Achilles '29

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Achilles '29
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Full name R.K.S.V. Achilles '29
Nickname(s) De Witzwarten (The Whiteblacks)
Founded 1 June 1929
Ground Sportpark De Heikant, Groesbeek
Ground Capacity 4,500
Chairman Harrie Derks
Head Coach François Gesthuizen
League Eerste Divisie
2013–14 Eerste Divisie, 20th
Website Club home page

Achilles '29 is a football club from Groesbeek in the Netherlands. Previously one of the most successful clubs in the country, they are currently members of the Eerste Divisie, having been promoted from the Topklasse in 2012–13.

History[edit]

Achilles '29 became Hoofdklasse champions for the first time in 1983 in the Hoofdklasse Sunday B. In 2006, Achilles became champions in the Hoofdklasse once again, now in the Hoofdklasse Sunday C, with a two-point lead over rival De Treffers. Two seasons later a comparable Hoofdklasse victory was achieved as Achilles '29 played De Treffers in the last match of the season. If De Treffers managed to win the match, they would become champions. As long as Achilles '29 managed to gain at least one point (either a draw or a win) the championship would go to De Heikant. In a historic derby, the home team won 3-2 and thus became champions of the Hoofdklasse for the third time.

In 2010, a new league was created, making the Hoofdklasse the second highest league of Dutch amateur football. With the new Topklasse, there won't be any clashes between the Hoofdklasse champions for the Saturday or Sunday title, but the champions of the Topklasse will become the direct Saturday or Sunday champions. The Saturday and Sunday champions still battle for the national title. In the first Topklasse season, relegated Eerste Divisie team FC Oss won the Sunday title, by beating Achilles '29 on the last match of the season with 0-2. Achilles '29 finished on second place, just missing out to a decision duel by losing on the last day. In the following season, Achilles '29 became the champions of the Topklasse Sunday with a nine-point lead over Haaglandia. As the Sunday overall champions they faced Saturday champions SV Spakenburg for the national title. In the first leg they won 3-0 and in the second leg 0-2, becoming the national champions in amateur football for the first time with a 5-0 aggregate win. Achilles '29 hereby received an option of promotion to the Eerste Divisie, but didn't chose to use it. In the 2012–13 Topklasse season Achilles '29 were the title favorites, as reigning champions. After 11 matches they became top of the table and remained there for the rest of the season. They lost the national title to VV Katwijk, but unlike Katwijk, Achilles chose to use their right of promotion following dispensation to some aspects in the licence for professional football. As a result, they play in the Eerste Divisie for the 2013-14 season, having drawn their first game in professional football against FC Emmen.

The club is also well known for their successes in the Dutch domestic cup, having knocked FC Volendam, Heracles Almelo, RKC Waalwijk, Telstar and MVV Maastricht out of the KNVB Cup.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 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 Netherlands GK Leon ter Wielen
2 Netherlands DF Steven Edwards
3 Netherlands DF Tim Sanders
4 Netherlands DF Mehmet Dingil
5 Netherlands DF Tim Konings
6 Netherlands MF Lion Kaak
7 Netherlands MF Daan Paau
8 Netherlands MF Twan Smits (captain)
10 Netherlands FW Thijs Hendriks
11 Netherlands DF Tim Verhoeven
No. Position Player
12 Netherlands GK Richard Verwoert
13 Netherlands MF Jop van Steen
14 Netherlands FW Rutger Worm
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Stefan Maletić
17 Netherlands FW Freek Thoone
18 Netherlands DF Kürșad Sürmeli
20 Netherlands MF Nicky van de Groes
21 Netherlands DF Migiel Zeller
22 Netherlands FW Levi Raja Boean
23 Netherlands MF Daniël van Straaten

Honors[edit]

  • Topklasse
  • Hoofdklasse
    • Champions 1982-83, 2005–06, 2007–08
    • District Cup - East winners 2007-08, 2010–11
  • Amateur KNVB Cup
    • Winners 2010-11
  • Amateur Supercup
    • Winners 2011-12, 2012–13

External links[edit]

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