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FC Twente
FC Twente emblem
Full name F.C. Twente '65
Nickname(s) The Tukkers
The Reds
Founded 1 July 1965
Ground De Grolsch Veste
(Capacity: 24,000)
Chairman Netherlands Joop Munsterman
Head coach England Steve McClaren
League Eredivisie
2008–09 Eredivisie, 2nd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

FC Twente is a Dutch professional football club from the city of Enschede, playing in the Eredivisie. The club was formed in 1965 by the merger of 1926 Eredivisie Champions, Sportclub Enschede and Enschedese Boys. The new club has never won the league, but has finished as runners-up twice, were runners-up in the UEFA Cup 1974–75, and have won the KNVB Cup twice. Twente's home ground since 1998 is De Grolsch Veste and they are currently managed by Steve McClaren.



The club was formed in 1965 as a merger of two professional clubs, Sportclub Enschede and the Enschedese Boys. Although the current club has never won the Dutch championship, SC Enschede did, in 1926.

The first successes of the club started just after the merger of 1965, under coach Kees Rijvers. Twente finished 3rd in 1969, 4th in 1970, 5th in 1971, 3rd in 1972 and once again 3rd in 1973. The team's key figures were local heroes, such as Epi Drost, Eddy Achterberg, Kick van der Vall and Theo Pahlplatz. Their finest Eredivisie season was 1973-1974, in which Twente battled for the Dutch championship with Feyenoord. A head-to-head confrontation in the very last game of the season, in Rotterdam, had to bring the decision. Feyenoord were slightly luckier: 3-2. A second slot and a UEFA Cup ticket—that was all for FC Twente.

However, the Tukkers (as people from Twente are generally called) almost made the very most out of that UEFA Cup ticket. After beating Juventus in the semi-finals, FC Twente lost to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach in the finals.

Things went downhill for Twente after that, and the club was relegated to the Eerste Divisie in 1982. Twente returned to the top flight a year later, but the club soon became known for their amazing number of 1-1 and 0-0 draws. Their new reputation 'boring Twente' overshadowed the fact that the club kept qualifying for European football on a fairly regular basis: five times since 1985.

Financial troubles threatened the existence of the club during the late 1980s but thanks to a consortium take over led by Johan Overmars (Father of Marc Overmars) the club prospered reaching new heights.

Re-establishment followed in the 1990s. German coach Hans Meyer led Twente to the third slot in the Eredivisie of 1997 and to the third round of the UEFA Cup the next season. On 24 May 2001, Twente clinched the KNVB Cup, beating PSV in the final after being 3-1 down in the penalty shoot-out. The season thereafter Twente crashed out of the cup against the teenagers of Ajax's second team, results in the league were poor and the hard core Twente fans Ultras Vak-P went on a rampage at the club's brand-new stadium out of frustration. The club's mother corporation (FC Twente '65) was declared bankrupt in the 2002-03 season, almost leading to the end of the club's existence. The club survived and made it to another KNVB Cup final in 2004 and struck back with a fantastic Eredivisie season in 2006-07. In the season 2007-08, FC Twente placed fourth and won the play-offs for a ticket to the Champions League Qualifiers by defeating Ajax in the play-off finals.

On 1 August 2008, unseeded Twente entered the draw for the Champions League 3rd round qualifying stage, being drawn against seeded Arsenal. The two legs were played at home on 13 August and away on 27 August 2008. Twente lost 6-0 on aggregate, resulting in their elimination from the Champions League and subsequent entry of the UEFA Cup first round.

In the season 2008-09, FC Twente placed second (11 points below the league's champion AZ Alkmaar) and got the ticket to the Europa League (after failing to secure their position in the Champions League resulted from a 1-1 draw against Sporting Lisbon, which sent the Portuguese side through on away goals).[1]

FC Twente are currently top of the league with seven games left to play, 5 points ahead of main competitors PSV and 6 points ahead of Ajax.[2]


The gate at the stadium symbolizes the history

De Grolsch Veste, formerly named Arke Stadion, is the official stadium of FC Twente. It is located at the Business & Science Park, near the University of Twente. It has a spectator capacity of 24,000 with a standard pitch heating system and has a promenade instead of fences around the stands.

De Grolsch Veste architecture from outside

De Grolsch Veste replaced the old Diekman Stadion as Twente's home ground on 22 March 1998. Plans have been afoot to expand and to renovate the old and now demolished Diekman stadium, however, with a growing fan capacity and with arguments that the location of the Diekman stadium was not strategic enough, the idea was conceived to build a new arena for the Twente fans. The Diekman ground had also faced problems with its seating plans as a result of the FIFA regulations which imposes a necessity to construct a seating tribune behind each goal post. Fans of the club seldom use the official name but refer to the stadium as 'Epi Drost Stadium' after all-time club hero Epi Drost[citation needed].

The cost of the construction was estimated to be around 33 million guilders and took fourteen months to complete, with its foundation stone having been laid on 31 January 1997. Due to the tight budget available, the layout of the stadium was constructed in such that future expansions may be made possible without the necessity to tear down entire tribunes. The stadium is secured by Sony's network monitoring solutions.[3]

The first match played at the stadium was a historic 3-0 victory by the home team against PSV on 10 May 1998 in an Eredivisie match.

The recording of "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Gerry & the Pacemakers is sung along in the whole stadium before every kick-off.

FC Twente is currently considering to expand the stadium to 34,000 seats in March 2010.



