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The Lions Are Roaring Again - New Head Writer Needed

ASR and Tallery aim to bring a new club, the Haarlem Lions, to glory!
Started on 6 July 2014 by Zed
Latest Reply on 13 July 2014 by Tallery
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6 yearsEdited

Achilles ’29 go back to the Topklasse



Today the Achilles board have released a statement, together with the KNVB:
The Achilles ’29 board have decided to hand in a request to be out back to the Topklasse, the competition the team played for before entering the Jupiler League. This decision was very hard for the board to make, as they wanted to give our fans good football, and professional opposition. But the finances are not good enough to hold up this position, as the club has to pay wages to almost every player, and they have to fulfil certain expectations set by the KNVB, regarding finances, the stadium, facilities and more.

The club is very sad to announce this, and want to thank the staff and the players for achieving the respectable amount of points of 25. A return to professional football isn’t ruled out, so the fans needn’t be worried. The board has also made this decision for the fans, as they feel the fans will have a lot more to cheer in the Topklasse.

- The Achilles ’29 board

Achilles were in the Jupiler League for only one season, after being promoted from the Topklasse. Normally, teams don’t relegate and promote between the Jupiler League and the Topklasse, as these two leagues mark the border between professional and amateur football. But because AGOVV and Veendam have gone bankrupt last year, there was restructuring needed: there were 20 teams instead of 18, and AGOVV and Veendam were replaced by Young FC Twente, Young PSV, Young Ajax, and Achilles.

Although the club got promoted, it still is semi-professional, as only some players have a full-time contract. The set-up at the club isn’t great, and players only have to go to training three times per week. This is one of the reasons that Achilles have handed in the request, that has been accepted by the KNVB.

Achilles were very successful in their old league, and they finished 1st in their last two seasons in the Topklasse. In the Jupiler League, they finished last, 6 points away from FC Oss, who finished second to last.

It is not yet known who will replace the team from Groesbeek, with the KNVB keeping silent over a successor. Speculations have already been made though, and most people think that Young Feyenoord will take over the free spot from Achilles, if this goes through, they’ll be the 4th “Young” time in the Jupiler League. These teams are the 2nd teams of their parent clubs in the Eredivisie, and they can transfer players between the two clubs very easily. A similar system is in use in Spain and Portugal, while the English FA is also contemplating using this system.

Others say that there will be a completely new team introduced to the Jupiler League, funded by businessmen. At the moment, this is looking most likely, with Ruud Gullit reportedly wanting to start a team in the Jupiler League. But for now, nothing is finalised yet, and Dutch football fans will have to wait on what happens.


Notes

This will be a co-op story with me, ASR-PSV, and tallery1164 starting up a club in the Jupiler League. I will write the manager perspective updates, and the newspaper updates, and I’ll be coaching the team. Tallery is the chairman, and he’ll write chairman updates.

We’re using pr0’s database, so the transfers and squads are up to date.

And, all credit goes to Tallery for the idea on starting a new club ;)

Goals

- Get the club to the Eredivisie
- Qualify for continental football
- Develop good youth players
- Sign lots of Dutch players
Interesting concept, I will be following!
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Good luck asr, should be cool to see.
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6 yearsEdited

New Club Announced

Haarlem, home of Holland's newest football club

Englishman Thomas Allery has announced a new club to replace Achilles, who have been demoted back to amateur Dutch football.

The 25 year-old, from Farnham, Surrey, who has Dutch relatives, had this to say to AVRO, a Dutch media giant:

I am very happy to announce that I will be owning a football club in Holland. It was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse. It has been my dream since I started playing 13 years ago. I want to promise to the club's fans that we will be successful, and to back me to the very end. I have a strict plan that I have constructed and will follow closely. Dutch football produces lots of great, world class players, and we can see that from this World Cup. I want the club to be successful and produces lots of great young talent. That is my aim.

Further on in the interview, he said that the club would be based in the Dutch city of Haarlem, and that he would fund the build for brand new training and youth facilities, and a brand new stadium. But while the construction is taking place [of the new stadium], the team would play in the Haarlem Stadion, home of HFC Haarlem.

The temporary home of the new club

Thomas Allery is a successful businessman, after turning his father's company into an global business.

He is thought to have a preference of young Dutch and English talent, but will sanction any signing that the new manager wants.

