N.E.C - Fighting for promotion
Once a club playing regularly in European matches and hoping to be the next success story, the spring of 2017 brought the club relegation to the second tier of the league system. Despite this setback, loyal fans won't hesitate to buy or sell N.E.C tickets on StubHub, and there is clear optimism that the club can bounce back into the Eredivisie.
Looking ahead to the next Eerste Divisie season
Predominantly a team of home-grown players, it is up to the squad's longest-serving players to boost morale and re-energise the mood in the dressing room. Having racked up a combined total of fourteen consecutive seasons with N.E.C, those players are goalkeeper Marco van Duin and defender Rens van Eijden. The latter also began the 2018/19 Eerste Divisie season poised to pass 200 appearances for the club, having returned to Nijmegen from Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar in pre-season. Mart Dijkstra was named as captain for 2018/19 in only his second season at the club, with the aim of providing a relegated club some stability on the pitch. No matter how many N.E.C tickets are sold, gaining promotion back to the Eredivisie will not be an easy task for the club, with the youth teams of giants like Ajax, PSV and AZ Alkmaar plying their trade in the second tier of Dutch football. In the Eerste Divisie, there are also other teams relegated from the Eredivisie, who will be fighting viciously for promotion, making life especially difficult for a team that goes down via the relegation playoff.
Can the good times return to N.E.C?
The second tier of Dutch football is nothing new for the club, although it had yet to win a major trophy ahead of 2018/19. However, the good times remain fresh in the memory for fans of the club. They qualified for the Europa League in the first decade of the 21st century. In 2003, they lasted one round, being knocked out by Wisla Krakow after losing 2-1 at the Goffertstadion. Five years later, the Nijmegen club made it through to the group stage, playing great clubs like Tottenham of the English Premier League. No matter which division the club is in, the Goffertstadion always generates a raucous atmosphere, with ever-loyal fans ensuring that Nijmegen's top team will never lack a loud, passionate backing for their home games. So, what are you waiting for? Buy N.E.C tickets on StubHub and roar along with the crowd as the local team looks to get back amongst Holland's finest!
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