FC Twente

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FC Twente
Full nameFootball Club Twente 1965
FoundedJuly 1, 1965; 56 years ago (1965-07-01)
GroundGrolsch Veste
Enschede
Capacity30,014
ChairmanJoop Munsterman
ManagerRon Jans
LeagueEredivisie
2010–11Eredivisie, 2nd
WebsiteClub website

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 | change 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 | change 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 | change 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. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

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

Out on loan[change | change source]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

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