The poor performance of Dutch clubs in Europe this season has seen the Eredivisie officially lose an automatic spot in the Champions League group stages.

  • By Michael Bell
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Feyenoord and Vitesse’s European campaigns ended earlier this week, with the UEFA Coefficient confirming that Netherlands had slipped to 12th, behind Switzerland.

From next season, only one club qualifies for the Champions League and they will need to go through qualifying rounds. Also from 2019, the KNVB Cup winner no longer automatically qualifies for the Europa League and will need to go through two qualifying rounds.

This season is the first year since 1998 that a Dutch club has failed to reach the latter stages of a European competition. Its another blow for Dutch football which is still reeling from Netherlands failure to reach the World Cup.




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