PEC Zwolle is a Dutch professional football club based in Zwolle, Netherlands. They play in the Eredivisie, the top tier of Dutch football. They have played in the Eredivisie for a total of 22 seasons, reaching sixth place in 2015. They won the KNVB Cup in 2014 and also reached the final in 1928, 1977 and 2015.

PEC Zwolle
Full namePrins Hendrik
Ende Desespereert Nimmer
Combinatie Zwolle
Nickname(s)Blauwvingers (Bluefingers)
Founded12 June 1910; 114 years ago (1910-06-12)
GroundMAC³PARK Stadion
Head coachJohnny Jansen
2023–24Eredivisie, 12th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

This is the second incarnation of the club; its predecessor of the same name went bankrupt in 1990. The current club was founded immediately afterwards as FC Zwolle before renaming back to PEC Zwolle in 2012.





PEC was founded on 12 June 1910, the name being an abbreviation of PH EDN Combinatie (PH EDN Combination). The club was formed by a merger of Prins Hendrik (1 April 1906; Prince Henry) and Ende Desespereert Nimmer (1904; And Never Despair). PEC has been a professional football club since 23 February 1955. The club name was changed to PEC Zwolle in 1971 and to PEC Zwolle '82 in 1982. Instantly after the bankruptcy a new name was chosen for the new club: FC Zwolle. On 14 April 2012, after the promotion, the club name was changed back to PEC Zwolle.

PEC was one of Zwolle's three top football clubs, along with ZAC (founded in 1893) and Zwolsche Boys (1918). ZAC was associated with the local high society, Zwolsche Boys were associated with the working class, while PEC was the club of the local middle class.[1] There was considerable rivalry between these three clubs, especially between Zwolsche Boys and PEC. Not only were their stadiums within walking distance from each other, the clubs frequently met each other in league matches.

PEC Zwolle


Despite this rivalry, PEC and Zwolsche Boys merged in 1969, taking the name PEC. In 1971, this became PEC Zwolle, in an attempt to promote the image of the city of Zwolle. In 1977, PEC Zwolle reached the finals of the KNVB Cup, losing to Twente in extra time, and missed out on promotion to the Eredivisie by one point. In 1978, the club won the Dutch first division title and was promoted to the Eredivisie for the first time in its history. In its first season in the Eredivisie, the club finished eighth, which remained PEC Zwolle's highest ever league position until finishing sixth in 2014–15. Their most impressive result that season was a 0–1 away victory at PSV. These results were achieved by a talented group of players bought from other clubs, such as Rinus Israël. The money for this came from the Slavenburg's bank [nl], which was led by FC Zwolle chairman Jan Willem van der Wal [nl]. By 1982, the club had built up a debt of six million guilders and was on the verge of bankruptcy.

PEC Zwolle '82


Real estate developer Marten Eibrink [nl] took over power in PEC Zwolle in 1982. He managed to end the debt and restructured the club, which was epitomized by a change in the name: PEC Zwolle '82. He also had the club's stadium renovated and decided to name the stadium's main stand the Johan Cruyff Stand, because Johan Cruyff had played his last official match against PEC Zwolle '82 on 13 May 1984. Eibrink brought legendary players like Piet Schrijvers, Johnny Rep and Cees van Kooten to the club. The club managed to revive, but the revival was short-lived. In 1985, PEC Zwolle '82 were relegated to the Dutch first division, largely due to an injury-ridden main squad. They managed to return after only one season, having finished in second place. That team was led by the coach Co Adriaanse and the player Foeke Booy. Eibrink, however, grew increasingly disappointed in sponsors and local authorities, accusing them of not loving the club in the way that he did, and he left the club in 1988. Despite a promising start to the 1988–89 season, the club finished in 16th place, which meant that it was relegated to the First Division. The financial crisis worsened, as sponsors refused to invest in the club any longer. The players' wages could not be paid, and a debt to the Slavenburg's bank appeared which had been overseen by the board for around ten years. This led to the club's bankruptcy in March 1990.

FC Zwolle


After the bankruptcy, it was decided that the club had to sever all ties with the troubled finances of the past and make a fresh start. The club got a new name (FC Zwolle), a new organisational structure, new sponsors, new club colours (blue-white shirts with white shorts instead of green-white shirts with black shorts) and a new crest. The first years of the 'new' club were hard, but after 1992–93, a new team filled with talents such as Jaap Stam (who would later play for PSV, Manchester United, Lazio, Milan and Ajax), Bert Konterman (Feyenoord and Rangers), Johan Hansma (Heerenveen) and Henri van der Vegt (Udinese) played attractive and successful football. In 1992–93, FC Zwolle narrowly missed promotion to the Eredivisie. In the KNVB Cup, FC Zwolle reached the quarter-finals, losing to Feyenoord in a penalty shootout.

