SC Cambuur

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SC Cambuur
SC Cambuur logo.jpg
Full name SC Cambuur
Founded 19 June 1964; 50 years ago (1964-06-19)
Ground Cambuur Stadion
Ground Capacity 10,500
Chairman Netherlands Ype Smid
Manager Netherlands Henk de Jong
League Eredivisie
2013–14 Eredivisie, 12th
Current season

SC Cambuur (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛ.ˈseː ˈkɑm.byːr]), formed on 19 June 1964, is a Dutch football club from Leeuwarden, currently playing in the Dutch Eredivisie. The home ground of the club is the Cambuur Stadion, which has 10,500 seats. The club usually plays in yellow shirts and blue shorts. The origin of the club's emblem is the coat of arms of the House of Cammingha, which was a Frisian noble family. SC Cambuur played four seasons in the Eredivisie. In 2000 the club relegated to the Eerste Divisie and has never succeeded to promote to the Eredivisie. In the eighties and nineties the club was a regular contender in the Eerste Divisie playoffs. Cambuur won the Eerste Divisie title in 1992, but relegated in two seasons. In 1998 the club promoted back to the Eredivisie. At that time Leeuwarder millionaire Jan Riedstra was involved.[how?] He left the club in 1999, which almost caused a bankruptcy in 2005. Riedstra saved the club again together with some of his friends, Wim Sleijfer, Dirk Hoekstra and Klaas Buwalda, by buying the stadium and by almost clearing the club's whole debt. Under the leadership of Dutch-American CEO Alex Pama the club's results improved on and off the pitch. Riedstra died in May 2009, having said that the club was in good hands with Pama. Pama resigned in February 2011 due to family reasons and was replaced by Gerald van den Belt, previously chief executive of FC Zwolle and since 2009 chief financial officer of Cambuur.

Cambuur has a group of ultras, known as the M.I.-Side, who stand on the North and South stands at the Cambuur Stadion. The name derives from the street names in which the stands are built: M stands for Marathonstraat and I for Insulindestraat. Most of the hardcore fans of SC Cambuur are sitting close to the stand of the away fans on the northern side of the stadium. They are among the most notorious in the Netherlands. In the 2009/2010 season, the average attendance was 8,600 fans per game, and more than 6,500 season tickets were sold. That was a new record for SC Cambuur as these numbers were achieved while the club was in the second division but even higher than when it played in the Eredivisie. In the 2009/2010 season the club sold out six regular season matches with 10,000 fans per game, another milestone for the Leeuwarden based club. Never before in the second division it had sold out that many regular season matches.

In 2009 the club almost won the playoff against Eredivisie side Roda JC, only losing on penalties. In 2010 the club came in second, again just missing promotion. Cambuur welcomed during these play-offs more than 40,000 spectators in just two weeks. Another estimated 7,000 fans watched the final play-off match against Roda JC on a big screen in the city centre of the city of Leeuwarden. More than 1,400,000 people watched the final play-off match on television, which appeared to be another record for a play-off promotion match in the Netherlands. In total more than 4,500,000 people watched the play-off matches between Cambuur, PEC Zwolle and Roda JC on television that year. In 2013 Cambuur secured the championship of the Jupiler League on the last day, and because of that Cambuur returns to the Eredivisie.



The clubs rivals include FC Groningen, FC Zwolle, Go Ahead Eagles, and there is fierce rivalry with SC Heerenveen because both clubs are from the same region. In the 1970s and 1980s Cambuur was bigger than Heerenveen; in the 1990s they were equal in size. After the relegation in 2000, Cambuur lost many fans and corporate sponsors, while Heerenveen grew much larger. In 2010 Cambuur had reclaimed some of the local fandom. With the promotion of Cambuur the derby will return.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2014

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2013–14

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

No. Position Player
2 Netherlands DF Wout Droste
4 Netherlands DF Martijn van der Laan
5 Netherlands DF Marlon Pereira
6 Netherlands MF Erik Bakker
9 Netherlands FW Martijn Barto
11 Denmark FW Oliver Feldballe
12 Netherlands FW Michiel Hemmen
14 Netherlands FW Oebele Schokker
No. Position Player
15 Netherlands MF Mart Dijkstra
17 Netherlands DF Lucas Bijker
18 Nigeria FW Bartholomew Ogbeche
21 Netherlands MF Mohamed El Makrini
22 Netherlands GK Leonard Nienhuis
26 Netherlands GK Harm Zeinstra
27 Netherlands FW Bob Schepers (on loan from FC Utrecht)

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 FW Oebele Schokker (at FC Emmen)


Notable former players[edit]

Recent history[edit]

Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie

Below is a table with Cambuur's domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.

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