Heracles Almelo

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Heracles Almelo
Heracles Almelo logo.jpg
Full name Heracles Almelo
Nickname(s) Heraclieden
Founded 1903; 116 years ago (1903)
Ground Polman Stadion, Almelo
Capacity 13,500
Chairman Hans Bredewoud[1]
Manager Frank Wormuth
League Eredivisie
2017–18 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 top flight seasons, this has risen to just over 13,500. Their main rival are FC Twente.

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 Eredivisie, 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.[2]



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 18 January 2019[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Janis Blaswich
2 Netherlands DF Tim Breukers (vice-captain)
3 Germany DF Lennart Czyborra
4 Netherlands DF Robin Pröpper (captain)
5 Netherlands DF Bart van Hintum
6 Belgium DF Dario Van den Buijs
7 Sweden FW Kristoffer Peterson
8 Netherlands MF Lerin Duarte
9 Spain FW Adrián Dalmau
10 Netherlands MF Yoell van Nieff
11 Netherlands FW Silvester van der Water
12 Netherlands DF Wout Droste
13 Netherlands DF Mats Knoester
14 Syria MF Mohammed Osman
16 Netherlands GK Michael Brouwer
No. Position Player
17 Curaçao MF Brandley Kuwas
18 Netherlands MF Jesper Drost
20 Netherlands DF Jelle van Benthem
21 Germany MF Sebastian Jakubiak
22 Netherlands FW Zeki Erkilinc
23 Germany DF Maximilian Rossmann
24 Netherlands MF Dabney dos Santos
25 Netherlands FW Joey Konings
26 Netherlands GK Koen Bucker
27 Netherlands MF Niels Leemhuis
30 Netherlands DF Tim van de Berg
31 Germany DF Stephen Sama
34 Netherlands DF Jeff Hardeveld
52 Kazakhstan MF Alexander Merkel

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
19 Netherlands FW Vincent Vermeij (on loan to Den Bosch until 30 June 2019)
29 Netherlands MF Reuven Niemeijer (on loan to Emmen until 30 June 2019)

Former managers


  1. ^ Fardau Wagenaar (1 July 2017). "Hans Bredewoud is vanaf vandaag de nieuwe voorzitter van Heracles". AD. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Sport – Het laatste nieuws uit Nederland leest u op Telegraaf.nl". Telegraaf. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  3. ^ Eerste Divisie Champions, RSSSF.com, Retrieved 2013-06-07
  4. ^ "Selectie 2017–2018". www.heracles.nl. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Delpher Kranten – Het volk : dagblad voor de arbeiderspartij 16-10-1933". kb.nl.
  6. ^ "Delpher Kranten – De Heerenveensche koerier : onafhankelijk dagblad voor Midden-Zuid-Oost-Friesland en Noord-Overijssel 10-05-1950". kb.nl.
  7. ^ "Delpher Kranten – Nieuwsblad van het Noorden 13-10-1979". kb.nl.
  8. ^ "Delpher Kranten – De waarheid 04-11-1982". kb.nl.
  9. ^ "Delpher Kranten – De Telegraaf 04-12-1987". kb.nl.
  10. ^ "Delpher Kranten – Leeuwarder courant : hoofdblad van Friesland 08-01-1988". kb.nl.
  11. ^ "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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