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 4,506[1]
Chairman Harrie Derks
Head Coach Eric Meijers
League Tweede Divisie
2016–17 Eerste Divisie, 20th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Achilles '29 is a football club from Groesbeek in the Netherlands. The men's senior side are currently members of the Eerste Divisie, having been promoted from the Topklasse in 2012–13. The club also have a women's side which plays in the Eredivisie since the 2016–17 season.


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.


  • 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

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 March 2017

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 Robbert te Loeke
2 Curaçao DF Mischa Boelens
3 Netherlands DF Barry Beijer
4 Netherlands DF Mart Raterink
5 Netherlands DF Kenny Elders
6 Netherlands MF Eef van Riel
7 Netherlands MF Boy van de Beek
8 Netherlands MF Kürşad Sürmeli
9 Netherlands FW Wim Bokila
10 Netherlands FW Nassim Amaarouk (on loan from NEC)
11 Netherlands MF Rick Hemmink
13 Netherlands MF Jop van Steen
14 Netherlands MF Joey Dekkers
15 Afghanistan MF Omid Popalzay
16 France GK Antoine Gounet
No. Position Player
17 Netherlands FW Freek Thoone (Captain)
18 Netherlands DF Coen Gortemaker
19 Netherlands FW Niek Versteegen
20 New Zealand DF Jesse Edge
22 Republic of Macedonia DF Antonio Stankov
23 Netherlands GK Dani Centen
24 Curaçao DF Doriano Kortstam
26 Sweden FW Emir Smajic
27 Netherlands DF Sebastiaan Bökkerink
29 Netherlands FW Brian Campman
30 Netherlands DF Justin de Vos
33 Japan MF Tenta Maeda
40 Netherlands MF Imran Oulad Omar
41 Netherlands FW David Driessen

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 Migiel Zeller (at TEC until 30 June 2017)
Netherlands FW Brian Boogers (at VV UNA until 30 June 2017)
Netherlands FW Thijs Hendriks (at Spakenburg until 30 June 2017)



The women's team entered the Eredivisie in the 2016–17 season.[2]

Women's squad[edit]

As of 1 December 2016.[3]

Coach: Judith Thijssen

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

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Manon Bosch
Netherlands GK Renate Verhoeven
Netherlands DF Kika van Es
Netherlands DF Michelle van der Laan
Netherlands DF Demi ter Maat
Netherlands DF Amber Mutsaers
Netherlands DF Beau Rijks
Netherlands DF Amber Verspaget
Netherlands MF Melanie Bross
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Yvette Derks
Netherlands MF Guusje Eijkmans
Netherlands MF Margaritha de Groot
Netherlands MF Nena Hopmans
Netherlands MF Jody Schellekens
Netherlands MF Shirin Timmermann
Netherlands FW Annet van Hout
Netherlands FW Bonita Theunissen
Netherlands FW Joy Kersten


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  2. ^ "Achilles'29 met vrouwenteam de eredivisie in". De Gelderlander (in Dutch). 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Women's squad". Achilles '29 (in Dutch). Retrieved 1 December 2016. 

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