FC Twente

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FC Twente
Full name Football Club Twente 1965
Founded July 1, 1965; 48 years ago (1965-07-01)
Ground Grolsch Veste
Enschede
(capacity: 30,014)
Chairman Joop Munsterman
Manager Steve McClaren
League Eredivisie
2010–11 Eredivisie, 2nd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

FC Twente is a football club from Enschede in the Netherlands. They play in the Eredivisie and also in the UEFA Champions League.

Twente plays its games in the Grolsch Veste (a capacity of 30 000).

FC Twente currently holds the national cup and the Johan Cruijff Schaal. In season 2010/11 they ended second in the league.

History[change | edit source]

FC Twente was founded on 1 July 1965 as a combination of Sportclub Enschede and Enschedes Boys. The two professional football teams in Enschede at that time (Sportclub Enschede and Enschedese Boys) had both money problems and were forced to merge. FC Twente started in the Eredivisie (highest Dutch league) and within a few years they were part of the top of Dutch football. Between 1970 and 1980 they came close to several prizes, but they always lost the final. In 1974 the ended second in the Eredivisie and in 1975 the lost the Dutch cup final as well as the UEFA Cup final (after beating Juventus in the semi-final). Only in 1978 they won the Dutch Cup (by beating PEC Zwolle in the final with 3-0). In the next decade (1980-1990) the club went down hill, with the relegation to the Eerste Divisie (second tier of Dutch football) in 1983 as all-time low. Twente was back in the Eredivisie within a year however. In the nineties Twente played a modest role in Dutch football, usually ending around the 5th place in the Eredivisie. In the first decade of the 21st century the golden era started. In 2001 FC Twente won the Dutch cup by beating PSV Eindhoven in the final with a penalty shootout. This victory caused huge celebrations in the eastern part of the Netherlands. This showed the popularity of the club in the region, eventhough FC Twente almost never wins a prize. In 2003 the club almost went bankrupt and Joop Munsterman took over as chairman. He understood the potential of this club and developed a plan to increase the sportive, economic and social capacity of Twente. In 2008 the stadium size was increased from 13,500 to 24,000 seats. In 2011 the stadium was further increased to 30,000 seats. FC Twente again played on the top of the Dutch league, resulting in their first national title in 2010. Also the Intertoto Cup was won in 2006, the Johan Cruijff Schaal was won in 2010 and 2011 and the Dutch cup in 2011. In these years FC Twente also started a social programm to help unemployed people to find a job, encourage handicaped people to do sports and to give away free seats in the stadium to people that cannot afford a ticket.

Trophies[change | edit source]

  • Champion of the Netherlands (1)
2009-10
(runner up (4): 1973-74, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11)
  • Dutch Cup (3)
1978, 2001, 2011
(runner up (4): 1975, 1979, 2003, 2009)
  • Dutch Super cup (2)
2010, 2011
(runner up (1): 2001)
  • UEFA Cup
(runner up (1): 1975)
  • Intertoto Cup (1)
2006

Current squad[change | edit source]

As of 20 July 2012.

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2011–12 and List of Dutch football transfers summer 2012.

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Sander Boschker
2 Denmark DF Andreas Bjelland
3 Netherlands DF Nicky Kuiper
4 Netherlands DF Peter Wisgerhof (captain)
5 Netherlands MF Robbert Schilder
6 Netherlands MF Wout Brama (vice captain)
7 Netherlands MF Denny Landzaat
8 Netherlands MF Leroy Fer
9 Russia FW Dmitry Bulykin
10 Serbia FW Dušan Tadić
11 Netherlands FW Wesley Verhoek
12 Netherlands DF Tim Cornelisse
13 Bulgaria GK Nikolay Mihaylov
14 Netherlands MF Willem Janssen
No. Position Player
15 Venezuela DF Roberto Rosales
16 Netherlands DF Tim Breukers
17 Sweden DF Rasmus Bengtsson
17 Slovakia FW Andrej Rendla
18 Germany DF Nils Röseler
19 Netherlands DF Douglas
20 Netherlands FW Glynor Plet
21 Chile MF Felipe Gutiérrez
22 Belgium FW Nacer Chadli
24 Netherlands FW Edwin Gyasi
25 Portugal GK Daniel Fernandes
26 Netherlands FW Joshua John
27 Netherlands MF Quincy Promes
30 Netherlands FW Luc Castaignos

Out on loan[change | edit source]

No. Position Player
25 Sweden MF Emir Bajrami (to AS Monaco)