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RKC Waalwijk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌɛrkaːˈseː ˈʋaːlʋɛi̯k]) is a football club currently playing in the Dutch 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; 79 years ago (1940-08-26)
GroundMandemakers Stadion
Waalwijk
Capacity7,500
ChairmanPeter Konijnenburg
Head coachFred Grim
LeagueEredivisie
2018–19Eerste Divisie, 8th (promoted in play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club was formed on 26 August 1940 and used to play its home games at Sportpark Olympia. Its new stadium, the 7500 seater Mandemakers Stadion was opened in 1996 and featured the home match against Roda JC. 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]

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 Country Club Score Goalscorers RKC
1989 Intertoto Cup
Group   West Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1–1, 2–2
Group   Austria First Vienna FC 3–4, 2–4
Group   East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 2–0, 1–0
1989 Intertoto Cup
Group   France Caen 1–0, 0–2
Group   Denmark Lyngby BK 1–1, 0–2
Group   Germany FC Schalke 04 3–2, 4–2
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R   England Bradford City 0–2, 0–1
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R   Germany TSV 1860 München 1–2, 1–3

Current squadEdit

As of 30 September 2019[2]

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 Etienne Vaessen
2   DF Juriën Gaari
3   DF Melle Meulensteen
4   DF Hannes Delcroix (on loan from Anderlecht)
5   DF Paul Quasten
6   MF Daan Rienstra (vice-captain)
7   FW Dylan Seys
8   MF Anas Tahiri
9   FW Mario Bilate
10   MF Stijn Spierings
11   FW Darren Maatsen
12   MF Hans Mulder
13   GK Kees Heemskerk
14   DF Henrico Drost
15   DF Lars Nieuwpoort
No. Position Player
16   DF Ingo van Weert
17   FW Stanley Elbers (on loan from PEC Zwolle)
18   MF Nando Nöstlinger
19   FW Sylla Sow
20   MF Kevin Vermeulen (captain)
21   MF Lennerd Daneels
22   GK Mike Grim
23   MF Clint Leemans (on loan from PEC Zwolle)
24   FW Dylan Vente (on loan from Feyenoord)
25   DF Dean van der Sluys
26   MF Nikki Baggerman
27   MF Jari Koenraat
28   FW Saïd Bakari
29   DF Fabian Sporkslede

HonoursEdit

Former coachesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RKC keert na knotsgekke wedstrijd in Deventer terug in eredivisie". nos.nl. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. ^ "RKC Waalwijk". voetbal.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

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