FC Utrecht

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FC Utrecht
Basic data
Surname Football Club Utrecht
Seat Utrecht , Netherlands
founding July 1, 1970
president Frans van Seumeren
Website fcutrecht.nl
First soccer team
Head coach John van den Brom
Venue Galgenwaard Stadium
Places 24,500
league Eredivisie
2019/20 6th place

The FC Utrecht is a football club in the Dutch municipality of Utrecht . It was formed in 1970 from the merger of three Utrecht clubs and has since played continuously in the top Dutch league, the Eredivisie . The club won the KNVB Cup three times . The previous club DOS was the Dutch champions in 1958 .


The club colors of FC Utrecht are red and white. The home shirt is currently divided into two parts. The colors are separated from top left to bottom right. The pants are white, the socks are red.


1970–1979: Foundation of FC Utrecht

The club was created on July 1, 1970 from a merger of three Utrecht clubs: Elinkwijk, Velox and DOS (Door Oefening Sterk: Strong through exercise). The latter (founded in 1901, user of the Galgenwaard Stadium since its construction in 1936) had previously mostly been the city's strongest.

First coach of the new club FC Utrecht was the then 29-year-old Dutchman Bert Jacobs . He was assisted by 25-year-old Fritz Korbach from Germany. It was up to them to merge the three former clubs into one team. One of the first player purchases was Co Adriaanse , who was transferred from FC Amsterdam to Utrecht. Together with the ex-DOS players Kor Hildebrand , Ed van Stijn , Piet van Oudenallen , Tom Nieuwenhuys and John Steen Olsen , the former Elinkwijk players Joop Leliveld , Jan Blaauw , Dick Teunissen and Jan Groenendijk and the former Velox active Marco Cabo Adriaanse formed the core of the team. In the first game of the new season, the team came across Feyenoord Rotterdam . Jan Groenendijk, who also became the team's first top scorer, scored the first competitive goal in the club's history. Despite a 1-0 lead, the team lost 4-1. The biggest loss of the season was against Ajax Amsterdam on December 13, 1970 . In the away game, Utrecht lost 7-1 to the top Dutch club. The team couldn't score against any of the three big players (Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam, PSV Eindhoven ) in the first league year. After the end of the season they reached 9th place. The following year they fought hard against the big three. There were two goalless draws against Feyenoord and a 1-0 win against PSV on February 16, 1972. In the following years the FCU established itself, but was usually found in the middle of the table.

1980–1989: near bankruptcy and first title

In 1981 they achieved third place in the Eredivisie, their best league placement to date and thus their first participation in the UEFA Cup . In the first round against FC Argeş Piteşti , the team prevailed 0-0 and 2-0, but was already the end of the line in the second. After the first leg had been won 2-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt , it set off a 3-1 defeat in the back, which meant the end of international competition. In the mid-1970s to 1980s, players such as Hans van Breukelen , Leo van Veen and Willem van Hanegem formed , who were always top performers of the team. At the end of the 1980/81 season, FC Utrecht hit the headlines negatively. Unpaid social security contributions and income tax as well as revenue fraud were exposed. The club declared bankruptcy and was on the verge of collapse. Fans and players campaigned for the club and started signature campaigns. In addition, pressure was exerted on the city administration, which was about to finish work on the Galgenwaard Stadium . FCU supporters drew attention to the fact that it was a shame for the city to have a new stadium without first division football. Eventually bankruptcy was averted. In 1982, Nissan Motors became the club's first shirt sponsor. As there was not enough money for new (expensive) players, the club, as before, increasingly focused on youth work. In 1982 they reached the final of the KNVB Cup . 14 of the 18 Utrecht players were from their own youth work, including later internationally known such as Jan Wouters , Gert Kruys and Frans Adelaar . However, the final was lost to AZ Alkmaar . In the same season there was the last international encounter with a German representative. Against Hamburger SV , the team failed in the first round of the UEFA Cup. After winning 1-0 in the first leg, the Hamburgers struck back with a 3: 6 from the Utrecht's point of view. In 1985 the idea was given to sell the association to a major investor. However, this attempt soon failed. In the same year, the team was back in the final of the Dutch Cup, this time prevailed and was able to win the first club title.

