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Established
1896 (123 years old)

Sport
Soccer

Stadium/Home
Koning Willem II Stadion
(14,637 Capacity)

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Location
Tilburg, Netherlands

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Dutch Eredivisie

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Upcoming Events
24 Aug 19 Willem II   -  FC Emmen
01 Sep 19 Willem II   -  Feyenoord
15 Sep 19 SC Heracles   -  Willem II
21 Sep 19 Willem II   -  VVV-Venlo
29 Sep 19 FC Utrecht   -  Willem II

Latest Results
18 Aug 19 Fortuna Sittard  2 - 3  Willem II
10 Aug 19 Willem II  0 - 2  Vitesse
02 Aug 19 PEC Zwolle  1 - 3  Willem II
15 May 19 ADO Den  6 - 2  Willem II
12 May 19 Willem II  2 - 3  FC Emmen

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Willem II (Dutch pronunciation: ), also known as Willem II Tilburg, is a Dutch football club based in Tilburg, Netherlands. The team was founded on 12 August 1896 as Tilburgia. On 12 January 1898, the club was renamed Willem II, after Dutch king William II of the Netherlands, who, as Prince of Orange and commander of the Dutch army, had his military headquarters in Tilburg during the Belgian uprising of 1830 and also spent a lot of time in the city after becoming king and would die while there.

Notable former players for the club include Dutch internationals Jan van Roessel, Joris Mathijsen, Jaap Stam, Marc Overmars as well as Finland's Sami Hyypiä. The club's shirt consists of red-white-blue vertical stripes, inspired by the colours of the flag of the Netherlands. Willem II plays its home matches in the Koning Willem II Stadion, also named after the King. The stadium, opened on May 31, 1995, has a capacity of 14,700 spectators. The average attendance in 2004–05 was 12,500 people.

The club has won the Eredivisie and the Eerste Divisie a total of three times in both respects all in all.

History
Established on August 12, 1896 in Tilburg as Tilburgia, the club first played at the Gemeentelijk Sportpark Tilburg and in 1995 relocated to the Koning Willem II Stadion, the ground where they have played ever since. Willem were champions of the Eredivisie in 1916, 1952 and 1955. The Tricolores also won two KNVB Cups in 1944 and 1963 and were also crowned champs of the Eerste Divisie in 1958, 1965 and 2014.


Willem II - Manchester United,
25 sept. 1963: 1-1
With regard to European competition, Willem II first appeared in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup of 1963 where they lost to Manchester United in the first round by an aggregate score of 7–2. In 1998–99, Willem once again competed in the Cup Winners' Cup and after beating Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia 6–0 in both legs, Willem then lost to Spanish side Real Betis in the second round, 4–1 on aggregate. A second place in the Eredivisie of 1999 guaranteed the club a UEFA Champions League berth for the first time. At the tournament's group stage, Willem only attained 2 points in their six group G matches and were thus eliminated. After reaching the KNVB Cup final in 2004 where they lost 4–0 against PSV Eindhoven, Willem II again qualified again for the UEFA Cup, in which they lost to French side AS Monaco in the first round by 5–1 on aggregate.

At the end of the 2010–11 season, Willem II were relegated from the Eredivisie for the first time in 24 years. In the 2011–12 season under new manager Jurgen Streppel Willem II was promoted back to the Eredivisie, but they went right back down the next season after finishing bottom of the table. The club became champions of the Eerste Divisie in the subsequent season and were thus promoted back to the Eredivisie.

In early 2015, Volkskrant journalists revealed that Willem II had its matches fixed by an "Asian gambling syndicate", who had paid Willem's players a total sum of €100,000 to lose matches against Ajax and Feyenoord (in October and December 2009). According to the journalists, midfielder Ibrahim Kargbo was the Asians' main contact within the club; Kargbo denies having accepted their money. The Royal Dutch Football Association called the affair "the most concrete case of match fixing in the Netherlands" and took legal action as well as asked UEFA and FIFA to reevaluate previous matches.

The fans of Willem II have close relations with the fans of English championship club Bristol City. For Bristol City's game on the 31st October 2009 against Sheffield Wednesday some Willem II fans were seen in the 'Eastend' of the Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol's most popular stand, and there were also songs sung about Willem II by City fans. Willem supporters have as well been known to travel to Bristol, with Bristol City fans heading the other way to Tilburg.

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Samuel
Armenteros



Robert
Braber



Mattijs
Branderhorst



Kevin
Brands



Jerson
Cabral



Pedro
Chirivella



Renan
Zanelli


Tim
Cornelisse



Maxim
Deckers



Stijn
Derkx



Mitchell
Dijks



Philipp
Haastrup



Robbie
Haemhouts



Larbi
El


Freek
Heerkens



Jonas
Heymans



Ricardo
Ippel



Harmen
Kuperus



Kostas
Lamprou



Justin
Mathieu



Ali
Messaoud



David
Meul



Terell
Ondaan



Jordens
Peters



Clemens
Rijnvos



Ryan
Sanusi



Frank
van


Charlton
Vicento



Jordy
Vleugels



Niek
Vossebelt



Danny
Van


Timon
Wellenreuther



Dries
Wuytens



Stijn
Wuytens



Simon
van

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Stadium or Home

Koning Willem II Stadion (Dutch pronunciation: ) is a multi-purpose stadium in Tilburg, Netherlands, and the home ground of Willem II Tilburg. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium is able to hold 14,637 people, was built in 1995 and renovated in 2000 to add business lodges, a restaurant, conference rooms, business club and a supporters bar to the main building.

The new stadium is built on the same spot as the old stadium, the Gemeentelijk Sportpark Tilburg, which had a smaller capacity and fewer facilities. This stadium was demolished in 1992. The current stadium opened in 1995.

The original name was Willem II Stadion, but in 2009 the stadium was renamed Koning ("King") Willem II Stadion, honoring William II of the Netherlands.

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