The new manager is great. He has lots of great, new idea's and has loads of experience, which is fantastic, as he will take the league by a storm. He will not have the biggest budget ever, as millions of euro's is going into building the new stadium, but he will have enough to build a good, solid team. I just cannot wait to show him to the public!
Nice, original concept! Good luck :)
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6 yearsEdited

Details revealed on new Haarlem club


The new club from Haarlem, which will be owned by 25-year-old businessman Thomas Allery, has finally got a name, a logo, kits, a manager and staff.
This new Jupiler League club, that will replace the relegated Achilles, will have a catchy, English name: The Haarlem Lions. This name has a reason, says the owner of the club: “I’ve been a big fan of Dutch football, and also their national team. The logo of the national team has a lion on it, and that’s why I decided to use this name, and the logo, which also has a lion on it.” The colours of the club are gold, orange and navy, we asked Allery about this as well: “Well, the same goes for the orange: it’s inspired from the national team. The gold is what we will strive for here, and it also goes well with the other 2 colours. Navy stands for the rich history with boats here in Holland, for example the VOC. There is a port in Haarlem as well, so I decided to use the navy colour. All of these colours make for a nice colour scheme, and I think the kits that we have, supplied by Nike, will be very nice.”

The new kits that the Haarlem Lions will get, have been announced on the club presentation. The home kit is navy with yellow details, the away kit is yellow with navy and gold details. The logo is also clearly visible on the kit presentation picture. Haarlem’s sponsor is Jopen, a Dutch beer brand. This picture can be found here:


As announced before, the club will play in the old stadium (Haarlemstadion), until their new home is ready. The new stadium will have a name in honour of the founding place of the former HFC Haarlem: Haarlemmermeer. The new stadium will have a capacity of around 7,500 seats, while the old stadium will remain at its old capacity of 3,442 seats. Designs of the new stadium have already been made, and this is how it will look, according to design bureau Stadesign:


There have also been several new staff members presented to the crowd in Haarlem, who were eager to see what the future brought for football in Haarlem. These fans had a lot to be enthusiastic about, as several Dutch legends have joined the coaching staff: Ruud van Nistelrooy, Mark van Bommel, and also ex-Haarlem player and ex-international Stanley Menzo. Another Dutch football legend was appointed as the managing director: Ruud Gullit, who made his debut in professional football at HFC Haarlem. After these announcements, fans out their hands together for the new coaching staff, and people were very happy to see a new team in their city.

Allery has announced that ex-Willem II, Twente, Porto, Ajax manager Co Adriaanse will manage the club. Allery: “We had several candidates that wanted to join the club, but eventually we have chosen for the experience of Adriaanse, who has been successful with many clubs in the past. Adriaanse will get a nice budget to work with, but nothing special for a Jupiler League team that has the ambition to reach the play-offs this season.”
Great update, story looking good so far :)
Very interesting so far!
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Nice kit ! Great update ! Good luck man !
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Great unique concept mate! Looking forward to seeing how it goes!
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Unique Idea and a very good one at that
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6 yearsEdited

Haarlem Lions partner up with Chelsea

Chelsea FC, Haarlem Lion's first ever Parent Club

Today, Haarlem Lions President Thomas Allery revealed that the club struck up a partnership with European Giants Chelsea. The Blues, who Allery has supported since a child, were keen on the idea. Chelsea Managing Director Ron Gourlay said this on the partnership:

Becoming a partner with this new football club is great. Thomas Allery called us and told us that partnering up with Chelsea would be great. It helps Chelsea a lot as well, as helping out a brand new club that is receiving global media attention throughout the world helps increase Chelsea's brand and Haarlem's brand as well, as being linked to a footballing giant like Chelsea is sure to get more people to notice them.

The deal, that will cost Chelsea £145,000 a year, will see a friendly at either Stamford Bridge or Haarlem Stadion each pre-season, and the ability for Chelsea to send players on loan to the club.

Lions President Allery had this to say on the deal:

To sign a deal with my club, the club I love so dearly, is massive for me. I want to improve the clubs image and get some great talent's out of this deal. It is truly surreal for me. The club is also getting a healthy sum of money from it as well, which is also good. This is great for both clubs. Ruud Gullit was key in forming this relationship, so hats off to him. He all most loves the club as much as me!
Good idea! Not seen anything like it before... keep it up :)
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Haarlem squad announced



The Haarlem Lions have today announced their base squad, with more signings to follow later. Haarlem have signed 21 players, almost all from Dutch clubs, and the most players have been signed from Jupiler League clubs.

