NAC Breda

Founded In
1912
Location
Breda, Netherlands

NAC Breda

About NAC Breda

NAC Breda or simply NAC, was founded in September 1912, as a result of a merger between two former Dutch clubs, called NOAD and ADVENDO. The club added the city of Breda to their name after the city supported them during a time of major financial problems. The club almost always utilises the initials 'NAC' because the team's fully expanded name is officially recognised as the most lengthy name for any football team on the planet. NAC have a reputation in the Netherlands for having some of the country's most passionate supporters. The club's biggest rivals are Willem II, but supporters also consider matches against Feyenoord to be incredibly important.

During the 1920s, NAC were considered pioneers in many ways. They became one of the first clubs to play against foreign teams, taking on a number of clubs, including Real Madrid, in friendly matches. In 2009, the club entered into a significant financial crisis, with mounting debt eventually leading to the replacement of several key board members.

The club enjoyed success in its early years, winning the Dutch Championship in 1921 and winning their regional division in 1919, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925 and 1927. In 1973, NAC lifted the KNVB Cup for the first time, beating NEC Nijmegen 2-0 in the final. The 2007-08 was one of the club's most impressive domestic campaigns of recent times and their third place finish ensured qualification for the UEFA Cup.

Some of the notable players to represent NAC Breda over the years include names like Antoon Verlegh, Pierre van Hooijdonk and John Lammers.

NAC play home matches at the Rat Verlegh Stadion, named after the team's former talisman. Previously called the FUJIFILM Stadion for sponsorship reasons, the ground opened back in 1996 and is able to hold a maximum of 19,000 spectators.   

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