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Full name Sportclub Heerenveen
Founded 20 July 1920
Ground Abe Lenstra Stadion
(Capacity: 26,800)
Chairman Yme Kuiper
Henk Hoekstra
Jan van Erve
Manager Netherlands Jan Everse
League Eredivisie
2008-09 Eredivisie, 5th
Website SC Heerenveen Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

Sportclub Heerenveen (Frisian: Sportklub It Hearrenfean) is a Dutch football club currently playing in the Eredivisie, the top level of football in the Netherlands.



Sportclub Heerenveen was founded on 20 July 1920 in the town of Heerenveen, Friesland as Athleta.[1] They changed name twice, to Spartaan, and then to v.v. Heerenveen in 1922.[1] Whilst the Netherlands was occupied by Germany Heerenveen won three successive North of the Netherlands championships, and following the end of the Second World War they went on to win the same title six times in a row; the club's dominance partly ascribed to the presence in the team of Abe Lenstra.[1] During this period Lenstra led Heerenveen to a famous victory over AFC Ajax in one of the most noted games in Dutch domestic football history.[2] Trailing 1–5 with 25 minutes remaining, the Frisian team inexplicably fought back for a 6–5 victory.[2]

During the 1950s, Heerenveen regional dominance faded and after Dutch football turned professional Lenstra left to join Sportclub Enschede, before the club he departed was relegated to the Tweede Divisie.[1] By the end of the decade, Heerenveen were in the Eerste Divisie, but they found themselves relegated again.[1] In 1969-70, the Frisian club won the Tweede Divisie to return to the Eerste Divisie and for two seasons in the 1970s, the club was close to achieving promotion to the Eredivisie.[1] By 1974 the club were in financial trouble and to ensure survival was split into amateur and professional sections, the professional part being renamed sc Heerenveen.[1]

In the 1980s, Heerenveen twice made the promotion playoffs, but were unsuccessful both times.[1] They finally reached the Eredivisie in 1990, becoming the first Frisian club to reach the top level, at the expense of near-neighbours Cambuur Leeuwarden.[2] The achievement was overseen by Frisian coach Foppe de Haan. Heerenveen's first season in the Netherlands' top division was not at all successful and they were relegated, before returning in 1993, though they reached the final of the KNVB Cup whilst still an Eerste Divisie club.[2] Having established themselves as a top-flight club Heerenveen moved to a new stadium, named after their most celebrated player, the Abe Lenstra Stadion and reached the final of the KNVB Cup for a second time.[2] The 1998 semi-final in the cup competition was lost to Ajax. Due to the fact Ajax and the other finalist (PSV) both qualified for the cupfinal a decision match was needed to fill in the vacant spot to the next UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Heerenveen had to play against the other losing semifinalist, Twente. Heerenveen won that match in which Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his last goal for Heerenveen. The match ended 3-1.

Heerenveen became regular competitors in the UEFA Cup, and in 1999–2000 finished second in the Eredivise, their highest ever finish, and qualified for the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League.[1]

The club was led from 1983 until September 2006 by president Riemer van der Velde, the longest tenure of any president with a professional club in the Netherlands.[citation needed] As the results of recent transfers that include Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Afonso Alves, Michael Bradley, Miralem Sulejmani and Danijel Pranjic (and earlier players like Jon Dahl Tomasson, Marcus Allback, Erik Edman, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Igor Korneev and Daniel Jensen), Heerenveen is one of the most financially secure Eredivisie clubs. Under the tenure of Trond Sollied, Heerenveen won their first KNVB Cup in the club's history, their first ever major prize. Trond Sollied was sacked on 31 August 2009 due to a weak opening of the season and a conflict with the board.

On 17 May 2009, they defeated Twente 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out to win the Dutch Cup for the first time after a 2-2 draw in the final, with Gerald Sibon scoring the winning penalty.[3]

Home of Heerenveen, Abe Lenstra Stadion

The team play their home games at the Abe Lenstra Stadion which opened in 1994 and holds 26,800 Heerenveen supporters.

Colours, crest, and anthem

The crest on the club emblem is the symbol of the flag of Friesland. The flag of Friesland is based on the arms of the 15th century. The stripes and waterlily leaves represent the districts of Friesland. A unique tradition in the Dutch eredivisie is that the Frisian national anthem is played and sung before every domestic match. The UEFA doesn't allow this tradition in European matches. Nevertheless the anthem is sung by the supporters anyway.


1992–93, 1996–97

Current 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
1 Belgium GK Kenny Steppe
3 Denmark DF Kristian Bak Nielsen
4 Netherlands DF Michel Breuer (captain)
5 Netherlands DF Michael Dingsdag
6 Serbia DF Igor Đurić
7 Sweden MF Viktor Elm
8 Netherlands FW Roy Beerens
9 Netherlands MF Geert Arend Roorda
10 Finland MF Mika Väyrynen
11 Czech Republic FW Michal Papadopulos
12 Brazil FW Paulo Henrique
14 Serbia MF Filip Đuričić
15 Czech Republic MF Michal Švec
17 Norway MF Christian Grindheim
18 Sweden MF Philip Haglund
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands DF Daryl Janmaat
20 Republic of Macedonia DF Goran Popov
22 Netherlands FW Oussama Assaidi
23 Argentina MF Hernán Losada (on loan from Anderlecht)
24 Czech Republic GK Martin Lejsal (on loan from Brno)
25 Belgium GK Brian Vandenbussche
26 Netherlands GK Henk Timmer
27 Netherlands GK Diederik Bangma
29 Iceland FW Bjorn Jónsson
31 Iceland FW Arnór Smárason
32 Netherlands MF Richard Stolte
35 Netherlands FW Gerald Sibon
37 Netherlands DF Gerry Koning
40 Republic of Macedonia FW Samir Fazli
44 Poland FW Paweł Wojciechowski

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
Netherlands DF Arjen Bergsma (on loan to Emmen)
Netherlands DF Henrico Drost (on loan to VVV-Venlo)
Netherlands MF Xander Houtkoop (on loan to Emmen)
16 Netherlands DF Calvin Jong-a-Pin (on loan to Vitesse)
2 Czech Republic DF Milan Kopic (on loan to Slavia Prague)
No. Position Player
Cape Verde FW Cecilio Lopes (on loan to Zwolle)
Netherlands FW Michel Poldervaart (on loan to Emmen)
Netherlands GK Harm Zeinstra (on loan to Emmen)
13 Norway FW Tarik Elyounoussi (on loan to Lillestrøm)


Foppe de Haan - manager from 1993 until 2004.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The history of Heerenveen". Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "sc Heerenveen: EVERY DUTCHMAN'S SECOND FAVORITE TEAM". Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Heerenveen prevail in Dutch final shoot-out". 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ van Cuilenborg, C. (Ed.) (2007). Voetbal international, seizoengids 2007-2008. (p. 92). Amsterdam: WP Sport Media BV.

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