The Go Ahead Eagles are undefeated in eleven straight games. Rare club item from Deventer. Once before they managed not to lose too many matches in a row. This puts them in the shadow of superpowers Celtic, Newcastle United and Arsenal, who have run slightly longer unbeaten streaks. This makes it the season of extremes. Earlier they lost the most consecutive league matches in the club’s history.
René Hake has only been in charge of the Go Ahead Eagles for just over six months, but he’s already seen deep valleys and great peaks. Due to the departure of Kees van Wonderen to Heerenveen, manager Paul Bosvelt was looking for a new coach. In that search he ended up with a clubless Hake on 9 May, who was expelled from FC Utrecht earlier that season and will be in front of the squad from 1 July.
At the time of the announcement, the Deventer side had already lost three matches in a row under the then coach. It also lost the last two matches of the previous season. With five consecutive defeats, the successful comeback season in the Eredivisie ended like a candle for the night. After all, they were unbeaten against Ajax (1x win, 1x draw, along with the only club to do so), reached the semi-finals of the TOTO KNVB Cup (lost to cup-winners PSV) and had five matches before that. End before losing streak is already safe.
With a new coach and 13 summer acquisitions (eleven “significant” left), loyal fans have always wanted to know how their club would stand. A very difficult start to the season as – knowing today – you will play in order against numbers 2, 3, 6 and 1 of the current standings, among others. All of these matches were lost, just like the first leg in Groningen. Ten straight losses, as the five losses from the previous season were still standing.
This immediately meant a negative club record, which ended tragically for Hake, even though he was responsible for only half.
After the losing match against Feyenoord, the Eagles were already considered the favorites for relegation. It is not surprising, because, along with Fortuna Sittard, they were the only club that had not yet scored a single point in the competition. However, things will soon change. Six days later he beat FC Volendam (2-3) and after that the fence seemed to be over.
After the victory over the doctoral candidate, another ten-match unbeaten streak followed (3 wins, 7 draws). This meant that they were unbeaten in 11 consecutive matches in the Eredivisie for the second time in the club’s history. They have succeeded only once in the entire history of the club. In 1970, after a career-high 11 games, she went off without a hit. So it can be unique against AZ, provided at least one point is achieved again. The two cup winning matches against Helmond Sport (3-1) and Heracles Almelo (0-1) are not included.
It can’t be a coincidence that most of the “English clubs” in the Netherlands can compete with one of the biggest clubs in the UK. Only Scottish club Celtic and Premier League surprises Arsenal and Newcastle have been unbeaten in the competition for longer than Go Ahead. Moreover, only my current employer is Dutch I visit MatusiwaAnd Mitchell Van Bergen And Kay Serhuis Often undefeated as the current number ten in the Netherlands.
Hake’s team – who can credit this feat – had an “easier” historic match on paper to achieve their uniqueness. The match against RKC last weekend was only canceled due to snow and therefore must now take place against the current number two seed in the Netherlands. This will not be easy for several reasons. AZ have lost only one of their last fourteen Eredivisie matches against the Eagles (9 wins, 4 losses) and have won six of their last seven league ties (1x draw).
Whether the Go Ahead Eagles can set a new record by going unbeaten for twelve consecutive games, at the expense of second-place AZ, you can watch live on ESPN 1.
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