Amsterdamsche Football Club Door Wilskracht Sterk (English: Amsterdam Football Club Strong Through Willpower), also referred to as AFC DWS, Door Wilskracht Sterk or simply DWS, is a Dutch football club from Amsterdam, currently competing in the Vierde Klasse (English: Fourth Class), the sixth tier of amateur football in the Netherlands.
|Full name||Door Wilskracht Sterk|
|Founded||11 October 1907 (as Fortuna)|
22 March 1909 (as DWS)
|League||Tweede Klasse (Sunday)|
AFC DWS was founded on 11 October 1907, by the trio of Robert Beijerbacht, Theo Beijerbacht and Jan van Galen under the name of Fortuna which was soon changed to Hercules. The team played in a blue and white striped shirt and white shorts. On 22 March 1909 the name was changed to DWS and the shirt colours became blue and black vertical stripes.
In 1954 the club entered professional football, playing its home matches in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. DWS became champions of the Eredivisie in 1964, the same year they were promoted from the Eerste Divisie, which is a feat that has never been repeated since from any team after being promoted to the Eredivisie. DWS then reached the quarter finals of the 1964–65 European Cup, in the next season. Their 1964 triumph is the most recent occasion of a club without a predominantly red and white home strip (unlike recent contenders Ajax, AZ, Feyenoord, PSV and Twente) winning the Eredivisie title, a drought of 55 years.
DWS in Europe
|1964/65||International Football Cup||Group stage||FC La Chaux-de-Fonds||1–2, 1–0||0.0|
|Eintracht Braunschweig||4–0, 0–2|
|FC Beringen||5–0, 3–2|
|First Round||never played (2)|
|Quarterfinals||RFC de Liège||never played (3)|
|1964/65||Europacup I||Qualification||Fenerbahçe SK||3–1, 1–0||10.0|
|Round of 16||SFK Lyn Oslo||5–0, 3–1|
|Quarterfinals||Vasas ETO Győr||1–1, 0–1|
|1966/67||International Football Cup||Group stage||Atalanta Bergamo||1–0, 1–0||0.0|
|FC Grenchen||4–2, 5–3|
|RC Strasbourg||4–1, 2–1|
|Quarterfinals||Zagłębie Sosnowiec||2–2, 0–3|
|1966/67||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||Second round||Leeds United||1–3, 1–5||0.0|
|1967/68||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||First round||Dundee||2–1, 0–3||2.0|
|1968/69||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||First round||Beerschot VAV||1–1, 2–1||5.0|
|Second round||Chelsea||0–0, 0–0 (k)|
|Round of 16||Rangers||0–2, 1–2|
- (1) UCP = UEFA Co-efficiency points. Total number of points for UEFA Coefficient: 17.0
- (2) DWS skipped this round, since they were still active in the Europacup I
- (3) DWS are eliminated from the tournament since they are still active in the Europacup I
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- Official website (in Dutch)