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"The champions of Europe," chairman Joop Munsterman uttered as FC Twente were pitted alongside FC Internazionale Milano at the group stage draw in Monaco.
It does not get much bigger. Reaching the UEFA Champions League had been the culmination of an incredible journey; having got so far, though, Munsterman and the Dutch champions now had to come to terms with a sizeable new challenge.
Only eight years before, financial troubles had put the future of the provincial club from the eastern Netherlands in doubt. Today, after winning the Eredivisie title for the first time on the final day of last season, they are preparing to host the European champions on their UEFA Champions League group stage debut.
To mark Twente's rise to Europe's football elite, UEFA.com will go behind the scenes to tell you their story and follow the drama as their first UEFA Champions League campaign unfolds.
During the course of the group stage we will bring you exclusive interviews with all the key figures at the Enschede-based club – from chairman Munsterman and new coach Michel Preud'homme to the players who made the Twente dream come true.
We take a tour of the FC Twente Stadion, speaking to former players and fans to discover the secret of the team's success, while rising star Wout Brama shows us around the academy, charting his path from the Twente youth setup to the Dutch national side.
A new episode in the FC Twente Story will be published each Friday before their next UEFA Champions League match, with fresh news and views to keep you up-to-date with the ongoing saga.
In Episode 1 we review Twente's dramatic run to the championship as they held off heavyweights AFC Ajax to win the Eredisivie. See also the reaction to them being drawn alongside Inter, SV Werder Bremen and Tottenham Hotspur FC in UEFA Champions League Group A, and look ahead to that daunting first date with Inter.
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