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FC Groningen

FC Groningen is a football (soccer) club from Netherlands.

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About FC Groningen

FC Groningen is a association football club from Groningen (city) in the Netherlands and plays its games in the Dutch highest football league, called the Eredivisie.

Stadium

Access

Euroborg is easy to reach by public transport. Train station Groningen Europapark, located 200 meters from the stadium, is served every hour by a number of trains (coming from Groningen Central) and busses. There are also a number of car parks (marked as P1, P2, etc) in the surrounding area. The stadium is located 2,5 kilometer/1,5 mile from the city centre of Groningen.

History

GVAV

The predecessor of FC Groningen was founded as Unitas in 1915. When Unitas joined the Eerste Klasse Noord their name was changed to GVAV (Groningen Football and Athletics Association). The Eerste Klasse Noord was a football league that consisted of teams from the northern provinces Groningen (province), Friesland and Drenthe, of which the winner went on to compete for the national title. During the days of the Eerste Klasse Noord GVAV stood in the shadow of Be Quick 1887 and Velocitas, two other sides from the city of Groningen. After the Royal Dutch Football Association allowed professionalism in 1954 the Eerste Klasse Noord, along with the other regional leagues, ceased to exist. From the city of Groningen the teams GVAV, Be Quick 1887, Velocitas and Oosterparkers turned professional but the latter two soon had to step back to amateurism. Be Quick stayed professional until 1964, leaving GVAV as the only professional football team in the city of Groningen. In 1971 GVAV was reformed as FC Groningen.

FC Groningen

FC Groningen enjoyed top flight football for most of their existence, although the club was relegated to the second division after the third season of their existence.

The club was then propelled back into success by the Koeman brothers, Ronald Koeman and his elder brother Erwin Koeman together with defending midfielder Jan van Dijk (football) resulting in qualification to UEFA cup for the first time in the 1982/83 season. Their best season in the Eredivisie was during the 1990/91 season when they finished third.

2005-06 season

The 2005-06 season turned out to be one of the best in a long time for FC Groningen, with the club finishing 5th place in the league. This allowed Groningen to enter the play-off tournament for the UEFA Champions League third round qualification. However, they were beaten by Ajax Amsterdam in the finals who scored a goal two minutes before the final whistle.

By finishing fifth in the league, FC Groningen qualified for UEFA Cup 2006-07 for the first time in 14 years, where they were defeated 4–3 on aggregate in the first round by FK Partizan.

2006–07 season

In the 2006/07 season FC Groningen again managed to get an entrance for the UEFA Cup. They ended the season on an 8th place but thanks to the play-off tournament system, in which they beat Feyenoord and FC Utrecht, they qualified for the UEFA Cup where they faced ACF Fiorentina in the first round. Both matches in Groningen and Florence ended in a draw, 1–1. FC Groningen were defeated after penalties and knocked out in the first round.

2007–08 season

On April 13, 2008 the weststand of the Euroborg was partly set on fire during a supporters tifo-action gone bad. For this a few 1000 rolls of toiletpaper where thrown down from the stand but the large pile of toiletpaper caught fire. This happened right before the beginning of the match FC Groningen -AFC Ajax, one of the fierce rivals of FC Groningen. The match was posponed and replayed 3 days later.

2009–10 season

At the end of the 2009–2010 season Ron Jans, who has been the manager of FC Groningen for 8 successful years, stepped down. He is now manager of another team in the Eredivisie which is FC Heereveen.

2010-11 season

Halfway through the 2009-2010 season, FC Groningen announced that AFC Ajax Youth Coach Pieter Huistra would take charge of FC Groningen after Ron Jans' departure to SC Heerenveen. Groningen signed the Serbian attacking midfielder Dusan Tadic from FK Vojvodina for a reported €1,1 million, Belgium Defender (association football) Jonas Ivens from KV Mechelen for €600,000 and Netherlands midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld from Go Ahead Eagles for an undisclosed fee.

Groningen started the competition with two draws against Ajax (2-2) and AZ Alkmaar (1-1). The team went on an eight match unbeaten run until beaten by leading champions FC Twente (4-2). The first half of the season was the best ever in Groningen's history, going into the winter break with no less than 39 points and a third place. The first match of the second half of the season ended in a 1-2 loss against FC Twente, ending an impressive run of 10 wins and 1 draw at Euroborg. After a KNVB Cup-loss at FC Utrecht (3-2), Groningen went on to beat rivals SC Heerenveen, with former manager Ron Jans, 4-1, Dusan Tadic scoring two of the goals. A week later Groningen recorded their biggest ever win in the Eredivisie. Bottom of the table Willem II was thrashed with 7-1, with top scorer Tim Matavz scoring his first ever hat-trick in league football. Then followed a period of heavy losses against Roda JC, Heracles Almelo (both 1-4) and Feyenoord (1-5) before breaking the deadlock with a 0-1 win at NAC Breda. Groningen went climbing again in the table to draw their final game against PSV Eindhoven (0-0), only just missing out on direct Europa League qualification.

