FC Twente

Full name F.C. Twente 1965

From Enschede, Holland

Nickname(s) The Tukkers, The Reds 

FC Twente - Kit

Club colours Red shirts, red shorts, red socks

Ground Grolsch Veste (24,244). Please note that FC Twente v Arsenal will be played at the Gelredome, home of Vitesse Arnhem.

Last season 4th in the Eredivisie 

Steve McClaren

Manager Steve McClaren (pictured left)

Squad
Goalkeepers
Sander Boschker, Nikolay Mihaylov, Cees Paauwe.

Defenders
Rob Wielaert, Edson Braafheid, Ramon Zomer, Slobodan Rajković, Jeroen Heubach, Douglas, Niels Wellenberg.

Midfielders
Wout Brama, Luke Wilkshire, Youssouf Hersi, Cheik Tioté, Theo Janssen, Bjarni Vidarsson, Ibrahim Maaroufi.

Forwards
Romano Denneboom, Blaise Kufo, Stein Huysegems, Eljero Elia, Marko Arnautovic, Patrick Gerritsen, Andrej Rendla.

Website www.fctwente.nl


European Honours
Intertoto Cup Winners 2006

10 FACTS ON FC TWENTE

  • FC Twente were formed in 1965 as a merger of two professional clubs, Sportclub Enschede and the Enschedese Boys. Although the current club has never won the Dutch championship, SC Enschede did in 1926.
  • FC Twente reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1975. After beating Juventus in the semi-finals, FC Twente lost to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-1 in the final.
  • The club was relegated to the Dutch second division in 1982, but returned to the top flight a year later.
  • The club are well known for their amazing number of 1-1 and 0-0 draws. And like Arsenal have been dubbed 'boring Twente' in some quarters.
  • In 2007-08, FC Twente finished fourth in the Eredivisie but qualified for the UEFA Champions League by beating Ajax in the play-off finals.
  • Notable former players include Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Ronald de Boer, Frans Thijssen, Arnold Mühren, John Bosman and Martin Jol.
  • Former Middlesbrough midfielder Luke Wilkshire plays for FC Twente.
  • FC Twente are currently managed by former England manager Steve McClaren.
  • The famous anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone" is loudly sung along in the whole stadium before every kick-off.
  • This will be the second meeting of FC Twente and Arsenal as the two teams had never met before the first leg.

Gelredome - Vitesse Arnhem

Gelredome - Vitesse Arnhem

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