From being bankrupt to winning the league – the first title in their history – in just eight years. This is the miracle Twente’s chairman Joop Munsterman has brought about. In the last two seasons the Tukkers have shown they are able to continue performing at the top of the Dutch game despite constantly selling their best talent. The departure of star players has continued this summer, and added to that coach Steve McClaren has also left the club. Munsterman has banked on new Belgian coach Michel Preud’Homme repeating McClaren’s trick with a raft of newly arrived talents. Victory in the Johan Cruyff Schaal (the Dutch Super Cup) against Ajax represents the perfect start.
Key arrivals: Rasmus Bengtsson (Hertha Berlin); Emir Bajrami (Elfsborg); Roberto Rosales (Gent); Marc Janko (Salzburg); Nacer Chadli (AGOVV) Bart Buysse (Zulte Waregem); Wilko de Vogt (FC Oss)
Key departures: Ronnie Stam (Wigan); Blaise Nkufo (Seattle Sounders); Kenneth Perez (released); Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce); Cees Paauwe (Excelsior); Nashat Akram (released); Jeroen Heubach (retired)