RKC Waalwijk

RKC Waalwijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɛrkaːˈseː ˈʋaːlʋɛi̯k]) is a Dutch professional football club based in Waalwijk, that currently competing in the Eredivisie. Its name is derived from 'Rooms Katholieke Combinatie' ('Roman Catholic Combination' in Dutch) and was established as a merger of HEC, WVB and Hercules.

RKC Waalwijk
RKC Waalwijk logo.svg
Full nameRooms Katholieke Combinatie Waalwijk
Short nameRKC
Founded26 August 1940; 80 years ago (1940-08-26)
GroundMandemakers Stadion
Capacity7,500
ChairmanPeter Konijnenburg
Head coachvacant
LeagueEredivisie
2020–21Eredivisie, 15th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was formed on 26 August 1940 and used to play its home games at Sportpark Olympia. Its new stadium, the 7,500 seater Mandemakers Stadion was opened in 1996 and featured the home match against Roda JC. RKC's clubname was also expanded with the name of the town before that 1996-97 season. While considered one of the Eredivisie's smaller clubs, it nevertheless maintained its top flight status for many years. Its home colors are yellow and blue.

At the end of the 2006–07 season, RKC Waalwijk were relegated from the Eredivisie after a defeat in play-offs against VVV-Venlo.

On 3 June 2009 they were promoted to the Eredivisie division after a win in the play-offs against De Graafschap. Though, their spell didn't last long ending in the last place with only 15 points. In the season followed they would finish first in the Eerste Divisie promoting back in the top flight of Dutch football.

After another relegation at the end of the 2013–14 season, RKC Waalwijk finished 20th (last) in the 2014–15 season of Eerste Divisie. However, they didn't relegate to Topklasse (amateurs) because both of the two Topklasse champions declined promotion into professionalism. In 2016–17, they made the Eerste Divisie playoffs, losing 5–2 on aggregate to FC Emmen.

In the 2017–18 season, RKC was placed 16th out of 20 teams in the Eerste Divisie. In 2019, Waalwijk promoted back to the Eredivisie after a five-year absence, after beating Go Ahead Eagles in the play-off finals. After a 0–0 draw in the first leg at home, RKC won the second leg 4–5 away.[1]

In the 2019–20 season, RKC finished in last place, but they survived relegation due to the season being declared void due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] In the subsequent 2020–21 season, the club managed to avoid relegation on their own by finishing in 15th place.[3]

ResultsEdit

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Below is a table with RKC's domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1984.

RKC in EuropeEdit

  • Group = group game
  • 1R = first round
  • 2R = second round
  • 3R = third round
  • 1/8 = 1/8 final
Season Competition Round Club Score Goalscorers RKC
1989 Intertoto Cup Group   1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–1, 2–2
  First Vienna FC 3–4, 2–4
  Carl Zeiss Jena 2–0, 1–0
1992 Intertoto Cup Group   Caen 1–0, 0–2
  Lyngby BK 1–1, 0–2
  FC Schalke 04 3–2, 4–2
2000 Intertoto Cup 3R   Bradford City 0–2, 0–1
2001 Intertoto Cup 3R   TSV 1860 München 1–2, 1–3

Current squadEdit

As of 11 June 2021[4]

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 Etienne Vaessen
2 DF   CUW Juriën Gaari
3 DF   NED Melle Meulensteen
4 MF   CUW Vurnon Anita
7 FW   BEL Cyril Ngonge
9 FW   NED Finn Stokkers
10 MF   NED Richard van der Venne
12 MF   NED Hans Mulder
15 DF   NED Lars Nieuwpoort
16 MF   MAR Ayman Azhil (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
17 FW   NED Morad El Haddouti
20 DF   BEL Thierry Lutonda
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   BEL Lennerd Daneels
26 MF   BEL Sebbe Augustijns
27 FW   NED David Min
28 FW   COM Saïd Bakari
29 DF   BEL Shawn Adewoye
30 FW   GRE James Efmorfidis
32 DF   NED Nigel Langras
33 MF   NED Yassin Oukili
34 DF   NED Luuk Wouters
59 DF   ALG Ahmed Touba

Out 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
MF   BEL Nando Nöstlinger (on loan to Lokeren-Temse)

HonoursEdit

Eerste Divisie

Former coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RKC keert na knotsgekke wedstrijd in Deventer terug in eredivisie". nos.nl. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Afwikkeling voetbalseizoen 2019/'20 een feit | Eredivisie". eredivisie.nl (in Dutch). 24 April 2020.
  3. ^ "ADO Den Haag en VVV Venlo degraderen na verlies". NRC (in Dutch). 13 May 2021.
  4. ^ "RKC Waalwijk". voetbal.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

External linksEdit