AZ an initialism for Alkmaar Zaanstreek , is an association football club from the city of Alkmaar, Netherlands. The club plays in the Eredivisie, the highest football league in the Netherlands. AZ was founded in 1967 as AZ '67. The name was changed into AZ in July 1986; internationally, the tautology AZ Alkmaar is often used. AZ was founded on 10 May 1967 as AZ '67, the result of a merger of Alkmaar '54 and FC Zaanstreek. FC Zaanstreek was formed in 1964, continuing the professional adventure of the Kooger Football Club (KFC). KFC had been founded in 1910, had nearly become National Champion in 1934 through a narrow loss to Ajax in the finals, and had been professional since 1955. In 1964, the brothers Jos and Klaas Molenaar,...'
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