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Dutch Eredivisie


Dutch clubs struggle to compete

Dutch clubs are finding it increasingly difficult to compete even with the English championship in the transfer market.   Clubs like Ajax were at one time among Europe's leaders.

Many clubs in the Championship are willing to splash out in the hope of gaining promotion to the Premier League and new owners are willing to fund the expenditure.

FC Twente to fight relegation punishment

FC Twente are to fight a decision to relegate them from the Dutch Eredivisie, which they won in 2010, to the second division for financial irregularities.   The decision stems from the sale of player transfer fee rights to outside investors.

The licensing commission could have revoked their right to play professional football altogether, but this would have been difficult with a well supported club.   However, relegation will strain their finances.

Points deduction for not sorting out finances

The Dutch football authorities have deduced FC Twente three points for failing to make progress on required financial reforms.

One wonders if this could be used more widely given that fines are not a big constraint for wealthy clubs and even transfer embargoes or squad restrictions have their limitations.   It could, of course, only be applied at a domestic level.

Financial problems hit three Dutch clubs

The Dutch football association has placed three Eredivisie sides on special measures because of their precarious finances. FC Twente, NAC Breda and Excelsior will come under KNVB supervision as will De Graafschap and Fortuna Sittard from the Jupiler league.

Top 30 Benelux Football Clubs Ranked by Average Match Attendance 2013

AFC Ajax headed the list of the top thirty football clubs in Belgium and the Netherlands as ranked by average match attendances (domestic league matches - number of spectators) in season 2012/13.

The top tier in Holland is called the Eredivisie and consists of 18 clubs. In season 2012/13 the average attendance was 19,620 and the championship was won by AFC Ajax (its 32nd championship).

Mixed news for Ajax

Ajax didn't have a great night in the Champions League yesterday, losing 1-4 at home - but then it was to Real Madrid.

However, financially things are looking up for the club, to the extent that they are thinking of delisting from the Stock Exchange.  They are the only Dutch club still there.

NAC Breda in debt

NAC Breda is the latest Dutch club to hit financial problems.   It has debts of €3.6m after losing €4.2m last season.  A number of steps have been taken such as reducing the number of first team players and cutting bonuses.

13 Dutch clubs in financial danger zone

13 professional Dutch football clubs are listed as being in the financial danger zone and in need of supervision by the Dutch football authorities.  They include Feyenoord while Ajax and PSV are clubs whose finances are said to be need of attention.

Financial crisis in Dutch football

Dutch football clubs are mired in a financial crisis.    They made a combined loss of €90m in the season just ended.   Only six out of 37 professional clubs are financially healthy and 14 face financial difficulties.   Two clubs have been bailed out by their local council which certainly wouldn't happen in England, indeed it is questionable whether it would be lawful to do so.

Feyenoord Rotterdam NV

Traditional Feyenoord football shirt

The club's roots began with the establishment of Wilhelmina football club in 1908, becoming Hillesluise in 1909, then RVV Celeritas and finally SC Feijenoord in 1912, being named after the city district in which the team was founded. Playing as Feyenoord the club has won 14 Dutch Championships (Eredivisie), 11 Dutch Cups (KNVB Cups), 1 European Cup and 2 UEFA Cups. Home matches are played at the Feijenoord Stadion (more commonly known as 'De Kuip' - trans. 'The Tub') which has a capacity of 51,577 spectators.