1990–1999: National Problems

In the early 1990s, the club struggled with internal problems. Coaches like Kees Loffeld , Ab Fafié , Henk Vonk and Leo van Veen came and went without attracting great national attention. With the two 15th places in 1994 and 1996, the worst placements since 1975 were achieved. Only in 1991 was a respectable success achieved with fourth place, which brought the team the qualification for the UEFA Cup. There they were eliminated in the second round against Real Madrid . A small budget made it hardly possible to form a team that was nationally competitive. Good players were quickly sold back to fill the coffers. In 1996, the financial service provider AMEV finally gave a financial injection. With Michael Mols an established player was brought in, who should lead the team from now on. There were also considerations to have a new venue built. Some financial aid followed, which led the club more and more into debt in the following years.

2000–2009: Debt and double success

Due to economic crises in spring 2003, the club faced financial collapse. The new stadium was under construction, but money for it was no longer available. However, through reorganization and the sale of all assets, Utrecht managed to get out of this problem again. The new stadium was finally inaugurated in August 2004.

In spite of these problems, sporting successes came again. Under Frans Adelaar and Foeke Booy , the team made it to the finals of the KNVB Cup three times in a row between 2002 and 2004. After losing in 2002, the Cup was won in 2003 and 2004. The first success was the way to the final on June 1, 2003 in De Kuip VBV De Graafschap Doetinchem , Excelsior Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven , after you had to intervene in the round of 16 in the competition. In the final the opponent was then called Feyenoord Rotterdam. Jean-Paul de Jong gave FCU a 1-0 lead in the first half before Igor Gluščević was able to extend the lead in the second half with a double strike . Feyenoord player Bonaventure Kalou shortened in the meantime, but Dirk Kuyt closed the bag ten minutes before the end and the favorite was defeated 4-1. After Feyenoord Rotterdam was beaten in the final in 2003, the team won the cup again in 2004 with a 1-0 win against FC Twente Enschede . The decisive shooter was Dave van den Bergh . In addition to these successes, the team qualified for an international competition in 2001 for the first time in ten years. In 2002, 2003 and 2004 this was repeated and one gained attention with a draw against AC Parma and AJ Auxerre . However, there were no major international triumphs. Before the start of the 2004/05 season, the Johan Cruyff Schaal , the Dutch Supercup, was won. Utrecht is the only club to win this title alongside the big three, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord Rotterdam and Ajax Amsterdam .

On April 2, 2008 it was announced that the association was sold to the entrepreneur Frans van Seumeren . This secured a 51% stake in the club for € 16 million. van Seumeren has made it his business to finally establish FC Utrecht nationally and to connect with the top teams. With coach Willem van Hanegem in 2008/09 , they started the new season with great expectations. However, these could not be met by van Hanegem and so took him on leave in December 2008. Shortly afterwards, it was decided to appoint Ton du Chatinier as interim trainer. He was supported by the experienced Henk Vonk . The first game under his direction, on December 28, 2008, against Roda JC Kerkrade was won 3-1. Ultimately, the team put down a seven-game run without loss. This earned du Chatinier confidence and he took over the post of head coach in full. After his first half year with his home club, the team finished ninth. The team got off to a good start for the 2009/10 season and only lost their first game on matchday six. Until the end of the semi-series, i.e. H. on the 17th matchday, the team lost only two more games. Among the victories there were some notable successes such as a 2-0 win against Ajax Amsterdam and a draw each against PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam. Thus, the club was in a good fifth place for the half series.

On the defensive, the level was maintained until the end, but the Utrecht offensive line weakened. With a total of only 39 league goals they were the weakest attacking strikers in the top 12. Overall, the team scored only 16 goals in the second half of the season. With only 33 goals conceded, they offered the fifth best back line in the Eredivisie. This was mainly due to goalkeeper Michel Vorm , who left his goal clean in 17 games. The offensive trio Jacob Mulenga (8 goals), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (7 goals) and Dries Mertens (6 goals) scored almost 2/3 of the total number of goals with their goals.

