Breda 1–1 2–5 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 4–5 0–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 0–1 0–0
PEC Zwolle 3–1 1–1 1–1 6–1 4–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 4–2 4–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–0
PSV 1–0 1–3 3–0 4–0 3–0 3–0 4–3 5–0 2–1 4–1 2–0 6–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–1
Twente 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 1–3 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–5 3–1 1–2 3–2
Utrecht 0–0 1–1 6–2 1–3 6–1 2–2 0–0 2–3 1–0 1–2 2–4 3–4 0–2 1–5 1–0 3–1 2–1
Vitesse Arnhem 6–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 2–2 3–3 2–0
Willem II 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–4 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–4
Updated to match(es) played on 17 May 2015. Source: NUsport

Season statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals[23]
1 Netherlands Memphis Depay PSV 22
2 Netherlands Luuk de Jong PSV 20
3 Netherlands Michael de Leeuw Groningen 17
Netherlands Michiel Kramer ADO Den Haag
5 Netherlands Tjaronn Chery Groningen 15
Germany Mark Uth SC Heerenveen
7 Morocco Adnane Tighadouini NAC Breda 14
Netherlands Georginio Wijnaldum PSV
9 Nigeria Bartholomew Ogbeche Cambuur 13
Burkina Faso Bertrand Traoré Vitesse
Netherlands Tom van Weert Excelsior
Netherlands Hakim Ziyech Heerenveen / Twente

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists[23]
1 Netherlands Hakim Ziyech Heerenveen / Twente 16
2 Netherlands Jetro Willems PSV 12
3 Netherlands Luciano Narsingh PSV 10
Germany Mark Uth Heerenveen
4 Netherlands Luuk de Jong PSV 9
Netherlands Davy Klaassen Ajax
6 Netherlands Roland Alberg ADO Den Haag 8
Netherlands Anwar El Ghazi Ajax
Netherlands Bryan Linssen Heracles Almelo
Netherlands Furdjel Narsingh Cambuur
Denmark Lasse Schöne Ajax
Netherlands Marko Vejinović Vitesse Arnhem

Play-offs[edit]

European competition[edit]

Four teams played for a spot in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
Heerenveen (e) 12 3
 
 
 
Feyenoord 02 2
 
Heerenveen 22 4
 
 
 
Vitesse Arnhem* 25 7
 
PEC Zwolle 11 2
 
 
Vitesse Arnhem 21 3
 
Key: * = Play-off winners, (a) = Wins because of away goals rule, (e) = Wins after extra time in second leg, (p) = Wins after penalty shoot-out.

Promotion/relegation play-offs[edit]

Ten teams, two from the Eredivisie and eight from the Eerste Divisie, played for two spots in the 2015–16 Eredivisie, the remaining eight teams play in the 2015–16 Eerste Divisie.

 
First roundSecond roundThird round
 
                
 
 
 
 
Almere City 11 2
 
 
 
De Graafschap (e) 12 3
 
De Graafschap 11 2
 
 
Go Ahead Eagles 00 0
 
 
 
 
 
De Graafschap* 01 1
 
 
Volendam 00 0
 
 
 
 
 
Volendam 21 3
 
 
Eindhoven 11 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oss 10 1
 
 
 
VVV-Venlo 20 2
 
VVV-Venlo 00 0
 
 
NAC Breda 13 4
 
 
 
 
 
NAC Breda 11 2
 
 
Roda JC Kerkrade* (a, e)02 2
 
 
 
 
 
Emmen 02 2
 
 
Roda JC Kerkrade 12 3
 
 
 
 
Key: * = Play-off winners, (a) = Wins because of away goals rule, (e) = Wins after extra time in second leg, (p) = Wins after penalty shoot-out.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2014/05/18/netherlands/nacompetitie/rkc-waalwijk/sbv-excelsior/1681057/
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  18. ^ a b "NAC Breda ontslaat trainer Gudelj". NOS (in Dutch). 13 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
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  20. ^ "Brandts per direct weg als trainer FC Dordrecht". VI (in Dutch). 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Trainer Foeke Booy al per direct weg bij Go Ahead Eagles". NRC (in Dutch). 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Trainer Feyenoord ontslagen na nederlaag tegen PEC Zwolle". NRC (in Dutch). 17 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
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