Year Review: 2017

Another year has gone by so it was time to list up my best experiences of 2017. Many kilometeres were driven and a lot of new friendships were made. Last year I watched 183 games including 677 goals in 8 different countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland and France), visiting 147 new grounds.

In 2017 I reached a good amount of games, with mathematically 1 game every 2 days. I visited Northern Ireland for the first time including a game at "The Oval" and I finally visited England again, for 7 games this year. 2017 was a year with a lot of good games and many bad games, a lot of beautiful grounds but even more boring ones but in the end 2017 was just a great year with a lot of new friendships and beautiful memories.

I hope you enjoyed my journey throughout the entire year and I wish you all the best for 2018, including a lot of beautiful grounds with good games and a lot of goals! Underneath you can find my personal top 10 for 2017.

1. 26-02-2017 Atlético Madrid - FC Barcelona 1-2

A Spanish weekend with my dad covered 4 games visiting Léganes U19LéganesVillaverde Boetticher and Atlético Madrid. Estadio Vicente Calderón left me very impressed and it's such a shame it will be taken down in the near future. I'm happy tthat I could still watch a game in this amazing ground.

2. 07-01-2017 Glentoran FC - Linfield FC 1-2 (a.e.t.)

It was almost impossible to start the year in a better way: The Belfast Derby during the Belgian winterbreak, it couldn't be better scheduled. Visiting Belfast with another groundhopper where we saw a few good grounds and had a beautiful story from Brantwoods' groundsman. Before going to The Oval, which is an amazing ground, we also went to Dundela FC - Limavady United. We had to leave this game at the break to make it back in time to the Oval for the Belfast Derby. The game was even after 90 minutes but Linfield managed to score in the extra-time, proceeding to the next round of the Northern Irish Cup.

3. 25-03-2017 KFC Uerdingen - SSVg Velbert 02 2-2

After visiting Wattenscheid, I went to Uerdingen who were hosting SSVg Velbert in the Grotenburg-Stadion. I couldn't keep my eyes of the beautiful stands, terraces and floodlights.. Absolutely worth the visit, especially now KFC Uerdingen is back in the Regionalliga, where the club is doing very well! The atmosphere at the ground was also very good. I wouldn't even mind taking a seasonticket at this beautiful club!

4. 10-08-2017 Sevilla FC - AS Roma 2-1

Y Sevilla, Sevilla, Sevilla... Gave me shivers all over my body when the fans sang the club anthem when the players entered the ground just before the game was kicked-off as it created a very special atmosphere, especially in combination with the rememberance of Antonio Puerta. The ground is just great with a beautiful mosaic on the outside too.

5. 10-09-2017 SC Heerenveen - PSV Eindhoven 2-0

It seems strange to have a Dutch top flight game in my "best 10 grounds/games" but SC Heerenveen is for me until now one of the best visits in the Netherlands. The club has a good ground compared to most Dutch grounds while the entire stadiums created a good, warm atmosphere, with everybody being involved. 

6. 01-11-2017 Liverpool FC - Maribor NK 3-0

The Anfield Road experience is something were many people look forward to and so did I. The atmosphere let me down a little bit but it was still decent. The "You Never Walk Alone" at the start of the game was very good but the remaining 90 minutes it was "quite quiet". Anfield Road and it's new stand look beautiful anyway, glad I could visit this great, historical ground.

7. 30-10-2017 Burnley FC - Newcastle United 1-0

My first game in England since I visited Watford back in 2015. The atmosphere at Burnley's side was quite decent but the Newcastle fans were much louder during the entire game. The places we had at the beautiful wooden seats were just great while the game was rather boring with not too many chances and only 1 goal.

8. 16-07-2017 Rheydter SV - SVG Grevenbroich 7-1

About 100% of the non-groundhopper have never heard about Rheydter SV while the club has an absolute gem of a ground. The Jahnstadion could originally hold 40.000 fans but this has already been reduced to 20.000. The beautiful ground will normally last only a few more years as the new building plans of Rheydter SV have been accepted.

9. 11-11-2017 Gillingham FC - Bury FC 1-1

Together with 3 other groundhoppers I went to the Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham. After a few beers at "The Cricketers" we went to the ground which looks quite odd with it's permanent temporary stand since 2003. All other stands have also been renewed but the floodlights looked absolutely great. 