Development since 2010

After the FCU moved into the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League pre-season , the team managed to take part in the group stage in six qualifying games, where they were eliminated as bottom of the group K and without a win. In the league 2010/11 the Utrecht played a mixed season and took 9th place. Attacker Ricky van Wolfswinkel played a good year and scored 23 goals across all competitions. At the end of the season, coach Ton du Chatinier was replaced on an interim basis by Jan Wouters . For 2011/12 was Erwin Koeman presented as the new head coach. He had to accept the departures of regular employees such as Tim Cornelisse , Michael Silberbauer , Dries Mertens , Michel Vorm and Ricky van Wolfswinkel. As a substitute, mainly young players like Rodney Sneijder and Daan Bovenberg including the Swedish trio Johan Mårtensson / Marcus Nilsson / Alexander Gerndt and the Japanese exporter Yoshiaki Takagi were used . After a bad start and "unsatisfactory working conditions", he took his hat off after only a few months and Wouters stepped in again as a "firefighter".

useful information


  • The club's first goalscorer was Jan Groenendijk . With eighteen goals in 1970/71, he was also the best top scorer in the first league year.
  • Between 1972 and 1980 Leo van Veen was the top attacker for FC Utrecht nine times. This series was only interrupted by Joop van Maurik in the 1974/75 season .
  • With 25 hits, Erik Willaarts was the best attacker for the 1985/86 season, setting the record for the most hits in one season. He equalized the record of Leo van Veen, who scored 24 goals in 1973/74. So far only Michael Mols (1998/99) and Dirk Kuyt (2002/03) have managed to reach the 20-goal mark.
  • The first foreigner to become FCU's top scorer was Włodzimierz Smolarek from Poland . Between 1991 and 1993 he achieved this achievement three times in a row. So far there have only been four other non-Dutch players who have become top scorers.

Record player

  • Jan Willem van Ede played a total of 409 league games for FC Utrecht between 1981 and 1996. This makes the goalkeeper the record holder ahead of Jean-Paul de Jong (1993–2007) with 370 games and Leo van Veen (1970–1982) with 367 matches.
  • If you calculate the 82 games that Leo van Veen already played for the previous team DOS, he is the record holder with 449 appearances.


  • The first national player for FC Utrecht was Willem van Hanegem in 1979 . However, he already switched to FCU as a selection player .
  • In 1980 it was Hans van Breukelen who found his way to the national team from the club's youth department via the professional team.
  • Nacer Barazite , who has been playing for FC Utrecht since 2014, does not shake hands with women for religious reasons.

Sponsors and outfitters

Period Outfitter sponsor comment
1970-1972 Sparta -
1972-1976 Le Coq Sportif
1976-1979 puma
1979-1981 pony
1981 admiral
1982-1983 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
1983-1989 puma
1989-1992 Lotto Sport Italia
1992-1995 AMEV
1995-2001 Reebok
2001-2005 puma
2005-2009 Phanos
2009-2011 Kappa
2011 Bank of Scotland • In March 2011, FCU announced that Bank of Scotland would be the new shirt sponsor until the end of the season.
2011–2012 Simpel.nl • At the end of June 2011, the telecommunications provider Simpel.nl was presented as the new shirt sponsor.
since 2012 Healthcity

FC supporters

Confetti rain before a league game of FC Utrecht

FC Utrecht has been plagued by small groups of fans since the 1970s , who repeatedly damage the club through rioting and other bad behavior. FC is doing a lot to put a stop to these rowdies. There is close cooperation with the police and strict entry controls for stewards (belonging to the club) at home and away games. Since its inception, the Bunnik Side, a spectator side of the stadium, has been known for being occupied by the club's fanatical supporters. Especially when it comes to games against Ajax Amsterdam , Feyenoord Rotterdam and ADO Den Haag , there are always riots. Between 1970 and 1980 there were 58 major disputes. This shows the top value of the league at the time. At that time, no other team showed a higher degree of violence. The situation for the hooligans changed with the construction of the new Galgenwaard Stadium .


South stand in the Galgenwaard stadium

The club plays in the stadium Galgenwaard ( Galgenwerder ), first opened in 1936 and last renovated in 2001 , on the eastern edge of the city. The home ground of FC Utrecht has a capacity of 24,500 spectators. Major tournaments, in which the plant was included were the Field Hockey World Championship women and men in 1998 and the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship .


