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AZ
AZ logo
Full name Alkmaar Zaanstreek
Short name AZ
Founded 10 May 1967
Ground AZ Stadion
Alkmaar
(Capacity: 17,150)
Chairman Netherlands René Neelissen
Manager Netherlands Dick Advocaat
League Eredivisie
2008–09 Eredivisie, 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

AZ, an acronym for Alkmaar Zaanstreek, is a football club from the city of Alkmaar, Netherlands. They are the current Dutch Eredivisie champions.

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History

It was founded on 10 May 1967 as AZ '67, the result of a merger of Alkmaar '54 and FC Zaanstreek. The name was changed into AZ in July 1986; internationally, Alkmaar is often tautologically added.

Owing to the commitment of businessmen Cees and Klaas Molenaar, AZ '67 were successful in the late seventies and early eighties. In 1981, they became Dutch champions and UEFA Cup finalists. Things went downhill after the Molenaar brothers left the club. In 1988, AZ were relegated from the Eredivisie.

The involvement of businessman Dirk Scheringa in the mid-'90s marked the revival of the club. AZ returned to the Eredivisie in 1998. In 2004–05, they reappeared in the UEFA Cup tournament, advancing to the semi-finals. They also finished third in the Eredivisie that season, again qualifying for the UEFA Cup, after spending most of the season in the top two spots. A remarkable achievement, since AZ is financially not a big club and it does not have a similar fanbase like their Eredivisie rivals: AZ's home ground in the 2005–06 season, the Alkmaarderhout, had a spectator capacity of 8,390.

AZ were undefeated in all 32 of their home matches in European competitions, a sequence which ran from 1977 until 20 December 2007, when they finally lost to Everton of England by a score of 3–2.

In the summer of 2006, the club moved to a new 17,000 capacity stadium AZ Stadion. Club's chairman Dirk Scheringa stated in 2007 that he wished to expand the stadium capacity to 40,000 by 2010.[1] Ultimately, the club began plans to expand the stadium to at least 30,000 seats by 2011–12.

AZ had a very good 2006–07 season, which ended, however, in disaster. Going into the last game of the 2006–07 season, AZ led PSV and Ajax by goal-differential for the Eredivisie championship, but ended up third after losing this last match against bottom-dweller Excelsior, playing with 10 men for 80 minutes. Further setbacks followed when AZ lost the KNVB Cup finals to Ajax, 8–7 in penalty kicks after a drawn game, and also lost to Ajax over two playoff games for the Champions League. After the season, key players like Tim de Cler, Danny Koevermans, and Shota Arveladze left the team.

AZ versus Larissa in a 2007–08 UEFA Cup match.

In the 2007–08 season, AZ performed so badly (first round loss in the KNVB Cup, elimination from the UEFA Cup before winter break and a final 11th position in the Eredivisie), that team manager Louis van Gaal felt obliged to hand in his resignation in March 2008. However, after protests from the players and direction, van Gaal withdrew his resignation to finish his contractual obligations.

The 2008–09 season had an unpromising start with two defeats against NAC Breda and ADO Den Haag. However, starting with a 1–0 victory over defending league champions PSV, the team didn't lose in the next 28 matches, including a stretch of 11 matches in which the opposing teams did not score a single goal. Three weeks before the end of the season, despite their second home defeat of the season (against Vitesse), AZ became Eredivisie champions when nearest rivals Twente and Ajax both lost their matches.[2][3] AZ's second championship was the first Eredivisie title in 28 years, the first time the league was won by a team other than the "big three" (Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord). AZ will also be playing Champions League football for the first time in their history this season.

Ronald Koeman, succeeded Louis van Gaal after the 2008–09 season. Van Gaal had already left for Bayern Munich after becoming league champions with AZ. Koeman became the manager for AZ on 17 May 2009. [4] On December 5th 2009 AZ announced that Koeman no longer was in charge of AZ, after losing 7 of the first 16 games in the Dutch competition.[5] Former Zenit St. Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat will take charge of AZ in the middle of december.