10. 06-09-2017 KFC De Jeugd Borgloon - VV Hoeselt B 4-2

't Lijsternest in Borgloon won't probably be the most touristic place in Limburg but the ground has a real beauty of a stand and the ground itself is beautifully located in front of the old syrup factory. Absolutely worth visiting!

Visited games in 2017:

# Date Game Ground
1. 03/01/2017 VV Houthalen - KVVZ Diepenbeek Mijnstadion
2. 07/01/2017 Dundela FC - Limavady United FC Wilgar Park
3. 07/01/2017 Glentoran FC - Linfield FC The Oval
4. 21/01/2017 Hoogstraten VV - KVK Tienen Sportcomplex Seminarie
5. 25/01/2017 KVC Westerlo - RSC Anderlecht 't Kuipje
6. 27/01/2017 Sporting Charleroi - Zulte Waregem Stade du Pays de Charleroi
7. 28/01/2017 KSV Oudenaarde - KVV Coxyde Burgemeester Thienpontstadion
8. 29/01/2017 KVK Wellen - KFC Sint-Lenaarts De Zavel
9. 31/01/2017 KRC Genk - KV Oostende Luminus Arena
10. 04/02/2017 1. FC Koln - VfL Wolfsburg Rheinenergiestadion
11. 05/02/2017 KVK Tienen - RC Hades Bergéstadion
12. 11/02/2017 Schalke 04 - Hertha BSC VELTINS-Arena
13. 12/02/2017 Olympia Wijgmaal - KVK Tienen Sportcomplex Ymeria
14. 14/02/2017 VV Hoeselt - Habo SK Borgloon Caetsbeekstadion
15. 18/02/2017 KHO Bierbeek - RC Butsel Andre Ombeletstadion
16. 19/02/2017 KVK Tienen - Spouwen-Mopertingen Bergéstadion
17. 21/02/2017 SFC Saive - Alliance Melen-Micheroux Complexe Rue Des Anemones
18. 23/02/2017 KRC Genk - Astra Giurgiu Luminus Arena
19. 25/02/2017 Leganes U19 - Atletico Madrid U19 Campo Anexo de Butarque
20. 25/02/2017 CD Leganes - Deportivo de La Coruna Estadio Municipal de Butarque
21. 26/02/2017 SR Villaverde Boetticher - Mostoles Estadio Boetticher
22. 26/02/2017 Atletico Madrid - FC Barcelona Estadio Vicente Calderon
23. 03/03/2017 VfL Bochum - Fortuna Dusseldorf Vonovia Ruhrstadion
24. 04/03/2017 Eendracht Rotem - AA Rekem Burgmeester Henrylaan
25. 05/03/2017 KSK Bree - Zepperen-Brustem VV Stadion Bocholterstraat
26. 10/03/2017 Fortuna Smeermaas - FC Veldwezelt Stadion Fortuna 56
27. 11/03/2017 UR Namur - RFC Meux Stade Communal de Namur
28. 11/03/2017 CS Sedan - LB Chateauroux Stade Louis Dugauguez
29. 12/03/2017 KVK Tienen - Woluwe Zaventem Bergéstadion
30. 16/03/2017 KRC Genk - KAA Gent Luminus Arena
31. 19/03/2017 SK Londerzeel - KVK Tienen Stadion Dirk Putteman
32. 21/03/2017 Genk VV - Fortuna Smeermaas Broeder Marcel-stadion
33. 24/03/2017 MVV Maastricht - KVC Westerlo De Geusselt
34. 25/03/2017 SG Wattenscheid 09 - TSG 1881 Sprockhovel e.V. Lohrheidestadion
35. 25/03/2017 KFC Uerdingen - SSVg Velbert 02 Grotenburg-Stadion
36. 26/03/2017 KVK Tienen - KFC Zwarte Leeuw Bergéstadion
37. 29/03/2017 KFC Sparta Kolmont - FC Vliermaal Hof van Sparta
38. 01/04/2017 Borussia Monchengladbach II - Rot Weiss Ahlen Grenzlandstadion
39. 01/04/2017 KMR Biesen - Herk Sport Biesenveldweg
40. 01/04/2017 KVK Beringen - Zepperen-Brustem VV De Motbemden
41. 02/04/2017 KFC Duffel - KVK Tienen Gemeentelijk Sportcentrum
42. 05/04/2017 Union FC Rutten - Victoria VV 's Herenelderen Raam
