Eredivisie

Highlighted: Excelsior the newest succes from Rotterdam

After Feyenoord's championship and Sparta's sixth-place finish last season, Excelsior couldn't afford to lag behind in Rotterdam's success, they must have thought in Kralingen. Whereas last year, Marinus Dijkhuizen's team managed to stay in the top flight with limited resources, they seem to have taken it up a notch this season. The team is off to its best season start ever, and the goals are flowing easily. Where will this lead to this season?

Arthur Zagre celebrates his goal against Sparta (01-10-2023).

Excelsior's Record Season

After seven match rounds, Excelsior has accumulated twelve points in the Eredivisie, their highest ever total after this many matches in a season at the top level (calculated at three points per win). Furthermore, only Feyenoord, PSV, and AZ have scored more goals in the league than Excelsior (14, tied with FC Twente). The Kralingers have never been so prolific in the first seven league matches. This currently places the red and black team in fifth position in the standings. Excelsior's best final ranking has been ninth place, achieved twice in 1979/80 and 1982/83, so given their current position on the table, this could potentially be their best season ever.

Excelsior's Best Season Starts in the Eredivisie

Season Matches Goal difference Points Final ranking

2023/24

7

+3

12

?

2006/07

7

+2

10

16

1882/83

7

+1

10

9

2002/03

7

0

10

17

2016/2017

7

-1

10

12

1979/80

7

-2

10

9

2010/11

7

-3

10

16

Versatile Excelsior Goal Scorers

Thanks to Nikolas Agrafiotis, history was already made earlier this season. With his goal in the last match of the previous season and the first four matches of this season, he became the second Excelsior player ever to score in five consecutive Eredivisie matches, following Cees Schapendonk in 1987. But the Serbian-Greek Dutchman is not the only Excelsior player capable of scoring. Eight different players have found the net for the Rotterdammers in this Eredivisie season, with only Feyenoord (11) and PSV (9) having more different goal scorers this season (Heracles also with 8).

Nikolas Agrafiotis scores the 2-1 against Ajax (19-8-2023).

Parrott's Three in a Row?

Last weekend, Troy Parrott emerged as a hero by securing the victory for Excelsior in stoppage time during the Rotterdam derby against Sparta. It was the second consecutive substitute appearance in which the Irishman scored. Never before has an Excelsior player scored in three consecutive substitute appearances, so perhaps that's the next record that will be shattered

Troy Parrott celebrating after his goal against SC Heerenveen (23-09-2023).

Excelsior's Winning Streak

Excelsior aims for its third consecutive Eredivisie victory against Vitesse. The last time the team won so many in a row within a single Eredivisie season was in May 2017 (four in a row back then). It won't be easy, but for now, Excelsior doesn't have to worry about the relegation zone.

Eredivisie table

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Ajax
Almere City FC
AZ
Excelsior Rotterdam
FC Twente
FC Utrecht
FC Volendam
Feyenoord
Fortuna Sittard
Go Ahead Eagles
Heracles Almelo
N.E.C. Nijmegen
PEC Zwolle
PSV
RKC Waalwijk
sc Heerenveen
Sparta Rotterdam
Vitesse
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
1 PSV 34 29 | 1 | 4 111-21 +90 91
2 Feyenoord 34 26 | 2 | 6 92-26 +66 84
3 FC Twente 34 21 | 7 | 6 69-36 +33 69
4 AZ 34 19 | 7 | 8 70-39 +31 65
5 Ajax 34 15 | 8 | 11 74-61 +13 56
6 N.E.C. Nijmegen 34 14 | 9 | 11 68-51 +17 53
7 FC Utrecht 34 13 | 10 | 11 49-47 +2 50
8 Sparta Rotterdam 34 14 | 13 | 7 51-48 +3 49
9 Go Ahead Eagles 34 12 | 12 | 10 47-46 +1 46
# Club GS W | V | G DV-DT DS P
10 Fortuna Sittard 34 9 | 14 | 11 37-56 -19 38
11 sc Heerenveen 34 10 | 17 | 7 53-70 -17 37
12 PEC Zwolle 34 9 | 16 | 9 45-67 -22 36
13 Almere City FC 34 7 | 14 | 13 33-59 -26 34
14 Heracles Almelo 34 9 | 19 | 6 41-74 -33 33
15 RKC Waalwijk 34 7 | 19 | 8 38-56 -18 29
16 Excelsior Rotterdam 34 6 | 17 | 11 50-73 -23 29
17 FC Volendam 34 4 | 23 | 7 34-88 -54 19
18 Vitesse 34 6 | 22 | 6 30-74 -44 6

Legend

UEFA Champions League (league phase)
UEFA Champions League (qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League (league phase)
UEFA Europa League (qualifying round)
UEFA Europa Conference League (qualifying round)
Keuken Kampioen Play-Offs
Keuken Kampioen Divisie (relegation)

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