Current squad

As of 13 September 2009. 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 Netherlands GK Sander Boschker
2 Australia DF David Carney
3 Netherlands DF Nicky Kuiper
4 Netherlands DF Peter Wisgerhof
5 Serbia DF Slobodan Rajković (on loan from Chelsea)
6 Netherlands MF Wout Brama
7 Azerbaijan FW Vagif Javadov
8 Netherlands DF Ronnie Stam
9 Switzerland FW Blaise Nkufo (captain)
10 Denmark MF Kenneth Perez
13 Bulgaria GK Nikolay Mihaylov
14 South Africa FW Bernard Parker
15 Slovakia MF Miroslav Stoch (on loan from Chelsea)
No. Position Player
16 Netherlands GK Cees Paauwe
17 Brazil FW Wellington (on loan from Hoffenheim)
18 Côte d'Ivoire MF Cheick Tioté
19 Brazil DF Douglas
20 Netherlands FW Luuk de Jong
22 Costa Rica FW Bryan Ruiz
23 Iraq MF Nashat Akram
24 Netherlands MF Theo Janssen
25 Slovakia FW Andrej Rendla
26 Netherlands DF Dwight Tiendalli
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Dario Vujičević
28 Ghana FW Ransford Osei (on loan from Maccabi Haifa)

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
12 Netherlands DF Jeroen Heubach (on loan to NEC)
Austria FW Marko Arnautović (on loan to Internazionale)
Netherlands MF Tjaronn Chery (on loan to RBC Roosendaal)
Netherlands DF Wout Droste (on loan to Go Ahead Eagles)
Netherlands FW Lesley Nahrwold (on loan to RBC Roosendaal)
Netherlands FW Jules Reimerink (on loan to Go Ahead Eagles)
Netherlands FW Patrick Gerritsen (on loan to Go Ahead Eagles)

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 Nick Hengelman
Netherlands GK Nick Marsman
Netherlands DF Sander van Aken
Netherlands DF Thijs Bouma
Poland DF Bartek Pacuszka
Germany DF Marcel Piesche
Germany DF Nils Röseler
Germany DF Sebastian Sumelka
Germany DF Stefan Thesker
Netherlands MF Alexander Bannink
No. Position Player
Germany MF Thilo Leugers
Finland MF Petteri Pennanen
Finland MF Tuomas Rannankari
Austria MF Michael Schimpelsberger
Netherlands FW Romano Denneboom
Netherlands FW Ninos Gouriye
Norway FW Flamur Kastrati
Netherlands FW Mitch Stockentree
Germany FW Theodor Vogelsang

Notable players

See also: FC Twente players


Season Name Goals
1965/1966 Netherlands Hans Roordink 11
1966/1967 Netherlands Jan Jeuring 10
1967/1968 Netherlands Dick van Dijk 22
1968/1969 Netherlands Dick van Dijk 30
1969/1970 Hungary Antal Nagy 17
1970/1971 Netherlands Jan Jeuring 17
1971/1972 Netherlands René van de Kerkhof 10
1972/1973 Netherlands Jan Jeuring 13
1973/1974 Netherlands Johan Zuidema 14
1974/1975 Netherlands Johan Zuidema 10
1975/1976 Netherlands Jan Jeuring 20
1976/1977 Netherlands Arnold Mühren 13
1977/1978 Netherlands Ab Gritter 15
1978/1979 Netherlands Ab Gritter 14
1979/1980 Norway Hallvar Thoresen 11
1980/1981 Norway Hallvar Thoresen 15
1981/1982 Spain Manuel Sánchez Torres 15
1982/1983 Netherlands Martin Koopman 7
1983/1984 England Billy Ashcroft 21
1984/1985 Netherlands Willy Carbo 15
1985/1986 Netherlands Martin Koopman 8
1986/1987 Netherlands Ulrich Wilson 8
1987/1988 Netherlands Piet Keur 17
1988/1989 Netherlands Piet Keur 16
1989/1990 Denmark Claus Nielsen 14
1990/1991 Denmark Claus Nielsen 16
1991/1992 Netherlands Youri Mulder 18
1992/1993 Ghana Prince Polley 11
1993/1994 Netherlands Edwin Vurens 10
1994/1995 Netherlands Michel Boerebach 12
1995/1996 Netherlands Arnold Bruggink 11
1996/1997 Netherlands John Bosman 20
1997/1998 Netherlands John Bosman
Netherlands Jan van Halst
Finland Antti Sumiala
1998/1999 Netherlands Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink 21
1999/2000 Netherlands Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink 19
2000/2001 Netherlands Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink 15
2001/2002 Netherlands Jack de Gier 6
2002/2003 Netherlands Ellery Cairo 7
2003/2004 Switzerland Blaise Nkufo 14
2004/2005 Switzerland Blaise Nkufo 16
2005/2006 Switzerland Blaise Nkufo 12
2006/2007 Switzerland Blaise Nkufo 22
2007/2008 Switzerland Blaise Nkufo 22
2008/2009 Switzerland Blaise Nkufo 16

Head coaches



Eredivisie (1x)

Winners: 1926 (as Sportclub Enschede)
Runners-up: 1974, 2009

KNVB Cup (2x)

Winners: 1977, 2001
Runners-up: 1975, 1979, 2004, 2009

Johan Cruijff Shield

Runners-up: 2001


Runners-up: 1975

See also


External links

Official websites
  • Official website of FC Twente (Dutch) / (German) / (English)
  • FC Twente TV Official website FC Twente TV (No registration needed)
General fan sites
News sites

Simple English

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

Twente plays its games in the Grolsch Veste (a capacity of 24 000).


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