NEC

Founded In
1900
Location
Nijmegen, Netherlands

NEC

About NEC

Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie, often shortened to NEC and sometimes referred to incorrectly as NEC Nijmegen, was first established in November 1900. The club's name references a merger between two former clubs, Eendracht and Nijmegen. NEC are well known for being one of the first Dutch football teams to be founded by working class people. The club's biggest rivals are Vitesse and the matches between the two sides are known as the Gelderse Derby.

In 1983, NEC made history by competing in the UEFA Cup, despite not being in the top division of Dutch football at the time. This unique situation arose because NEC reached the final of the KNVB Cup during the 1982-83 season. In the final, they lost to Ajax, but Ajax were also crowned champions of the Eredivisie in the same season, meaning they had already qualified for the European Cup. Therefore, the UEFA Cup qualification spot usually given to the KNVB Cup winner went to NEC, as losing finalists, instead. In the cup, NEC eventually played against FC Barcelona and put up a valiant effort, but lost 5-2 on aggregate. The match is still regarded as the most important in NEC's history.

To date, the club has failed to win major honours, although they have come close on several occasions. NEC have reached the KNVB Cup final four times, in 1972-73, 1982-83, 1993-94 and 1999-00, but lost on all four occasions. In 2003, NEC finished 5th in the Eredivisie, gaining qualification to the UEFA Cup in the process.

Some of the notable names to play for NEC throughout the club's history include Guus Hiddink, Roy Beerens, Jack de Gier, Jonas Olsson and Björn Vleminckx.

The club plays home matches at the Stadion de Goffert, previously called the McDOS Goffertstadion. The stadium has served NEC since the 1930s but was rebuilt and reopened in 2000. It currently has a capacity of 12,500.   

Netherlands
Eerste Divisie