Current squad 2018/19

As of January 29, 2019

No. position Surname
1 DenmarkDenmark TW David Jensen
2 NetherlandsNetherlands FROM Mark van der Maarel
5 GermanyGermany FROM Leon Guwara
6th GermanyGermany MF Rico Strieder
7th NetherlandsNetherlands ST Gyrano Kerk
8th NetherlandsNetherlands MF Joris van Overeem
9 DenmarkDenmark ST Simon Makienok
10 SwedenSweden MF Simon Gustafson
11 BelgiumBelgium ST Cyriel Dessers
13 SwedenSweden FROM Emil Bergström
14th NetherlandsNetherlands MF Willem Janssen
15th NetherlandsNetherlands FROM Timo Letschert
16 NetherlandsNetherlands TW Nick Marsman
No. position Surname
17th NetherlandsNetherlands FROM Sean Klaiber
19th FranceFrance ST Jean-Christophe Bahebeck
21st MoroccoMorocco MF Oussama tannans
22nd NetherlandsNetherlands MF Sander van de Streek
23 NetherlandsNetherlands MF Smelly Bazoer
24 FranceFrance FROM Nicolas Gavory
26th BelgiumBelgium ST Othman Boussaid
27 GermanyGermany ST Lukas Görtler
28 NetherlandsNetherlands MF Urby Emanuelson
29 NetherlandsNetherlands ST Nick Venema
30th NetherlandsNetherlands ST Michiel Kramer
41 NetherlandsNetherlands TW Maarten Paes

Known players


Name of the player Period comment
NetherlandsNetherlands Dick Advocaat 1983-1984 former coach for Borussia Mönchengladbach
HungaryHungary Tibor Dombi 2000-2002 former player for Eintracht Frankfurt
NetherlandsNetherlands Harry Decheiver 1997 former player for SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Willem van Ede 1982-1996 409 league games for FC Utrecht
NetherlandsNetherlands Jean-Paul de Jong 1993-2007 370 league games for FC Utrecht
former player for Arminia Bielefeld (youth) and VfL Osnabrück
NetherlandsNetherlands Johan de Kock 1987-1994 224 league games for FC Utrecht
former player for FC Schalke 04
NetherlandsNetherlands Dirk Kuyt 1998-2003 160 league games for FC Utrecht
multiple national player of the Netherlands
NetherlandsNetherlands John van Loen 1983-1988
166 league games for FC Utrecht
RomaniaRomania Mihai Neșu 2008-2011 former Romanian international
United StatesUnited States John O'Brien 1998-1999 former US national team player
PolandPoland Włodzimierz Smolarek 1990-1996 former player for Eintracht Frankfurt
BelgiumBelgium Stijn Vreven 1999-2003 former player for 1. FC Kaiserslautern
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Wouters 1980-1986 former player for FC Bayern Munich,
1988 European champions
FranceFrance Sébastien Haller 2015-2017 Player for Eintracht Frankfurt

Utrecht's trainer

Since it was founded in 1970, there have been eighteen coach changes at FC Utrecht. The first head coach was Bert Jacobs from the Netherlands . He looked after the team for four years. The only foreign coach so far has been the Welshman Barry Hughes , who held this position between 1983 and 1984. Han Berger and Nol de Ruiter were the only ones to lead the team in two different periods. With seven years in a row and new years in total, Berger holds the club record as head coach of FC Utrecht. The most successful coach so far has been Foeke Booy , who won the KNVB Cup in 2003 and 2004 and then the Johan Cruyff Schaal .

