17 Facts About FC Groningen


Football Club Groningen is a Dutch professional association football club based in Groningen, province of Groningen.

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The clubs from FC Groningen who turned professional were Be Quick, Velocitas 1897, GVAV and Oosterparkers.

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In February 1970, Harm Brink, the chairman of amateur club GRC FC Groningen, suggested that all FC Groningen amateur sides should put their best players to the disposal of the local professional team.

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In 1975, FC Groningen established a youth boarding school, and the club tried to rebuild the squad with youth players.

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FC Groningen avoided relegation in their first seasons back in the Eredivisie; under coach Ron Jans, appointed in 2002, FC Groningen began to return into the top half of the Eredivisie.

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In January 2006, FC Groningen moved from the outdated Oosterparkstadion—the club's first home stadium—to the newly built Euroborg.

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In 2009, FC Groningen sold the Swedish striker Marcus Berg—having scored 44 goals in 69 matches—to Hamburger SV for a then-club record fee of 10.

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Shortly after FC Groningen were founded in June 1971, Nieuwsblad van het Noorden organised a competition to design a crest for the club.

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FC Groningen's colours have been green and white since the club's foundation, derived from the city's coat of arms.

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FC Groningen's jerseys were manufactured by local companies until 1975, when Adidas became the first to have its logo on the club's shirt.

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Until the early 1990s, FC Groningen used various permutations of green and white on their home kits, when the club adopted a white shirt with two vertical green stripes.

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In 2003, FC Groningen started with the building of Euroborg; Wiel Arets was the architect.

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In 2014, FC Groningen became the first Dutch club to have its own solar power plant; more than 1,000 solar panels were placed on the roof of Euroborg to make FC Groningen "more eco-friendly".

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FC Groningen's supporters are mainly drawn from the provinces of FC Groningen and Drenthe.

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FC Groningen went down to the Eerste Divisie in 1998, and by 2000, the club was surpassed in results by Heerenveen.

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Record for the most first team appearances in all competitions for FC Groningen is held by Jan van Dijk, who played 537 games between 1975 and 1992.

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The youngest player to play for FC Groningen is Richairo Zivkovic, who was aged 16 years and 88 days on his debut against Heracles Almelo in 2012.

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