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SBV Vitesse

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Nickname(s)  Vitas
Chairman  Bert Roetert
League  Eredivisie
Location  Arnhem, Netherlands
Owner  Aleksandr Tsjigirinski
Ground Capacity  25,000
Arena/Stadium  GelreDome
Manager  Henk Fraser
Headquarters  Arnhem, Netherlands
Full name  Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse
Founded  14 May 1892; 124 years ago (1892-05-14)
Ground  GelreDome Arnhem, Netherlands
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Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse, commonly known as SBV Vitesse, Vitesse or Vitesse Arnhem, is a Dutch football club based in Arnhem, which was founded on 14 May 1892. The club has enjoyed some success in the Eredivisie, has featured in the UEFA Cup competition and became the first Dutch football club to be owned by a foreigner when it was taken over by Russian businessman Alexander Chigirinsky in 2010. Since 1998, the club has played its home games at the GelreDome.

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History

The idea of conceiving a football team stemmed from the club's early roots as a cricket club.

Vitesse once attracted big name signings into its ranks including Roy Makaay, Nikos Machlas, Sander Westerveld, Danko Lazović, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra, Philip Cocu, Wilfried Bony and Nemanja Matić. In 1990, the club reached its most recent KNVB Cup final when it was defeated by PSV on a penalty kick in the 75th minute from Stan Valckx at De Kuip on 25 April 1990.

Karel Aalbers was the president of the club from 1984 until February 2000. Aalbers' goal was to bring Vitesse from the bottom of the Second League (Eerste divisie, now Jupiler League), where the club was when he started, to the top 40 soccer clubs of Europe. He developed the basic idea for the Gelredome, a stadium with a sliding pitch that can be moved out of the building. Later, the same system was applied in Gelsenkirchen (Schalke 04) and in Japan. Events such as pop concerts can be held without damaging the grass. Gelredome opened in 1998. It has a roof that can be opened and closed. It is fully climate controlled as well. In the first season after the opening, Gelredome's attendance rose to 20,000, (from less than 8,000 in the old stadium.) Vitesse ranked top four positions, made profit and showed a solid balance sheet in the final years of his presidency. Aalbers resigned on 15 February 2000, after the main sponsor, Nuon, threatened to pull the plug if he did not. Nuon, as a public utility company, owned by local authorities, had trouble explaining why it invested heavily in Aalbers' ambitious plans. His successor was Jan Koning (former chief of Sara Lee/DE who resigned after four months). In a short period of time, Vitesse began to show negative financial results, due to poor deals on the transfer market. The club survived numerous financial crises, such as the last one in 2008, when debts were bought of, under the threat of bankruptcy.

In 2010, the club was bought by Georgian businessman Merab Jordania, a friend with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Shortly thereafter, the two clubs agreed to a partnership and in the years following, many young Chelsea players have moved to Vitesse on loan, including Nemanja Matić, Gaël Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Bertrand Traoré twice.

Stadium

Its home is the unique GelreDome stadium opened in 1998, featuring a retractable roof and a convertible pitch that can be retracted when unused during concerts or other events held at the stadium.

The stadium was finished in time to host three group stage matches during the Euro 2000 tournament held in the Netherlands and Belgium. Its current capacity for football is 25,000, the maximum capacity for shows is around 34,000, and the average league attendance in recent years was just below 20,000. Their previous home was the Nieuw Monnikenhuize.

Training accommodation

The club's training ground and youth development system are based at the National Sports Centre Papendal. As of 2012 the club's pitches have been renewed, where under-soil heating was introduced; one pitch has artificial turf. The new accommodation was completed and opened in the first half of 2013.

Players

As of 4 March 2017.

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2016

First team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

For recent transfers, see 2016–17 Vitesse season.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Reserve team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Retired numbers

04 — Theo Bos, defender (1983–98) — posthumous honour.
12 — reserved for the club supporters

Managerial history

  • Unknown (1893–1914)
  • Edgar Chadwick / John Sutcliffe (1914–15)
  • Mac Pherson (1919–20)
  • Charles Griffith (1920–22)
  • Jan van Dort / Bram Evers (1922–23)
  • Jan van Dort (1923–24)
  • Bob Jefferson (1924–27)
  • Heinrich Schwarz (1927–36)
  • Gerrit van Wijhe (1936–38)
  • Gerrit Horsten (1938–39)
  • Gerrit Horsten / Ben Tap (1939–43)
  • Gerrit Horsten / Jacques Piederiet / Jan Zonnenberg (1943–44)
  • Gerrit Horsten / Jacques Piederiet (1945–46)
  • George Roper (1946–47)
  • Arie van der Wel (1947–48)
  • Jan Zonnenberg (1948–54)
  • Joseph Gruber (1954–57)
  • Louis Pastoors (1957–60)
  • Branko Vidović (1960–62)
  • Jan Zonnenberg (1962–64)
  • Joseph Gruber (1964–66)
  • Frans de Munck (1966–69)
  • Cor Brom (1969–72)
  • Frans de Munck (1972–74)
  • Nedeljko Bulatović (1974 – Sept 75)
  • Jan de Bouter (Sept 1975 – April 76)
  • Clemens Westerhof (Jan 31, 1976 – June 30, 1976)
  • Henk Wullems (1976–82)
  • Leen Looijen (1982 – Feb 84)
  • Henk Hofstee (Feb 1984–84)
  • Clemens Westerhof (July 1, 1984 – June 30, 1985)
  • Janusz Kowalik / Henk Bosveld (1985–86)
  • Hans Dorjee / Niels Overweg (1986–87)
  • Hans Dorjee (1987 – July 87)
  • Niels Overweg (July 1987 – Sept 87)
  • Bert Jacobs (Sept 30, 1987 – June 30, 1992)
  • Herbert Neumann (July 1, 1992 – June 30, 1995)
  • Ronald Spelbos (July 1, 1995 – Nov 20, 1995)
  • Frans Thijssen (Nov 20, 1995 – June 30, 1996)
  • Leo Beenhakker (July 1, 1996 – Jan 11, 1997)
  • Henk ten Cate (Jan 12, 1997 – Sept 29, 1998)
  • Artur Jorge (July 1, 1998 – Oct 8, 1998)
  • Herbert Neumann (Oct 9, 1998 – Oct 30, 1999)
  • Edward Sturing / Jan Jongbloed (Oct 30, 1999 – Jan 1, 2000)
  • Ronald Koeman (Jan 1, 2000 – Dec 2, 2001)
  • Edward Sturing (Dec 3, 2001 – June 30, 2002)
  • Mike Snoei (July 1, 2002 – March 25, 2003)
  • Edward Sturing (March 26, 2003 – June 30, 2006)
  • Aad de Mos (July 1, 2006 – April 28, 2008)
  • Hans Westerhof (July 1, 2008 – Dec 30, 2008)
  • Theo Bos (Jan 3, 2009 – Oct 21, 2010)
  • Raimond van der Gouw / Hans van Arum (interim) (Oct 21, 2010 – Nov 15, 2010)
  • Albert Ferrer (Oct 27, 2010 – June 30, 2011)
  • John van den Brom (June 30, 2011 – June 30, 2012)
  • Fred Rutten (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013)
  • Peter Bosz (July 1, 2013 – January 4, 2016)
  • Rob Maas (interim) (January 5, 2016 – 8 May 2016)
  • Henk Fraser (June 13, 2016 – present)
  • League

