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FC Den Bosch
FC Den Bosch logo.svg
Full name Football Club Den Bosch
Nickname(s) De blauwwitte draken (The Blue White Dragons)
Founded 18 August 1965; 58 years ago (1965-08-18)
Ground de Vliert,
Ground Capacity 8,500
Owner Pacific Media Group, Partners Path Capital, Randy Frankel, Chien Lee and Krishen Sud (53%)
BV Forza FC Den Bosch (47%)
Stichting Behoud Betaald Voetbal ’s-Hertogenbosch (Golden Share)
Chairman Ramon van Aarle
Manager Tomasz Kaczmarek
League Eerste Divisie
2022–23 Eerste Divisie, 19th of 20
Third colours

FC Den Bosch (Dutch pronunciation: [ɛfˈseː dɛmˈbɔs]) is a football club from 's-Hertogenbosch, They currently compete in the Eerste Divisie.

They were founded 18 August 1965, as FC Den Bosch/BVV. They are the successor of BVV (1906) and Wilhelmina (1890). Their stadium is called 'De Vliert', an 8,500 all-seater. Ruud van Nistelrooy started his professional career at this club. In 2005 they finished bottom of the Eredivisie and were relegated and currently compete in the Eerste Divisie.


Den Bosch League Performance
Historical chart of league performance

The club were founded on 18 August 1965 as the successor to BVV, who were formed in 1906 and Dutch champions in 1948. They were champions of the 1965–66 Tweede Divisie B., They merged with Wilhelmina (1890) on 10 May 1967 to form F.C. Den Bosch '67, before being crowned champions of 1970–71 Eerste Divisie to secure promotion to the Eredivise for the first time in their history. Their first season in the Eredivisie, the 1971–72 season saw Den Bosch struggle with relegation all season, but they would eventually finish 16th, three points above the relegation zone, following a late-season upturn in form. Despite this the club lasted just two seasons in the Eredivise as they finished bottom of the 1972–73 Eredivisie and were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie.

Den Bosch struggled following their return to the Eerste Divisie, failing to finish in the top half until the 1977–78 season. However, come the turn of the decade, Den Bosch were consistently challenging for promotion, with the club competing in the promotion play-off for the 1980–81 season, only to lose out to De Graafschap. However, they would win the promotion play-offs for the 1982–83 season, marking their return to the Eredivisie. The club's first season back in the Eredivisie saw them finish 10th in the Eredivisie, before the next two seasons saw 6th-place finishes for the club, with the latter seeing Den Bosch finish just 3 points off the UEFA Cup qualification places. This success did not last though as they were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie in the 1989–90 season, shortly after the club was renamed B.V.V. Den Bosch in 1988.

The club saw promotions to the Eredivisie in the 1991–92, 1998–99, 2000–01 and the 2003–04 seasons (the latter three as champions), only to be relegated back to the Eerste Divisie each time. The club also changed its name back to FC Den Bosch in 1992. In the ten years following their relegation back to the Eerste Divisie, they competed in the promotion play-offs on six occasions bit failed to get promoted on any of them.

In the summer of 2018, after years of financial problems and bad performances in Eerste Divisie a Georgian businessman Kakhi Jordania, decided to invest in the club with intent to purchase. His ownership group was allowed to start making changes in the management, while they were awaiting the approval of KNVB. The club had a best season in years. The team finished as winter champions in Eerste Divisie, but could not continue their good form after the winter break. Den Bosch still managed to qualify for the promotion playoffs, where they lost to Go Ahead Eagles. After a year of due diligence, KNVB decided not to grant the new ownership group the right to purchase the club.

In November 2019, Den Bosch supporters racially abused SBV Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira in a match against the club, with Moreira having allegedly been called a 'negro and cotton-picker' prior to the match being halted after 30 minutes. Following the match, Moreira was labelled as a "pathetic little man" by Den Bosch's manager and the club originally stated that Moreira mistook 'crow sounds' for racist abuse, before later apologising for that statement. A few days after the match Den Bosch's manager apologised to Moreira. The "pathetic little man" label was about the way Moreira celebrated his goal and had nothing to do with racism. Moreira accepted these words. Following the incident and criticism from Netherlands internationals Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum, it was announced that players in the Dutch top two divisions would not play during the first minute of the following weekend's games in protest against racism in Dutch football as a result of the incident. In response to the incident, Den Bosch banned a number of supporters from attending games in January 2020. It was the first time a professional match in the Netherlands had to be halted as a result of racism.

In September 2021, Pacific Media Group, Partners Path Capital, Chien Lee, Randy Frankel and Krishen Sud acquired 53% of FC Den Bosch.

