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Eredivisie Preview: How all 18 clubs are shaping up

Friday 10th August 2018

European football is back. The FIFA World Cup eased the downtime. For Netherlands’ football enthusiasts, however, Russia offered little help with l'Oranje at home. The game died when Eredivisie climaxed in May.

Dutch football's 63rd edition kicks off this weekend. Although Holland’s first division has fallen down the ranks in recent years, it still offers the same excitement for emerging prospects. The natives, too. Especially those from the acclaimed ‘Big Three’ of Dutch football; Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotherham.

Record champions Ajax intend to end PSV’s recent foothold on the title. The Farmers have harvested three of the previous four editions, including last season. Despite being the Sons of the Gods, Ajax has been merely mortal. Feyenoord's barren patch continues with just one title since the millennium turned.

Further down the table, several teams are prepared to slug it out for the Europa League play-offs. The battle between Utrecht, Vitesse, AZ, Heerenveen and Groningen will be exciting.

Emmen, De Graafschap and Fortuna Sittard are the promoted newbies, which is not a Dutch word although it should be. The trio all plan to upset the status quo and finish the season still in the division.

Here's a summary of all 18 clubs' status heading into Match Day One.

Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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