F.C. Amsterdam 1976 -77 Retro Football Shirt

€ 59.95

Colour: White

Article # 752

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  • 100% cotton
  • 100% football
  • Packed in gift box
  • Made in Europe
  • Machine wash

Watching from the sidelines as their city rivals Ajax monopolised the European Cup during the early 1970s, two of Amsterdam's less-celebrated clubs decided to pool resources to create a new outfit capable of better challenging their illustrious neighbour. Those clubs were DWS and Blauw-Wit and FC Amsterdam was born as a result of their 1972 merger - to be joined a couple of seasons later by a third venerable Amsterdam footballing institution in De Volewijckers.

The early years of the new club were the most optimistic. With a team that included the national keeper Jan Jongbloed, fringe internationals Heini Otto and Chris Dekker and the reliable forward Gerard van der Lem, FC Amsterdam managed an impressive fifth placed Eredivisie finish in 1974, just their second season in existence.

A memorable UEFA Cup campaign followed that included the defeat of mighty Internazionale, but fortunes were quick to fade. By 1976 the club was fighting relegation and by 1978 FC Amsterdam plunged out of the top flight altogether, never to return. Attendances collapsed and the club limped on for a further four seasons in the Eerste Divisie before disbanding in 1982. In its decade of existence FC Amsterdam never managed to achieve its original goal of finishing above Ajax in the Eredivisie table.