Satellite clubs

On 22 May 2009, Dirk Scheringa has announced a cooperation with Bayern Munich;[6] the club has preemption rights for the AZ contracted players.[7]

Dutch First Division club Telstar is an official satellite club of AZ. Youth players are stalled at Telstar to gain experience. Since 10 May 2009, former youth coach of AZ Marcel Bout will be responsible for the technical coordination.[8]

Current squad

As of 5 June 2009, according to the official website [9] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Joey Didulica
2 Netherlands DF Kew Jaliens
4 Mexico DF Héctor Moreno
6 Netherlands MF David Mendes da Silva
7 Netherlands FW Jeremain Lens
8 Netherlands MF Stijn Schaars (captain)
10 Morocco FW Mounir El Hamdaoui
11 Belgium MF Maarten Martens
14 Estonia DF Ragnar Klavan
15 Denmark MF Simon Poulsen
16 Sweden MF Pontus Wernbloom
18 Belgium FW Moussa Dembélé
No. Position Player
20 Sweden MF Rasmus Elm
21 Netherlands GK Erik Heijblok
22 Argentina GK Sergio Romero
23 Netherlands MF Nick van der Velden
24 Australia MF James Holland
25 Finland DF Niklas Moisander
26 Paraguay MF Celso Ortiz
27 Australia MF Brett Holman
28 Belgium DF Gill Swerts
29 Italy FW Graziano Pellè
49 Brazil FW Jonathas
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Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
3 Netherlands DF Gijs Luirink (on loan to RKC Waalwijk)
19 Netherlands MF Kees Luyckx (on loan to ADO Den Haag)
Netherlands MF Kemy Agustien (on loan to RKC Waalwijk)
Costa Rica GK Esteban Alvarado (on loan to Saprissa)
Netherlands FW Kevin Brands (on loan to Telstar)
Austria DF Mettin Copier (on loan to Telstar)
Netherlands GK Jordy Deckers (on loan to Telstar)
Netherlands MF Ilias Haddad (on loan to Telstar)
Netherlands DF Milano Koenders (on loan to Sparta Rotterdam)
Netherlands MF Furdjel Narsingh (on loan to Telstar)
Netherlands DF Jeroen Tesselaar (on loan to Telstar)

Reserve squad

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

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Raymond Breebaart
Netherlands GK Albert-Jan de Vries
Netherlands DF Mike Boelee
Netherlands DF Toine van Huizen
Netherlands DF Mohammed Madmar
Netherlands DF Guido Moelee
Netherlands DF Estefan Pattinasarany
Netherlands DF Erik Schouten
Netherlands DF Koen Bosma
Brazil DF Ramón Rodríquez da Silva
Netherlands DF Giliano Wijnaldum
Netherlands MF Roland Alberg
Netherlands MF Koen Bosma
No. Position Player
Nigeria MF Abdullahi Lawal
Netherlands MF Wouter de Vogel
Netherlands MF Vincent Monster
Netherlands MF Ben Rienstra
Iceland FW Olafur Karl Finsen
Netherlands FW Edwin Gyasi
Netherlands FW Clive Keus
Netherlands FW Ali Messaoud
17 Denmark FW Morten Nielsen
Iceland FW Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Netherlands FW Mitchell te Vrede
Iceland MF Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

Stadium and sponsor

DSB Stadion, AZ's home venue in Alkmaar

AZ play their home games at the AZ Stadion, located in the southern part of the city of Alkmaar. The stadium, which is owned directly by the club, was inaugurated in 2006 and replaced the old Alkmaarderhout venue. The stadium currently has a capacity of 17,023.

In order to further grow the club’s budget, the AZ board of directors decided to extend the capacity of the new stadium to a minimum of 30,000 seated spectators. The extension will be realised to construct a second tier to three of the four stands. The main stand with all technical areas, VIP and sponsor and media facilities will remain in place. The club plans to start construction in the third quarter of 2010 in order for the stadium to be commissioned in time for the 2011–12 season.

In October 2009 sponsor DSB Bank was declared bankrupt [10] [11] [12]. The stadiumname changed from DSB Stadion to AZ Stadion, as it wasn't a good thing that the stadium was linked with a nonexistent bank. In February 2010 a new main sponsor was found: construction works service provider BUKO from Beverwijk [13].

