Heracles Almelo

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Heracles Almelo
Heracles Almelo logo.jpg
Full name Heracles Almelo
Nickname(s) Heraclieden
Founded 1903; 115 years ago (1903)
Ground Polman Stadion, Almelo
Ground Capacity 13,500
Chairman Nico-Jan Hoogma
Manager John Stegeman
League Eredivisie
2016–17 Eredivisie, 10th
Website Club website
Current season

Heracles Almelo is a Dutch professional football club based in Almelo, founded in 1903. The club has won the Dutch national title twice, in 1927 and 1941.

In the 2004–05 season, Heracles won the title in the Eerste Divisie, so that during the 2005–06 season, Heracles played in the Eredivisie, where they finished 13th. The average attendance in 2004–05 was 5,700 people. In the recent[when?] top flight seasons, this has risen to just over 8,300[citation needed] (close to the maximum capacity of 8,500).

In 2012 Heracles competed in its first Dutch cup final, which it lost to PSV in the Rotterdam Stadium De Kuip.


Heracles Almelo currently play at the Polman Stadion in Almelo. The Polman Stadion was built in 1999 with a capacity 6,900, this was expanded in 2005 to hold 8,500. The pitch at the Polman Stadion is artificial turf. After renovation of the stadium at the beginning of season 2015–16 it holds 13.500 supporters.


The club was founded on 3 May 1903 as Heracles, after the demigod son of Zeus. They changed their name on 1 July 1974 to SC Heracles '74 and finally settled on the current name in 1998.

In the 2015/16 season, Heracles finished sixth in the Eredevisie, so the club could participate in the playoffs for European football. The club first defeated FC Groningen and then FC Utrecht. Heracles thus qualified for the first time in club history for European football, in the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.[1]



Domestic results

Below is a table with Heracles Almelo's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

European record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Portugal Arouca 1–1 0–0 1–1
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Current squad

As of 25 January 2018 [3]

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2017-18

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Belgium GK Bram Castro
2 Netherlands DF Tim Breukers
3 Belgium DF Dries Wuytens
4 Netherlands DF Robin Pröpper
5 Netherlands DF Bart van Hintum
6 Belgium DF Dario Van den Buijs
7 Netherlands FW Brahim Darri
8 Netherlands MF Lerin Duarte
9 Netherlands FW Paul Gladon (on loan from Wolverhampton)
12 Netherlands DF Wout Droste
14 Netherlands MF Mohammed Osman
15 Czech Republic FW Jaroslav Navrátil
16 Netherlands GK Renze Fij
17 Curaçao MF Brandley Kuwas
18 Sweden FW Kristoffer Peterson
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands FW Vincent Vermeij
20 Netherlands MF Peter van Ooijen
21 Germany MF Sebastian Jakubiak
22 Netherlands DF Roland Baas
23 Netherlands FW Kai Huisman
24 Armenia FW Gor Agbaljan
25 Netherlands FW Zeki Erkilinc (on loan from FC Twente)
26 Netherlands GK Harm Zeinstra
27 Netherlands MF Niels Leemhuis
28 Netherlands GK Michael Brouwer
29 Netherlands MF Reuven Niemeijer
30 Netherlands DF Tim van de Berg
34 Netherlands DF Jeff Hardeveld
35 Cape Verde MF Jamiro Monteiro

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
11 Netherlands FW Tarik Kada (at FC Eindhoven until 30 June 2018)
22 Netherlands FW Daryl van Mieghem (at De Graafschap until 30 June 2018)

Former managers


  1. ^ "Sport - Het laatste nieuws uit Nederland leest u op Telegraaf.nl". Telegraaf. Retrieved 17 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Eerste Divisie Champions, RSSSF.com, Retrieved 2013-06-07
  3. ^ "Selectie 2017-2018". www.heracles.nl. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Delpher Kranten – Het volk : dagblad voor de arbeiderspartij 16-10-1933". kb.nl. 
  5. ^ "Delpher Kranten – De Heerenveensche koerier : onafhankelijk dagblad voor Midden-Zuid-Oost-Friesland en Noord-Overijssel 10-05-1950". kb.nl. 
  6. ^ "Delpher Kranten – Nieuwsblad van het Noorden 13-10-1979". kb.nl. 
  7. ^ "Delpher Kranten – De waarheid 04-11-1982". kb.nl. 
  8. ^ "Delpher Kranten – De Telegraaf 04-12-1987". kb.nl. 
  9. ^ "Delpher Kranten – Leeuwarder courant : hoofdblad van Friesland 08-01-1988". kb.nl. 
  10. ^ "SC HERACLES '74". 18 August 1988. Retrieved 17 March 2018 – via KBDK. 

External links

  • Official website (in Dutch)
  • Fansite HAFC.nl (in Dutch)
  • Tactical formations at football-lineups.com (in English)
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