Verdict: Right behind the leaders
Compared to last season Heerenveen certainly didn't get
much stronger, though I wouldn't rate them as weaker either.
With Bruggink, Seip, Derveld and de Vries they maybe
didn't lose very talented players, however, they were
extremely experienced. With Garcia-Garcia, Zuiverloon,
Dingsdag and Alves Heerenveen compensated this very well,
and in defence they're a lot better than last season.
Heerenveen can rely on a very good reputation and a big
crowd, and with their current team I think they will end right
behind the top teams. They could have some problems at the
start of the season with those new guys on important
positions, but Heerenveen will play a significant role this
Probable line-up: Vandenbussche - Zuiverloon, Hansson, Dingsdag, J. Drost - Bosvelt, Alves, Breuer - Yildirim, Nilsson, Pranjic
Last season: 7th Coach: G. Verbeek Homeground: Abe Lenstra Stadion, Heerenveen Capacity: 28.000 Last season at home: 10-4-3 Last season away: 4-4-9 Derby opponents: Groningen (heavy) Players in: Garcia-Garcia (AGOVV) Johnson (Chicago Fire) Friend (Molde FK) Zuiverloon (Feyenoord) Dingsdag (Vitesse) Wintjens (FC Twente) Alves (Malmö FF) Players out: Moeliker (GAE) de Vries (Leicester) Steur (Excelsior) Schöne (De Graafschap) Derveld (Esbjerg fB) Bruggink (Hannover) Seip (unknown) Pre-season results: W 08/07 0-14 Gaasterlan W 12/07 0-9 NEO W 15/07 1-2 Telstar W 19/07 0-7 Geel Wit D 22/07 2-2 Gençlerbirligi W 26/07 1-3 GAE W 29/07 0-9 Buitenpost W 02/08 4-2 Veendam D 04/08 1-1 Zwolle W 08/08 4-0 M'brough