Honours

AZ Eredivisie Results 1976 to 2009

1 As Alkmaar '54

AZ in Europe

Below is a table with AZ's international results in the past seasons.

Year(s) Tournament Result Opponents (home result, away result)
1977-78 UEFA Cup second round Luxembourg Red Boys Differdange (11–1, 5–0); Spain Barcelona (1–1, 1–1p)
1978–79 Cup Winners' Cup first round England Ipswich Town (0–0, 0–2)
1980–81 UEFA Cup final Luxembourg Red Boys Differdange (6–0, 4–0); Bulgaria Levski Sofia (5–0, 1–1); Yugoslavia Radnički Niš (5–0, 2–2); Belgium Lokeren (2–0, 0–1); France Sochaux (3–2, 1–1); England Ipswich Town (4–2, 0–3)
1981–82 European Cup round of 16 Norway Start (1–0, 3–1); England Liverpool (2–2, 2–3)
1982–83 Cup Winners' Cup round of 16 Republic of Ireland Limerick (1–0, 1–1); Italy Internazionale (1–0, 0–2)
2004–05 UEFA Cup semi-final Greece PAOK (2–1, 3–2); Group F with France Auxerre (home: 2–0), Poland Amica Wronki (away: 3–1), Scotland Rangers (home: 1–0), Austria Grazer (away: 0–2), result: group winner; Germany Alemannia Aachen (2–1, 0–0); Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (2–1, 3–1); Spain Villarreal (1–1, 2–1); Portugal Sporting CP (3–2, 1–2a)
2005–06 UEFA Cup round of 32 Russia Krylya Sovetov Samara (3–1, a3–5); Group D with Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (away: 2–1), England Middlesbrough (home: 0–0), Bulgaria Litex Lovech (away: 2–0), Switzerland Grasshopper (home: 1–0), result: group runners-up; Spain Real Betis (2–1aet, 0–2)
2006–07 UEFA Cup quarter-final Turkey Kayserispor (3–2, 1–1); Group C with Portugal Braga (home: 3–0), Switzerland Grasshopper (away: 5–2), Czech Republic Slovan Liberec (home: 2–2), Spain Sevilla (away: 2–1), result: group winner; Turkey Fenerbahçe (a2–2, 3–3); England Newcastle United (a2–0, 2–4); Germany Werder Bremen (0–0, 1–4)
2007–08 UEFA Cup group stage Portugal Paços de Ferreira (0–0, 1–0); Group A with Russia Zenit St. Petersburg (away: 1–1), Greece Larissa (home: 1–0), Germany Nuremberg (away: 1–2), England Everton (home: 2–3), result: 4th place in group
2009–10 Champions League group stage Group H with Greece Olympiacos (0–0, 0–1), Belgium Standard Liège (1–1, 1–1), England Arsenal (1–1, 1–4), result: 4th place in group

Domestic results

Below is a table with AZ's domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.

