Founded In
Enschede, Netherlands


About Twente

Football Club Twente was founded in 1965 after a merger between two former professional clubs, Enschedese Boys and Sportclub Enschede. Previously, Sportclub Enschede had won a Dutch title back in 1926.

In the early pat of the new millennium, the club suffered from serious financial problems and was close to closing down completely. However, they made a dramatic recovery and would go on to achieve major success in the near future. The 2009-10 season brought about FC Twente's greatest ever triumph. Under the management of former England manager Steve McClaren, they went on to win the Eredivisie title for the first time in the club's history, losing just two games all season. As a result, Twente qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, another first in the club's history.

In addition to their sole title win, FC Twente have achieved other notable domestic success, winning the KNVB Cup on three occasions, in 1977, 2001 and 2011. The latter two victories came against PSV Eindhoven and Ajax respectively and both matches were draws after 90 minutes. The 2001 final was won via a penalty shootout and the 2011 final was settled by a single FC Twente goal in extra time. In addition, the club have been runners up in the Eredivisie in 1974, 2009 and 2011 and were losing finalists in the 1975 UEFA Cup.

Some of the more notable players to play for FC Twente over the years include Dutch internationals Dick van Dijk and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Swiss international Blaise Nkufo, Costa Rican star Bryan Ruiz and Austrian national team captain Marc Janko.

Twente play their home matches at Arke Stadion, currently known as De Grolsch Veste for sponsorship reasons. The stadium, which has served the club since its opening in 1998, currently holds a maximum of 30,206 spectators following several expansions. In 2011, during the expansion process, part of the roof collapsed, killing two workers.