Club name

  • FC Den Bosch/BVV (1965–1967)
  • FC Den Bosch '67 (1967–1988)
  • BVV Den Bosch (1988–1992)
  • FC Den Bosch (1992–present)


Current squad

No. Position Player
3 Netherlands DF Victor van den Bogert
4 Netherlands MF Yuya Ikeshita
5 England DF Luke Mbete (on loan from Manchester City)
6 United States MF Gedion Zelalem
7 Morocco MF Anass Ahannach
8 Netherlands MF Steven van der Heijden
9 Netherlands FW Vieiri Kotzebue
10 Netherlands MF Salah-Eddine Oulad M'Hand (on loan from Arsenal)
11 Netherlands FW Danny Verbeek
14 Netherlands DF Nick de Groot
15 Netherlands DF Teun van Grunsven
16 Curaçao MF Jaron Vicario
17 Lithuania FW Tomas Kalinauskas
18 Netherlands DF Rik Mulders
No. Position Player
19 Netherlands FW Sebastiaan van Bakel
20 Netherlands MF Ryan Leijten
24 Netherlands DF Stan Maas
27 Jamaica DF Ricardo Henning
30 Georgia (country) MF Shalva Ogbaidze
31 Netherlands GK Lars Vrolijks
40 Netherlands MF Ilias Boumassaoudi
41 Netherlands MF Rhino Goutier
45 Netherlands DF Dennis Gyamfi
47 Sudan FW Sheddy Barglan
75 Poland GK Jakub Ojrzyński (on loan from Liverpool)
99 Poland FW Kacper Kostorz (on loan from Pogoń Szczecin)
Hungary GK Krisztián Hegyi (on loan from West Ham United)


  • Eredivisie/Dutch Champion
    • Winners: 1947–48 (as BVV)
  • Eerste Divisie
    • Winners: 1970–71, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04
    • Promoted: 1982–83, 1991–92
  • Tweede Divisie
    • Winners: 1965–66
    • Promoted: 1962–63
  • KNVB Cup
    • Runners-up: 1990–91
Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie

Below is a table with FC Den Bosch's domestic results since the introduction of professional football in 1956.

Club staff

Position Name
Manager Jack de Gier
Assistant manager William van Overbeek
Assistant manager Jan de Hoon
Assistant manager Taylor Sexton
Assistant manager Marc Höcher
Goalkeeping coach John Vos
Teammananger Pieter Tuns
Video analyst Edwin Guchelaar
Technical manager Yousuf Sajjad

Managerial history

  • Netherlands Ben Tap (1965–70)
  • Netherlands Jan Remmers (1970–74)
  • Netherlands Nol de Ruiter (1974–76)
  • Netherlands Ad Zonderland (1976–78)
  • Netherlands Rinus Gosens (1979–80)
  • Netherlands Ad Zonderland (1980)
  • Netherlands Hans Verèl (1981–84)
  • Netherlands Rinus Israel (1984–86)
  • Netherlands Theo de Jong (1986–89)
  • Netherlands Rinus Israel (1989–90)
  • Netherlands Hans van der Pluijm (1990–95)
  • Netherlands Chris Dekker (1995–96)
  • Netherlands Kees Zwamborn (1996–98)
  • Netherlands Martin Koopman (1998–00)
  • Netherlands Mark Wotte (2000)
  • Netherlands André Wetzel & Jan van Grinsven (2000)
  • Netherlands Jan Poortvliet (2000–01)
  • Netherlands Wiljan Vloet (2001–02)
  • Netherlands Gert Kruys (2002–04)
  • Netherlands Henk Wisman (2004–05)
  • Netherlands J. van Grinsven, F. van der Hoorn & W. van der Horst (2005)
  • Netherlands Theo Bos (2005–09)
  • Netherlands J. van Grinsven, F. van der Hoorn & W. van der Horst (2009)
  • Belgium Marc Brys (2009–10)
  • Netherlands Alfons Groenendijk (2010–12)
  • Netherlands Jan Poortvliet (2012–13)
  • Netherlands Ruud Kaiser (2013–15)
  • Netherlands René van Eck (2015–16)
  • Netherlands Wiljan Vloet (2016–17)
  • Netherlands Wil Boessen (2017–19)
  • Netherlands Erik van der Ven (2019–21)
  • Netherlands William van Overbeek & Paul Verhaegh (2021)
  • Netherlands Jack de Gier (2021–23)
  • Poland Tomasz Kaczmarek (2023–)


