Impossible appears to be nothing for little Heracles Almelo. Since the Heraclieden were promoted to the top flight in 2005 they have been prime candidates for relegation every time. Year after year however, they retain their top flight status, despite a low budget and a team without stars. Last season under Gertjan Verbeek, Heracles finished sixth, going very close to grabbing a European spot. Miracle man Verbeek was rewarded with the reigns at AZ Alkmaar, leaving the bench for Peter Bosz. Heracles have seen top scorer Bas Dost leave the club and the black and white fans hope 18-year-old Swedish forward Samuel Armenteros will be good enough to replace him. The secret of the side’s success though is their never-say-die attitude and hard work. They will give themselves every chance of defying the odds once again.
Key arrivals: Glynor Plet (Telstar); Ben Rienstra (Jong AZ); Xander Houtkoop (Heerenveen)
Key departures: Martin Pieckenhagen (retired); Andrew Ornoch (released); Bas Dost (Heerenveen); Vojtech Schulmeister (released)