After many failed attempts in the play-offs, FC Zwolle finally managed to secure a return to the Eredivisie by winning the First Division in 2002. In the 2002–03 Eredivisie season, the club finished in 16th place and escaped relegation via the play-offs. A year later, they made a miserable start to the season, and had scored only seven points halfway through the season. An impressive run, with victories over the likes of SC Heerenveen and AZ, proved in vain, as FC Zwolle dropped from a 16th place (which would have placed them in the play-offs) to the 18th place (direct relegation) on the last day of the season. They lost 7–1 away at Feyenoord, while their rivals Vitesse and Volendam managed to beat their opponents Utrecht and RBC Roosendaal.

At the beginning of the 2004–05 season, FC Zwolle was considered one of the favourites for the title in the First Division, along with Sparta Rotterdam. However, it was another club from the province of Overijssel, Heracles Almelo, that won the title. FC Zwolle finished the season in fourth place, and had to play play-off matches against the second- and sixth-placed teams of the First Division (Sparta and Helmond Sport) and the 17th-placed team of the Eredivisie, De Graafschap. They finished bottom of their group, with one point from six matches, while Sparta won the group and clinched promotion and De Graafschap was relegated.

The 2005–06 season started well, with FC Zwolle fighting for the league's top spot in the first months. However, the results dwindled in November and December. Angry supporters threatened trainer-coach Hennie Spijkerman after a 0–5 home defeat against Excelsior, and Spijkerman resigned a few days later. The club's chairman announced that he would crack down on the supporters involved, and said that some had already received stadium bans of up to 9 years. Spijkerman's assistant trainer Harry Sinkgraven finished the season, leading the club to the play-offs, in which Eredivisie side Willem II proved too strong.

Former Feyenoord and Ajax player Jan Everse, who had already trained the club between 1996 and 1999, was presented as the new trainer-coach. He was faced with financial problems at the club, and the departure of key striker Santi Kolk. Many players from the club's youth teams were brought into the main squad, with mixed results. The team ended at the ninth place of the table during the 2006–07 season.

During the 2010–11 season, FC Zwolle held the top spot for a long time, but had to leave the title to RKC Waalwijk. Zwolle ended in 2nd place and did not achieve promotion. The 2011–12 season was more successful. FC Zwolle won the title and secured their return to the Eredivisie in the 2012–13 season.

First trophies and European appearance

Ron Jans led PEC to a KNVB Cup and Johan Cruijf Schaal.

Shortly after winning the championship of the Eerste Divisie, the club announced that the name will be changed to PEC Zwolle again.[2]

In 2014, under the guidance of new head coach Ron Jans, PEC Zwolle earned their first major silverware by winning the KNVB Cup, beating league champions Ajax 5–1 in the final. Thus, PEC Zwolle qualified for the UEFA Europa League for the first time.[3] On 3 August 2014, PEC Zwolle also won the 2014 Johan Cruijff Schaal (Dutch Supercup) by defeating AFC Ajax, this time by 1–0.[4]

By winning the KNVB Cup, PEC Zwolle qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. In the play-off round, Zwolle played AC Sparta Prague and after a 1–1 draw in Zwolle it lost 3–1 in Prague, losing 2–4 on aggregate.[5]

Time during the Eredivisie


After winning the KNVB Cup 2014, PEC Zwolle managed to reach the finals again in 2015. This time they played against FC Groningen and lost with 2 - 0.[6]

The years following this, Zwolle was relatively stable. During the year 2017 with the new head coach John van 't Schip, PEC Zwolle experienced one of the most successful years ever, being third place during the winter break. However, following the winter break, Zwolle experienced the complete opposite of what it had before; it lost all matches and eventually ended at the 9th place in 2018.[7] The season 2018/2019 Zwolle had a very disastrous start. During the winter break of 2018/2019, Zwolle was on struggling to stay in the Eredivise, being on the 15th place. Coach John van 't Schip was fired after this.[8] During the year 2018, Zwolle got the least amount of points in the Eredivisie; 26 points.

