In 2005, Peter Bosz won the championship with Heracles Almelo, a feat that he is hoping to repeat this year with Ajax. In he manages to do this, he would be the seventh coach to win both the Eredivisie and Jupiler League championships.
Willem van Hanegem was the last coach to achieve the ‘double’ in 1998. At that time, he won the First Division title with AZ. Five years before that, he had the honour of parading on the Coolsingel with Feyenoord.
Just like Bosz, Lerin Duarte has both Heracles and Ajax on his cv, and the midfielder is now with Heracles. The left-footed player played eighteen matches with Ajax and scored three goals. His contract was dissolved last August.
Considering Duarte’s past results in the ArenA, Heracles does not seem poised to upset Ajax on Sunday. As and Ajacied, he won all nine of his home competition games in which he played. The two times when Duarte played at Ajax’s home base with the visiting team, his team received a beating. Goal balance: 10-0 for Ajax.