FC Utrecht (Holland)


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Zambia international JACOB MULENGA arrived in the Netherlands last summer after five seasons in France, spent mostly with LB Chateauroux, and promptly topped FC Utrecht in goal-scoring his first year at the club.
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FC UTRECHT, who recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the club, have never won the Eredivisie championship in the Netherlands.

Nevertheless, the club do have a tradition of finishing in the top half of the Dutch league table. And, FC Utrecht have never been relegated out of the top flight since the three Utrecht city clubs — DOS, Elinkwijk and Velox — merged into one side on July 1, 1970. Only the Big Three in Holland — Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord Rotterdam — can match that record of continuous Dutch first division football.

FC Utrecht have won the KNVP Cup on three occasions — 1985, 2003 and 2004 — and captured the Johan Cryuff Shield in 2004, as well. FC Utrecht are the only Dutch club outside of the Big Three to have bagged the award given annually to the winner of the contest between domestic league champion and Cup winner.

FC Utrecht, having brought in many new players to start the 2009-10 campaign, were relatively quiet in the transfer market this off-season; notable news would be the arrival of the three young Australians from Brisbane Roar for a reported collective fee in excess of 1.8 million Australian dollars.

FC Utrecht lost only one player who was in the first team with anything resembling regularity last season; midfielder GREGOOR VAN DIJK has signed to play for AEK Larnaca in Cyprus.

FC Utrecht finished seventh in the league table last season with Zambia international JACOB MULENGA leading the squad with eight Eredivisie goals. Bright 21-year-old prospect RICKY VAN WOLFSWINKEL, a former Dutch youth international who has already been called for Netherlands B duty, and Belgian import DRIES MERTENS followed with seven and six goals, respectively.

The manager of FC Utrecht would be TON DU CHATINIER, who begins his third season in charge. The 52-year-old was a stay-at-home and mind-the-store defender who made 235 Eredivisie appearances (no goals) for FC Utrecht over ten seasons from 1977 thru 1987.

Du Chatinier’s number two is former Dutch international midfielder JAN WOUTERS (70 caps, 4 goals), who cut his teeth at FC Utrecht before going on to feature for Ajax Amsterdam and the national team that won the 1988 European Championships.

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FC UTRECHT : off-season acquisitions
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Players Arriving
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fw – Frank DEMOUGE ——- Holland — fr Willem II Tilburg
fw – Edouard DUPLAN —— France — fr Sparta Rotterdam
fw – Tommy OAR ————– Australia int’l — fr Brisbane Roar (Aus)
mf – Adam SAROTA ———- Australia int’l — fr Brisbane Roar (Aus)
df – Michael ZULLO ———– Australia int’l — fr Brisbane Roar (Aus)

Players Departing
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fw – Loic LOVAL ——————— Guadeloupe int’l — to OC Vannes (Fra)
fw – Leroy GEORGE —————- Surinam int’l — to NEC Nijmegen
fw – Kevin VANDENBERGH — Belgium int’l — to KAS Eupen (Bel)
fw – Frank VAN DER ZAN ——- Holland — to Go Ahead Eagles Deventer
mf – Gregoor VAN DIJK ———- Holland — to AEK Larnaca (Cyp)
mf – Kevin VAN MIERLO ——– Holland — to RBC Roosendaal
mf – Hans SOMERS —————– Holland — released
df – Francis DICKOH ————— Ghana int’ — to FC Hibernian Edinburgh (Sct)

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FC UTRECHT squad
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35 – GK — Khalid SINOUH ————– (MOROCCO – 4 caps)
26 – GK — Michel VORM —————– (HOLLAND – 4 caps)
24 – GK — Wesley DE RUITER

32 – DF — Tim CORNELISSE
30 – DF — Sander KELLER
29 – DF — Alje SCHUT
27 – DF — Mihai NESU ——————— (ROMANIA – 8 caps, 0 goals)
25 – DF — Jan WUYTENS
21 – DF — Ismo VOSTERMANS
21 – DF — Michael ZULLO —————– (AUSTRALIA – 2 caps, 0 goals)
20 – DF — Mark VAN DER MAAREL

29 – MF — Michael SILBERBAUER — (DENMARK – 14 caps, 1 goal)
23 – MF — Nana ASARE ——————- (GHANA – 3 caps, 0 goals)
21 – MF — Jacob LENSKY —————- (Czech Rep)
21 – MF — Adam SAROTA —————- (Australia)
20 – MF — Barry MAGUIRE
20 – MF — Gianluca NIJHOLT

28 – FW — Frank DEMOUGE
26 – FW — Jacob MULENGA ———– (ZAMBIA – 31 caps, 6 goals)
27 – FW — Edouard DUPLAN ———- (France)
23 – FW — Dries MERTENS ————- (Belgium)
21 – FW — Ricky VAN WOLFSWINKEL
21 – FW — Erixon DANSO
18 – FW — Tommy OAR ——————- (AUSTRALIA – 2 caps, 0 goals)

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ROSTER UPDATES

8/16/10 — FC Utrecht purchase French striker EDOUARD DUPLAN from Sparta Rotterdam

9/01/10 — FC Utrecht sell Ghana international defender FRANCIS DICKOH to Scottish club FC Hibernian Edinburgh

9/01/10 — FC Utrecht lose Surinam international striker LEROY GEORGE to NEC Nijmegen on a free transfer

9/01/10 — FC Utrecht lose Guadeloupe international striker LOIC LOVAL to French second division side OC Vannes on a free transfer

9/01/10 — FC Utrecht purchase Dutch striker FRANK DEMOUGE from Willem II Tilburg

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