Roda JC Kerkrade

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Roda JC Kerkrade
Club logo
Full name Sportvereniging Roda
Juliana Combinatie Kerkrade
Nickname(s)

De Koempels (The Miners)

De Trots van het Zuiden niet (The Pride of the South)
Founded June 27, 1962; 55 years ago (1962-06-27)
Ground Parkstad Limburg Stadion
Kerkrade
Ground Capacity 19,979
Chairman Harm Wiertz
Manager Robert Molenaar
League Eredivisie
2016–17 Eredivisie, 17th
Website Club website
Current season

Sportvereniging Roda Juliana Combinatie Kerkrade (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɔrtfəˌreːnəɣɪŋ ˈroːdaː ˌjyliˈjaːnaː ˌkɔmbiˈnaː(t)si ˈkɛr(ə)kˌraːdə]; Kerkrade dialect: Sjport Verainiejoeng Roda Juliana Combinaatsiejoeën Kirchroa), also known as Roda JC Kerkrade ([ˈroːdaː jeːˈseː ˈkɛr(ə)kˌraːdə]) is a Dutch professional association football club located in Kerkrade, Netherlands. Roda JC Kerkrade plays in the Eredivisie. The club was founded by a merger between Rapid JC and Roda Sport in 1962. They were placed in the Eerste Divisie, and after a relegation they were promoted back to the top division in 1973, where they would stay for 41 years until being relegated in 2014. In the 2009 season they added Kerkrade to the name to create brand awareness and get financial support.

Roda JC is known as the "coal-miner's club". Fans of arch rival, MVV, from the provincial capital of Maastricht, say those words condescendingly. In Kerkrade and the surrounding area, however, they are said with pride and respect. The last Dutch coal mines were closed in the 1960s, but the southeastern part of the Netherlands' most southern province, Limburg, is still referred to as the Mijnstreek ('mine district') today. The coal mines are still recalled in folk songs in the regional dialect and in the stories of old miners, reminiscing about an era that will never return. Southern Limburg will always be their home. Their team, in most cases, is Roda JC.

Roda JC's club honours include seven European campaigns and six KNVB cup finals, of which they won two. One of its predecessors in club's "family tree" of mergers, Rapid JC, were champions of the Netherlands in 1956. Ten out of eleven players on that Rapid JC team were coal miners.

History[edit]

The history of the forming of Roda JC

Merge (1955–1962)[edit]

Roda JC Kerkrade came into being as the result of a merger of several football clubs from Kerkrade. In 1954, SV Kerkrade (established 1926) and SV Bleijerheide (1914) merged to form Roda Sport. That same year, Rapid '54 (1954) and amateur club Juliana (1910) merged to form Rapid JC. Rapid JC was one of the most successful clubs of that time, winning the Championship play-off in 1956. In later years they would only finish in the top 10 once, when they finished second in the 1958–59 season. Roda Sport, however, were relegated to the Tweede Divisie and stayed there until the latest merger with Rapid JC, to form Roda JC.

Struggling and staying at the top division (1963–94)[edit]

After the merger they began in the Eerste Divisie in the 1962–63 season, but were relegated the same season after finishing 16th. The following season they almost achieved promotion again, but they lost in the play-off and remained in the Tweede Divisie for 8 years. After their return to the Eerste Divisie, it only took a further two seasons before they were promoted to the Eredivisie, when they finished first.

The club are finally in the premier division, but did not manage to qualify for a European competition even though they finished near the top several times. They only qualified for Europe once when they lost in the finals of the KNVB Cup in 1975, but they lost in the first round, 5–3 on aggregate, to Anderlecht. In the 1986–87 season they finally finished high enough for the European Cup play-offs in the Netherlands, but lost their place to FC Utrecht. One year later they finished 15th and struggled to avoid relegation to the Eerste Divisie. They did, however, reach the finals of the KNVB Cup. Since PSV already had a place in Europe by winning the Eredivisie, Roda JC also earned a place in the European Cup. This was the club's most memorable European campaign, when Roda made it through the winter in the European Cup Winners Cup before succumbing to the superb strikers of Bulgarian PFC CSKA Sofia, Hristo Stoichkov and Emil Kostadinov, who became superstars in Europe's major football leagues. Two years later they finished fifth twice, but only once gained a place in a European competition. They did well in the KNVB Cup in 1990–91, reaching the semi-finals, and a year later got to the finals.

