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De Graafschap

De Graafschap
Full name Vereniging Betaald Voetbal
De Graafschap
Nickname(s) Superboeren (Super Farmers)
Founded February 1, 1954 (1954-02-01)
Ground De Vijverberg
Ground Capacity 12.600
Chairman Hans Veldhorst
Manager Jan Vreman
League Eredivisie
2014–15 Eerste Divisie, 6th (promoted by play-offs)

De Graafschap (Dutch pronunciation: ) is a professional football club from Doetinchem, 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 name of the club means "The County" in Dutch although they are nicknamed the Superboeren ("Super Farmers").

While not a large club by European club football standards, the club has remained a semi-permanent fixture in the Dutch 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 have a fierce rivalry with Vitesse Arnhem.


  • History 1
  • Honours 2
  • Results 3
  • Current squad 4
  • Former managers 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


In 1995, their first season back in the top flight, De Graafschap lost out in the play-offs and were relegated from the Eredivisie. In 2003, it was defeated again in the playoffs, this time as a promotion candidate.

They were crowned champions of the Eerste Divisie for the 2009–10 season. At the end of the 2011–12 season, De Graafschap were again relegated from the Eredivisie.[1] They finished 6th in the 2014/15 Eerste Divisie, but won promotion to the top tier after beating Volendam in the promotion/relegation play-offs.[2]

Their colors are blue and white hooped shirts with white shorts and blue socks.


  • Promoted to Eredivisie
    • Promotion: 1973, 1981, 1995, 2004, 2010, 2015


Season League Rank Games Points GF GA Manager Top Scorer Goals
1999-00 Eredivisie 14 34 33 41 60 Rob McDonald Eric Viscaal
2000–01 Eredivisie 15 34 31 44 66 Jurrie Koolhof Marino Promes
2001–02 Eredivisie 14 34 37 43 55 Jurrie Koolhof Martijn Meerdink
2002–03 Eredivisie 18 34 23 35 84 Peter Bosz Hans van de Haar
2003–04 Eerste divisie 6 36 64 63 43 Frans Adelaar Jhon van Beukering / Hilmi Mihci
2004–05 Eredivisie 17 34 23 32 78 Gert Kruys / Andries Ulderink Jhon van Beukering
2005–06 Eerste divisie 5 38 62 63 51 Jan de Jonge Donny de Groot
2006–07 Eerste divisie 1 38 83 88 41 Jan de Jonge Berry Powel
2007–08 Eredivisie 16 34 30 33 64 Jan de Jonge Donny de Groot
2008–09 Eredivisie 17 34 30 24 58 Henk van Stee / Darije Kalezić Jason Oost / Ben Sahar
2009–10 Eerste divisie 1 38 81 85 34 Darije Kalezić Hugo Bargas
2010–11 Eredivisie 14 34 38 31 56 Darije Kalezić Rydell Poepon
2011–12 Eredivisie 17 34 24 36 74 Andries Ulderink / Richard Roelofsen Michael de Leeuw
2012–13 Eerste divisie 8 30 45 57 41 Pieter Huistra Anco Jansen
2013–14 Eerste divisie 7 38 58 67 48 Pieter Huistra / Jimmy Calderwood / Jan Vreman Piotr Parzyszek
2014–15 Eerste divisie 6 38 61 73 49 Jan Vreman Jerry van Ewijk / Vincent Vermeij

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

Current squad

As of 1 September 2015

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Hidde Jurjus
2 DF Thijs Bouma
3 DF Robin Pröpper
4 DF Ted van de Pavert (captain)
5 DF Jeroen Tesselaar
6 MF Lion Kaak
7 MF Alexander Bannink
8 MF Karim Tarfi
9 FW Vincent Vermeij
10 MF Dean Koolhof
11 FW Erik Quekel
12 DF Bart Straalman
13 FW Cas Peters
14 MF Bryan Smeets
15 MF Andrew Driver
16 GK Jasper Heusinkveld
No. Position Player
17 FW Nathan Kabasele (on loan from Anderlecht)
18 DF Tim Linthorst
19 DF Nathaniël Will
20 MF Youssef El Jebli
21 MF Jeroen Meurs
23 FW Kristopher Vida
24 DF Jan Lammers
25 DF Tolgahan Çiçek
27 FW Shant Bedrosian
28 MF Mart de Jong
29 MF Tom Menting
30 DF Mart Raterink
31 MF Tom Klein Kranenberg
36 MF Osama Ben Kaddour
41 GK Eric Verstappen

Former managers

See also


  1. ^ De Graafschap gedegradeerd – NOS (Dutch)
  2. ^ De Graafschap terug in eredivisie – Telegraaf (Dutch)

External links

  • Official website (Dutch)
  • SuperboerenFansite (Dutch)
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