Almere City FC

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Almere City
Almere City FC logo.PNG
Full name Almere City Football Club
Nickname(s) Schapenkoppen (Sheepheads), Zwarte Schapen (Black Sheep), Bucks Barmy Army
Founded September 14, 2001; 15 years ago (2001-09-14) (as FC Omniworld)
Ground Yanmar Stadion,
Ground Capacity 3,200
Manager Jack de Gier
League Eerste Divisie
2016–17 Eerste Divisie, 8th
Current season

Almere City Football Club is a Dutch football club. The club was founded in 2001, and is an expression of the ambitions of the city council of Almere to play an active role in top sports. To that end, a sports club (Omniworld) was formed, which now comprises a volleyball branch, a basketball branch and a football branch. Before the 2010–11 season the club was called FC Omniworld.


Almere City can trace its history back to 1972, with the merger of DWS, Volewijckers and Blauw-Wit into FC Amsterdam. Disgruntled DWS supporters founded their own club, called De Zwarte Schapen, named after their nickname, which translates as Black Sheep. The club quickly rose through the ranks of Dutch amateur football, eventually reaching the Hoofdklasse. After several violent incidents on the pitch and a six-month suspension by the Royal Dutch Football Association, the club moved from Amsterdam to nearby Almere and changed its name to Sporting Flevoland.

Club's logo from 2001 to 2010

That name was changed to FC Omniworld in 2001, as a result of the efforts of a consortium (in which the city of Almere was a participant) to bring professional sports to Almere. These plans included a basketball club (BC Omniworld, now defunct), a volleyball club (VC Omniworld, now defunct) and a football club (FC Omniworld). However, when the Leefbaar Almere party became the largest party in the city council in 2002, the community withdrew from the project. This caused the club to fail the criteria for admission to the professional league in 2004.[1]

Private investors were found, and the club managed to meet the first two criteria for admission (among which is a balanced budget) in late 2004 and early 2005. After FC Omniworld's stadium (the 3,000 seater Yanmar Stadion) and pitch were approved by the Royal Dutch Football Association as well, the club met all criteria for admission, and joined the 19 clubs already in the Eerste Divisie. The club's first official match would have been held on August 12, 2005, against BV Veendam. However, the referee postponed the match shortly before the kick-off was due. Heavy rain had made the artificial turf pitch unplayable. The club's professional debut came a week later, in an away match against FC Eindhoven (2–0 defeat). FC Omniworld registered its first official goal a few days later, in a 2–3 home defeat against FC Den Bosch, as Juan Viedma Schenkhuizen scored to make the score 1–2 in the 37th minute. FC Omniworld's first league point was achieved a week later, on August 29, 2005, against Go Ahead Eagles (2–2). The club's first victory came on September 16, when Fortuna Sittard was beaten 3–2. In its first season, FC Omniworld finished in 19th place, with 29 points from 38 matches. Forward Sjoerd Ars ended in fifth place of the top scorer ranking, with 17 goals.[2]

Ars was transferred to Go Ahead Eagles for the 2006–07 season, but the results for Omniworld improved. The club achieved 41 points from 38 matches, finishing the season in 16th place.[3] The 2–7 home match defeat FC Zwolle on the 16th of March 2007 resulted in the then worst defeat in clubs short history.

In March 2010 the club was renamed AFC Almere City[4] before being changed again a few weeks later to Almere City F.C., as the AFC prefix was deemed to be too reminiscent of the club's partners AFC Ajax.[citation needed] In their second game of the 2010–11 season they were defeated 12–1 by Sparta Rotterdam, who equalled Ajax's Dutch league record win,[5] with Johan Voskamp scoring a Jupiler League record 8 goals on his debut.[6]


Eerste Divisie

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 August 2016

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2016

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 Chiel Kramer
2 Netherlands DF Kees van Buuren
3 Netherlands DF Calvin Mac-Intosh
4 Netherlands DF Lars Nieuwpoort
5 Netherlands DF Paul Quasten
7 Netherlands FW Sherjill MacDonald
8 Netherlands MF Jeffrey Rijsdijk (Captain)
9 Netherlands FW Sven Braken
10 Turkey FW Yener Arica
11 Netherlands MF Soufyan Ahannach
12 Netherlands MF Tom Overtoom
14 Netherlands DF Damon Mirani
15 Netherlands FW Silvester van der Water
16 Netherlands DF Dyllan Lanser
17 Netherlands FW Khalid Tadmine
No. Position Player
18 Netherlands MF Javier Vet
19 Netherlands FW Rick ten Voorde
20 Netherlands MF Gaston Salasiwa
21 Netherlands GK Roy Pistoor
22 Netherlands GK Mike Grim
23 Netherlands MF Tom Noordhoff
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Abdel Metalsi
25 Netherlands MF Maarten Davids
26 Netherlands FW Jasper Waalkens
27 Netherlands FW Arsenio Valpoort
29 Netherlands DF Faris Hammouti (on loan from Feyenoord)
37 Netherlands DF Jorni Camps
38 Netherlands MF Danny van Haaren
44 Netherlands FW Daan Ibrahim
45 Turkey MF Emre Bal


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Coordinates: 52°23′40″N 5°14′26″E / 52.39444°N 5.24056°E / 52.39444; 5.24056