FC Groningen – VVV Venlo 10-09-2017

Date: 10-09-2017
Game: FC Groningen - VVV Venlo 1-1 (1-0 HT)
Competition: Eredivisie, Netherlands
Stadium: NoordLease Stadion, Groningen
Attendance: 15.832
Ticket Price: €21,00

After visiting SC Heerenveen I went to FC Groningen, which is only a 40 minutes drive. FC Groningen was founded in 1971 and always played at the 2 highest tiers of Dutch football, as they played 2 short periods in the 2nd division (1975-1981 and 1998-2000). Since the club was founded, they managed to reach the Dutch cup final twice (1989 & 2015) and in 2015 they even won the final against PEC Zwolle (2-0).

Today's game against VVV Venlo was quite boring. Both teams played very bad but the home team managed to get up after 15 minutes; 1-0. In the 2nd half FC Groningen missed a penalty but I also missed the 1-1 by Venlo in the last seconds of the game, as I didn't want to risk to be stuck in the underground parking garage as the trip back home would already take over 3 hours.

The ground is brand new (2006) and from the outside it doesn't look like a stadium at all, being surrounded by a few shops, restaurants and a cinema. It's absolutely not my favorite kind of ground and I would have prefered the demolished Oosterpark without a doubt.