2006–07 Eredivisie

The 2006–07 season of the Eredivisie began on August 18, 2006. The season saw PSV Eindhoven quickly building a gap with the other teams. After 20 matches, the club was 11 points ahead of AZ and 12 points ahead of Ajax. The lead quickly dissipated in the 13 matches that followed. A draw of PSV at FC Utrecht in the penultimate round saw AZ and Ajax catching up. The three clubs were all on 72 points from 33 matches, with the AZ on top due to goal difference. Ajax were second, PSV were third. AZ suffered a shock defeat at league minnows Excelsior Rotterdam in the final round, playing with 10 men after 15 minutes in the game. Ajax won 0-2 at Willem II, and PSV beat Vitesse 5-1. PSV and Ajax both finished on 75 points, but PSV finished first due to a better goal difference (+50, against +49 for Ajax) to end one of the most exciting and closest title races in many years.

Eredivisie
Season2006–07
ChampionsPSV
(20th title)
PromotedExcelsior
RelegatedDen Haag
RKC Waalwijk
Champions LeaguePSV
Ajax
UEFA CupFC Groningen
AZ
SC Heerenveen
FC Twente
Intertoto CupUtrecht
Top goalscorerAfonso Alves (Heerenveen, 34)
Biggest home winAZ 8–1 NAC (2007-10-07)
Biggest away winPSV 1–5 Ajax (2007-08-19)
Highest scoringAZ 8–1 NAC (2007-10-07)
Average attendance18,078/game

This team was promoted from the Eerste Divisie at the start of the season:

Relegated teams

The following teams were relegated to the Eerste Divisie at the end of the season:

The following teams were promoted from the Eerste Divisie at the end of the season:

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 PSV (C) 34 23 6 5 75 25 +50 75 Qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League
2 Ajax 34 23 6 5 84 35 +49 75 Won the 2006–07 KNVB Cup, qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League
3 AZ 34 21 9 4 83 31 +52 72 Played in the 2006–07 KNVB Cup, qualified for the UEFA CUP
4 Twente 34 19 9 6 67 37 +30 66
5 Heerenveen 34 16 7 11 60 43 +17 55
6 Roda JC 34 15 9 10 47 36 +11 54 Qualified for the UEFA Cup playoffs
7 Feyenoord 34 15 8 11 56 66 10 53
8 Groningen 34 15 6 13 54 54 0 51
9 Utrecht 34 13 9 12 41 44 3 48
10 NEC 34 12 8 14 36 44 8 44 Qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup playoffs
11 NAC Breda 34 12 7 15 43 54 11 43
12 Vitesse Arnhem 34 10 8 16 50 55 5 38
13 Sparta Rotterdam 34 10 7 17 40 66 26 37
14 Heracles Almelo 34 7 11 16 32 64 32 32
15 Willem II 34 8 7 19 31 64 33 31
16 Excelsior 34 8 6 20 43 64 21 30 Play in relegation playoffs
17 RKC Waalwijk 34 6 9 19 33 60 27 27
18 ADO Den Haag 34 3 8 23 40 72 32 17 Relegated to the 2007–08 Eerste Divisie
Source:
(C) Champion.
 Eredivisie 2006–07 Winners 
PSV
20th title

Play-offs

For UEFA competitions

For one Champions League ticket and three UEFA Cup tickets

Matches A and B Match E
      
5 SC Heerenveen 1
2 Ajax 4
A Ajax 4
B AZ 2
4 FC Twente 1
3 AZ 3

Ajax have qualified for 2007–08 UEFA Champions League. AZ, FC Twente and Heerenveen have qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup.

For one UEFA Cup ticket and possibly one Intertoto Cup ticket

Matches C and D Match G
      
9 FC Utrecht (advances on away goals) 1
6 Roda JC 1
C FC Utrecht 1
D FC Groningen 4
8 FC Groningen 3
7 Feyenoord 2

FC Groningen have qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. FC Utrecht faced Vitesse (the team winning match J) for one ticket to the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2007.

For possibly one Intertoto Cup ticket

Matches H and I Match J
      
13 Sparta Rotterdam 2
10 NEC 3
H NEC 0
I Vitesse 3
12 Vitesse 4
11 NAC Breda 2

Vitesse faced FC Utrecht (the team losing match G) for one ticket to the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2007.

For the Intertoto Cup ticket

Match K
   
G FC Utrecht 2 (a)
J Vitesse 2

FC Utrecht have qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2007.

Relegation playoffs

Round 1
Team #1 Aggregate Team #2 Match 1 Match 2 Match 3
FC Zwolle1-2FC Dordrecht0-11-1Not played
BV Veendam5-3Go Ahead Eagles5-10-2Not played

All teams play a home and an away match, with the possibility of a third match in case of a tie. The team that has scored the most away goals in the first two legs will play the deciding third leg at home. If both teams have scored an equal amount of away goals, a penalty shootout after the second leg will decide who plays at home in the third leg.

