- Address: Boumaboulevard 41, Groningen
- Country: Netherlands
- Capacity: 22,000
- Opened: 13 January 2006
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: FC Groningen (football)
Extra stadium info – Euroborg
The venue opened as the Euroborg. It was known as the NoordLease Stadion and the Hitachi Capital Mobility Stadion. Besides the nickname De Groene Hel (The Green Hell), the stadium is also called De Groene Kathedraal (The Green Cathedral). It opened with a football match between tenants FC Groningen and their rivals sc Heerenveen. The home side won the match 2-0, with Erik Nevland from Norway scoring the stadium’s first-ever goal. Football Club Groningen won the Dutch cup tournament in 2015 for the first time in their history. They won the competition after beating PEC Zwolle in Rotterdam.
Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz, one of the first football players with 10 million followers on his main social media page, is one of the former players of FC Groningen. The Uruguayan football player became famous for his football skills and infamous for his biting incidents. He bit PSV’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder during a match. The KNVB, the governing body of football in the Netherlands, suspended Suárez for seven matches after the biting incident. Luis Suárez scored twice for FC Barcelona in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup final. The Argentine football star Lionel Messi also scored for FC Barcelona in that final.
Other world famous football players
The world famous Dutch football stars Ronald Koeman, Arjen Robben and Virgil van Dijk played for FC Groningen. Ronald Koeman played for the club in the 1980s. He won the European championship for football clubs with the Dutch side PSV from Eindhoven in 1988. He also won the tournament with the Spanish side FC Barcelona. Arjen Robben started his professional football career with FC Groningen in 2000. Robben won his only European championship title with Bayern München. He also played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final before he ended his professional football career with FC Groningen. In 2019, Virgil van Dijk won the European championship for football clubs and the world championship for football clubs with Liverpool FC.