De Graafschap
De Graafschap
Top (left to right): Camiel Neghli, Harry Bakker, Didi van Gelder de la Torra, Melvin van de Haar, Gian Luca van der Wulp, Rida Azzouz, Quinn Vervelde, Siep Rompelaar, Mart Zwiers, Joris Kuipers
Center (left to right): Mark Vriezekolk (masseur), Martin Konijnenberg (team manager), Nick Kaaijmolen, Gilles Duiverman Mc Ewan, Piet Halman, Thomas Kleinpenning, Ebbe Wenting, Timo Jochemsen, Milan Hilderink, Lynden Leidsman, Martijn Damen (physio), Marco Konijnenberg (kit man)
Bottom (left to right): Gijs Schalks, Pim Lukassen, Kevin Swarthoff (goalkeeper coach), Ralf Timmer (ass. coach), Tim Bakens (head coach), Lion Kaak (ass. coach), Milenko Visser (techn.coach), Sam Oonincx, Kyarmen Heering


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, including the current volume, 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.
Currently, players like Harry Bakker, Milan Hilderink and Quinn Verveld are talents who follow the same path and are the professional football players of the future. They will also be present at the Karel Stegeman Toernooi.
De Graafschap Pincvision Football Academy is De Graafschap’s youth academy. This season the Football Academy has 10 teams between U9 and U19, a number of them play in the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie.

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