1965–66 Frans Olde Riekerink 17 Tweede Divisie 6.640 1 Ben Tap
1966–67 Frans Olde Riekerink 14 Eerste Divisie 6.895 5 Ben Tap
1967–68 Ben Tinus 17 Eerste Divisie 7.670 3 Ben Tap
1968–69 Eef Mulders 9 Eerste Divisie 5.350 9 Ben Tap
1969–70 Eef Mulders 10 Eerste Divisie 3.810 5 Ben Tap
1970–71 Leo Ouwens 11 Eerste Divisie 8.400 1 Jan Remmers
1971–72 Ilja Mitić 9 Eredivisie 11.870 16 Jan Remmers
1972–73 Dick Beek 5 Eredivisie 8.645 18 Jan Remmers
1973–74 Dick Beek 6 Eerste Divisie 2.895 17 Jan Remmers
1974–75 Jos Peltzer 10 Eerste Divisie 3.085 10 Nol de Ruiter
1975–76 Jos Peltzer 10 Eerste Divisie 2.210 10 Nol de Ruiter
1976–77 Jan Peters 18 Eerste Divisie 2.415 12 Ad Zonderland
1977–78 Jan Peters 19 Eerste Divisie 3.517 8 Ad Zonderland
1978–79 Bert Nijdam 9 Eerste Divisie 3.700 7 Rinus Gosens
1979–80 Arie Romijn 16 Eerste Divisie 4.700 4 Rinus Gosens / Ad Zonderland ao
1980–81 Arie Romijn 10 Eerste Divisie 2.355 6 Ad Zonderland ao / Hans Verèl
1981–82 Arie Romijn 16 Eerste Divisie 2.870 5 Hans Verèl
1982–83 Wim van der Horst 17 Eerste Divisie 2.788 3 Hans Verèl
1983–84 Wim van der Horst 14 Eredivisie 7.154 10 Hans Verèl
1984–85 Peter van der Waart 12 Eredivisie 5.406 6 Rinus Israël
1985–86 Hans Gillhaus 16 Eredivisie 6.367 6 Rinus Israël
1986–87 Hans Gillhaus 17 Eredivisie 5.309 10 Theo de Jong
1987–88 Hendrie Krüzen 12 Eredivisie 3.938 7 Theo de Jong
1988–89 Mart van Duren 15 Eredivisie 3.803 7 Theo de Jong
1989–90 Peter Barendse 7 Eredivisie 3.521 17 Rinus Israël
1990–91 Jack de Gier 23 Eerste Divisie 1.334 17 Rinus Israël / Hans van der Pluym
1991–92 Geert Brusselers 13 Eerste Divisie 2.007 2 Hans van der Pluym
1992–93 Dirk Jan Derksen 10 Eerste Divisie 3.231 19 Hans van der Pluym
1993–94 Stefan Jansen 14 Eerste Divisie 1.626 11 Hans van der Pluym
1994–95 Orpheo Keizerweerd 7 Eerste Divisie 1.198 18 Hans van der Pluym
1995–96 Anthony Lurling 19 Eerste Divisie 2.735 3 Chris Dekker
1996–97 Ruud van Nistelrooy 12 Eerste Divisie 2.034 7 Kees Zwamborn
1997–98 Thijs Waterink 14 Eerste Divisie 2.405 4 Kees Zwamborn
1998–99 Harry van der Laan 30 Eerste Divisie 3.245 1 Kees Zwamborn / Martin Koopman
1999–00 Henk Vos 11 Eredivisie 4.240 18 Martin Koopman / Mark Wotte
2000–01 Bart Van Den Eede 23 Eerste Divisie 3.330 1 Mark Wotte / André Wetzel, Jan van Grinsven & Wiljan Vloet ao / Jan Poortvliet
2001–02 Bart Van Den Eede 14 Eredivisie 5.190 16 Wiljan Vloet
2002–03 Stefan Jansen 20 Eerste Divisie 3.919 5 Gert Kruys
2003–04 Stefan Jansen 25 Eerste Divisie 3.701 1 Gert Kruys
2004–05 Koen van de Laak 6 Eredivisie 5.790 18 Henk Wisman / Jan van Grinsven, Fred van der Hoorn & Wim van der Horst ao
2005–06 Berry Powel 19 Eerste Divisie 3.388 7 Theo Bos
2006–07 Frank Demouge 12 Eerste Divisie 3.800 5 Theo Bos
2007–08 Koen van der Biezen 18 Eerste Divisie 4.000 3 Theo Bos
2008–09 Adnan Barakat 13 Eerste Divisie 3.900 9 Theo Bos / Jan van Grinsven, Fred van der Hoorn & Arnold Scholten ao
2009–10 Fabio Caracciolo 19 Eerste Divisie 4.000 7 Marc Brys
2010–11 John Verhoek 10 Eerste Divisie 4.150 8 Alfons Groenendijk
2011–12 Tom van Weert 15 Eerste Divisie 4.050 6 Alfons Groenendijk
2012–13 Tom van Weert 17 Eerste Divisie 3.950 11 Jan Poortvliet
2013–14 Erik Quekel 19 Eerste Divisie 3.750 4 Ruud Kaiser
2014–15 Anthony Lurling / Barry Maguire / Alexander Mols 6 Eerste Divisie 3.250 16 Ruud Kaiser / René van Eck
2015–16 Arda Havar / Furhgill Zeldenrust 8 Eerste Divisie 3.000 17 René van Eck / Wiljan Vloet
2016–17 Romero Regales 8 Eerste Divisie 2.850 14 Wiljan Vloet
2017–18 Niek Vossebelt 15 Eerste Divisie 2.790 11 Wil Boessen
2018–19 Stefano Beltrame 14 Eerste Divisie 3.790 4 Wil Boessen / Erik van der Ven & Paul Beekmans ao
2019–20 Rúben Rodrigues 12 Eerste Divisie 2.941 12 Erik van der Ven
2020–21 Jizz Hornkamp 20 Eerste Divisie 19 Erik van der Ven / William van Overbeek / Jack de Gier
2021–22 Roy Kuijpers 9 Eerste Divisie 3.337 11 Jack de Gier

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