I'd like to represent my hometown and therefore Im making the official NEC Nijmegen thread. A friend of mine left for Bukarest and left me his seasonticket so I will be able to report on the games from now on.
NEC squad 2011-12:
36 years old with lots of experience and still getting the job done. With his 1.96 he is pretty reliable and a good goalie for Eredivisie standards. He has a good character and proffesional behaviour, which he showed when he was benched for Cillesen.
Marco van Duin
The back up goalie, still pretty young. Today is his birthday and he is now 25 years of age. He played for Ajax(as third goalie) and Haarlem, as first goalie, before joining NEC in 2010. There is not much I can say about his abilities because I havent seen him in action.
The third goalie with lots of experience. He was brought in the squad after Cillisen left.
As a youngster he played for RC Lens and Grenoble. He left for FC bayonne where he played 19 games before moving to FC Eindhoven. He made a great imperssion at Eindhoven and NEC decided to take the chance. He played decently in his first season starting 20 times in which he scored 1 goal.
Amieux is a left back. He is better defensivly than offensivly.
A Hungarian international which was signed on a free in 2011. He has a oneyear contract with an option for another year. He played for clubs like Ujpest, Energie Cottbus, Strasbourg and Olympiakos Volos.
Szelesi plays at RB
NEC bought him last year but decided to loan him out to Veendam for a year. He played in 33 games and scored two times. Cmovs is a strong, no fear, EE type of defender. He lacks quality on the ball and thats why he's mostly on the bench.
Another new signing this season. NEC signed him on a 3 year contract and he has won his place in the starting XI this year, leaving Amieux on the bench. He is a LB but he can also play as a LCB.
Rens van Eijden
Rens van Eijden is a product of PSV youth and dutch youth international. He managed to play for PSV's team just once and that was in a CL game against Liverpool. He left PSV for Willem II and performed pretty well over there. NEC known for scouting the Jupiler league was quick to sign him on a 5 year contract. In his first year he had 23 performances and in his second only 14 due to injuries. This season he has cemented his spot next to Nuytinck. They make up a pretty stable and decent CB pairing which is probably one of the better in the eredivise.
Bram is a product of NEC. Born in Malden, a small village next to Nijmegen he soon joined the team.
(he's the second one on the left standing). He made his first team appearance in 2009 after El-Akchaoui left. In the following season he cemented his spot as a CB alongside Ramon Zomer. Espanyol tried to sign him but he decided it was better to stay in Nijmegen. Bram is the captain of the Dutch u21 and a good defensive prospect. Juventus wants to sign him.
A product of Ajax but never got a chance in the first team. NEC managed to sign him up on a free. He impressed immediatly and played 28 times in his first season. This season he is warming the bench mostly thouhg. He is an offensive back
Another Hungarian international and one of the most populair NEC players. He was part off the NEC team that made it to EL and played pretty well against Udinese, Dinamo Bukarest and Spartak Moscow. After that succesfull season he left for Osasuna to cash in. After his contract expired he returned to NEC and is starting reguraly nowadays. He is a good hard working CM.
Another product of NEC. He is an offensive and creative midfielder. Pretty fast and hardworking but he needs to muscle up. He is comming mainly of the bench but is featuring reguraly.
Another Ajax product who was signed from their youth teams. He is an offensive midfielder who prefers to play at ACM but plays most of his games as left forward because Schone plays at ten. He has a great shoot and takes all the free kicks at NEC. He will be leaving the team for Feyenoord
A Norwegian youth international who plays at #6. He is property of Manchester city and loaned out to NEC this season.
Ryan Koolwijk joined NEC from Excelsior and plays as a LCM. The NEC fans would like to see him on the bench, because they think he is to slow, but the trainer has got faith in him
Nec's creative force who plays at #10. He is a great passer and likes to combine with other players. He joined NEC from De Graafschap and has attracted plenty of interest during his years in Nijmegen
Nick van der Velden
Another free signing in the long line of free signings. He is a strong box to box type of midfielder. He can run a lot and has a decent technique.
The dutch youth international Zeefuik is property of PSV and NEC have loaned him for this season. He is starting reguraly even though he doesnt score any goals. He is really strong and knows how to hold up the ball. The problem is he doesnt find the net and gets subbed of pretty often for the culthero and supersub Melvin Platje
Platje made his name as a supersub for Volendam when he scored everytime he was subbed on. NEC decided to sign him this season but he hasnt managed to secure a starting spot even though he is clubtopscorer. He continues his tradition as supersub and keeps scoring when he is subbed on.
The only real winger that NEC has who made himself popular with the fans after winning the game in Arnhem this year. He is mostly warming the bench and comming on later in the game. He played a few games when Goossens was injured but when John returend Leroy had to take place on the bench.
All in all NEC has got a decent squad considering the circumstances. NEC hasnt got any money to go out and buy player but they are pretty creative and scout well. Most of their signings are on free or cheap players from Jupiler league. Still they have some quality players in Nuytinck and Schone. The one thing NEC lacks is firepower after Vlemincx departure. I will keep you guys updated
NEC Goffertstadium, known as the Goffertstadium named after the park in which it is located. It was build in 1939 when NEC was third in the dutch league. It was also the third largest stadium in Holland after de Kuip and het Olympisch stadium in Amsterdam. Numbers of 32.000 spectators were recorded. The first Dutch supercup was played in this stadium between NEC and SVV. NEC lost the game with 2-0. In 1999 they destroyed a part of the stadium and rebuild it into the stadium NEC has nowadays with a capacity 12.500