Roda JC Kerkrade

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Roda JC Kerkrade
Club logo
Full name Sportvereniging Roda
Juliana Combinatie Kerkrade
Nickname(s) De Koempels (The Miners)
Founded June 27, 1962; 52 years ago (1962-06-27)
Ground Parkstad Limburg Stadion
Ground Capacity 19,979
Chairman Harm Wiertz
Manager René Trost
League Eerste Divisie
2013–14 Eredivisie, 18th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Sportvereniging Roda Juliana Combinatie Kerkrade (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɔrt.fə.ˌreː.nə.ɣɪŋ ˈroː.da ˌˈjaː.na ˌkɔˈnaː.(t)si ˈkɛr(ə)k.ˌraːdə]), also known as Roda JC Kerkrade ([ˈroː.da jeː.ˈseː ˈkɛr(ə)k.ˌraːdə]) is a Dutch professional association football club located in Kerkrade, Netherlands. Roda JC Kerkrade plays in the Dutch Eerste Divisie. The club was founded after a merger between Rapid JC and Roda Sport in 1962. They were placed in the Eerste Divisie, and after a relegation they were promoted back to the top division in 1973, where they would stay for 41 years until relegating in 2014. In the 2009 season they added Kerkrade to their names so they would get financial support.

Roda are known as a "coal-miner's club". Fans of MVV, from the provincial capital of Maastricht, pronounce those words condescendingly, in Kerkrade and surroundings they are pronounced with pride. The last Dutch coal-mines were closed in the 1960s, but the Netherlands' most southern province, Limburg, is still referred to as the Mijnstreek ('mine district') today. The coal-mines are still industrious in folk songs in the regional dialect and in the stories of old miners, reminiscing of an era that will never return. Southern Limburg will always be their home. Their team, in most cases, is Roda JC.

Roda's club honours include seven European campaigns and six KNVB cup finals, of which two were won. One of the predecessors in Roda's "family tree" of mergers, Rapid JC, were champions of the Netherlands in 1956. Ten out of eleven players on that Rapid JC team were coal-miners.


The history of the forming of Roda JC.

Merge (1955-1962)[edit]

Roda JC Kerkrade came into being by the merger of several football clubs from Kerkrade. In 1954, SV Kerkrade (of 1926) and SV Bleijerheide (of 1914) merged to form Roda Sport. That same year, Rapid '54 (of 1954) and amateur club Juliana (of 1910) merged to form Rapid JC. Rapid JC was one of the success clubs at the time, winning the Championship play-off in 1956. In later years they would only finish in the top 10 once, when they finished second in the 1958-59 season. Roda Sport would only relegate to the Tweede Divisie and stay there until the last merge between them and Rapid JC, to form Roda JC.

Struggling and staying at the top division (1963-94)[edit]

After the merge they would start in the Eerste Divisie in the 1962-63 season, but would relegate immediately after finishing 16th. The following season they would almost promote back, but they lost in the promotion play-off and remained in the Tweede Divisie 8 years. After their promotion back to the Eerste Divisie, it would only take two seasons to also promote to the Eredivisie, when they finished first.

They are finally at the top division, but did not manage to qualify for a European competition even though they finished in the top several times. They had only qualified for Europe once when they lost in the finals of the KNVB Cup in 1975, but they lost in the first round with 5-3 on aggregate against Anderlecht. In the 1986-87 season they'd finally finished at a desired spot for the European Cup play-offs in the Netherlands, but lost their spot against FC Utrecht. One year later they finished 15th and struggled to not relegate back to the Eerste Divisie. They did, however, lose in the finals of the KNVB Cup. Since PSV already got a spot for Europe by winning the Eredivisie, Roda JC would gain a spot in the European Cup. This would be the club's most memorable European campaign, when Roda made it through the winter in the European Cup Winners Cup before succumbing to the superb strikers of Bulgarian PFC CSKA Sofia, Hristo Stoichkov and Emil Kostadinov, who became superstars in Europe's major football leagues. Two years later they would finish fifth two times, but only once they gained an spot for a European competition. They would do well in the KNVB Cup in 1990–91, reaching the semi-finals, and a year later would reach the finals.

Dutch and European success (1994-2000)[edit]

Since 1994 they managed to make several successes in both Europe and the Netherlands. Most notable is the 2nd place in the Eredivisie in 1994–95. They had also won the KNVB Cup twice in the 1996-97 season and 1999-2000 season. Due to all of this they qualified for several European competitions. In the 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Roda was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Vicenza Calcio by an aggregate of 1 - 9. Roda's most memorable European game was played on 28 February 2002. After a 0–1 defeat to A.C. Milan in Kerkrade, Roda caused panic at the San Siro by winning the return leg by the same score. Roda even took the lead in the penalty shoot-out, but ended up losing the series, only being one penalty away from eliminating A.C. Milan.

Since then they only had qualified twice for the Intertoto Cup in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 season. In later years they did manage to qualify for the play-offs but never won it.