New coach Jaap Stam replaced his successor and managed to save Zwolle. He won with 3 - 1 against Feyenoord,[9] 0 - 2 against Heracles Almelo,[10] and 4 - 3 against FC Utrecht.[11] At the end of the season 2018/2019, Zwolle ended at the 13th place, preventing relegation.

The 2 seasons following 2018/2019, PEC Zwolle repeatedly narrowly avoids relegation, ending at the 15th and 13th place. However, during the season 2021/2022, PEC Zwolle had a disastrous season once again. The coach Art Langeler quit and his assistant quit as well.[12] This time, Dick Schreuder was enlisted as head coach to rescue Zwolle from relegation. Despite his initial successes, he failed to prevent relegation and Zwolle ended at the 18th place in 2022, being relegated to the second division in the Netherlands.

Short and record-breaking return to the Eerste Divisie


On 3 March 2023, Zwolle gained a 13–0 win over FC Den Bosch in a league game, as the team broke a broad series of records in the process.[13][14] Firstly, the match became the largest win in the history of the Eerste Divisie,[13][14][15] as well as the second largest one in the history of Dutch football (ex aequo with Ajax's 0–13 away win over VVV-Venlo in October 2020).[13][15] Secondly, Zwolle became the first Dutch team since August 2002 (Heracles Almelo being the previous record-breaker) to close the first half of an official match with a 7–0 lead.[13][14] In the same game, Zwolle player Apostolos Vellios scored three goals in almost twelve minutes since the starting kick-off, before netting another one later in the game: as a result, the Greek striker scored the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Dutch second tier.[14][16] PEC player Lennart Thy claimed the top goalscorer's award in the Eerste Divisie for the season, having scored 23 goals in 36 appearances.[17] Zwolle won immediate promotion back to the Eredivisie at the end of the season, finishing second in the league table.[18][19][20]





The old stadium was built in 1934 and demolished in 2007. It was located at Business park Oosterenk. Since the completion in 1934 two different clubs played in the stadium. PEC from 1934 till 1957, Zwolsche Boys from 1957 till 1970. Since 1970 PEC played its games at the Oosterenk Stadium. The stadium had to be demolished because the new stadium is located at the same spot as the Oosterenk Stadium is.

Mac3Park Stadion

PEC Zwolle Stadion


Officially since 29 August 2009, the stadium is no longer under construction. Construction started at 9 March 2007. The first game in the new stadium was against MVV. The final score was 0–0. The first goal scored in the new stadium was by FC Zwolle player Bram van Polen, coming on 22 August 2008 against Cambuur.

IJsseldelta Stadion


On 12 July 2012, the club officially announced the new name for their home ground, which is now called IJsseldelta Stadion.[21][22]

MAC³PARK stadion


The name of the stadium was on 1 July 2016 changed to MAC³PARK stadion.[23]



PEC Zwolle biggest rival is Go Ahead Eagles.[24] Both clubs are located at the river IJssel, hence the name "IJssel-derby".

PEC Zwolle in the Eredivisie

Season Final
1978–79 8th 32 34
1979–80 14th 27 34
1980–81 9th 30 34
1981–82 15th 26 34
1982–83 13th 27 34
1983–84 14th 29 34
1984–85 18th 17 34 relegated
1986–87 11th 31 34
1987–88 13th 29 34
1988–89 16th 25 34 relegated
2002–03 16th 32 34
2003–04 18th 26 34 relegated
2012–13 11th 39 34
2013–14 11th 40 34
2014–15 6th 53 34
2015–16 8th 48 34
2016–17 14th 35 34
2017–18 9th 44 34
2018–19 13th 39 34

as FC Zwolle

Domestic results


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

Historical chart of league performance

PEC Zwolle made it to the final round of the national cup four times. They only won in 2014. The first final was in 1928 against Racing Club Heemstede. The final score was 2–0. The second time they made it to the final was in 1977. The opponent that time was FC Twente. They lost 3–0 after extra time. The third time was in 2014, when they beat Ajax 5–1, subsequently claiming the cup for Zwolle for the first time in their history. The last time was in 2015 against FC Groningen. Final score 2–0.

