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TSVV Merlijn: Glorious history and a fertile future…!?

The name of Merlijn is derived from the wise man Merlijn, adviser of King Arthur in “King Arthur and the knights of the round table”. With this name we associate ourselves with the founders of football: the Englishmen. Merlijn also stands for the wisdom, braveness and proud the advisor of king Arthur was famous for.
TSVV Merlijn was founded on may 13, 1968 by Berry de Beer, among others. More than 10 years later, on the 10th of August 1979 to be exactly, TSVV Merlijn was registered by a notary and the regulations became official. At the same day TSVV Merlijn was registered at the Dutch “Chamber of Commerce”.
A couple of years TSVV Merlijn was represented by 3 and later by 4 teams in the different leagues of the Dutch football association, the KNVB. But at the end of the eighties the number of members started to decline. In 1996 the interest in playing for TSVV Merlijn under Tilburg’s students was descended to a distressing level and the TSVV Merlijn was made a “sleeping club”.
However, two years later a number of football players that were already practicing at the sport centre came up with the idea to start a football club for students. They participated with a team in the European Championship Football for Students and they liked to play more often with each other, in a club context. So in the summer of 1999 they decided to bring TSVV Merlijn back alive. In November 1999, a six-headed board was installed that dedicated itself to the re-establishment of TSVV Merlijn in spring 2000.

Since TSVV Merlijn started with one team playing on Sundays in the season 2000/2001 the club has grown every year. At his moment TSVV Merlijn counts 9 teams: 2 men and 2 women teams playing on Sundays and 5 men teams playing on Saturdays. Furthermore there are 3 indoor playing men teams that play their matches on weekdays.



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