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Willem II (football club)

Willem II
Full name Willem II Tilburg
Nickname(s) Tricolores
Proud of the Football Country
Supercrocks
Tough Guys
Founded August 12, 1896 (1896-08-12) (as Tilburgia)
Ground Koning Willem II Stadion,
Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands.
Ground Capacity 14,637
Chairman Mark van Boekel
Manager Jurgen Streppel
League Eredivisie
2013–14 Eerste Divisie, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Willem II, also known as Willem II Tilburg, is a football club based in Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands. The team was founded on 12 August 1896 as Tilburgia. On 12 January 1898, the club was renamed Willem II, after Dutch king William II of the Netherlands (reign from 1840 until 1849), who, as Prince of Orange and commander of the Dutch army, had his military headquarters in Tilburg during the Belgian uprising of 1830.

Notable former players for the club include Dutch internationals Jaap Stam and Marc Overmars plus the Finn Sami Hyypiä. The club's shirt consists of red-white-blue vertical stripes, inspired by the colours of the flag of the Netherlands. Willem II plays its home matches in the Koning Willem II Stadion, also named after the King. The stadium, opened on May 31, 1995, has a capacity of 14,700 spectators. The average attendance in 2004-05 was 12,500 people.

Despite never winning the Eredivisie, the club came second in 1998-99, qualifying for the Champions League as a result.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Honours 2
  • Domestic Results 3
  • Current squad 4
    • On loan 4.1
  • Managers 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7

History

Willem II were the first champions of the Dutch league after professional football was introduced in 1954-55.

The club has won three national titles (1916, 1952 and 1955) and two Real Betis in the second round, 4–1 on aggregate. After reaching the Dutch cup final in 2004 (4–0 loss against PSV Eindhoven), Willem II qualified again for the UEFA Cup, in which they lost to French side AS Monaco in the first round (5–1 on aggregate). The fans of Willem II have close relations with the fans of English Championship club Bristol City. Some Willem II fans were seen in the 'Eastend' (Bristol City's most popular stand) for their game against Sheffield Wednesday on the 31st October 2009, there were songs sung about Willem II.

After the 2010-11 season, Willem II was relegated from the Eredivisie for the first time in 24 years.

Honours

Domestic Results

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Below is a table with Willem II's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

Current squad

As of 1 September 2014

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Kostas Lamprou (on loan from Feyenoord)
3 DF Freek Heerkens
4 DF Jordens Peters (captain)
5 DF Frank van der Struijk
6 MF Fabian Sporkslede (on loan from Ajax)
7 FW Terell Ondaan
8 MF Robbie Haemhouts
9 FW Samuel Armenteros (on loan from Anderlecht)
10 MF Ali Messaoud
11 FW Bruno Andrade
12 MF Ricardo Ippel
14 FW Ben Sahar
No. Position Player
15 DF Dries Wuytens
17 MF Robert Braber
19 DF Jonas Heymans (on loan from AZ)
20 FW Jerson Cabral (on loan from FC Twente)
21 GK David Meul
28 DF Tim Cornelisse
29 MF Stijn Wuytens
30 MF Jordy Vleugels
31 GK Mattijs Branderhorst
35 DF Mitchell Dijks
36 FW Charlton Vicento
46 DF Jason Wall

On loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
DF Maxim Deckers (at RKC Waalwijk until 30 June 2015)
MF Kevin Brands (at FC Volendam until 30 June 2015)
MF Ryan Sanusi (at FC Oss until 30 June 2015)
MF Simon van Zeelst (at RKC Waalwijk until 30 June 2015)
No. Position Player
FW Norair Aslanyan (at Almere City until 30 June 2015)
FW Justin Mathieu (at FC Oss until 30 June 2015)
FW Renan Zanelli (at FC Oss until 30 June 2015)

Managers

See also

External links

  • Official website (Dutch)
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