Heracles

Founded In
1903
Location
Almelo, Netherlands

Heracles

About Heracles

Heracles Almelo was initially founded back in May 1903. The club's name is taken from the Greek mythological figure, Hercules. In 1998, the team's name changed from SC Heracles to its current name, in order to reference the city the club is based in.

The 2004-05 season was hugely significant for Heracles. The club, which had been playing lower-tier football for decades and had suffered multiple financial problems, went on to win the Eerste Divisie title. Heracles beat their nearest rivals, Sparta Rotterdam, to the title by a single point. In doing so, they ensured promotion to the Eredivisie for the first time in almost forty years.

Prior to this extended spell outside of the top flight, Heracles had enjoyed significant success. In fact, they were crowned Dutch champions in the 1926-27 season and triumphed once again in 1940-41. However, since that time, major honours have been beyond the club's reach. In 2011-12, the team reached the final of the KNVB Cup for the first time. In the semi-finals, Heracles had overcome AZ, winning 4-2 after extra time. However, in the final, they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by PSV Eindhoven.

Joop Schuman is perhaps the club's best-known former player. Schuman played for Heracles between 1957 and 1964 and was a prolific striker, scoring 44 goals in the 1961-62 season. Steve Mokone is another notable ex-player. Makone was the first black professional footballer in a European league and became the first black player in the Netherlands when he joined Heracles in 1958.

Since 1999, Heracles have played home matches at the Polman Stadion. The ground can hold a maximum capacity of 8,500 supporters and is notable for using an artificial pitch. However, the club is planning to move into a new stadium during 2013. The new ground will have a capacity of around 15,000.