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Willem II

Willem II is a football (soccer) club from Netherlands.

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About Willem II

Willem II , also known as Willem II Tilburg, is a football club based in Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands. The team was founded on 12 August 1896 as Tilburgia. On 12 January 1898, the club was renamed Willem II, after List of Dutch monarchs William II of the Netherlands (reign from 1840 until 1849), who, as Prince of House of Orange-Nassau and commander of the Royal Netherlands Army, had his military headquarters in Tilburg during the Belgian Revolution.

Notable former players for the club include Dutch internationals Jaap Stam and Marc Overmars plus the Finn Sami Hyypiä. The club's shirt consists of red-white-blue vertical stripes, inspired by the colours of the flag of the Netherlands. Willem II plays its home matches in the Koning Willem II Stadion, also named after the King. The stadium, opened on May 31, 1995, has a capacity of 14,700 spectators. The average attendance in 2004/05 was 12,500 people.

Despite never winning the Eredivisie, the club came second in 1998-99 Eredivisie, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League as a result.

History

Willem II were the first champions of the Eredivisie after professional football was introduced in 1954–55.

The club has won three national titles (1916, 1952 and 1955) and two KNVB Cups (1944 and 1963). In 1987, 1990 and 1999, Willem II were voted Dutch Club of the Year. In 1999, a second place in the league guaranteed the club a UEFA Champions League berth. In the first group stage (Group G), Willem II were eliminated. They scored 2 points in 6 matches. In 1963, Willem II lost to Manchester United F.C. (7–2 on aggregate) in the first round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In 1998–99, Willem II competed in the UEFA Cup. After beating FC Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia (country) 6–0 on aggregate in the first round, Willem II lost to Spanish side Real Betis in the second round, 4–1 on aggregate. After reaching the Dutch cup final in 2004 (4–0 loss against PSV Eindhoven), Willem II qualified again for the UEFA Cup, in which they lost to French side AS Monaco in the first round (5–1 on aggregate). The fans of Willem II have close relations with the fans of English Football League Championship club Bristol City. Some Willem II fans were seen in the 'Eastend' (Bristol City's most popular stand) for their game against Sheffield Wednesday on the 31st October 2009, there were songs sung about Willem II.

After the 2010/2011 season, Willem II was relegated from the Eredivisie for the first time in 24 years.

Honours

- Eredivisie
- - Winners (3): 1915–16 Netherlands Football League Championship, 1951–52 Netherlands Football League Championship, 1954–55 Netherlands Football League Championship
- Eerste Divisie
- - Winners (2): Eerste Divisie 1956-57, Eerste Divisie 1964-65
- KNVB Cup
- - Winners (2): 1944, 1963

Domestic Results

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

As of 1 August 2011

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2011

(on loan from ADO Den Haag)

(on loan from Vitesse)

On loan



Notable former players


- Maikel Aerts
- Bud Brocken
- Romano Denneboom
- Huub Loeffen
- Jean-Paul van Gastel
- Jack de Gier
- Frank Demouge
- Kew Jaliens
- Ruben Kogeldans †
- Bert Konterman
- Michel Kreek
- John Lammers (footballer)
- Denny Landzaat

- Joris Mathijsen
- Oscar Moens
- Marc Overmars
- Martijn Reuser
- Geert de Vlieger
- Jan van Roessel †
- Jaap Stam
- Mariano Bombarda
- Tom Caluwé
- Moussa Dembélé
- Cristiano dos Santos Rodrigues
- Tomáš Galásek
- Jose Valencia Murillo

- Sami Hyypiä
- Joonas Kolkka
- Veli Lampi
- Mohamed Sylla (footballer born 1971) †
- Saïd Boutahar
- Adil Ramzi
- Tarik Sektioui
- Jimmy Calderwood
- Scott Calderwood
- Earnie Stewart
- Ibrahim Kargbo
- Jatto Ceesay

Managers






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