FC Eindhoven is a Dutch football club based in Eindhoven, North Brabant. They currently play in the Eerste Divisie (second tier of Dutch football), and are one of two professional clubs which are based in the city of Eindhoven, the other one being PSV Eindhoven.

FC Eindhoven
Full nameFootball Club Eindhoven
Nickname(s)Blauw-witten (Blue-Whites)
Founded16 November 1909; 114 years ago (1909-11-16)
GroundJan Louwers Stadion,
Eindhoven
Capacity4,600
ChairmanRonald Onink
ManagerWillem Weijs
LeagueEerste Divisie
2022–23Eerste Divisie, 8th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Eindhoven play their home games at Jan Louwers Stadion, on the southern part of the city. The club's official colours are blue and white, hence their nickname "Blauw-Witten" (lit.'The Blue-Whites').

History edit

 
Historical chart of league performance

The club was founded on 16 November 1909 as EVV Eindhoven. A couple of gentleman had seen that clubs in the Randstad were growing and felt there was a need for a new team in Eindhoven too. It was decided to form a new club called E.V.V. short for Eindhovense Voetbal Vereniging. Club colours were blue and white, the blue stemming from the crest of the city Eindhoven at that time. E.V.V. started to play in the Brabantse Voetbalbond, a regional league, but after a couple of years joined the NVB, the National League. In 1921 E.V.V. fuses with Gestel (local team) and changes its name to E.V.V. Eindhoven. At the end of the 30s, Eindhoven had its first success winning as the Dutch Cup, the KNVB Beker (1937). In 1939, E.V.V. Eindhoven was the champion of the 1st Division Region South and played for the title of The Netherlands with teams like DWS, NEC, Ajax and Achilles 1894. They finish fourth.

In 1950, E.V.V. Eindhoven had their first Dutch international in Noud van Melis. Frans Tebak and Dick Snoek were to quickly follow in his footsteps. In 1954, Eindhoven were the last Dutch league champions before the introduction of the professional league. After turning professional in 1954, the club played in the Eredivisie until 1957, when Eindhoven were relegated to the Eerste Divisie. In 1969, they were even relegated to the Tweede Divisie. Two years later, the club secured promotion back to the Eerste Divisie, and in 1975, Eindhoven were promoted to the Eredivisie. In 1977, Eindhoven were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie, where it has remained ever since. In 1997, E.V.V. Eindhoven moved from a professional club back to an amateur club. A new professional club SBV Eindhoven (Stichting Betaald Voetbal Eindhoven) was founded, and in 2002 changed its name to FC Eindhoven.

In the 2009–2010 season, FC Eindhoven qualified for playoffs to advance to the Eredivisie. Eindhoven advanced past the first round defeating AGOVV Apeldoorn 4–2 on goal aggregate. Eindhoven was pitted against possible relegation from Eredivisie club Willem II and were defeated on a 3–2 aggregate. In 2011/2012, FC Eindhoven finished third, despite Ernest Faber leaving the club to join Dick Advocaat at PSV as his assistant in March 2012.[1] The club lost 3–0 to Helmond Sport over two legs, 1–0 in the first and 2–0 in the second, in Round 2 of the promotion playoffs.

Erwin Koeman, the replacement of Ernest Faber, left in the summer of 2012 and was replaced by John Lammers. Under Lammers the 2012–13 season finished in a disappointing 16th spot, only above two sides whose points totals had been set at zero due to bankruptcy. The 2013–14 season was a big improvement with the club finishing sixth and qualifying for the promotion play-offs. There they encountered Sparta Rotterdam and lost to 3–1 on aggregate.

Rivalries edit

FC Eindhoven's former biggest rivalry is with neighbours PSV Eindhoven, against whom they contest the Lichtstad Derby ('City of Light Derby'). However, the clubs have not faced each other in league competition since the 1976–77 season. FC Eindhoven used to be a bigger club than PSV in the period between 1930 and 1955. PSV was a club for the workers of Phillips and seen as a club for the privileged while FC Eindhoven was seen as the people's club. In 2004, FC Eindhoven contracted a co-operation deal with neighbours PSV Eindhoven, meaning the possibility of swapping youth players between the two clubs.

Nowadays, Helmond Sport are seen as the biggest rivals. The clubs are about 15 km apart and have been playing in the same league for years.

Honours edit

Results edit

Eerste Divisie

Below is a table with FC Eindhoven's domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.

Current squad edit

As of 16 January 2024[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   CUW Justin Ogenia
3 DF   TOG Mawouna Amevor (captain)
4 DF   NED Maarten Peijnenburg
5 MF   BEL Maarten Swerts
6 MF   NED Dyon Dorenbosch
7 DF   NED Jasper Dahlhaus
8 MF   NED Sven van Doorm
9 FW   DEN August Priske (on loan from Midtjylland)
10 MF   AZE Ozan Kökçü
11 FW   NED Joey Sleegers
12 GK   NED Jort Borgmans
14 FW   BEL Pjotr Kestens
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   NED Luuk Wouters (on loan from RKC Waalwijk)
18 DF   NED Farouq Limouri
19 FW   NED David Garden
22 FW   NED Evan Rottier
23 MF   NED Sven Simons
26 GK   BEL Jorn Brondeel
32 DF   POR Rodrigo Rêgo
33 DF   NED Collin Seedorf
99 MF   BEL Tibo Persyn
MF   NED Achraf El Bouchataoui
FW   NED Mart Lieder

Out on loan edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   NED Mitchel van Rosmalen (at Blauw Geel '38 until 30 June 2024)

Former players edit

Club officials edit

As of 1 July 2021
Position Staff
Chairman   Ronald Onink
Chief Executive Officer   Günther Peeters
Technical director   Marc Scheepers
Team Manager   Tom van der Leegte
  Paul Schreuder
Manager   Rob Penders
Assistant manager   Pascal Maas
First-team coach   Paul Beekmans
First-team goalkeeping coach   Hans Segers
Data Analyst   Mike van Dijk
Scout   Jacques de Wit
Club doctor   Frank Hagenaars
Physiotherapist   Thomas Hooyberghs
  Sander Hutjens
  Malon Visser
Materialhandler   Lydia van den Heuvel
  Werner Rossous

Former managers edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Clubs akkoord over directe overgang Faber naar PSV" [Clubs agree about immediate move of Faber to PSV] (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 14 March 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. ^ "1E ELFTAL". fc-eindhoven.nl. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Hoe ik als clubloze keeper de transfermarkt afzoek". vice.com.
  4. ^ http://kranten.kb.nl/view/article/id/ddd%3A010618375%3Ampeg21%3Ap019%3Aa0258[dead link]

External links edit