Round 2
Team #1 Aggregate Team #2 Match 1 Match 2 Match 3
FC Dordrecht2-5RKC Waalwijk2-00-20-3
FC Den Bosch2-3VVV-Venlo1-21-00-1
FC Volendam3-6RBC Roosendaal3-50-1Not played
BV Veendam0-4Excelsior0-10-3Not played

All teams play a home and an away match, with the possibility of a third match in case of a tie. The team that has scored the most away goals in the first two legs will play the deciding third leg at home. If both teams have scored an equal amount of away goals, a penalty shootout after the second leg will decide who plays at home in the third leg.

Round 3
Team #1 Aggregate Team #2 Match 1 Match 2 Match 3
VVV-Venlo5-1RKC Waalwijk2-00-13-0
RBC Roosendaal1-2Excelsior1-10-1Not played

All teams play a home and an away match, with the possibility of a third match in case of a tie. The team that has scored the most away goals in the first two legs will play the deciding third leg at home. If both teams have scored an equal amount of away goals, a penalty shootout after the second leg will decide who plays at home in the third leg.
The winners of matches G and H will play in the Eredivisie 2007/2008

Match table

Home \ Away ADO AJX AZ EXC FEY GRO HEE HER NAC NEC PSV RKC RJC SPA TWE UTR VIT WIL
ADO Den Haag 1–2 1–3 2–2 3–3 1–3[lower-alpha 1] 2–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–2 1–1 0–3[lower-alpha 2] 2–1
Ajax 2–0 2–2 2–2 4–1 3–2 0–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 5–0 2–0 5–2 1–1 2–0 3–0 6–0
AZ 2–2 1–1 5–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 5–0 8–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–2 5–1 1–0 2–0
Excelsior 3–1 1–3 3–2 1–3 0–2 3–1 6–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 3–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–2
Feyenoord 3–1 0–4 3–2 1–0 0–4 4–3 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–3 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0
FC Groningen 2–5 2–3 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 4–3 4–1
SC Heerenveen 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–0 5–1 4–2 5–1 4–2 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 5–0
Heracles Almelo 4–3 0–3 0–0 3–2 4–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–0 3–0 2–2 2–2
NAC Breda 2–2 1–2 1–4 2–1 4–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0
NEC 3–2 2–2 0–2 0–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–0 1–0 1–2
PSV 2–1 1–5 2–3 4–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 4–1 7–0 2–0 5–0 5–1 4–0
RKC Waalwijk 1–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–3 3–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–1
Roda JC 1–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 7–0 3–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–4 2–1
Sparta Rotterdam 2–1 3–0 0–2 2–1 1–4 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–3 0–4 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–2 1–0
FC Twente 3–1 1–4 3–0 4–1 3–0 7–1 5–1 1–1 2–1 4–0 1–0 4–3 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 0–0
FC Utrecht 2–0 2–3 0–4 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 3–0
Vitesse 2–2 4–2 1–3 2–3 0–1 3–2 1–3 4–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 4–2 1–0
Willem II 2–1 0–2 0–4 2–1 3–5 3–0 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–3 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 2–1 0–0
Source:
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. The match was suspended for crowd trouble 4 minutes into the second half, while FC Groningen were leading 0-3. The remaining minutes were played three days later.
  2. The match was suspended after 63 minutes, after ADO supporters had invaded the pitch. The Royal Dutch Football Association decided ten days later that the game would not be finished, making the score at the time of the suspension the final score.

Top scorers

Pos. Player Club Goals
1. Afonso AlvesSC Heerenveen34
2. Blaise NkufoFC Twente22
Danny KoevermansAZ22
4. Jefferson FarfánPSV21
Klaas-Jan HuntelaarAjax21
6. Danko LazovićVitesse19
7. Wesley SneijderAjax18
8. Kennedy BakırcıoğluFC Twente15
9. Shota ArveladzeAZ14
10. Erik NevlandFC Groningen13

Awards

Dutch Footballer of the Year

Stadiums

Team Stadium Capacity
AjaxAmsterdam ArenA51,628
FeyenoordFeijenoord Stadion51,177
PSVPhilips Stadion35,119
VitesseGelredome26,600
HeerenveenAbe Lenstra Stadion26,000
UtrechtStadion Galgenwaard24,426
GroningenEuroborg19,814
Roda JCParkstad Limburg Stadion19,979
AZDSB Stadion17,023
NACRat Verlegh Stadion17,064
Willem IIWillem II Stadion14,637
TwenteArke Stadion13,740
NECStadion de Goffert12,470
ADOZuiderpark Stadion10,500
SpartaSparta Stadion Het Kasteel11,026
HeraclesPolman Stadion8,500
RKCMandemakers Stadion7,500
ExcelsiorStadion Woudestein3,527

See also

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