FC Groningen

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FC Groningen
Basic data
Surname Football Club Groningen
Seat Groningen , the Netherlands
founding June 16, 1971
president NetherlandsNetherlands Bert Middel
Board NetherlandsNetherlands Wouter Gudde
Website fcgroningen.nl
First soccer team
Head coach NetherlandsNetherlands Danny Buijs
Venue Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium
Places 22,579
league Eredivisie
2019/20 9th place
Training of FC Groningen

The FC Groningen (pronounced [ɛf SE ɣroːnɪŋə (n)] ) is a football club in Groningen , The Netherlands . The first men's football team plays in the top Dutch league, the Eredivisie . FC Groningen plays its home games in the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium . The old Oosterpark stadium was demolished in 2006. The club and jersey colors are green and white.


FC Groningen was founded on June 16, 1971 and emerged from the outsourced professional football department of GVAV ( Groninger Voetbal en Atletiek Vereniging ). The club started in the Ehrendivision, but had to relegate to the Eerste Divisie three years later . In 1980 the Groningen champions of the Eersten Divisie were promoted again. In the season 1983/84 was first played in European Oosterpark. In the UEFA Cup , Atlético Madrid were first defeated before they had to admit defeat to Inter Milan in the second round . A total of 24 games were played in European competition. The 1990/91 season is considered to be the best playing time for FC Groningen, when they played for the national championship title up to four match days before the end of the season. In the end it was only enough for third place.

This was followed by a gradual decline in sport. In the 1997/98 season, FC Groningen rose to the Eerste Division after 18 years of honorary division . While Sparta Rotterdam had to give way in the first year of the second division , they were promoted again in 2000. In the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons you could again qualify for the UEFA Cup.

On May 3, 2015, FC Groningen celebrated the first success in the club's history when they won the Dutch Football Cup with a 2-0 win over defending champion PEC Zwolle . On June 27, 2020, the club announced that Arjen Robben would return to his youth club for the 2020/21 season .

Logo history

The interior of the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadium

Sporting successes

Well-known former players



midfield player


Groningen's trainer

Term of office Nat. Trainer
1948-1962 NetherlandsNetherlands Otto Bonsema
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1971-1975 NetherlandsNetherlands Ron Groenewoud
1975-1976 NetherlandsNetherlands Anton Goedhart
1976-1977 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Notermans
1977-1983 NetherlandsNetherlands Theo desire
1983-1986 NetherlandsNetherlands Han Berger
1986-1987 NetherlandsNetherlands Rob Jacobs
1987-1988 NetherlandsNetherlands Henk van Brussel
1988-1992 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Westerhof
1992-1993 NetherlandsNetherlands Pim Verbeek
1993-1994 NetherlandsNetherlands Leen Looijen
Term of office Nat. Trainer
1993-1994 NetherlandsNetherlands Theo Vonk
1994-1997 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Westerhof
1997 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan van Dijk (interim)
1997-1998 NetherlandsNetherlands Wim Rijsbergen
1998-2001 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan van Dijk
2001-2002 NetherlandsNetherlands Dwight Lodeweges
2002-2009 NetherlandsNetherlands Ron Jans
2009–2012 NetherlandsNetherlands Pieter Huistra
2012-2013 NetherlandsNetherlands Robert Maaskant
2013-2016 NetherlandsNetherlands Erwin van de Looi
2016-2018 NetherlandsNetherlands Ernest Faber
Since 2018 NetherlandsNetherlands Danny Buijs

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ARJEN ROBBEN MAAKT COMEBACK BIJ FC GRONINGEN fcgroningen.nl, accessed on June 27, 2020