European record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO   Sparta Prague 1–1 1–3 2–4[25]


Competition Champion Runner-up
Number Seasons Number Season
Eerste Divisie 3x 1977–78, 2001–02, 2011–12 5x 1972–73, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1999–00, 2010–11
Tweede Divisie 1x 1970–71
KNVB Cup 1x 2013–14 3x 1927–28, 1976–77, 2014–15
Johan Cruijff Shield 1x 2014

Current squad

As of 1 February 2024

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   NED Jasper Schendelaar
2 DF   NED Bram van Polen (captain)
3 DF   GER Luis Görlich
4 DF   NED Sam Kersten
6 DF   MAR Anouar El Azzouzi
7 MF   DEN Younes Namli
8 FW   NED Silvester van der Water (on loan from Cambuur)
9 FW   GER Lennart Thy
10 FW   NED Ferdy Druijf (on loan from Rapid Wien)
11 MF   NED Davy van den Berg
13 DF   FIN Thomas Lam
14 FW   GRE Apostolos Vellios
15 DF   IRL Anselmo García MacNulty
16 FW   NED Divaio Bobson
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   USA Anthony Fontana
18 MF   NED Odysseus Velanas
20 DF   GER Lennart Czyborra (on loan from Genoa)
21 MF   NED Samir Lagsir
22 FW   NED Kaj de Rooij
23 MF   NED Eliano Reijnders
25 GK   NED Kenneth Vermeer
28 MF   NED Zico Buurmeester (on loan from AZ)
30 MF   NZL Ryan Thomas
34 MF   NED Nick Fichtinger
40 GK   NED Mike Hauptmeijer
41 GK   NED Duke Verduin
50 MF   BUL Filip Krastev (on loan from Lommel)

Out on loan


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 Dean Huiberts (at Beerschot until 30 June 2024)

Former players


National team players


The following players were called up to represent their national teams in international football and received caps during their tenure with PEC Zwolle:

  • Players in bold actively play for PEC Zwolle and for their respective national teams. Years in brackets indicate careerspan with PEC Zwolle.

National team players by Confederation


Member associations are listed in order of most to least amount of current and former PEC Zwolle players represented Internationally

Total national team players by confederation
Confederation Total (Nation) Association
AFC 3   Australia (1),   China (1),   Japan (1)
CAF 3   Burkina Faso (1),   DR Congo (1),   Liberia (1)
CONCACAF 6   Curaçao (4),   Suriname (1),   United States (1)
OFC 0  
UEFA 13   Finland (4),   Netherlands (3),   Bulgaria (1),   Czech Republic (1),   Faroe Islands (1),   Kosovo (1),   North Macedonia (1),   Poland (1)

Players in international tournaments


The following is a list of PEC Zwolle players who have competed in international tournaments, including the UEFA European Championship, Copa América, CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the AFC Asian Cup. To this date no PEC Zwolle players have participated in the FIFA World Cup, or the OFC Nations Cup while playing for PEC Zwolle.

Cup Players
  1988 AFC Asian Cup   Xie Yuxin
  1995 Copa América   Gregg Berhalter
  2015 AFC Asian Cup   Trent Sainsbury
  2019 Copa América   Yūta Nakayama
    2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup   Darryl Lachman
  UEFA Euro 2020   Thomas Lam

Board and staff


Current board

Position Staff
Board of directors Arjan Jansen (chairman)
Marcel Boudesteyn
Technical Director Marcel Boudesteyn
Board of foundation operations Evert Leideman
Trudy Huisman
Adriaan Visser (chairman)
Erben Wennemars
Janco Cnossen
Rob van Kessel
Director of management Arjan Jansen
Press Chairmen Paul Schrijver

Source: [1]

Current staff

Position Staff
Head coach Johnny Jansen
Assistant head coach Etiënne Reijnen
Assistant coach Johan Plat
Goalkeeping coach Diederik Boer
Attacking coach Dwight Blackson
Team manager Isaac Teunis

Source: [citation needed]

List of PEC Zwolle chairmen


List of PEC Zwolle coaches


Team records




See also



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  7. ^ "Eredivisie stand 2017-2018". Retrieved 2023-01-17.
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  23. ^ Virtuele tour door het MAC³PARK stadion Archived 2013-07-25 at the Wayback Machine,
  24. ^ Tonie van Ringelestijn and Joël Groeneveld (May 1999). "Betaald voetbal in Zwolle van 1980 tot 1999. Van PEC naar FC Zwolle" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-03-17. FC Zwolle – Go Ahead Eagles Rivalry.
  25. ^ Mak pomohol PAOK-u k postupu do skupiny, Novotov Rapid skončil,, Retrieved 28. 8. 2014 (in Slovak)


  1. ^ Born in the Netherlands, Anton Jongsma represented Netherlands Antilles internationally, prior to the countries dissolution in 2010, with Curaçao considered by both UEFA and FIFA as the only inherit successor to the national team of former Netherlands Antilles.