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FC Lienden
Full nameFC Lienden
Nickname(s)Chelsea van de Betuwe
Founded1 August 1930; 91 years ago (1930-08-01)
GroundSportpark de Abdijhof
Lienden, Netherlands
ChairmanDick van Ommeren
ManagerHans van de Haar
LeagueVierde Klasse Saturday

FC Lienden is a football club from Lienden, Netherlands. The club was established on 1 August 1930.


In 2010s, the club saw a rise through the Dutch football pyramid, under the guidance of former professional player Hans Kraay Jr., who served as head coach from 2004 to 2011. He returned to Lienden in 2016.

On 12 November 2008 the club became famous nationwide by defeating Eredivisie squad Vitesse Arnhem by 1–0 in the third round of the national KNVB Cup. In the round of 16 they were defeated 2–0 by Roda JC after extra time.

In 2010 the club was promoted to the Topklasse, the newly established semi-professional Dutch third tier. Starting in season 2016-2017, the club played in the newly established Tweede Divisie. On 18 December 2018 Lienden withdrew from this competition due to financial difficulties[1] but eventually found funds to continue. In 2019 it was knocked out of the Tweede Divisie by ASWH.

On 7 April 2020 Lienden withdrew its Sunday team definitely from the Derde Divisie. The club had financial problems for some time, which, after Lienden indicated that it would no longer sponsor and it was not possible to find a new main sponsor.[2]


  1. ^ FC Lienden trekt zich met financiële problemen terug uit Tweede Divisie, NU.nl (18 December 2018) (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Kogel door de kerk: FC Lienden (zondag 1) stopt ermee" [Bullet through the church: FC Lienden (Sunday 1) stops]. de Gelderlander (in Dutch). 7 April 2020. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
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