Roda JC

Founded In
Kerkrade, Netherlands

About Roda JC

Sportvereniging Roda Juliana Combinatie Kerkrade, usually known by the name Roda JC or Roda JC Kerkrade, was first established in 1962. The club's birth was the result of a merger between several other football teams from the area, including SV Kerkrade and Rapid JC.

Roda JC added 'Kerkrade' to the club's name as recently as 2010. The name change was a clause attached to financial support given by the municipality to the club. Since the 1990s, the club has, on occasion, entered into talks with VVV-Venlo, Fortuna Sittard and MVV Maastricht about the possibility of another merger. Fortuna demonstrated some interest in a merger in 2008 and the two clubs even found financial backing, but no significant progress has been made to date.

Prior to the formation of Roda JC, Rapid JC had won the Dutch title on one occasion, in the 1955-56 season. Since becoming Roda JC, the club has also enjoyed some significant success, lifting the KNVB Cup on two occasions. Their first win came in 1997, when they beat Heerenveen 4-2 in the final. Their second win followed just a few seasons later, in 1999–00, after beating NEC 2-0. In addition, the club have been runners up in the competition four times. Roda JC's best league performance came in 1994–95, when the club finished in 2nd place, behind Ajax, and gained qualification for the UEFA Cup as a result.

Some of Roda's more notable former players include former Dutch national team players Johan de Kock, Henk Fräser and André Ooijer, as well as current Ivorian star Cheick Tioté.

The team currently play their home matches at the Parkstad Limburg Stadion, which opened in August 2000. The ground can hold a maximum of 19,979 supporters and was used as one of the venues for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships.   

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