Domestic league League result Qualification to KNVB Cup season Cup result
Eredivisie 2008–09 1st Champions League 2008–09 quarter finals
Eredivisie 2007–08 11th - 2007–08 second round
Eredivisie 2006-07 3rd UEFA Cup (after losing CL play-offs) 2006-07 final
Eredivisie 2005-06 2nd UEFA Cup (after losing CL play-offs) 2005-06 semi-finals
Eredivisie 2004-05 3rd UEFA Cup 2004-05 round of 16
Eredivisie 2003-04 5th UEFA Cup 2003-04 second round
Eredivisie 2002-03 10th - 2002-03 second round (knock-out stage)
Eredivisie 2001-02 10th - 2001-02 second round (knock-out stage)
Eredivisie 2000-01 13th - 2000-01 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1999-2000 7th - 1999-2000 semi-finals
Eredivisie 1998-99 9th - 1998-99 round of 16
Eerste Divisie 1997-98 1st Eredivisie (promotion) 1997-98 first round (knock-out stage)
Eredivisie 1996-97 18th Eerste Divisie (relegation) 1996-97 quarter finals
Eerste Divisie 1995-96 1st Eredivisie (promotion) 1995-96 round of 16
Eerste Divisie 1994-95 5th promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion 1994-95 round of 16
Eerste Divisie 1993-94 3rd promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion 1993-94 round of 16
Eerste Divisie 1992-93 10th - 1992-93 third round
Eerste Divisie 1991-92 13th - 1991-92 secound round
Eerste Divisie 1990-91 4th promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion 1990-91 first round
Eerste Divisie 1989-90 12th - 1989-90 first round
Eerste Divisie 1988-89 5th - 1988-89 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1987-88 16th Eerste Divisie (relegation) 1987-88 first round
Eredivisie 1986-87 15th - 1986-87 second round
Eredivisie 1985-86 9th - 1985-86 second round
Eredivisie 1984-85 13th - 1984-85 first round
Eredivisie 1983-84 6th - 1983-84 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1982-83 11th - 1982-83 second round
Eredivisie 1981-82 3rd Cup Winners' Cup 1981-82 winner
Eredivisie 1980-81 1st European Cup 1980-81 winner
Eredivisie 1979-80 2nd UEFA Cup 1979-80 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1978-79 4th - 1978-79 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1977-78 3rd Cup Winners' Cup 1977-78 winner
Eredivisie 1976-77 3rd UEFA Cup 1976-77 semi-finals
Eredivisie 1975-76 5th - 1975-76 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1974-75 5th - 1974-75 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1973-74 7th - 1973-74 quarter finals
Eredivisie 1972-73 15th - 1972-73 semi-finals
Eerste Divisie 1971-72 2nd Eredivisie (promotion) 1971-72 first round
Eredivisie 1970-71 17th Eerste Divisie (relegation) 1970-71 second round
Eredivisie 1969-70 12th - 1969-70 quarter finals[citation needed]
Eredivisie 1968-69 16th - (after surviving relegation play-offs) 1968-69 second round[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1967-68 2nd Eredivisie (promotion) 1967-68 group stage[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1966-67 (as Alkmaar '54
and FC Zaanstreek)
12th
7th
- 1966-67 first round[citation needed]
first round[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1965-66 (as Alkmaar'54)
Tweede Divisie 1965–66 (as FC Zaanstreek)
4th
3rd (group A)
-
Eerste Divisie (promotion)
1965-66 group stage[citation needed]
group stage[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1964-65 (as Alkmaar '54)
Tweede Divisie 1964–65 (as FC Zaanstreek)
11th
6th (group A)
- 1964-65 first round[citation needed]
first round[citation needed]
Tweede Divisie 1963–64 (as Alkmaar '54) 1st (group A); 2nd overall losing play-off Eerste Divisie (winning promotion tournament) 1963-64 first round[citation needed]
Tweede Divisie 1962–63 (as Alkmaar '54) 4th (group A) - 1962-63 semi-finals[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1961-62 (as Alkmaar '54) 12th (group A) Tweede Divisie (relegation) 1961-62 ?[citation needed]
Eredivisie 1960-61 (as Alkmaar '54) 17th Eerste Divisie (relegation) 1960-61 ?[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1959-60 (as Alkmaar '54) 1st (group B) Eredivisie (promotion) 1959-60 ?[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1958-59 (as Alkmaar '54) 4th (group A) - 1958-59 ?[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1957-58 (as Alkmaar '54) 9th (group A) - 1957-58 ?[citation needed]
Eerste Divisie 1956-57 (as Alkmaar '54) 2nd (group A) - 1956-57 ?[citation needed]

Notable players

See also Cat:AZ Alkmaar players.

Managers

Alkmaar '54

  • Netherlands Gerrit van Wijhe, (1954–1956)
  • Netherlands Kick Smit, (1956–1958)
  • Ludwig Veg, (1958–1960)
  • Piet de Wolff, (1960–1961)
  • Bonnie Bult, (1961–1962)
  • Arie Rentenaar, (1962–1963)
  • Ludwig Veg, (1963–1965)
  • Wales Barry Hughes, (1965–1967)

AZ '67

AZ

See also

Notes and references

External links


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