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2020/2021

FC Emmen

In


Behadil Sabani (def) Borussia Mönchengladbach - end of loan; Caner Cavlan (def) Austria Wien; Denis Granečný (def) Banik Ostrava - on loan; Lucas Bernadou (mid) Paris Saint Germain; Sekou Sidibe (att) PSV; Simon Tibbling (mid) Brøndby IF;

Out


Filip Ugrinic (sp)(mid) FC Luzern - end of loan; Freddy Quispel (att) VfB Oldenburg; Henk Bos (mid) released; Jafar Arias (sp)(att) VVV Venlo; Jan-Niklas Beste (sp)(def) Jahn Regensburg via Werder Bremen - end of loan; Kerim Frei (mid) Istanbul Basaksehir - end of loan; Luka Adžić (mid) Anderlecht - end of loan; Michaël Heylen (r)(def) Sparta Rotterdam; Pontus Dahlberg (gk) Watford - end of loan; Ruben Roosken (def) TOP Oss; Tom Hiariej (r)(mid) released; Wouter Marinus (mid) released; Matthias Hamrol (gk) SV Wehen Wiesbaden; Lorenzo Burnet (r)(def) released; Daniel Camara Bos (def) released;

Having achieved a rather unexpected survival in their first season in the top flight of the Dutch football, minnows FC Emmen were heading towards another great result in the last campaign. In fact, when the Eredivisie was stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they were comfortably sitting in 12th place in the table, mainly thanks to their impressive home performances. They obtained 9 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats in front of their supporters, with only Ajax, AZ and Feyenoord doing better than them as hosts. Coach Dick Lukkien, the mastermind behind their promotion to the Eredivisie and the subsequent consolidation, will start his 5th season in charge and will have to deal with a smaller squad compared to the previous campaigns. Over the summer, Emmen lost the usual group of loanees – vital for the survival of the club. Among them were injury-prone left-back Beste, midfielder Ugrinic and winger Frei who were the only ones to have left a mark in the past campaign. They got rid of a wide number of players who never really managed to fully display their qualities due to injuries - goalkeeper Hamrol, midfielder Marinus and forward Arias, to name a few. But they also lost three regulars in left-back Burnet, holding midfielder Hiariej and centre-back Heylen. As usual, in terms of new signings, Emmen looked for a mix of experience and young talents with experience going straight to the XI. So, Cavlan returned to the club after a short, and unimpressive, stint at Austria Wien and he will be asked to act at left-back. Tibbling, back in the Eredivisie after some time in the Superligaen, will have to provide strength in the middle of the park. However, young Sabani, Bernadou and, in particular, Sidibe, all schooled in bigger clubs, will be given the chance to display their skills. The feeling is that FC Emmen are still missing a prolific centre-forward as Kolar scored only 4 in the past campaign and they had to rely mostly on goals coming from the wingers or their attacking midfielders.

Target


FC Emmen will be aiming at more consolidation and they might very well achieve it, provided that they improve their away performances (they were the worst travellers of the league with 3 draws and 10 defeats) and they are not hit by injuries.

Season Review
2020/2021

№16: FC Emmen

Only at their third season in the Eredivisie, Emmen went through one of the craziest campaigns one could possibly ever imagine. In fact, at the end of week 22 they were sitting all alone at the foot of the table, having collected just 6 draws and no wins whatsoever. It was mid-February and, despite such despairing results, coach Lukkien, the architect of their arrival to the top flight of the Dutch football, sported an incomprehensible optimism as he kept repeating that they would not be relegated. Some of the many players that had joined Emmen during the winter transfer campaign became protagonists. Among them, Verrips made it between the posts, while Bernadou and Vlak brought muscles and nous in the middle of the park. Frei, who had also participated to the previous survival, and Azdic injected highly-needed creativity in the attack. Right out of the blue, Emmen turned into a completely different team. They started winning games with ease and giving hard times to all sorts of opponents. Between weeks 23 and 30 they won 5 games and drew 3, in particular stealing points from their trips to 7th-placed Groningen and 5th-placed Feyenoord. Thus, they dragged themselves out of the bottom 2 and made it to the play-off spot. Back-to-back 0-4 defeats to Ajax and Groningen did not jeopardise their march but, despite winning the last 2 and matching RKC Waalwijk in the table, they failed to achieve direct survival due to a poorer goal difference and had to face the play-offs against NAC Breda which resulted in their relegation after a dramatic penalty shootout. Despite a limited budget and the most embarrassing of starts to the season, Emmen proved that they can still belong in the Eredivisie and that one should never give up no matter how desperate the situation is. If they want to immediately return to the Eredivisie, they will have to find a proper replacement for De Leeuw, set to quit for Groningen, whose 13 goals were decisive for their remarkable run.


Player of the Season: Michael de Leeuw

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