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THE EREDIVISIE: HIGHEST LEVEL OF THE NETHERLANDS FOOTBALL
The Eredivisie is the most prestigious men’s football league in the Netherlands. The competition is famed internationally for its breathtaking matches with many impressive goals. This is also an attractive breeding ground for young talents all over the country. For more information, don’t ignore this post of Betimate today! Not only you can learn more about this league but we also provide you with the Netherlands Eredivisie Predictions.
WHAT IS THE NETHERLANDS EREDIVISIE?
The Eredivisie is known as the Honour Division or the Premier Division. This is the highest tier of professional football in the Netherlands which is under the administration of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB).
From the foundation of the Dutch national football championship in 1898 until 1954, the competition was purely an amateur one with the ranking decided through play-offs by clubs who had previously won their regional league.
The official Eredivisie league was established in 1956, two years after the start of professional football in the Netherlands. In the period from 1990 to 1999, the official name of the competition was PTT Telecompetitie due to the sponsor of PTT Telecom. It was renamed to KPN Telecompetitie in 1999 and to KPN Eredivisie in 2000. From 2002 to 2005, the league was played under the name Holland Casino Eredivisie.
On 8 August 2012, tycoon Rupert Murdoch had secured the rights to the Netherland Eredivisie for 12 years at the expense of 1 billion euros, beginning in the 2013-14 season. According to this deal, the five largest Eredivisie teams should receive 5 million euros each year for the duration of the contract. When it comes to TV ratings, the competition becomes more and more famous. There are millions of fans following the league both at the stadium and at home on prime-time television every week of the season. As of the 2020-21 season, the Eredivisie is ranked the 8th best European league by UEFA.
HOW IS THE FORMAT OF THE NETHERLANDS EREDIVISIE?
The Eredivisie often begins in September and finishes in May of the next year with the participation of 18 clubs. Each team meets every other club twice during the season, once at home and once away. At the end of every season, the winner of the league claims the Dutch National Championship and is automatically promoted to the UEFA Champions League group stage. Other berths for European club competitions are decided by play-off matches. The two clubs at the bottom of the league are relegated to the second level of the Dutch league system, the Eerste Divisie (First Division), while the top two of the Eerste Divisie are automatically promoted to the Premier Division instead. The third team from the bottom position of the Eredivisie goes to separate play-offs with 8 high-ranked clubs from the First Division.
Netherland Eredivisie teams
TOP 10 CLUB PERFORMANCES IN THE EREDIVISIE
At the moment, Ajax Amsterdam is the strongest Dutch football team with 35 times becoming the champion of the league. The team has also won the winning title in the latest season (2020-21). PSV Eindhoven is next with 22 winning times, and Feyenoord follows with 15 times. These teams are considered the “Big Three” of Dutch football which has won almost all titles from the 1956-57 season.
WHICH TEAMS ARE PLAYING IN THE NETHERLANDS EREDIVISIE? (2021-22)
The current highest-ranked teams are still the most powerful teams in the Netherlands like Ajax and PSV. However, the positions of other teams are also very impressive, which promise to have great changes in the following matches.
(updated on March, 9th,2022)
FAQS ABOUT THE NETHERLANDS EREDIVISIE
Who are the Eredivisie top scorers?
- The all-time Eredivisie goal record: Willy van der Kuijlen with 311 career goals in total.
- The player hitting the most goals in a season: Coen Dillen ( PSV) with 43 times scoring.
- The record for the quickest goal in the Eredivisie: Koos Waslander scored after just 8 seconds in 1982.
- The player hitting the most goals in a single match: Afonso Alves hit the back of the net 7 times for SC Heerenveen in their 9-0 victory over Heracles Almelo.
What are the awards at the end of the Eredivisie?
The champion of the Eredivisie is awarded the prestigious trophy of the league. It is a silver plate with a 60-centimeter diameter. Besides, at the end of each season, prizes named “ Team of the season”, “Player of the season”, “Young player of the year”, “Goal of the season”, “Eredivisie Best Eleven” are also rewarded.