HFC Haarlem

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HFC Haarlem
Full nameHaarlemsche Football Club Haarlem
Nickname(s)Roodbroeken (Red shorts)
Founded1 October 1889
Dissolved25 January 2010
GroundHaarlem Stadion,
Haarlem, Netherlands
Coordinates52°24′37″N 4°38′56″E / 52.41028°N 4.64889°E / 52.41028; 4.64889

HFC Haarlem was a Dutch football club from the city of Haarlem, established in 1889 and dissolved in 2010. The club won the Eredivisie in 1946 and reached five Cup finals, winning in 1902 and 1912. Haarlem reached the second round of the 1982–83 UEFA Cup, losing to Spartak Moscow of the Soviet Union.

Haarlem was declared bankrupt on 25 January 2010, and excluded from professional football with immediate effect. Haarlem played its last professional match on 22 January 2010, a 3–0 away loss to Excelsior.

In April 2010, three months after its exclusion from professional football, HFC Haarlem completed a fusion with amateur Tweede Klasse club HFC Kennemerland, the new club being named Haarlem Kennemerland. The team played in Tweede Klasse A Saturday Division, West District I in its debut season.[1][2]


HFC Haarlem squad 1931-32 (Reydon, van Riemsdijk, de Ruyter, Lamp, Hagenaar, P. Jongeneel, v.d. Lee, R. Jongeneel, Wamsteker, van Baasbank, v.d. Meulen)
Historical chart of league performance

The club was founded on 1 October 1889. Haarlem won the Dutch national title in 1946 and reached five Dutch cup finals, winning in 1902 and 1912 and losing in 1911, 1914 and 1950. Haarlem won the title in the Eerste Divisie in 1972, 1976 and 1981. In 1982, HFC Haarlem, featuring a young Ruud Gullit, qualified for UEFA Cup football, in which they were eliminated by Spartak Moscow in the second round (the match hosted by Spartak is known in Russia because of the Luzhniki disaster that occurred in the stadium after the game). In 1990, Haarlem was relegated to the Eerste Divisie again, in which they played until 25 January 2010.

Ajax partnership[edit]

On 10 August 2009, Haarlem and AFC Ajax announced a partnership.[3] They decided Ajax would loan 1 to 4 players to Haarlem every season, it also meant Ajax would get a say in Haarlem-transfers, and would deploy employees to Haarlem, Cock Jol, brother of Martin Jol supervised the Ajax-Haarlem project.


On 25 January 2010, however, Haarlem was declared bankrupt and was thus according to Dutch league rules excluded from competition, with all its previous results in the ongoing competition expunged.[4] The club in its current form ceased to exist, with all its players (and staff) becoming free agents.

In February 2010, HFC Haarlem was reinstated as a new amateur club, who also took the naming and logo rights from the old version.[5] This club then started talks for a potential merger with amateur Tweede Klasse Haarlem-based side HFC Kennemerland,[6] which was announced to have been completed on 27 April; the new club would be called Haarlem Kennemerland, and would play home games at Haarlem Stadion, thus continuing the legacy of the old HFC Haarlem.[1][2]


1982–83 UEFA Cup[edit]

HFC Haarlem2–1AA Gent
Gerrie Kleton 37'
Martin Haar 73'
Kiyiaki Tokodi 78' (pen)
Attendance: 11.800
Referee: Ib Nielsen (DEN)

AA Gent3–3HFC Haarlem
Aad Koudijzer 23', 60'
Cees Schapendonk 29'
Joop Böckling 3'
Gerrie Kleton 67'
Piet Keur 90'
Attendance: 9.604
Referee: Osmo Orakangas (FIN)

Spartak Moscow2–0HFC Haarlem
Edgar Gess 17'
Sergei Shvetsov 90'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Eduard Sostarić (YUG)

HFC Haarlem1–3Spartak Moscow
Piet Huyg 25' Sergei Shvetsov 43'
Sergei Shavlo 55'
Yuri Gavrilov 85'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Viriato Graça Oliva (POR)


Eerste Divisie

Former players[edit]

Player records[edit]

Historical list of coaches[edit]

This is the list of coaches of HFC Haarlem:

  1. Netherlands Kick Smit (1951-1956)
  2. Netherlands Wim Roosen (1956-1957)
  3. Netherlands Ben Peeters (1957-1959)
  4. Netherlands Karel Kaufman (1959-1962)
  5. Netherlands Ruud van Wilsum (1962-1965)
  6. Netherlands Kick Smit (1965-1966)
  7. Netherlands Piet Peeman (1966-1967)
  8. Wales Barry Hughes (1968-1970)
  9. Scotland Bill Thompson (1970-1971)
  10. Netherlands Joop Brand (1971-1973)
  11. Wales Barry Hughes (1973-1980)
  12. Netherlands Hans van Doorneveld (1980-1987)
  13. Netherlands Dick Advocaat (1987-1989)
  14. Netherlands Hans Eijkenbroek (1989-1990)
  15. Netherlands Ted Immers (1990-1991)
  16. Netherlands Hans van Doorneveld (1991-1994)
  17. Netherlands Henny Lee (1994-1995)
  18. Netherlands Ben Hendriks (1995-1997)
  19. Netherlands Karel Bonsink (1997-2000)
  20. Netherlands Heini Otto (2000-2002)
  21. Netherlands Leo van Veen (2002-2003)
  22. Netherlands Roy Wesseling (2003-2005)
  23. Netherlands Gert Aandewiel (2005-2007)
  24. Netherlands Jan Zoutman (2007-2009)
  25. Netherlands Hennie Spijkerman (2009-2010)


  1. ^ a b "HFC Haarlem gaat fuseren met HFC Kennemerland" (in Dutch). Sportweek.nl. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  2. ^ a b "Failliet Haarlem fuseert met amateurclub Kennemerland" (in Dutch). elfVOETBAL. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  3. ^ "Verregaande samenwerking Ajax en Haarlem" (in Dutch). VI.nl. 2009-08-10.
  4. ^ "Privacyinstellingen op VI.nl". www.vi.nl.
  5. ^ "'Nieuw' HFC Haarlem" (in Dutch). WebRegio.nl. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  6. ^ "HFC Haarlem fuseert mogelijk met HFC Kennemerland" (in Dutch). SportWeek.nl. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  7. ^ Piet Huijg (1951-2019), illustere naam uit de gouden tijd van HFC Haarlem – Haarlems Dagblad (in Dutch)

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