43. 06/04/2017 RFC Queue-du-Bois - Royal Oupeye FC Rue Sur Les Bouhys
44. 08/04/2017 RFC Warnant - FC Herstal Complexe Sportif Warnant
45. 08/04/2017 Sparta Kumtich-Tienen - VS Kortenaken Elsenbosweg
46. 08/04/2017 KVK Tienen - Royal Cappellen FC Bergéstadion
47. 09/04/2017 Arsenal Oplinter - FC Averbode-Okselaar Emile Vandersteen Stadion
48. 11/04/2017 RCS Verlaine - RERC Amay Stade des Six Bonniers
49. 12/04/2017 Membruggen V&V - Velm VV Op Den Bonthof
50. 13/04/2017 Royale Entente Rechaintoise - JS Vivegnis Avenue Henri Massin
51. 15/04/2017 Echt VV - Juliana '31 Sportpark In de Bandert
52. 17/04/2017 As VV - SK Moelingen Vennekeslaan
53. 19/04/2017 KVV Lummen - SV Breugel Maria Van Loonstraat
54. 20/04/2017 KRC Genk - Celta de Vigo Luminus Arena
55. 22/04/2017 Jong AZ - GVVV AFAS Trainingcomplex
56. 22/04/2017 AZ - FC Twente AFAS AZ Stadion
57. 23/04/2017 KVK Tienen - Tempo Overijse Bergéstadion
58. 29/04/2017 KSK Heist - KSK Hasselt Gemeentelijk Sportcentrum
59. 30/04/2017 KSC Grimbergen - KVK Tienen Prinsenbosstadion
60. 01/05/2017 K. Ternesse VV Wommelgem - FC Walem Stadion Duffelsesteenweg
61. 07/05/2017 KSV Bornem - KVK Tienen Stadion Het Breeven
62. 09/05/2017 RFC Croatia Wandre - JS Vivegnis Rue des Pres
63. 10/05/2017 RDC Cointe Liege - Sprimont-Comblain Sport Stade Michel Jamar
64. 13/05/2017 KFC Lille - FC Oppuurs Sportcentrum Balsakker
65. 19/05/2017 Alemannia Aachen II - Alemannia Mariadorf Kunstrasenplatz Alkmaar
66. 25/05/2017 Eintracht Trier - TuS Koblenz Salmtalstadion
67. 25/05/2017 Jeunesse Canach - US Hostert Stade John Grun
68. 27/05/2017 KRC Genk - K. Sint-Truidense VV Luminus Arena
69. 03/06/2017 TSV LONGA - RKVV Erp Sportpark TSV LONGA
70. 04/06/2017 Luxembourg - Albania Stade Josy Barthel
71. 24/06/2017 Aywaille FC - Standard de Liege Avenue de la Porallée
72. 08/07/2017 Jong PSV - Jong AZ Sportpark De Herdgang
73. 08/07/2017 RKC Waalwijk - PSV Eindhoven Mandemakers Stadion
74. 09/07/2017 SV Konz - SG Ehrang Nebenplatz Saar-Mosel-Stadion
75. 09/07/2017 US Fola Esch - EFC Paris Stade Emile Mayrisch
76. 09/07/2017 US Esch - Racing FC Union Luxemburg Lankhelz
77. 15/07/2017 Club Brugge KV - AZ Burg. Van De Wiele Stadion
78. 15/07/2017 Zulte Waregem - Waasland Beveren Complex Gaversesteenweg
79. 16/07/2017 Borussia Monchengladbach II - Fortuna Koln Grenzlandstadion
80. 16/07/2017 Rheydter SV - SVG Grevenbroich RSV-Stadion
81. 16/07/2017 SV Straelen - Fortuna Koln Stadion an der Römerstraße
82. 21/07/2017 Eendracht Henis - UCE Liege Eburons Dome Sportoase
83. 22/07/2017 KRC Genk - Everton FC Luminus Arena
84. 23/07/2017 Eendracht Henis - Stormvogels Rosmeer Complex Schabotstraat
85. 25/07/2017 KFC De Kempen TL - KVV Vosselaar Staf Janssenstadion
86. 29/07/2017 SC RW Oberhausen - SV Westfalia Rhynern Stadion Niederrhein
87. 29/07/2017 KSK Meeuwen - GS Bree-Beek Stadion KSK Meeuwen
88. 30/07/2017 KVV Heusden-Zolder - VV Hoeselt B De Nieuwe Dijk
89. 30/07/2017 FC Melo Zonhoven - Bilzerse Waltwilder VV Terrein Herestraat
90. 31/07/2017 SK Heusden 06 - Godsheide VV De Noordberm
