De Graafschap
De Graafschap
Top (left to right): Jeroen Rijntjes (physio), Edwin Suselbeek (goalkeeper coach), Kyan Lever, Sem Went, Ruben Radstake, Wilkins Afreyie, Ruben van Strien, Max Kamphuis (masseur), Max Jansen (physio)
Center (left to right): Eugene van Londen (team manager), Kellen Berkel, Elie Raterink, André Voznyi, Hugo van Dikkenberg, Jesse Oostendorp, Nick Hartgers, Herman Wassink (kit man)
Bottom (left to right): Basar Onal, Levi Schoppema, Stan Weevers, Henk Drent (assistant coach), Jan Vreman (head coach), Brian Hoogeweide (assistant coach), Soufian Daif, Giel Slijkhuis, Mert Bulut


De Graafschap is one of the clubs that has been at the cradle of professional football in the Netherlands. Following the refusal of the KNVB to introduce professional football, the ‘wild association’ NBVB was set up. Professional football would be played in this league, for which new clubs were established. On February 1, 1954, the professional football club (De Graafschap) was established in Doetinchem. From the establishment of the club, De Graafschap has played 23 seasons at the highest level.

In the past, De Graafschap has produced various well-known football players through its youth academy. Players such as Guus Hiddink, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Luuk and Siem de Jong, but also Hidde Jurjus and Ted van de Pavert are talents who have played in the youth teams of De Graafschap and now are playing in the A-team.

The team that travels to Ruurlo finished in second place behind Willem II in the autumn competition 2021 and therefore now plays in the second division. From this team, Devin Haen and Phillip Brettijn are now regular selection players with the first team of de Graafschap and in the meantime their coach Jan Vreman has also switched to the first team as interim coach for the rest of this season.

De Graafschap participates in this tournament for the 21st time and is therefore a record participant. Basar Onal, who plays for Turkey U19 and recently made his debut in professional football at de Graafschap, is one of the most striking players at the “Superboeren”.

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