Mark Wotte (1998-2000)
Foeke Booy (2002-2007)
Willem van Hanegem (2007-2008)
Name of the trainer Period
NetherlandsNetherlands Bert Jacobs 1970-1974
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Rab 1974-1976
NetherlandsNetherlands Han Berger 1976-1983
WalesFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg Barry Hughes 1983-1984
NetherlandsNetherlands Nol de Ruiter 1984-1987
NetherlandsNetherlands Han Berger 1987-1989
NetherlandsNetherlands Kees Loffeld 1989-1990
NetherlandsNetherlands From Fafié 1990-1993
NetherlandsNetherlands Henk Vonk 1993
NetherlandsNetherlands Leo van Veen 1993-1995
NetherlandsNetherlands Ton du Chatinier Henk Vonk (coaching team) ( interim )
NetherlandsNetherlands Simon Kistemaker 1995
NetherlandsNetherlands Nol de Ruiter 1995-1996
NetherlandsNetherlands Ronald Spelbos 1996-1997
NetherlandsNetherlands Mark Wotte 1998-2000
NetherlandsNetherlands Frans Adelaar 2000-2002
NetherlandsNetherlands Foeke Booy 2002-2007
NetherlandsNetherlands Willem van Hanegem 2007-2008
NetherlandsNetherlands Ton you Chatinier 2008-2011
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Wouters 2011
NetherlandsNetherlands Erwin Koeman 2011
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Wouters 2011-2014
NetherlandsNetherlands Rob Alflen 2014-2015
NetherlandsNetherlands Erik ten Hag 2015-2017
NetherlandsNetherlands Jean-Paul de Jong 2017-

Utrecht President

The presidents of FC Utrecht have so far been all Dutch. Since 1970 there have been thirteen presidencies with twelve different incumbents. The only person who was elected twice is Jan Willem van Dop . Theo Aalbers held this position for a total of nine years, making it the record holder.

Name of the President Period
NetherlandsNetherlands Theo Brouwer 1970-1976
NetherlandsNetherlands Cees Werkhoven 1976-1981
NetherlandsNetherlands Willem Kernkamp 1981-1984
NetherlandsNetherlands Theo Aalbers 1984-1993
NetherlandsNetherlands Ted Elsendoorn 1993-1994
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan van de Kant 1994-1996
NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Herremans 1996-2000
NetherlandsNetherlands Gerrit Bloemink 2000-2002
NetherlandsNetherlands Erik Jan Visser 2002-2003
NetherlandsNetherlands Martin Sturkeboom 2003-2005
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Willem van Dop 2005-2007
NetherlandsNetherlands Broos Schnetz 2007
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Willem van Dop 2007-present

More teams

Women's team

The club founded a women's team on March 21, 2007 specifically for the newly founded Eredivisie for women . This should be run as a project for the next three years to make women's football in the Netherlands more attractive. The first trainer was Maria van Kortenhof from the Netherlands . The Zoudenbalch sports complex serves as the home .

Youth teams

FC Utrecht is known for its good youth work. Players like Rick Kruys and Erik Pieters as well as the 1988 European champions Jan Wouters and Hans van Breukelen enjoyed their training in the FCU youth teams. Teams from F to A youth are looked after. The club's second team, Jong FC Utrecht , was promoted to the Eerste Divisie in the 2016/17 season .

Web links

Commons : FC Utrecht  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. van Hanegem has to go to transfermarkt.de
  2. Koeman resigns in Utrecht on October 18, 2011 on kicker.de
  3. ^ Scandal in the Netherlands: Muslim professional refuses to shake hands with a reporter. In: Spiegel Online . November 5, 2015, accessed June 9, 2018 .
  4. Away shirt of FC Utrecht between 1984 and 1985 on oldfootballshirts.com
  5. Home shirt FC Utrecht 2007/08 on 4.bp.blogspot.com
  6. Away shirt FC Utrecht 2007/08 on 3.bp.blogspot.com
  7. Away shirt FC Utrecht 2007/08 (probably) on i.ebayimg.com
  8. Home shirt FC Utrecht 2008/09 (probably); without sponsor on i167.photobucket.com
  9. ^ The jerseys of FC Utrecht 2010/11 newsoccerjerseys.com
  10. Home shirt FC Utrecht 2009/10  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on paulpesselsport.nl@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.paulpesselsport.nl  
  11. Away shirt FC Utrecht 2009/10  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on paulpesselsport.nl@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.paulpesselsport.nl  
  12. Bank goes Dutch on shirt sponsorship ( Memento of the original from March 9, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. from March 4, 2011 on heraldscotland.com (English)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.heraldscotland.com
  13. Simple main sponsor FC Utrecht ( Memento of the original from November 28, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. from July 9, 2011 on productonair.com (English)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / productonair.com
  14. Jong FC Utrecht promoveert naar Jupiler League from May 9, 2016 on vi.nl (Dutch)