91. 01/08/2017 FC Richelle United - RFC Warnant Rue de Richelle
92. 02/08/2017 SC Fortuna Köln - VfL Osnabrück Südstadion
93. 05/08/2017 Achel VV - KSK Meeuwen De Siggert
94. 05/08/2017 Peer SV - Verbroedering Lommel Sportcentrum De Deuster
95. 05/08/2017 Racing Peer - KFC Hamont 99 Dommelstadion
96. 06/08/2017 RRC Waterloo - KVK Tienen Complexe Sportif du Joli Bois
97. 10/08/2017 Sevilla FC - AS Roma Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
98. 15/08/2017 KVK Tienen - RFC Liege Bergéstadion
99. 17/08/2017 KFC Witgoor Sport - Verbroedering Balen Jef Luytenstadion
100. 18/08/2017 FC Volendam - Helmond Sport Kras Stadion
101. 19/08/2017 vv Dongen - DOVO Sportpark Panhuis
102. 19/08/2017 KSK Branddonk - KFC Lint André Zajac Stadion
103. 20/08/2017 AS Houtain-Milanello - RFC Welkenraedt Rue de l'Escousset
104. 20/08/2017 Weerstand Koersel - Eendracht Henis Complex Sportlaan
105. 23/08/2017 FC Veldwezelt - FC Vliermaal Complex Winnevenstraat
106. 24/08/2017 RFC Malmundaria - RAF Franchimontois Stade Jacques Lechat
107. 26/08/2017 KRC Gent - RFC Wetteren PGB-Stadion
108. 26/08/2017 Jong Lede - KHO Kalken Sportcomplex Ommegang
109. 27/08/2017 FC Ganshoren - JS Taminoise Complexe Sportif de Ganshoren
110. 30/08/2017 Kanne VV - VV Hoeselt B Achter de Hoven
111. 02/09/2017 RES Durbuy - Solières Sport Stade Communal Durbuy
112. 03/09/2017 KVK Tienen - KVV Vosselaar Bergéstadion
113. 05/09/2017 Herk Sport - Zepperen-Brustem VV Het Beukenhof
114. 06/09/2017 KFC De Jeugd Borgloon - VV Hoeselt B 't Lijsternest
115. 07/09/2017 KMR Biesen Res. - Eendracht Henis Res. Biesenveldweg
116. 09/09/2017 Eendracht Henis - KMR Biesen Complex Schabotstraat
117. 10/09/2017 SC Heerenveen - PSV Abe Lenstra Stadion
118. 10/09/2017 FC Groningen - VVV Venlo NoordLease Stadion
119. 16/09/2017 Park FC Houthalen - Herk De Stad FC Complex Palmenstraat
120. 17/09/2017 SV Herkol - Weerstand Koersel Complex Herent
121. 19/09/2017 J. Oleyennes Reunies - Royal Waremmien B Complex Route Nationale
122. 21/09/2017 Royal Union Oreye - JS Fizoise Complex Sportif
123. 23/09/2017 SVV Schiedam - RVV VOB Sportpark Harga
124. 24/09/2017 KVK Tienen - Tempo Overijse Bergéstadion
125. 27/09/2017 Etoile Verviétoise - FC Trooz Stade de Bielmont
126. 30/09/2017 VV Sliedrecht - VV Bennekom De Lockhorst
127. 30/09/2017 LRC Leerdam - GJS Sportpark Bruinsdeel
128. 30/09/2017 Excelsior Rotterdam - VVV Venlo Van Donge & De Roo Stadion
129. 04/10/2017 Sprimont-Comblain Sport - La Louviere Centre Stade du Tultay
130. 07/10/2017 Eendr. Mechelen a/d Maas - Daring Huvo Jeuk Complex Oude Baan
131. 08/10/2017 KVK Tienen - Thes Sport Bergéstadion
132. 10/10/2017 US Grâce Hollogne B - RCS Verlaine B Cité Du Corbeau
133. 11/10/2017 FC Jupille - RRC Hamoir Rue de Visé
134. 13/10/2017 MVV Maastricht - Fortuna Sittard De Geusselt
135. 14/10/2017 Fortuna Dusseldorf U19 - FC Koln U19 Paul Janes Stadion
136. 14/10/2017 Wuppertaler SV - Fortuna Düsseldorf II Stadion am Zoo