The squad can be found here:
Goalkeepers:
Tom Muyters: a 28-year-old Belgian goalkeeper, who has joined from FC Eindhoven. He is expected to start, although Adriaanse might sign a goalkeeper, as this is one of the weak spots of Haarlem’s team.
Arjan van Dijk: a 26-year-old Dutch goalkeeper, played for RKC before joining. Van Dijk will most likely be Muyters’ back-up.

Defenders:
Daan Bovenberg : a Dutch right-back, who has played for Excelsior, FC Utrecht and NEC, so he has a lot of Eredivisie experience. The 24-year-old will be a key factor in the Lions defence.
Lorenzo Piqué: a 22-year-old right-back, this Surinamese player has played for FC Oss, and represented Feyenoord in youth teams. He will be Bovenberg’s back-up.
Timo Letschert: still very young, at the age of 20, but this Dutch centre-back will be very important in Haarlem’s defence.
Pim Balkestein: this 25-year-old centre-back has joined the team from Wimbledon, after a 5-season-spell in England, with teams as Ipswich and Brentford. The Dutch centre-back will most likely be a back-up.
Roel Janssen: another fairly young player, who will play in the first team. The 23-year-old has joined from Fortuna Sittard, and will play next to Letschert in the heart of the defence.
Gillian Justiana: Haarlem’s only left-back at the moment. This 22-year-old player from Curacao has joined from Helmond Sport.

Midfielders:
Wiljan Pluim: Pluim has a lot of experience in the Eredivisie, as the 24-year-old defensive midfielder has played 99 games, for Vitesse, Roda JC and PEC Zwolle.
Wilmer Kousemaker: a very old player, in comparison to the rest of the squad. The former Dordrecht-player is 27 years old, and an interesting fact is that he has played for HFC Haarlem for 3 seasons.
Youri Loen : Loen’s stay might be very short, as Adriaanse has said that he prefers a 4-4-2 diamond flat, and the 22-year-old is a left midfielder, so he might leave in his first season at the club.
Marcel Stutter: a 25-year-old central midfielder, who has joined from the relegated NEC. The German player played 12 matches for NEC, scoring no goals. Before joining NEC, he played for Rot-Weiss Ahlen, Güthersloh and Holzwickede.
Tom Overtoom: this player has joined on a free transfer, after leaving SC Veendam, who have been declared bankrupt. It is expected that Overtoom will play besides Stutter on the midfield.
Navarone Foor: another player from NEC, who fell out of favour after several bad performances. Foor has played a total of 57 matches for NEC in the Eredivisie, and he will be Adriaanse’s first choice on the attacking midfield.
Istvan Bakx: Bakx is 27 years old, and plays as a winger, which means he will probably be transferred this window. The Dutch winger has joined the club from FC Den Bosch.
Robert Mühren: it will be hard for Adriaanse to decide who plays as his playmaker, as he has to choose from 2 excellent players: Navarone Foor and Robert Mühren. The 24-year-old playmaker has joined from Volendam, after coming through the youth ranks at Ajax.

Attackers:
Jason Bola: not signed for the first team, but for the youth team. This 18-year-old striker is a great talent, and the Congolese player has joined from Standard, in Belgium.
Ruud Boymans: a very good striker for Jupiler League means, and maybe even for Eredivisie clubs. The 24-year-old striker has joined from AZ, where he didn’t get enough playing time. The striker has also been loaned out to NEC from AZ, and Boymans joined AZ from VVV-Venlo.
Wout Weghorst: the last player Ruud Gullit, Co Adriaanse and Tom Allery have signed, is striker Wout Weghorst, who has joined from FC Emmen. The 20-year-old will start up front, next to Ruud Boymans.

All in all, this squad will be able to compete for the 1st spot in the league, and pundits think the Haarlem outfit will finish 3rd this season, meaning they will take part in the promotion play-offs. Tom Allery has said that his team will get 2 seasons to get promoted to the Eredivisie, if that hasn’t happened, he will pump more cash into the club and he will bring new faces to the club.
Liking the idea and concept behind this story. Looking forward to seeing if you get promoted.
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