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AZ Alkmaar

AZ Alkmaar
Stijn Schaars lifts the trophy as Alkmaar claim the 2008/09 Dutch title ©Getty Images

AZ Alkmaar

Formed: 1967
Nickname: Kaaskoppen (Cheeseheads)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup: (1981)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 2 (2009)
• Dutch Cup: 4 (2013)

History
• Formed in 1967 through the merger of Alkmaar '54 and FC Zaanstreek, the club immediately signalled their intent by signing several big-name players – but soon found themselves in financial trouble. Rescued by the help of the Molenaar brothers, who had both played for Zaanstreek's predecessors, Kooger Football Club.

• Enjoyed a successful period in the late 1970s and early 80s, winning a first Dutch Cup in 1978 by beating AFC Ajax 1-0 in the final, and making it to the 1980/81 UEFA Cup final only to lose 5-4 on aggregate to Ipswich Town FC.

• Clinched a Dutch league and cup double in 1980/81, securing the title by a 12-point margin from second-placed Ajax, but could only get to the second round of the European Champion Clubs' Cup the next term as Liverpool FC edged them 5-4 on aggregate. However, retaining the domestic cup that season softened the blow.

• A period of decline followed and AZ were relegated from the Eredivisie in 1988, not returning until 1996, though they suffered an immediate demotion upon rejoining the elite. They bounced back in 1998, establishing themselves once more in the top tier.

• Co Adriaanse rejuventated the club as coach from 2002 to 2005, taking them to the 2004/05 UEFA Cup semi-finals, before his successor, former player Louis van Gaal, guided the side to a second-placed finish in 2005/06. AZ lifted their second Dutch championship in 2008/09 and, come 2013, Gertjan Verbeek led them to Dutch Cup glory for a fourth time.

* Last updated 23 January 2014

Last updated: 24/01/14 18.22CET

http://www.uefa.com/teamsandplayers/teams/club=52327/profile/index.html#az+alkmaar

Matches

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 01/09/2014 23:48 CET
9 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
Heracles0-3AZ
Referee: not available – Almelo
08/10/2014 20:13:58
17 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZ1-3Ajax
Referee: not available – Alkmaar
08/19/2014 22:29:16
23 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
Willem II3-0AZ
Referee: not available – Tilburg
08/27/2014 02:16:05
30 August 2014 - Dutch First Division
Dordrecht1-3AZ
Referee: not available – Dordrecht
09/01/2014 22:47:45
13 September 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZHeerenveen
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 16:57:14
21 September 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZZwolle
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:02:01
27 September 2014 - Dutch First Division
Den HaagAZ
Referee: TBD – Den Haag
08/04/2014 17:01:11
5 October 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZTwente
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:01:52
18 October 2014 - Dutch First Division
PSVAZ
Referee: TBD – Eindhoven
08/04/2014 17:00:31
25 October 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZGroningen
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/29/2014 15:20:55
2 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZExcelsior
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 18:03:42
8 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
NACAZ
Referee: TBD – Breda
08/04/2014 17:58:57
22 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZVitesse
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:14:20
29 November 2014 - Dutch First Division
CambuurAZ
Referee: TBD – Leeuwarden
08/04/2014 17:09:56
6 December 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZGo Ahead Eagles
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:12:51
14 December 2014 - Dutch First Division
FeyenoordAZ
Referee: TBD – Rotterdam
08/29/2014 15:20:56
20 December 2014 - Dutch First Division
AZUtrecht
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:08:12
17 January 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZDordrecht
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 16:59:42
24 January 2015 - Dutch First Division
ZwolleAZ
Referee: TBD – Zwolle
08/04/2014 17:00:22
1 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZHeracles
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 18:01:27
5 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
AjaxAZ
Referee: TBD – Amsterdam
08/04/2014 17:11:10
8 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
GroningenAZ
Referee: TBD – Groningen
08/04/2014 17:13:35
13 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZPSV
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:11:11
21 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
Go Ahead EaglesAZ
Referee: TBD – Deventer
08/04/2014 18:09:42
28 February 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZWillem II
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 18:08:27
8 March 2015 - Dutch First Division
UtrechtAZ
Referee: TBD – Utrecht
08/04/2014 17:04:52
13 March 2015 - Dutch First Division
VitesseAZ
Referee: TBD – Arnhem
08/04/2014 17:05:12
21 March 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZCambuur
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:43:57
5 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZFeyenoord
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:03:12
11 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
HeerenveenAZ
Referee: TBD – Heerenveen
08/04/2014 17:02:22
18 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZDen Haag
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:23:20
26 April 2015 - Dutch First Division
TwenteAZ
Referee: TBD – Enschede
08/04/2014 17:43:04
10 May 2015 - Dutch First Division
AZNAC
Referee: TBD – Alkmaar
08/04/2014 17:43:05
18 May 2015 - Dutch First Division
ExcelsiorAZ
Referee: TBD – Rotterdam
08/04/2014 19:34:27

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    14/09/1977, AZ 11-1 Differdange, Alkmaar
  • Biggest defeat:
    30/08/2012, AZ 0-5 Anji, Alkmaar
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  2
  • Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:  2
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  10
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 45
    Kew Jaliens (  NED)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 18
    Kees Kist (  NED)
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