Dutch and European success (1994–2000)[edit]

Since 1994, the club has managed to achieve several successes both in Europe and the Netherlands. Most notable was their 2nd place in the Eredivisie in 1994–95. They also won the KNVB Cup twice: in the 1996–1997 season and 1999–2000 season. As a result of these successes, they qualified for several European competitions. In the 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, Roda was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Vicenza Calcio by an aggregate of 1 – 9. Roda's most memorable European game was played on 28 February 2002. After a 0–1 defeat at the hands of A.C. Milan in Kerkrade, Roda caused panic at San Siro by winning the return leg by the same score. Roda even took the lead in the penalty shoot-out, but ended up losing the series, only being one penalty away from eliminating A.C. Milan.

Since then they have only qualified twice for the Intertoto Cup in the 2003–04 and 2004–05 season. In later years they did manage to qualify for the play-offs but never won it.

Roda's position in Dutch football is best illustrated by their history in the KNVB Cup. Roda were good enough to make it to six finals, but the first three times and the last time the opponent in the final was one of the 'Big Three' – and Roda went home with the silver medal: PSV won in 1976 and 1988, Feyenoord in 1992 and 2008. In two of the club's cup finals, however, a 'non-Big Three' side was the opponent. Both times the cup went to Kerkrade: Heerenveen were beaten in 1997, NEC in 2000.

Decline (2000–2013)[edit]

Since 1992, Roda have been in discussions with neighbours Fortuna Sittard, as well as MVV and VVV-Venlo, with a view to merging to form a new club, named F.C. Limburg.[1] A statement of intent was published by Roda and Fortuna in November 2008 and in early 2009 financial backing was found for the scheme.[1] All these attempts, however, foundered.

In 2008 the club gained its final notable success by reaching the KNVB Cup final. In the final, opponent and home team Feyenoord Rotterdam proved to be too strong (2–0). A year later, the two teams met again in De Kuip for the final round of the 2008–2009 season. Roda JC needed a win to avoid direct relegation. Against all odds, Roda JC beat Feyenoord and qualified for the promotion/relegation play offs. Roda eventually won the play offs, beating Cambuur Leeuwarden in a penalty shoot-out.

In 2010, the club added "Kerkrade" to its name, so the new full name of the sports club is now Roda JC Kerkrade. This was one of the conditions set by the municipality of Kerkrade, in return for their sponsorship.

Roda JC finished 16th in the 2012–2013 season and was again forced to participate in the play offs. The Coal Miners came out victorious again after a late free kick winner by Mark-Jan Fledderus against Sparta Rotterdam, extending the club's stay at the highest level for another season.

Relegation and Eerste Divisie (2014–2015)[edit]

Roda JC finished 18th in 2013–2014 and were relegated in May 2014, ending a 41-year period of football at the highest national level in Kerkrade. They bounced back from the Eerste Divisie however on the first attempt after beating NAC after extra time in a promotion/relegation play-off final.[2]

In January 2017, Dubai-based Swiss-Russian business man Aleksei Korotaev[3] took a minority interest in the club.[4]

Stadium[edit]

After the establishment of the club, Roda JC Kerkrade played in Sportpark Kaalheide with a capacity of 21,500 people. Its current stadium is the Parkstad Limburg Stadion, an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 19,979. It was opened on 15 August 2000 with a match against the Spanish side Real Zaragoza, which ended in a 2–2 draw.

Statistics[edit]

Club honours[edit]

Before the merge, Rapid JC had won the top league title once, in the 1955 season.

Achievements[edit]

Domestic results[edit]

Below is a table with Roda JC's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 August 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 Hidde Jurjus (on loan from PSV Eindhoven)
2 Netherlands DF Henk Dijkhuizen
3 Germany DF Frederic Ananou
4 Netherlands DF Christian Kum
5 Netherlands DF Ard van Peppen (captain)
6 Netherlands MF Mohamed El Makrini
7 Netherlands FW Mikhail Rosheuvel
8 Netherlands MF Adil Auassar
9 Germany FW Dani Schahin
10 Sweden MF Simon Gustafson (on loan from Feyenoord)
11 Netherlands FW Gyliano van Velzen
13 Germany MF Tsiy-William Ndenge (on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach)
No. Position Player
14 Germany FW Mario Engels
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ognjen Gnjatić
16 Poland GK Filip Kurto
17 Belgium DF Jannes Vansteenkiste
18 Belgium FW Jorn Vancamp (on loan from RSC Anderlecht)
19 Netherlands MF Mitchell Paulissen
20 Netherlands DF Daryl Werker
21 Belgium FW Célestin Djim
22 United States DF Ashton Götz
23 Netherlands MF Nathan Rutjes
24 Netherlands MF Nicky Souren

