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Season review: Netherlands

Published: Sunday 5 July 2015, 9.00CET
Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum opted to stay with PSV Eindhoven and were rewarded with the league title in a campaign that brought cup glory for FC Groningen.
by Berend Scholten
Season review: Netherlands
PSV celebrate winning the 2014/15 Dutch title ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 5 July 2015, 9.00CET

Season review: Netherlands

Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum opted to stay with PSV Eindhoven and were rewarded with the league title in a campaign that brought cup glory for FC Groningen.

Champions: PSV Eindhoven
Phillip Cocu's PSV side hit the front in the second round and never looked back, breaking AFC Ajax's four-year monopoly with their first Eredivisie title since 2008. It always felt like being their season, with Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum agreeing to resist temptations from elsewhere for one more campaign. "I don't want to leave without a Dutch championship," said Depay. He did not. "This is what the whole club have longed for for quite some time," said Cocu, who collected four titles with PSV as a player.

Cup final: PEC Zwolle 0-2 FC Groningen
Two second-half goals from Slovakian midfielder Albert Rusnák – the second a fine volley – earned Groningen their first major silverware, the side overcoming holders Zwolle in the Rotterdam final. "This feels fantastic," said the 20-year-old match winner. "This is my first year in the Netherlands and to experience this already ... unbelievable!" The 2-0 scoreline was as close as any team got to Groningen en route to the trophy.

European places
PSV Eindhoven – UEFA Champions League group stage
AFC Ajax – UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
FC Groningen – UEFA Europa League group stage
AZ Alkmaar – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
Vitesse – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
Go Ahead Eagles – UEFA Europa League first qualifying round

Player of the year: Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)
Having missed most of last season with a back injury, the attacking midfielder came back stronger than ever, captaining PSV to the championship. The 24-year-old featured in every Netherlands match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, then equalled his best haul of 14 Eredivisie goals. "A year ago I had just returned from injury when Louis van Gaal took me to the Word Cup; now I have won the title and an individual award as best player. It has been an unbelievable year."

Depay's Under-17 wondergoal

One to watch: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven)
Depay's faithful decision to postpone leaving Eindhoven was vindicated with the Dutch crown he so desired. The right-footed left-winger, still only 21, was the Eredivisie's 22-goal top marksman – the youngest since Brazilian Ronaldo in 1995. He was quickly snapped up at the end of term by Manchester United FC, where he links up with former international boss Van Gaal.

Top scorer: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven) – 22 goals

Relegated: FC Dordrecht, Go Ahead Eagles, NAC Breda

Promoted: NEC Nijmegen, De Graafschap, Roda JC

Last updated: 05/07/15 12.01CET

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