The supporters and the stadiums add color to the Eredivisie. For many fans, the stadium has become their second home. Whether the sun is shining or it's raining, in good times and bad, hundreds of thousands of supporters gather on the stands every week to cheer for their favorite club. Along with the clubs, players, and staff, they are all part of Our Football. This season, we're taking a tour of the eighteen fields with a few photographers. This week, the photos are from N.E.C. Nijmegen.
N.E.C. Nijmegen was founded in 1910 and is one of the oldest football clubs in the Netherlands with a rich history. From being a four-time cup finalist (1973, 1983, 1994, and 2000) to the memorable season under Mario Been in 2008, when the club, for the first time in its history, reached the third round of the UEFA Cup. N.E.C. plays its matches at the Goffertstadion, affectionately known to Nijmegen residents as the Bloedkuul. The stadium has a capacity of 12,500 supporters.
Below, you'll find a selection of some stadium and culture photos from (around) the stands. These photos were taken by photographer Lars Crommelinck during the Gelderse Derby (N.E.C. Nijmegen versus Vitesse Arnhem) on October 1st.