For the first time in its history, Groningen, on 3 May 2015, won the KNVB Cup. Victories against BVV Barendrecht (1–4), Flevo Boys (1–8), Volendam (3–0), Vitesse (4–0) and Excelsior (3–0) gave them their first trip to the final in decades and their second overall. In the final, held at De Kuip in Rotterdam, Groningen prevailed over PEC Zwolle, beating them 0–2 in regular time. The man of the match was Albert Rusnák, who scored both goals.

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Football Club Groningen (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛfˈseː ˈɣroːnɪŋə(n)]) is a Dutch professional football club based in Groningen. The club plays in the Eredivisie, the highest football league of the Netherlands.

The 2011–12 close season saw the departures of key members of the Groningen squad: after three years, captain Andreas Granqvist moved on to sign for Italian Serie A side Genoa, while the previous season's top scorer, Tim Matavž, joined Eredivisie rivals PSV. Fredrik Stenman also departed the club, joining Belgian side Club Brugge.

Having no other teams of a similar size in its nearest proximity, Groningen lacks traditional rivals. SC Veendam was the nearest professional team to Groningen until the club dissolved in 2013, but as Groningen and Veendam were in different divisions during most of their histories, and Veendam had a significantly smaller following, a strong two-sided rivalry never developed.

1970-71   Ajax (6/18) 1971-72   Ajax (7/18) 1972-73   NAC 1973-74   PSV (2/9) 1974-75   FC Den Haag 1975-76   PSV (3/9) 1976-77   FC Twente (1/3) 1977-78   AZ (1/4) 1978-79   Ajax (8/18) 1979-80   Feyenoord (5/12)

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The second half of the season was disastrous. Groningen only managed to win two games (Excelsior 0–1 and PSV 3–0) and they finished in a disappointing 14th place. This fell way short of the target set at the beginning of the season and Huistra was sacked by the Groningen board for his failure to motivate the side.

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On 13 April 2008, part of the west stand of the Euroborg was set on fire when a supporters' tifo-action went wrong. This happened when thousand rolls of toilet paper were thrown down from the stand and the large pile of toilet paper caught fire just before the beginning of the match between Groningen and Ajax, a fierce rival of the club. The match was postponed and replayed three days later.

In 1935, GVAV moved from the "Stadspark" (City Park) in the south side of the city (where it shared its accommodation with Velocitas) to the Oosterpark Stadium in the newly built Oosterparkwijk (East Park District), which was constructed to provide housing for the working class. The Oosterpark Stadium would remain the home of GVAV, and later FC Groningen, until 2005.


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The best result in the Eredivisie was third place in 1991 and 2006. The club won the KNVB Cup in 2014–15. The worst result in the Eredivisie was relegation to the Eerste Divisie in 1974 and 1998.

By finishing fifth in the league, Groningen qualified for European football, in the UEFA Cup for the first time in 14 years, where they were defeated 4–3 on aggregate in the first round by Partizan.

2010-11   FC Twente (3/3) 2011-12   PSV (9/9) 2012-13   AZ (4/4) 2013-14   PEC Zwolle 2014-15   FC Groningen 2015-16   Feyenoord (12/12)

In the 2006–07 season, Groningen again managed to gain entrance to the UEFA Cup. They ended the season in eighth, but due to the play-off tournament system, in which they beat Feyenoord and Utrecht, they qualified for the UEFA Cup where they faced Fiorentina in the first round. Both matches in Groningen and Florence ended in 1–1 draws, but Groningen were defeated after penalties.

2000-01   FC Twente (2/3) 2001-02   Ajax (15/18) 2002-03   FC Utrecht (2/3) 2003-04   FC Utrecht (3/3) 2004-05   PSV (8/9) 2005-06   Ajax (16/18) 2006-07   Ajax (17/18) 2007-08   Feyenoord (11/12) 2008-09   Heerenveen 2009-10   Ajax (18/18)

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Shown below is a table with the domestic results of GVAV and (from 1971–72) FC Groningen since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

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The club was founded in 1971 when predecessor GVAV changed its name to FC Groningen. Their home stadium was the Oosterpark Stadion from 1971 to 2005, while they currently play at the Euroborg (2006–present).

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1980-81   AZ (2/4) 1981-82   AZ (3/4) 1982-83   Ajax (9/18) 1983-84   Feyenoord (6/12) 1984-85   FC Utrecht (1/3) 1985-86   Ajax (10/18) 1986-87   Ajax (11/18) 1987-88   PSV (4/9) 1988-89   PSV (5/9) 1989-90   PSV (6/9)

1990-91   Feyenoord (7/12) 1991-92   Feyenoord (8/12) 1992-93   Ajax (12/18) 1993-94   Feyenoord (9/12) 1994-95   Feyenoord (10/12) 1995-96   PSV (7/9) 1996-97   Roda JC (1/2) 1997-98   Ajax (13/18) 1998-99   Ajax (14/18) 1999-00   Roda JC (2/2)

Football in Groningen received a boost during World War I, in which the Netherlands remained neutral. In 1914, about 1,400 soldiers from the English 63rd Division who were involved in the Siege of Antwerp were forced to flee across the border into the Netherlands when Antwerp was overrun by German troops. Because of the neutral status of the Netherlands, the troops were disarmed interned in an encampment in the city of Groningen for the duration of the war.


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1960-61   Ajax (3/18) 1961-62   Sparta (2/3) 1962-63   Willem II (2/2) 1963-64   Fortuna '54 (2/2) 1964-65   Feyenoord (3/12) 1965-66   Sparta (3/3) 1966-67   Ajax (4/18) 1967-68   ADO 1968-69   Feyenoord (4/12) 1969-70   Ajax (5/18)

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

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The 2005–06 season turned out to be one of the best in a long time for Groningen, with the club finishing fifth in the league. This allowed Groningen to enter the play-off tournament for the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League third round qualification. However, they were beaten by Ajax in the finals, which scored a goal two minutes before the final whistle.

The players below had senior international cap(s) for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed represented their countries while playing for FC Groningen and its predecessor GVAV.

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* Official position, including playoff (if played). If playoffs has been played the position before playoffs between brackets. # relegation ^ promotion

Euroborg is easy to reach by public transport. Train station Groningen Europapark, located 200 meters from the stadium, is served every hour by a number of trains (coming from Groningen Central, Veendam and Germany) and buses. There are also a number of car parks (marked as P1, P2, etc.) in the surrounding area. The stadium is located 2.5 kilometers/1.5 miles from the city centre of Groningen

The new season started with ups and downs for Pieter Huistra's side. Inexplicable losses away from home were followed by home wins against Ajax (1–0) and Feyenoord (6–0), as well as a draw against Twente (1–1). The new side was full of inexperienced players, but Groningen managed to end the first half of the season in eighth. Groningen decided to extend the deal with manager Huistra by one year, just days after being thrashed away at PSV (6–1).

In 1897, the city of Groningen got its second football club with the foundation of Velocitas, which became the lower-class rival of the elitist Be Quick. Mimicking Be Quick and Achilles from Assen, the founders of Velocitas also adopted a "foreign" name for their club. Be Quick and Velocitas remained the most successful football clubs in the city of Groningen until the mid-twentieth century, winning 26 northern championship titles between them (18 won by Be Quick and eight by Velocitas).