In the play-offs Groningen started with a 2-3 loss away at Heracles Almelo. They were supported by their two away goals and won the second leg at home, beating their opponents 2-1 to progress to the Final of the play offs for European qualification, in which they took on season sensation ADO Den Haag. The first leg was played in Den Haag on the 26th May, and the return match on the 29th May in Euroborg Stadium. At the end of the first half, the score was 1-1, meaning ADO Den Haag got the ticket. But at full time, it was 5-1 for FC Groningen, thanks to a penalty in the last minute, meaning there had to be penalties to decide who gets the ticket. Matavz and Sparv missed for Groningen, meaning Den Haag got the ticket after all.

Crest and colours

When GVAV was reformed as FC Groningen in 1971 a competition was subscriped to come up with a new crest. The winning design was created by Reint Rozema. It showed a rather abstract character G, referring to Groningen. The "simple but strong shape of the crest" (as it was described by Rozema) had to symbolize the nature of the people of Groningen. The crest's form was inspired by the truncated icosahedron pattern of a association football (ball).
In 1993 the mythical flying horse Pegasus was added to the crest. The supporters resisted against this alternation and the crest was restored to its original form in 1996.

FC Groningen's official colours are the city's green and white. However the crest was green and white from the beginning, the team's first ever home kit was blue. After the club's first season, the purple kit was exchanged for a green and white one. FC Groningen have played in these colours ever since. The design of the shirt has differed until 1991, when a kit with two vertical stripes was adopted as FC Groningen's standard. Since 2006 the colour purple has been revived as the team's third colour and is used in the away kits.

Rivalry

The biggest rivals of FC Groningen are sc Heerenveen (located 60 kilometers from Groningen (city)), Ajax and FC Twente.

Domestic Results

Below is a table with FC Groningen's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

As of 1 August 2011


On loan



Notable players

This list contains notable players who played for FC Groningen. They are shown by nationality and between brackets the periods they have been active for FC Groningen.

Netherlands
- Raymond Atteveld (1997–99)
- Foeke Booy (1987–88)
- Bud Brocken (1982–85)
- Joost Broerse (1997–03)
- Johan de Kock (1984–87)
- John de Wolf (1985–89)
- Martin Drent (1992–93), (2005–07)
- René Eijkelkamp (1986–90)
- Dean Gorré (1995–97)
- Ronald Hamming (1992–94)
- Peter Hoekstra (footballer) (2000–01)
- Peter Houtman (1977–78), (1979–82), (1985–87)
- Hugo Hovenkamp (1975–83)
- Pieter Huistra (1984–86), (1996–97)
- Ron Jans (1982–84)
- Erwin Koeman (1978–79), (1982–85), (1994–98)
- Ronald Koeman (1980–83)
- Wim Koevermans (1988–90)
- Jurrie Koolhof (1987–88)
- Hennie Meijer (1988–93)
- Johan Neeskens (1984–85)
- Erik Regtop (1988–89)
- Michael Reiziger (1993–94)
- Arjen Robben (2000–02)
- Harry Schellekens (1983–85)
- Jan van Dijk (footballer) (1975–78), (1978–92)
- Sander van Gessel (1995–00)
- Adri van Tiggelen (1983–86)
- Piet Wildschut (1974–77)

Austria
- Rolf Landerl (2002–04)

Argentina
- Mariano Bombarda (1994–96), (1996–98)

Brazil
- Hugo Alves Velame (1997–05)
- Luciano Jose Pereira da Silva (2007–)
- Magno Mocelin (1996–99)

England
- Stephen Goble (1981–84), (1985–86)
- Paul Mason (footballer) (1984–88)
- Rob McDonald (1982–85), (1986–87)

Iran
- Agil Etemadi (2011-12)

Morocco
- Ali Boussaboun (2001–02)

Norway
- Erik Nevland (2004–08)

Republic of Macedonia
- Milko Đurovski (1990–92), (1993–94)

Romania
- Lucian Ilie (1992–93)

Serbia
- Goran Lovre (2006–10)
- Dušan Tadić (2010-)

Singapore
- Fandi Ahmad (1983–85)

South Africa
- Glen Salmon (2002–07)

Sweden
- Petter Andersson (2008–)
- Marcus Berg (2007–09)
- Andreas Granqvist (2008–11)
- Rasmus Lindgren (2005–08)
- Fredrik Stenman (2007–11)

Uruguay
- Bruno Silva (2005–08)
- Luis Suárez (Uruguayan footballer) (2006–07)




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