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Groningen 1 – 1 Twente: Hard working home side match superior away side skills

October 23, 2011


Having beaten Ajax at home, but losing at Heracles away recently, Groningen have been a team with two distinct faces so far this season. Against last season’s runners-up Twente, they displayed both of them, conceding the first half advantage, but making up for it in fighting spirit come the second half. Coming off an excellent […]

Groningen 1 – 0 Ajax: On hard labor and playing to your strengths

October 2, 2011


By putting up an intense physical battle and smartly targeting their opponent’s weaker points, Groningen earned a 1-0 victory. Winning most tackles in midfield, while pressuring Ajax early on, Groningen frustrated their opponents, paying a price in terms of yellow cards earned, but getting away with three well earned points. Ajax made a powerless and […]

ADO 5 – 1 Groningen: First leg trashing fires ADO into Europe

May 26, 2011


In a first leg of what many expected to be a tight affair, ADO trashed Groningen and went on to win 5-1, thereby virtually securing their win in this season’s Europa League qualification playoffs. Groningen conceded the midfield to ADO by playing a formation bordering on 4-2-4 against ADO’s compact 4-3-3. In turn, ADO played […]

Groningen 2 – 1 Heracles: Hard-fought battle decides EL play-off final ticket

May 22, 2011


Groningen managed to claim a place in the final of this season’s Eredivisie play-offs by beating Heracles with the tiniest of margins: away goal difference. After a hard-fought battle, ending in a 3-2 home victory for Heracles, Groningen’s 2-1 win was just enough to secure a place in the final and to maintain hopes of […]

Utrecht 1 – 0 Groningen: Passing problems make Groningen lose the game

March 12, 2011


Utrecht finally managed a win after six consecutive Eredivisie draws and Groningen extended their losing streak to four games, making a Europa League play-off spot more likely than direct qualification. In not the best of games, Groningen set back and absorbed Utrecht’s pressure in the first half and paid the price for their abysmal build-up […]

Heerenveen 1 –4 Groningen: A tale of the centre-backs

January 31, 2011


Groningen beat Heerenveen for the second time this season. Not only does this mean a second victory over their main rivals after previously beating them 1-0 at home, it also means a second victory of Pieter Huistra over his predecessor Ron Jans. Three important points for Groningen as they maintain their current fourth spot in […]

Groningen 2 – 0 AZ: Hard-working Groningen break down AZ’s direct game

December 13, 2010


Two high-flying teams went into this match that turned out to be the fierce battle that was expected beforehand. With two team playing a very comparable formation and playing style, this was a match to be fought out quite as a straight match-up of the qualities of the players involved and Groningen managed to come […]

Roda 1 – 0 Groningen: Lack of a playmaker breaks up Groningen

November 28, 2010


Groningen went into this away match at Roda knowing that a victory would take them to the second place in the Eredivisie. Roda, on the other hand, defended their unbeaten-at-home status. A match between two clubs with fairly different formations was certain to be among the more tactically interesting of the weekend. Roda’s 4-4-2 diamond […]

Groningen 2 – 1 NAC: Three goals by Groningen captain Granqvist, yet still a narrow score line

November 7, 2010


Groningen managed to beat NAC Breda, two teams separated by only three points in last year’s final standings, but having quite different season starts this year. Young manager Pieter Huistra continues to impress with a 4-2-3-1 that suits the Groningen players very well. Against NAC they dominated the match, although the score line suggested otherwise, […]

Groningen 1 – 0 Heerenveen: ‘The Derby of the North’ springs to life in the second half

October 17, 2010


The first half of this season’s first ‘Derby of the North’ was a tame affair, as reflected by the 0-0 half-time score. In the second half the game came to life, with Heerenveen passionately chasing the game after conceding the opening goal immediately after half-time.   Stable FC Groningen Groningen went into this match against […]