Football Club Volendam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌvoːlənˈdɑm]) is a professional football club based in Volendam, Netherlands. They play in the Eredivisie, the top tier of Dutch football from the 2022–23 season following promotion. Nicknamed "de Palingboeren", the club was founded as Victoria in 1920, changed its name to RKSV Volendam in 1923 and emerged as an exclusively professional club, FC Volendam, in 1977, following a split from its parent club. The team plays its home matches in the 6,984-capacity Kras Stadion, where it has been based since 1975.

FC Volendam
FC Volendam logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Volendam
Het Andere Oranje
Het Nieuwe Oranje
(The Other Oranje)
Founded1977; 46 years ago (1977)
GroundKras Stadion
ChairmanPiet Kemper
ManagerWim Jonk
2021–22Eerste Divisie, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club has a reputation as the heen-en-weer club ("the back-and-forth club") due to its numerous promotions and relegations between the first and second tiers of Dutch football.[1] They have achieved ten promotions to the Eredivisie; a record.[2] Volendam also reached two KNVB Cup finals – in 1957–58 and 1994–95 – which ended in losses to two Rotterdam-based clubs, Sparta and Feyenoord, respectively.[3]


Beginnings (1920–1955)Edit

Football Club Volendam was founded as Victoria on 1 June 1920 by local fishermen. By 1923, the club was renamed to RKSV Volendam, simply known as Volendam and its official orange colours were established after having been red and black the previous years. Being from the piously catholic village of Volendam,[4] the club soon joined the Roomsch-Katholieke Federatie (RKF) ("Catholic Football Association") of the Netherlands. In 1935 and 1938, Volendam won that competition until, in 1940 as part of the Second World War, the RKF was forced by the German occupation to merge into the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB).[1] After the Second World War, Volendam played in the Tweede Klasse for a long time, despite being close to promotion several times. Professionalism was introduced in the Netherlands in 1954 and as a result, Volendam saw many players leave. For example, Alkmaar '54 signed the brothers Klaas, Evert and Thoom Smit from the club.[5]

Professionalism (1955–1969)Edit

Dick Tol in 1967, his final year in Volendam. He is the club's all-time top scorer.

A year later, in 1955, Volendam also entered professional football by means of the issue of bonds. Volendam ended its first season in third place and thus qualified for the first season of the second-tier Eerste Divisie; 1956–57. In the 1958–58 KNVB Cup, Volendam reached the final by beating MVV 1–3 in the semi-final. Sparta, however, proved too strong there, and Volendam finished runners-up.[6] The following season, Volendam became champions in the Eerste Divisie A and thus promoted to the top-tier Eredivisie for the first time in club history. However, the euphoria was short-lived, and after one season at the highest level, the club suffered relegation again. Soon, the club had established its reputation as the Heen-en-weer club ("the back-and-forth club") due to its numerous promotions and relegations between the first and second tiers of Dutch football.[1] Head coach Bram Appel piloted Volendam back to the Eredivisie within one season, honouring the club's new nickname. This time, however, the stay at the highest level was longer than one season. Striker Dick Tol, who would become the club's all-time top goalscorer, became the top goalscorer of the 1961–62 Eredivisie with 27 goals.[7] After three seasons in the Eredivisie, the club once again suffered relegation in the 1963–64 season. The third promotion for Volendam took place in 1967 under the English manager Ron Dellow. That season also marked Dick Tol's final season before retiring, as he became top goalscorer of the Eerste Divisie.

1970s and 1980sEdit

History was written in FC Volendam history in December 1971. The Portuguese Walter Ferreira signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with the club, making him their first foreign player. Despite this, Volendam suffered relegated to the Eerste Divisie in that season. The following season, 1972–73, in which Ferreira became club top scorer with 11 goals, Volendam narrowly missed out on promotion to the highest level. In the deciding match against De Graafschap, a draw was enough, but the club lost 1–0. Volendam then played in the Eerste Divisie for the first time for more than three consecutive seasons. Only in 1976–77 promotion was again achieved after play-offs. The club then split into a professional club, FC Volendam, and an amateur club RKAV Volendam in July 1977, marking the birth of the club known as Volendam today.[8] After seventh and seventeenth places, respectively, in 1977–78 and 1978–79, the club relegated again. In 1982, Fritz Korbach was appointed as head coach. He was Volendam's first German manager and had previously successfully led FC Wageningen and PEC Zwolle to the Eredivisie. This turned out to be a perfect move, as he also led Volendam to the highest level in the 1982–83 season. As their former stay in the Eredivisie, they last two seasons before suffering another relegation. Under the guidance of new head coach Jan Brouwer, Volendam again became champions of the Eerste Divisie in the 1986–87 season and thus promoted back to the Eredivisie. In the autumn, an ambitious plan ensured Volendam salvation from financial ruin, which had threatened the club's existence for some years.[9]

Throughout the years, Volendam spawned many talented players, such as Wim Jonk, Edwin Zoetebier, Arnold and Gerrie Mühren. The club also has an accomplished scouting and youth system, which spreads across many different countries.