Roda's position in Dutch football is best illustrated by their history in the KNVB Cup. Roda were good enough to make it to six finals, but the first three times and the last time the opponent in the final was one of the 'Big Three' – and Roda went home with the silver medal: PSV won in 1976 and 1988, Feyenoord in 1992 and 2008. In two of the club's cup finals, however, a 'non-Big Three' side was the opponent. Both times the cup went to Kerkrade: Heerenveen were beaten in 1997, NEC in 2000.

Decline and relegation (2000-present)[edit]

Since 1992 Roda have been in discussions with neighbours Fortuna Sittard, as well as MVV and VVV-Venlo, with a view to merging to form a new club, named F.C. Limburg.[1] A statement of intent was published by Roda and Fortuna in November 2008 and in early 2009 financial backing was found for the scheme.[1] All attempts, however, were stranded.

In 2010, the club added "Kerkrade" to its name, so the full new name of the sports club is now Roda JC Kerkrade. This was one of the condition of the municipality Kerkrade, in exchange for financial help.

After escaping from relegation twice, Roda relegated in May 2014 and will play in the Dutch Eerste Divisie from the start of the new season.


Since the establishment of the club, Roda JC Kerkrade played in Sportpark Kaalheide with a capacity of 21,500 people. The current stadium is called Parkstad Limburg Stadion and has a capacity of 19 000 seats. It was opened on August 15, 2000 with a match against Real Zaragoza which draw: 2-2.


Club honours[edit]

Before the merge, Rapid JC had won the top league title once, in the 1955 season.


Domestic results[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

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 Netherlands GK Benjamin van Leer
2 Belgium DF Martijn Monteyne
3 Belgium DF Bart Biemans
4 Cape Verde DF Guy Ramos (captain)
5 Netherlands DF Ard van Peppen
6 Netherlands MF Nathan Rutjes
7 Belgium MF Tom Van Hyfte
8 Netherlands DF Crescendo van Berkel
9 Netherlands FW Johan Plat
10 Netherlands FW Marc Höcher
11 Netherlands FW Anco Jansen
14 Belgium FW Nayib Lagouireh
No. Position Player
15 Netherlands FW Frank Demouge
16 Netherlands MF Hicham Faik
17 Netherlands DF Henk Dijkhuizen
18 Netherlands FW Brian Jacobs
19 Netherlands MF Mitchell Paulissen
20 Netherlands DF Daryl Werker
21 Belgium GK Bram Verbist
22 Belgium GK Yannick Derix
23 Netherlands MF Wiljan Pluim
25 Germany MF Kai Bösing
29 Netherlands FW Regino Cicilia
37 Netherlands FW Danny Schreurs

On loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Netherlands DF Timo Letschert (at FC Utrecht until 30 June 2015)
Netherlands DF Jesse Wijnen (at MVV Maastricht until 30 June 2015)


Roda JC Manager From To
Netherlands Piet Thomas 1962 1963
Germany Michel Pfeiffer 1963 1965
Netherlands Wiel Coerver 1965 1966
Netherlands Adam Fischer 1966 1968
Netherlands Breur Weyzen 1969 1971
Netherlands Jacques Koole 1971 November 1972
Netherlands Hennie Hollink November 1972 February 1974
Germany Fritz Pliska February 1974 1974
Netherlands Bert Jacobs 1974 1980
Netherlands Piet de Visser 1980 1983
Netherlands Hans Eijkenbroek 1984 November 1984
Netherlands Eugene Gerards November 1984 December 1984
Netherlands Frans Körver December 1984 1986
Netherlands Rob Baan 1986 October 1987
Netherlands Rob Jacobs October 1987 1988
Netherlands Jan Reker 1988 1991
Netherlands Adrie Koster 1991 March 1993
Netherlands Huub Stevens March 1993 9 October 1996
Netherlands Eddy Achterberg 9 October 1996 1 November 1996
Netherlands Martin Jol 1 November 1996 7 March 1998
Netherlands Theo Vonk 28 February 1998 30 June 1998
Netherlands Sef Vergoossen 1 July 1998 1 July 2001
Netherlands Jan van Dijk 1 July 2001 19 September 2001
Belgium Georges Leekens 19 September 2001 30 June 2002
Netherlands Wiljan Vloet 1 July 2002 30 June 2005
Netherlands Huub Stevens 1 July 2005 2 February 2007
Netherlands Raymond Atteveld 2 February 2007 7 October 2008
Netherlands Martin Koopman (interim) 7 October 2008 19 November 2008
Belgium Harm van Veldhoven 20 November 2008 30 June 2012
Netherlands Ruud Brood 1 July 2012 15 December 2013
Netherlands Regillio Vrede & Netherlands Rick Plum (interim) 15 December 2013 26 December 2013
Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson 26 December 2013 26 May 2014
Netherlands René Trost 1 June 2014 present

Former chairmen[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Schaerlaeckens, Leander (9 February 2009). "Merger mania as Roda JC and Fortuna Sittard prepare to join forces". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 

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