De Graafschap

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De Graafschap
VBV De Graafschap Doetinchem.svg
Full nameVereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s)Superboeren (Super Farmers)
Founded1 February 1954; 65 years ago (1954-02-01)
GroundDe Vijverberg
ChairmanMartin Mos
ManagerMike Snoei
LeagueEerste Divisie
2018–19Eredivisie, 17th (relegated in the play-offs' final against Sparta Rotterdam)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈɣraːfsxɑp]) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, Netherlands, playing in the Eerste divisie, the second professional tier of football in the Netherlands.

It was formed on 1 February 1954 and they play their home games at the De Vijverberg stadium; the stadium was opened on 12 August 2000 and stands on the site of the club's old pitch. The club name is Dutch for "The County", they are nicknamed Superboeren ("Super Farmers").

While not a large club by European club football standards, the club has remained a semi-permanent fixture in the Eredivisie (top league); although to date it has never won any silverware of importance, it also has a large stadium and a large fan base when compared to many other Dutch teams, particularly those in the Eerste Divisie. They had a fierce rivalry with Vitesse Arnhem, but during the years due several circumstances Go Ahead Eagles began to be a rival as well.

The club's colors are blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and blue socks; the club's major sponsors are Pincvision and ATAG [nl].

De Graafschap's home base, De Vijverberg has been voted as the most atmospheric stadium in the Eredivisie for the 2018-19 campaign


De Graafschap had their longest streak in the Dutch top tier from 1995 until 2003. In the 1995-96 season De Graafschap finished in 8th place, an all time high. After this season results went down and in 2003 the club was relegated after finishing in last place (18th).

Since 2003, De Graafschap was relegated four times and gained promotion five times, they were crowned champions of the Eerste Divisie in 2007 and 2010, and won the promotion playoffs in 2004 and 2015.[1] De Graafschap never finished last in the Eredivisie since 2003 but lost relegation playoffs after finishing in 17th place in 2005, 2009 and 2012.[2] In the 2015-16 Eredivisie season De Graafschap were once again relegated through playoffs after finishing 17th but not before drawing 1-1 against AFC Ajax on the final day of the season, denying Ajax the championship. In 2018, the club gained promotion again by winning the promotion playoffs, beating Almere City FC in the playoffs finals. [3]



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


Current squad[edit]

As of 5 August, 2019[4]

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 Hidde Jurjus (on loan from PSV)
2 Netherlands DF Leeroy Owusu
4 Netherlands DF Ted van de Pavert (vice-captain)
7 Netherlands FW Mohamed Hamdaoui
8 Netherlands MF Frank Olijve
9 Netherlands FW Ralf Seuntjens (Captain)
11 Netherlands FW Daryl van Mieghem
14 Netherlands MF Stef Nijland
15 Netherlands DF Jordy Tutuarima
16 Netherlands GK Jordy Rondeel
17 Netherlands MF Jesse Schuurman
18 Netherlands MF Javier Vet
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands FW Jordy Thomassen
22 Netherlands GK Guus Vaags
23 Netherlands MF Jonathan Vergara Berrio
24 Netherlands DF Roland Baas
25 Netherlands DF Jasper van Heertum
30 Netherlands DF Milan Hilderink
31 Netherlands MF Matthijs van Nispen
32 Aruba DF Gregor Breinburg
36 Netherlands MF Dylan Chiazor
37 Netherlands GK Nick Van den Dam
45 Netherlands DF Toine van Huizen

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
Netherlands FW Marlon Versteeg (at SV Spakenburg until 30 June 2020)

Notable former players[edit]

The players below had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed represented their countries while playing for De Graafschap.

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Netherlands Henk de Jong
Assistant coaches Netherlands Richard Roelofsen
Netherlands Jan Oosterhuis
Netherlands Dennis te Braak
Goalkeeping coach Netherlands Edwin Susebeek

Former managers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ De Graafschap terug in eredivisie – Telegraaf (in Dutch)
  2. ^ De Graafschap gedegradeerd – NOS (in Dutch)
  3. ^ De Graafschap knokt zich voorbij Almere City en keert terug in Eredivisie – Voetbalprimeur (in Dutch)
  4. ^ "Eerste Elftal - De Graafschap".

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