Golden years (1987–1997)Edit

In the 1989–90 Eredivisie season, Volendam achieved its best result ever by sixth in the table with 39 points. Three seasons later, the feat was repeated and sixth place was achieved once again. In 1995, FC Volendam reached the final of the KNVB Cup for the second time. This time, the opponent was Feyenoord at their home ground, De Kuip on 25 May. Volendam lost the match 2–1 after conceding goals by Gaston Taument and Michael Obiku. André Wasiman scored the sole goal for FC Volendam. Among the 7,000 travelling away fans from Volendam in De Kuip at that time were also Kees Kwakman and Jack Tuijp, who would later both make more than 100 appearances for FC Volendam themselves.[10] For the first time in many years, Volendam managed stay in the Eredivisie for a longer period. From 1987 to 1998. the club played continuously at the highest level.[9]

Ups and downs in the second tier (2009–present)Edit

In 2009, FC Volendam suffered its latest relegation from the Eredivisie. In the 2007–08 season, Volendam had won the Eerste Divisie championship under the leadership of former professional footballer Stanley Menzo, who had secured the club's participation in the highest division in the following season. Menzo, however, did not extend his contract, which meant that Frans Adelaar took over as new head coach for the 2008–09 season.[11] On 10 May 2009, the last matchday of the season, Volendam suffered relegated to the Eerste Divisie once again, after De Graafschap drew (2–2) and Roda JC's beat Feyenoord (2–3).[12] The following season was dramatic for Volendam: they finished in 16th place in the second tier. In the 2010–11 season, Volendam was led by head coach Gert Kruys, who had come over from FC Dordrecht. Volendam finished in 6th place in his first season. In the following season, Volendam did not win a period title for the first time in a long time, which cost Kruys his job at the club.[13] Between 2012 and 2015 and again between 2018 and 2019, the club was led by Hans de Koning, who had come over from Helmond Sport the first time.[14] In the 2012–13 season, Volendam finished in 2nd place after losing its last game to Go Ahead Eagles. They were then defeated again by Go Ahead Eagles in the final of the playoffs for promotion.[15] In that season, Volendam also managed to win a period title. Due to missing out on promotion, Volendam, for the first time since the start of the Eerste Divisie (1956), competed for more than five seasons in a row at the second level. In the 2014–15 season, Volendam again lost in the final of the promotion play-offs by losing 0–1 to De Graafschap at home, after the first leg had finished 0–0 in Doetinchem.[16]

Volendam fans storming the field to celebrate promotion in 2022

In the 2021–22 season, Volendam promoted to the Eredivisie again after 13 years of absence.[17]



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Domestic resultsEdit

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

Current squadEdit

As of 24 January 2023[18]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SRB Filip Stanković (on loan from Inter Milan)
2 DF   DEN Oskar Buur
3 DF   NED Brian Plat
4 DF   NED Damon Mirani
5 DF   ENG Derry Murkin
6 DF   MAR Benaissa Benamar
7 FW   NED Daryl van Mieghem
8 MF   NED Carel Eiting (Captain)
9 FW   NED Henk Veerman
10 MF   ITA Gaetano Oristanio (on loan from Inter Milan)
11 MF   NED Bilal Ould-Chikh
12 MF   FRA Florent Da Silva (on loan from Lyon)
15 DF   NED Dean James
16 MF   NED Imran Nazih
17 MF   NED Calvin Twigt
18 MF   BRA Diego Gustavo
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   BEL Francesco Antonucci (on loan from Feyenoord)
20 GK   NED Kayne van Oevelen
21 FW   NED Robert Mühren
22 GK   NED Barry Lauwers
23 DF   NED Billy van Duijl
24 DF   NED Achraf Douiri
25 FW   NED Lequincio Zeefuik
26 DF   NED Déron Payne
27 DF   NED Givairo Read
28 DF   ENG Josh Flint
30 MF   NED Flip Klomp
31 DF   NED Xavier Mbuyamba
33 DF   NED Walid Ould-Chikh
34 FW   MAR Ibrahim El Kadiri
36 FW   NED Jordi Blom
37 MF   NED Joey Antonioli

On loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   NED Koen Blommestijn (at Telstar until 30 June 2023)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head Coach   Wim Jonk
Assistant Head Coach   Matthias Kohler
  Kizito Musampa
First-Team Coach   Jip Bartels
  Harry Zuurveld
Coordination coach   Gideon van der Wee
Physiotherapist   Abderrahim Dahmani
Team Manager   Piet Smit
Technical Director   Jasper van Leeuwen

Former managersEdit


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