Managers[edit]

Roda JC Manager From To
Netherlands Piet Thomas 1962 1963
Germany Michel Pfeiffer 1963 1965
Netherlands Wiel Coerver 1965 1966
Netherlands Adam Fischer 1966 1968
Netherlands Breur Weyzen 1969 1971
Netherlands Jacques Koole 1971 November 1972
Netherlands Hennie Hollink November 1972 February 1974
Germany Fritz Pliska February 1974 1974
Netherlands Bert Jacobs 1974 1980
Netherlands Piet de Visser 1980 1983
Netherlands Hans Eijkenbroek 1984 November 1984
Netherlands Eugene Gerards November 1984 December 1984
Netherlands Frans Körver December 1984 1986
Netherlands Rob Baan 1986 October 1987
Netherlands Rob Jacobs October 1987 1988
Netherlands Jan Reker 1988 1991
Netherlands Adrie Koster 1991 March 1993
Netherlands Huub Stevens March 1993 9 October 1996
Netherlands Eddy Achterberg 9 October 1996 1 November 1996
Netherlands Martin Jol 1 November 1996 7 March 1998
Netherlands Theo Vonk 28 February 1998 30 June 1998
Netherlands Sef Vergoossen 1 July 1998 1 July 2001
Netherlands Jan van Dijk 1 July 2001 19 September 2001
Belgium Georges Leekens 19 September 2001 30 June 2002
Netherlands Wiljan Vloet 1 July 2002 30 June 2005
Netherlands Huub Stevens 1 July 2005 2 February 2007
Netherlands Raymond Atteveld 2 February 2007 7 October 2008
Netherlands Martin Koopman (interim) 7 October 2008 19 November 2008
Belgium Harm van Veldhoven 20 November 2008 30 June 2012
Netherlands Ruud Brood 1 July 2012 15 December 2013
Netherlands Regillio Vrede & Netherlands Rick Plum (interim) 15 December 2013 26 December 2013
Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson 26 December 2013 26 May 2014
Netherlands René Trost 1 June 2014 8 April 2015
Netherlands Regillio Vrede & Netherlands Rick Plum (interim) 8 April 2015 11 June 2015
Bosnia and HerzegovinaSwitzerland Darije Kalezić 11 June 2015 10 May 2016
Greece Yannis Anastasiou 18 June 2016 23 May 2017
Netherlands René Trost & Netherlands Rick Plum (interim) 23 May 2017 present

Supporters[edit]

Although not the most vocal, the supporters of Roda JC are generally considered to be among the most loyal and well behaved in the Netherlands. In the early days of the club Kaalheide was the club's home ground. Initially, supporters could roam free over the terasses. However, in the 70s fences were placed between the various sections, preventing supporters to move from one stand to the other. The fanatical supporters decided to unite at the covered north side stand, creating an old fashioned, atmospheric stand. Kaalheide became an infamous stadium for visiting teams.

Since moving to the Parkstad Limburg Stadium in the summer of 2000, the more fanatical supporters can be found behind the goal on the West side. The West Stand was renamed 'Koempel Tribune' (Miner Stand) in September 2014 to honour the fans who remained loyal to the club after the relegation four months earlier.

Since 1989, there is a close friendship between the supporters of Alemannia Aachen and Roda JC Kerkrade. Fans of both clubs regularly visit each other's games.

Rivalries[edit]

Roda JC has three provincial rivals, namely Fortuna Sittard, MVV and VVV-Venlo. The arch rival is MVV, the team from the provincial capital of Maastricht. The Roda JC-MVV rivalry is considered to be the number one rivalry in the Province of Limburg by both sets of supporters.

During the 1990s, the rivalry between Roda JC and Fortuna Sittard intensified, as both clubs were relatively successful during that period. Fanatical supporters of both clubs clash regularly ever since. The increased rivalry also created animosity between hooligans of Roda JC and the Belgian Limburg side Racing Genk.

Due to the distance between Kerkrade and Venlo, the rivalry with VVV-Venlo is considered to be a minor one by the majority of the Roda JC supporters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schaerlaeckens, Leander (9 February 2009). "Merger mania as Roda JC and Fortuna Sittard prepare to join forces". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Roda JC promoveert naar eredivisie – Telegraaf (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Rus steekt miljoenen in Roda JC - Financieele Dagbald (in Dutch)
  4. ^ Roda JC deels in handen van Zwitserse investeerder - NRC (in Dutch)

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