Profile: AZ football club

by on April 21, 2011
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Logo of Dutch club Profile: AZ football club

Based in Alkmaar, Netherlands and founded in 1967, AZ Football club is a Dutch team that plays in the highest football league in the Netherlands.  The founders of the club were two brothers Cees and Klaas Molenaar  who played for a local club called KFC and were running a successful retail store business.

In their attempt to create a powerful club, they tried to merge KFC and ZFC but the idea failed and they merged KFC with Alkmaar 54’ and the club eventually found its roots in Alkmaar. The club started hiring big named players which led the club into large debts which were thankfully cleared by the Molenaar  brothers and invested heavily in the club. But after they left the club in 1988 AZ football club went through a very tough time and ended up being relegated from the top division.

They play their home games at the AZ Stadion which has a capacity just greater than 17000. One could confuse the kit colors with Arsenal FC since they wear a red &white kit for the home matches and almost an all white kit for their away matches which has a few stripes to add color. This dutch football club is very popular. 

Performance record of FC Twente

by on April 13, 2011
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European football club FC Twente

Steve Macclaren, the former England coach, proved himself as one of the best managers; helped his side to win the first Eredivisie title in the history of clubs’ football. The club has also made a good start for this season and currently lying on the 2nd position just one point behind the leaders PSV Endhoven Football Club. If we look into the entire history of FC twente, we will witness many great moments and that are achieved in an epic style.

FC Twente have appeared three times in the UEFA Champions League, two times in UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, sixteen times in UEFA Europa League and two times in UEFA Intertoto Cup. Sasnder Boschker football players from Netherlands hold the record for the most UEFA appearances with 45 while Jan Jeuring holds the record for top goal-scorer with 15 goals in all the UEFA club competitions.

Sander Boschker football player holds the record for most appearances with 640 for FC Twente while Jan Jeuring is top goal scorer for the club with 137 goals. The record victory is 9-0 on two occassions, most recently at SV Urk (Dutch Cup, August 24, 1999), while the record defeat is 8-1 against AFC Ajax on two occassions (Eredivisie, June 9 1979 and Eredivisie, December 1, 1985).

The highest scoring win for FC Twente is 7-0 against Panahaiki football club on Oct 7, 1973, while the highest scoring loss for FC Twente is 1-5 against Borussia Monch’bach in the finals of UEFA Cup on May 21, 1975. The highest scoring draw for FC Twente is 3-3 against Tottenham Hospur on December 7, 2010.

Honours

  • Eredivisie
    • Winners (1): 2010
    • Runners-up (2): 1974, 2009
  • KNVB Cup
    • Winners (2): 1977, 2001
    • Runners-up (4): 1975, 1979, 2004, 2009
  • Johan Cruijff Shield
    • Winners (1): 2010
    • Runners-up (1): 2001
  • UEFA Cup
    • Runners-up (1): 197

PSV Eindhoven football club profile

by on April 11, 2011
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PSV-Eindhoven-Football-Club logo

PSV or PSV Eindhoven is a Dutch professional league football team located in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The club was founded on August 31, 1931, currently playing in the Dutch top-flight “Eredivise”. PSV football club plays home games at Philips stadium capacity of 35,000 spectators.

PSV Eindhoven are often nicknamed “Boren (Peasants)” and “Rood-witten (Red-Whites)”. The club plays home games in Red and White stripe jersey with Black shorts and away games in Black jersey with Red shorts. Phillips are the main sponsors of PSV Eindhoven team.

PSV Eindhoven are regarded as the most successful and popular football league team in Europe. After 10 years of its formation, PSV promoted to the First division and since then they have always been a top-flight team. They won the first league title in 1929 and won the first Dutch Cup in 1950. The club has won 21 Dutch titles in their 95-years history, while they lifted the Dutch Cup 8 times; the national Super Cup eight times. Moreover they won the European Cup in 1988 and the UEFA Cup in 1978- makes them the second club to do so in Netherlands.

1970s is the best era for PSV. Kees Rijvers was the coach of PSV at that time and he guided the team to lift many trophies in that time. They not only win the Dutch title in 1978, but also won the UEFA Cup. Again in 1975 and 1976 they won the Dutch title including the Dutch Cup title in 1974 and 1976. Willy van der Kuijlen is the all time leading goal scorer for PSV, scoring 309 goals in 528 league appearances.

PSV is the most dominating team in the Eredivisie, came 3rd in last season and currently playing on the top of the Eredivisie table with 61 points in 28 games. Behind them there are FC Twente with 60 points on the current on-going 2010/11 season.

Netherlands – The World Cup’s Bridesmaids

by on June 17, 2010
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Netherlands Football

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride is a term often used to describe the person who nearly wins the race, but never quite gets across the finish line. When it comes to World Cup competition, the Netherlands National Football Team knows a lot about being a bridesmaid.

In 1974, Holland Football Team came as close to the cup as you can get without winning. They fell to their host country’s team, Germany, in a 2-1 match and left with that “wait ‘til next time” attitude you’d expect of competitive players. The match was marred by a rather strange penalty call on Holland squad member, Johan Neeskens. In the first minute of the final, he was sent to the penalty area by the referee, Jack Taylor, because up until that point, no German player had touched the ball, but it had been passed by Dutch players 15 times.

Only four years later, in 1978, they fell once more to their host country, this time Argentina. During that tournament, in a phase-two match against Italy, Ernie Brandts of Holland earned the distinction of being the only player to score a goal and to own a goal in the same match, and the team did win to advance to the finals. Still, while it took extra time for the Argentine team to beat them, in the end a 3-1 score created a strange sense of déjà vu for the squad from the Netherlands.

Sadly, since those two near wins in the 1970s, the nearest Team Holland has come to playing in a World Cup Final was in 1998 when they lost a semi-final match to Brazil in a shoot-out.

The Dutch team is going to walk the FIFA World Cup 2010 surface with third ranking. Much is expected from them as they hold mastery in precision passing. Let’s have a look at what they have for us in this event: Read more..

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