FC Emmen is a Dutch football club based in Emmen, Drenthe. They play in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of Dutch football, following relegation from the Eredivisie in the 2020–21 season. Founded in 1925, the club entered the professional Eerste Divisie in 1985. In 2018, Emmen were promoted to the Eredivisie for the first time, but in 2021 they were relegated to the Eerste Divisie again. Home games are played at De Oude Meerdijk.
|Full name||Football Club Emmen|
|Founded||21 August 1925|
|Ground||De Oude Meerdijk|
|2020–21||Eredivisie, 16th of 18 (relegated via play-offs)|
In 1985, Emmen finally joined the professional ranks. In 1988 the club was split into an amateur and a professional section. The latter was mostly called BVO Emmen ( Betaald Voetbal Organisatie, professional football organisation). In 2005, the professional club Emmen changed its name into FC Emmen, for two reasons. Firstly, it was hoped that the new name would better reflect the club's history, and secondly because many misunderstandings had arisen, among people who had grown to believe that BVO was an abbreviation similar to for instance PSV, RBC or ADO.
FC Emmen has reached the Eerste Divisie play-offs eleven times and on 20 May 2018, they managed to clinch promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie for the first time in their history after beating Sparta Rotterdam 3–1 in the promotion/relegation play-off finals.
Emmen finished 14th in their first Eredivisie season and secured their spot in the Eredivisie for the 2019–2020 season.
Despite a very poor start to the 2020–21 season (six points in the first 22 matches), Emmen incredibly bounced back with an 8-match unbeaten run (five wins, three draws) from February to April, and ended the season with two wins to finish with 30 points. However, they could not achieve automatic safety, as they had a worse goal differential than 15th-placed RKC Waalwijk. This meant that Emmen would have to win the playoffs to avoid relegation, but they lost on penalties following a 1-1 draw vs. NAC Breda. As a result of this loss, FC Emmen were relegated to the Eerste Divisie following three seasons in the top tier.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|1985–1988||Yellow Bird||American Stores|
|2004–2006||Henk ten Hoor|
|2007–2008||Hof van Saksen|
|2009–2012||Peter van Dijk Projects & Investments|
|2015–2016||Robey||Q&S Garten Deco|
|2018–2019||Hitachi Capital Mobility|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Promotion to Eredivisie: 1
Former technical directorsEdit
- Rob Groener
- Gerard Somer
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- Van Dijk was fired on 17 February 2007 and replaced by former player Alfons Arts, who gave over the job on 7 March 2007 to Gerry Hamstra.
- Hamstra was fired on 13 October 2008 and replaced by Thiemo Meertens. He handed over his job on 23 October 2008 to Paul Krabbe.
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