: Sportklub It Hearrenfean
) is a Dutch football
club currently playing in the Eredivisie
, the top level of football in the Netherlands.
was founded on 20 July 1920 in the town of Heerenveen
. They changed name twice, to Spartaan
, and then to v.v. Heerenveen
in 1922. Whilst the Netherlands was occupied by Germany
Heerenveen won three successive North of the Netherlands championships, and following the end of the Second World War
they went on to win the same title six times in a row; the club's dominance partly ascribed to the presence in the team of Abe Lenstra
. During this period Lenstra led Heerenveen to a famous victory over AFC Ajax
in one of the most noted games in Dutch domestic football history.
During the 1950s, Heerenveen regional dominance faded and after Dutch football turned professional Lenstra left to join Sportclub Enschede
, before the club he departed was relegated to the Tweede Divisie
. By the end of the decade, Heerenveen were in the Eerste Divisie
, but they found themselves relegated again. In 1969-70, the Frisian club won the... Read More