  • Eredivisie / Netherlands Football League Championship
  • Runners-up (5): 1897–98, 1902–03, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15 Third Place (1): 1997–98
  • Eerste Divisie
  • Winners (2): 1976–77, 1988–89 Runners-up (2): 1959–60, 1973–74
  • Tweede Divisie
  • Winners (1): 1965–66

    Cup

  • KNVB Cup
  • Runners-up (3): 1912, 1927, 1990

    Other

  • Parbo Bier Cup
  • Winners (1): 2012
  • Individual Achievements

  • Top scorer Eerste Divisie: 2x (1974, 1983), Herman Veenendaal (23 goals), Remco Boere (27 goals)
  • Top scorer Eredivisie: 2x (1998, 2013), Nikos Machlas (34 goals), Wilfried Bony (31 goals)
  • European Golden Shoe-winner: 1x (1998), Nikos Machlas (34 goals)
  • Vitesse in Europe

  • Group = group game
  • Q = qualifying round
  • 1R = first round
  • 2R = second round
  • 3R = third round
  • 1/8 = 1/8 final
  • Club records

  • Highest transfer fee paid: Bob Peeters from Roda JC for €6.4 million, 2000
  • Highest transfer fee received: Wilfried Bony to Swansea City for £12 million, 2013
  • Record League win: 0–17 v Victoria, Gelderse Competitie NVB, 11 November 1894
  • Record Eredivisie win: 1–7 v Fortuna Sittard, 27-09-1997
  • Record Eerste Divisie win: 7–0 v FC Wageningen, 30-08-1970
  • Record European win: 0–4 v Dundee United, UEFA Cup Second Round, 7 November 1990
  • Record home win: 14–0 v Victoria, Gelderse Competitie NVB, 20 January 1895
  • Record away win: 0–17 v Victoria, Gelderse Competitie NVB, 11 November 1894
  • Record home Eredivisie win: 6–0 v FC Volendam, 8 April 1998
  • Record away Eredivisie win: 1–7 v Fortuna Sittard, 27 September 1997
  • Record defeat: 12–1 v Ajax, Eredivisie, 19 May 1972
  • Record tournament defeat: 0–7 v PSV, KNVB Beker, Fourth Round, 4 May 1969
  • Highest ranking: 3rd in Eredivisie, 1997–98
  • Longest unbeaten run (League): 22, from 8 January 1967 until 17 September 1967 in Eerste Divisie
  • Most clean sheets in one season: 18, Eerste Divisie, 1988–89
  • Most League goals all-time by player : 155 – Jan Dommering
  • Most League goals in a season by player: 34 – Nikos Machlas, Eredivisie, 1997–98
  • Most goals scored in a match: 9 – Nico Westdijk v De Treffers, Tweede Klasse C Oost, 19 October 1941
  • Most League goals scored in a season: 85, Eredivisie, 1997–98
  • Most League goals conceded in a season: 74, Eredivisie, 1971–72
  • Most hat-tricks scored (League): 12 – Jan Dommering
  • Fewest League goals scored in a season: 22, Eredivisie, 1971–72
  • Fewest League goals conceded in a season: 20, Eerste Divisie, 1988–89
  • Fastest own goal: 19 seconds – Purrel Fränkel v Twente, Eredivisie, 3 October 2003
  • Most top scorer of Vitesse: John van den Brom, 5 times
  • Most international caps for the Netherlands national football team as a Vitesse player: Just Göbel, 22
  • Domestic results

    Below is a table with Vitesse's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

    Affiliated teams

    Everton

    Twin teams

    On 18 May 2016, a cooperation was announced between Vasas Kubala Akadémia and Vitesse. According to the cooperation, the two club will organize common showcases, take part in a common conference and educational programmes. Gerry Hamstra said that it is very important for the Dutch club to initiate new cooperation in the Central European region, like Hungary.

  • Chelsea
  • Vasas
  • References

    SBV Vitesse Wikipedia


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