FC Utrecht

Football Club Utrecht (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛfˈseː ˈytrɛxt]) is a Dutch football club founded on 1 July 1970 and based in the city of Utrecht.[1] The club's colours are red and white.

Utrecht
FC Utrecht.svg
Full nameFootball Club Utrecht
Founded1 July 1970; 50 years ago (1970-07-01)
GroundStadion Galgenwaard
Utrecht
Capacity23,750
OwnerFrans van Seumeren Holding B.V. (99%)
Stichting Beheer Aandelen FC Utrecht (1%)
ChairmanPaul Verhoeff
Head coachJohn van den Brom
LeagueEredivisie
2019–20Eredivisie, 6th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

FC Utrecht was founded in 1970 as a merger of three clubs from the city of Utrecht: VV DOS, USV Elinkwijk and Velox, the former of the three having won the national championship in 1958.[2]

FC Utrecht has won the KNVB Cup three times in, 1985, 2003 and 2004, also winning the Johan Cruijff Shield in 2004. After winning the Johan Cruijff Shield, Utrecht became the first club outside the "Big Three" of Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV to win the trophy. Utrecht is also the only club outside the Big Three that has never been relegated from the top-flight Eredivisie.[2]

StadiumEdit

FC Utrecht's stadium is the Stadion Galgenwaard, previously named the Galgenwaard, then later the Nieuw Galgenwaard. It has a current capacity of 23,750 spectators. The attendance on average was 19,600 people in 2004–05, while the average attendance rose to 20,004 in 2006–07. The stadium also accommodates several shops, offices, and the supporters home of the FC Utrecht fan club (Supporters Vereniging F.C. Utrecht).

ManagementEdit

Erik ten Hag was head coach until the winter break of the 2017/2018 season when he left to take over at AFC Ajax. Jean-Paul de Jong, his assistant, took over as head coach at FC Utrecht. Jean-Paul de Jong was fired after only four games in the 2018/2019 season and Dick Advocaat was appointed as head coach.

BusinessEdit

On 2 April 2008, it was announced that former owner of Mammoet, Van Seumeren, had taken over 51% of the shares of FC Utrecht. This made Utrecht the second club in the Netherlands, after AZ, to be owned by investors.

The board of FC Utrecht further announced that, because of the money they got from this take over, there would be more room for youth facilities and scouting. The board wanted FC Utrecht to be competing within the top of the Eredivisie by 2013.

HonoursEdit

FC Utrecht in European CompetitionEdit

FC Utrecht's first competitive European match, in the team's current iteration (not as DOS), was on 17 September 1980, in the 1980–81 UEFA Cup, playing FC Argeş Piteşti to a 0–0 draw. Since then, the club has participated in fourteen UEFA competitions, advancing as far as the Group Stage in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup and the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League

Accurate as of 1 August 2019
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
Cup Winners' Cup 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2 050.00
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 54 16 17 21 69 72 −3 029.63
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 2 0 1 1 +0 000.00
Total 58 17 19 22 73 78 −5 029.31

Source: UEFA.com
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal Difference. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.

UEFA Current rankingEdit

As of 9 July 2020[3]
Rank Country Team Points
150   Shkëndija 7.250
151   FC Utrecht 7.150
152   Vitesse 7.150

Domestic resultsEdit

Below is a table with FC Utrecht's results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

  1. ^ On 24 April 2020, the 2019–20 Eredivisie and KNVB Cup seasons were prematurely terminates as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Netherlands. As such, the final of the 2019–20 KNVB Cup was canceled with no club being appointed as winners.

Current squadEdit

As of 7 August 2020[4]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Maarten Paes
2   DF Mark van der Maarel
3   DF Justin Hoogma (on loan from Hoffenheim)
5   DF Leon Guwara
6   MF Adam Maher
7   FW Gyrano Kerk
8   MF Joris van Overeem
9   FW Adrián Dalmau
10   MF Simon Gustafson
13   DF Emil Bergström
14   DF Willem Janssen (captain)
15   MF Daniel Arzani (on loan from Manchester City)
16   GK Thijmen Nijhuis
No. Position Player
17   DF Sean Klaiber
18   MF Justin Lonwijk
20   DF Giovanni Troupée
21   DF Django Warmerdam
22   MF Sander van de Streek
23   MF Bart Ramselaar
24   MF Odysseus Velanas
25   DF Tommy St. Jago
26   FW Othman Boussaid
27   FW Jonas Arweiler
29   FW Nick Venema
31   GK Fabian de Keijzer
33   DF Dario Đumić

On loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
30   MF Mitchell van Rooijen (at Excelsior until 30 June 2021)
No. Position Player
32   FW Václav Černý (at Twente until 30 June 2021)

Retired numbersEdit

4 —   David Di Tommaso, defender (2004–05) — posthumous honour.

RecordsEdit

As of 17 May 2017[5]
Players in bold text are still active.

CoachesEdit

Kit manufacturersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Netherlands - FC Utrecht - Results, fixtures, squad, statistics, photos, videos and news - Soccerway". int.soccerway.com. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Historie: Eredivisievoetbal sinds 1970". FC Utrecht. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Uefa current ranking".
  4. ^ https://www.fcutrecht.nl/team/selectie
  5. ^ De All Time Eredivisietopscorerslijst van FC Utrecht: – FC Utrecht
  6. ^ https://www.fcutrecht.nl/nieuws/2019/02/fc-utrecht-gaat-driejarig-partnership-aan-met-nike/