Koninklijke HFC

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Koninklijke HFC
Full nameKoninklijke Haarlemsche Football Club
Founded15 September 1879; 140 years ago (1879-09-15)
GroundComplex Koninklijke HFC
Coordinates52°21′49.7″N 4°37′22.4″E / 52.363806°N 4.622889°E / 52.363806; 4.622889
ChairmanGert-Jan Pruijn
ManagerGertjan Tamerus
LeagueTweede Divisie
2017–18Tweede Divisie, 10th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Koninklijke HFC (Royal Haarlemsche Football Club) is a football club based in Haarlem, Netherlands. It is the oldest existing club in Dutch football, founded by Pim Mulier in 1879. During the club's early years the team only played rugby but due to financial problems they then switched to association football. The first official football match in the Netherlands was played in 1886 between HFC and Amsterdam Sport.

The club currently play in the Tweede Divisie (Second Division), a semi-professional tier re-established for the 2016–17 season, which is the third tier of the Dutch football pyramid.


Koninklijke HFC was the first Dutch Rugby club, established on 15 September 1879 by the 14-year-old Pim Mulier, who first encountered the sport in 1870. However HFC switched to association football in 1883. (The Delftsche Studenten Rugby Club was the first official rugby club on 24 September 1918.)

In 1899 they moved from their original ground "De Koekamp" to the "Spanjaardslaan", where they still play their home matches to this day. At that period the Spanjaardslaan (Spaniard's Lane), the east-west road at the southern edge of the oldest public park of the Netherlands, was part of the neighbouring town of Heemstede, but switched back to be part of Haarlem in 1927.

The beginning of football in the Netherlands

The Netherlands national football team have played two international matches at the Spanjaardslaan. Both matches were versus Belgium, resulting in a 1–2 loss and a 7–0 win. In the past HFC has contributed several players to the Netherlands national football team. Of those players, goalkeeper Gejus van der Meulen obtained the most caps, 54. At present his grandson still plays for HFC.

Before the Dutch championship was officially established, HFC won three unofficial national titles:

Three times in the club's history they have won the KNVB Cup (1904, 1913 and 1915). In the cup competition of 1903–1904 HFC beat VVV from Amsterdam 25–0, which still remains a record score in the Dutch cup competition.

The club was named Koninklijk (Royal) in 1959, 80 years after the club was founded. Since 1923 the first team of HFC plays the opening match of a new year versus a selection of former Dutch international players on 1 January.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2019

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 Gerard van Rossum
2 Netherlands DF Danny Hols
3 Netherlands DF Oscar Wilffert
4 Netherlands DF Peet van der Slot
5 Netherlands DF Vincent Volkert
6 Netherlands MF Jeffrey Sam-Sin
7 Netherlands FW Daniel van Son
8 Netherlands MF Roy Castien
9 Netherlands FW Khalid Tadmine
10 Netherlands MF Franklin Lewis
11 Netherlands MF Daan Driever
12 Netherlands MF Feyo Glim
13 Netherlands FW Floris van der Linden
14 Netherlands MF Jacob Noordmans (captain)
No. Position Player
15 Netherlands MF Lars Weistra
16 Netherlands MF André Morgan
17 Netherlands FW Loet de Kwant
18 Netherlands DF Wessel Boer
19 Netherlands FW Koen Beeren
20 Netherlands FW Tim van Soest
21 Netherlands FW Robin Eindhoven
22 Netherlands GK Tom Boks
23 Netherlands MF Louk Dekkers
24 Netherlands GK Terence Meuwese
25 Netherlands DF Sem Kroon
27 Netherlands DF Kévin Duin
34 Netherlands MF Mounir Mounji

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