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The Dutch have gained a reputation as being masters of the beautiful game and are widely considered to have the best national side never to have become World Champions. Most Dutch stars begin their careers in the Eredivisie which offers goals and excitement worthy of any league in the world. Through our dedicated members area, live Eredivisie football is just a mouse click away. Online streaming of live Eredivisie games can be accessed by our members who never need to miss a minute of live Dutch football. Join today and you too can watch live Dutch football on your own pc.

 
2010/11
 

For the second consecutive season, Holland has a surprise reigning champion as FC Twente claimed their first ever Eredivisie title after AZ Alkmaar’s triumph the previous year. Twente held on despite a late challenge from Ajax who overtook PSV in the final stages of the season.

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Twente’s reward is a place in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League although they will enter their journey without the architect of their success, former Middlesbrough and England manager Steve McClaren who has joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. New boss Michel Preud’homme will have new signing Marc Janko at his disposal after the Austrian striker signed from Red Bull Salzburg despite interest from other clubs. He will be a direct replacement for Blaise N’Kufo who has signed to play in the MLS.

 

Ajax have not won the Eredivisie title since 2004 and despite also having an interest in European competition, the recapture of the Dutch domestic crown will be their priority under Martin Jol. They enter the UEFA Champions League at the third qualifying stage whilst PSV and Feyernoord both have eyes on the UEFA Europa League as well as the Eredivisie title themselves. AZ have to settle for Europa League qualifiers.

 

The Dutch Eredivisie will be keenly fought over this year. With Twente under new management, the old guard of Ajax, PSV and Feyernoord can regain lost ground, whilst there is always the possibility of yet another surprise package making a challenge for the Eredivisie title, all making watching Dutch football live exciting.

 
A Brief History
 

When top players like Cor van der Hart, Faas Wilkes and Joop Stoffelen heading off to neighbouring countries to play for money, almost the entire Dutch team were plying their trade outside the Netherlands. The Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbal Bond ( KNVB) initially decided not to select these players for the national team as the idea of playing for money was something that many people in Calvinist Netherlands were not exactly in favour of. Clubs in favour of playing professional football had formed the NBVB, a breakaway association. As the confusion increased, people realised that something had to be done to stop the exodus. The two competing leagues were merged after an agreement was reached between the two associations in November 1954. The semi professional setup finally gave rise to a professional, single top league in 1956-57. This was to be the first season of the Eredivisie, and the inaugural title was won by Ajax Amsterdam.

The Eredivisie has been primarily dominated by three teams - Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven. In the last four decades, the title has always been won by one of these three, except in 1980-'81, when AZ Alkmaar took home the championship. Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord are fierce rivals, and games between them are always keenly contested. The 2006-07 season for instance, saw both Ajax and PSV end up with seventy five points, but PSV won the title because they had a goal difference of + 50, one more than Ajax's + 49.

 

Ajax's youth program is considered to be one of the best in the world, with Cruyff, Andy van der Meyde, John Heitinga, Rafael Van Der Vaart and Ryan Babel all having emerged from it. The Amsterdam Arena and De Kuip are both UEFA five star stadiums, while PSV and Vitesse Arnhem have four star stadiums. The 2005/06 UEFA Cup final, which saw Sevilla win the first of their two European titles under Juande Ramos, was played at PSV's homeground- the Philips Stadium.

 

The Eredivisie has provided us with stars like Marco Van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Dennis Bergkamp, the De Boer brothers and Johan Neeskens. The few of us that had the privilege of watching Rinus Michel's team play " Total Football " in the 1970's will probably never forget it. Generation after generation, talented youngsters always seem to come in to fill the void left by the departure of seasoned veterans. The current crop of Dutch players include the likes of Arjen Robben, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Ryan Babel. So, how do the Dutch produce such brilliant players?. Almost all of them have started their career in the Eredivisie, the premier football league in the Netherlands. Watch live Eredivisie games, and you are bound to spot an exotic talent somewhere on the pitch.

 
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