137. 14/10/2017 Spouwen Mopertingen - KVK Tienen Norbert Beuls Stadion
138. 17/10/2017 AS Houtain-Milanello - KAS Eupen Espoires Rue de Wonck
139. 21/10/2017 Ajax U19 - Feyenoord U19 Sportpark de Toekomst
140. 21/10/2017 v.v. Montfoort - VV Woudenberg Sportpark Dijkpolder
141. 21/10/2017 TEC - FC Lisse Sportpark De Lok
142. 22/10/2017 KVK Tienen - RC Hades Bergéstadion
143. 24/10/2017 FC Cheratte - AS Hermalle Stade Randaxhe
144. 25/10/2017 KRC Genk - Club Brugge KV Luminus Arena
145. 29/10/2017 FC Landen - Eendracht Henis Sportstadion FC Landen
146. 30/10/2017 Burnley FC - Newcastle United Turf Moor
147. 30/10/2017 Manchester United U19 - SL Benfica U19 Leigh Sports Village Stadium
148. 31/10/2017 Blackburn Rovers FC - Fleetwood Town Ewood Park
149. 01/11/2017 Liverpool FC U19 - NK Maribor U19 Prenton Park
150. 01/11/2017 Liverpool FC - NK Maribor Anfield Road
151. 04/11/2017 FC Lisse - GVVV Sportpark Ter Specke
152. 04/11/2017 HBS Craeyenhout - HV & CV Quick Sportpark Craeyenhout
153. 05/11/2017 KVK Tienen - Bocholt VV Bergéstadion
154. 07/11/2017 RFC Battice - US Halthier Rue de Henri Chapelle
155. 09/11/2017 Sporting Heerlen - EHC Sportpark Grasbroek
156. 11/11/2017 Gillingham FC - Bury FC Priestfield Stadium
157. 12/11/2017 Hoeselt VV - Eendracht Henis Smisstraat
158. 15/11/2017 RFC Trois-Frontières B - RFC Welkenraedt B Complexe Sportif Plombières (B)
159. 16/11/2017 RKSV Leonidas-W - VV Walram Sportpark Wolder (C)
160. 18/11/2017 B. Mönchengladbach U19 - B. Leverkusen U19 Fohlenplatz
161. 18/11/2017 FC Wegberg-Beeck - Fortuna Düsseldorf II Waldstadion
162. 18/11/2017 KVC Houtem-Oplinter - SC Aarschot Complex Bunsbeekstraat
163. 19/11/2017 KVK Tienen - FC Turnhout Bergéstadion
164. 24/11/2017 FC Jeunesse Lorraine Arlonaise - RUS D'Érezée Stade du FCJL Arlonaise
165. 25/11/2017 KSC City Pirates - KVK Tienen Jef Mermansstadion
166. 26/11/2017 FC Bressoux - FC Warsage Stade W. Delvigne
167. 26/11/2017 SV Meerssen - RKSV Halsteren Sportpark Marsana
168. 28/11/2017 SV Bergheim - Alemannia Aachen Aggerstadion
169. 01/12/2017 NEC - FC Dordrecht Goffertstadion
170. 02/12/2017 EHC - SV Meerssen Sportpark De Dem
171. 03/12/2017 KVK Tienen - Olympia Wijgmaal Bergéstadion
172. 06/12/2017 VV Gemert - Avanti '31 Sportpark Molenbroek
173. 07/12/2017 RKSV Heer - RKSV Haslou Sportpark Rabobank
174. 08/12/2017 KSK Hasselt - KVK Tienen Stedelijk Sportstadion
175. 09/12/2017 Queens Park Rangers FC - Leeds United AFC Loftus Road
176. 12/12/2017 RFC de Liege - R. Oreye Site de la Tonne
177. 16/12/2017 KWIK Eine - VC Osta Meerbeke Pater Ruyffelaertstraat
178. 17/12/2017 KVV Vosselaar - KVK Tienen Stadion KVV Vosselaar
179. 19/12/2017 Willem II - RKC Waalwijk Koning Willem II Stadion
180. 21/12/2017 As-Niel United - Park FC Houthalen De Heiberg
181. 28/12/2017 VC Bekkevoort - KFC Linda Olen Oude Tiensebaan
182. 29/12/2017 Spouwen Mopertingen - KVK Beringen Norbert Beuls Stadion
183. 31/12/2017 KSC City Pirates - KFC Rupel Boom Jef Mermansstadion
 

 

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