Willem II (football club)

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Willem II
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Full name Willem II Tilburg
Nickname(s) Tricolores
Founded August 12, 1896; 118 years ago (1896-08-12) (as Tilburgia)
Ground Koning Willem II Stadion,
Tilburg, North Brabant, The Netherlands.
Ground Capacity 14,637
Chairman Mark van Boekel
Manager Jurgen Streppel
League Eredivisie
2013–14 Eerste Divisie, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

Willem II, also known as Willem II Tilburg, is a football club based in Tilburg, North Brabant, The Netherlands. The team was founded on 12 August 1896 as Tilburgia. On 12 January 1898, the club was renamed Willem II, after Dutch king William II of the Netherlands (reign from 1840 until 1849), who, as Prince of Orange and commander of the Dutch army, had his military headquarters in Tilburg during the Belgian uprising of 1830.

Notable former players for the club include Dutch internationals Jaap Stam and Marc Overmars plus the Finn Sami Hyypiä. The club's shirt consists of red-white-blue vertical stripes, inspired by the colours of the flag of the Netherlands. Willem II plays its home matches in the Koning Willem II Stadion, also named after the King. The stadium, opened on May 31, 1995, has a capacity of 14,700 spectators. The average attendance in 2004-05 was 12,500 people.

Despite never winning the Eredivisie, the club came second in 1998-99, qualifying for the Champions League as a result.

History[edit]

Willem II were the first champions of the Dutch league after professional football was introduced in 1954-55.

The club has won three national titles (1916, 1952 and 1955) and two national cups (1944 and 1963). In 1987, 1990 and 1999, Willem II were voted Dutch Club of the Year. In 1999, a second place in the league guaranteed the club a UEFA Champions League berth. In the first group stage (Group G), Willem II were eliminated. They scored 2 points in 6 matches. In 1963, Willem II lost to Manchester United (7–2 on aggregate) in the first round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In 1998–99, Willem II competed in the UEFA Cup. After beating Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia 6–0 on aggregate in the first round, Willem II lost to Spanish side Real Betis in the second round, 4–1 on aggregate. After reaching the Dutch cup final in 2004 (4–0 loss against PSV Eindhoven), Willem II qualified again for the UEFA Cup, in which they lost to French side AS Monaco in the first round (5–1 on aggregate). The fans of Willem II have close relations with the fans of English League One club Bristol City. Some Willem II fans were seen in the 'Eastend' (Bristol City's most popular stand) for their game against Sheffield Wednesday on the 31st October 2009, there were songs sung about Willem II.[citation needed] Fans of the club have been known to travel to Bristol, with Bristol City fans heading the other way to Tilburg.

After the 2010-11 season, Willem II was relegated from the Eredivisie for the first time in 24 years.

In the 2011-12 season under new manager Jurgen Streppel Willem II was promoted back to the Eredivisie, but they went right back down the next season after finishing bottom of the table.

The club became champions of the Eerste Divisie in the 2013-14 season and were promoted back to the Eredivisie.

In early 2015, Volkskrant journalists revealed that Willem II had its matches fixed by an "Asian gambling syndicate", who had payed Willem II players a total sum of €100,000 to lose matches against AFC Ajax and Feyenoord (in October and December 2009). According to the journalists, midfielder Ibrahim Kargbo was the Asians' main contact within the club; Kargbo denies having accepted their money.[1] The Royal Dutch Football Association calls the affair "the most concrete case of match fixing in the Netherlands" and has taken legal action as well as asking UEFA and FIFA to reevaluate previous matches.[2]

Honours[edit]

Domestic Results[edit]

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Below is a table with Willem II'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 Greece GK Kostas Lamprou (on loan from Feyenoord)
3 Netherlands DF Freek Heerkens
4 Netherlands DF Jordens Peters (captain)
5 Netherlands DF Frank van der Struijk
7 Netherlands FW Terell Ondaan
8 Belgium MF Robbie Haemhouts
9 Sweden FW Samuel Armenteros (on loan from Anderlecht)
10 Netherlands MF Ali Messaoud
11 Brazil FW Bruno Andrade
12 Netherlands MF Ricardo Ippel
14 Israel FW Ben Sahar
15 Belgium DF Dries Wuytens
17 Netherlands MF Robert Braber
No. Position Player
19 Belgium DF Jonas Heymans (on loan from AZ)
20 Netherlands FW Jerson Cabral (on loan from FC Twente)
21 Belgium GK David Meul
23 Netherlands MF Wiljan Pluim
24 Brazil FW Renan Zanelli
28 Netherlands DF Tim Cornelisse
29 Belgium MF Stijn Wuytens
30 Belgium MF Jordy Vleugels
31 Netherlands GK Mattijs Branderhorst
35 Netherlands DF Mitchell Dijks
36 Curaçao FW Charlton Vicento
46 Curaçao DF Jason Wall

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
Belgium DF Maxim Deckers (at RKC Waalwijk until 30 June 2015)
Netherlands MF Kevin Brands (at FC Volendam until 30 June 2015)
Belgium MF Ryan Sanusi (at FC Oss until 30 June 2015)
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Simon van Zeelst (at RKC Waalwijk until 30 June 2015)
Armenia FW Norair Aslanyan (at Almere City until 30 June 2015)
Netherlands FW Justin Mathieu (at FC Oss until 30 June 2015)

Managers[edit]

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