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2020/2021

FC Groningen

In


Wessel Dammers (def) Fortuna Sittard; Damil Dankerlui (def) Willem II; Patrick Joosten (att) Utrech;, Arjen Robben (att) free-agent; Nigel Bertrams (gk) MVV Maastricht;

Out


Deyovaisio Zeefuik (r)(def) Herta BSC; Django Warmerdam (r)(def) Utrecht; Mike te Wierik (k)(def) Derby; Tapmahoe Sopacua (def) released; Marco van Duin (gk) retired; Daishawn Redan (att) Herta BSC - end of loan; Joel Asoro (sp)(att) Swansea City - end of loan;

Groningen's season was more or less in line with expectations,. They spent a long time within the play-off zone, but dropped out a couple of weeks before the suspension of the league due to three consecutive defeats. Their strengths and weaknesses immediately leap out from the main statistics. The White and Green jerseys conceded only 26 goals in 26 rounds making them Eredivisie's third best defense. However, they only scored 27 goals, making them the third worst attack along with last placed RKC Waalwijk. During the summer it would have been logical not changing the defense and focussing on players with strong offensive skills, but it didn't happen. The club decided to take a risk by selling their 3 best defenders, Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Django Warmerdam and above all, Mike te Wierik. Replacing them are two reliable but uninspiring players, Wessel Dammers and Damil Dankerlui. Groningen made the biggest news of the whole Eredivisie with the signing of the retired Arjen Robben. The immense qualities of the former Bayern winger are not in question, however, in addition to his advanced age (36), it must be considered that he has not played for a whole year after his retirement in July 2019. Anyway, beyond his technical contribution, Robben can serve to give enthusiasm to the environment and the younger players. At the moment, Robben has only is given been joined by former Utrecht and Sparta Rotterdam striker Patrick Joosten. Young coach Danny Buijs, who in two years in Groningen has shown excellent qualities, has another chance to prove his worth.

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Difficult to predict how Groningen will perform this year in the Eredivisie. Much will depend on whether they will find the right balance between defence and attack and, obviously, on the fitness and sharpness of Arjen Robben. They will probably be in the running for a spot in the playoffs.

Season Review
2020/2021

№7: FC Groningen

All in all the season of Groningen was positive, they finished the regular one in 7th position and were eliminated in the playoff semi-final from Utrecht. They had a steady performance, alternating almost regularly wins (noteworthy the one with Ajax), defeats and draws, and fought for fifth place until March, then the performance dropped sharply and scrapped only 8 points from their last 10 games. Coach Danny Buijs in three years on the Groningen bench has given a clear and defined identity to the team, a solid defense, but also an unspectacular play that in attack relies too much on the search for the opponents' mistakes. Their strengths and weaknesses immediately leap out from the main statistics, Trots van het Noorden conceded only 37 goals making them Eredivisie's fourth best defense. However, they only scored 40 goals, making them the third worst attack along with Emmen and Willem II. The difficulty in finding the way of the goal is evidenced by the fact that no player reached double figures, Strand Larsen with 9 goals and El Messaoudi with 8 were Groningen's top scorers. Groningen in the summer transfer market had made the most bombastic purchase of the whole Eredivisie signing Arjen Robben. However, the contribution of former Bayern Munich was very limited, due to continuous muscle injuries, he played only 173 minutes in the regular season. Striker Alessio Da Cruz's season was positive, while two important midfielders like Matusiwa and Lundqvist were slightly below expectations. However, as mentioned, the defensive department was the one that showed the best things, above all goalkeeper Sergio Padt, who unfortunately will play for Ludogorets next season, and Japanese centre-back Ko Itakura.


Player of the Season: Ko Itakura

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