Sparta Rotterdam

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Sparta Rotterdam
Sparta emblem
Full name Sparta Rotterdam
Nickname(s) De Kasteelheren
(The Castle Lords)
De Rood-Witte Gladiatoren (The Red-White Gladiators)
Founded April 1, 1888; 126 years ago (1888-04-01)
Ground Het Kasteel (The Castle)
Ground Capacity 11,026
Chairman Netherlands Rob Westerhof
Manager Netherlands Gert Kruys
League Jupiler League
2013–14 Eerste Divisie, 16th
Website Club home page

Sparta Rotterdam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɑr.ta ˌrɔ.tər.ˈdɑm]) is a Dutch professional football club based in Rotterdam. Established on 1 April 1888, Sparta Rotterdam is the oldest professional football team in the Netherlands. Sparta plays in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of Dutch professional football. The club is one of three professional football clubs from Rotterdam, the others being Excelsior (est. 1902) and Feyenoord.


On 1 April 1888 several students from Rotterdam founded a cricket club called Sparta. In July 1888, a football branch of the club was established. In 1890 Sparta played its first real football match, and in 1892 Sparta disbanded the cricket branch. Sparta was promoted to the highest league of Dutch football on 23 April 1893. In 1897, Sparta withdrew from the competition after continuous dubious arbitration of Sparta matches. However, the club continued to exist, and in 1899, the board of Sparta visited a match of Sunderland A.F.C. Impressed with the red-white jersey of the English club, the board decided that Sunderland's colours (red-white striped jersey, black shorts) would henceforth be the colours of Sparta.

In 1905, Sparta initiated and organised the first home match of the Dutch national team, against Belgium. The match, won 4–0 by the Netherlands, was a rematch of a game two weeks prior, when the Netherlands beat Belgium 4–1 in Antwerp, Belgium.

The first match at Sparta's new stadium, Het Kasteel (The Castle), in the Spangen area of west Rotterdam, was played on 14 October 1916. The stadium was renovated in 1999 and is still Sparta's stadium.

Until the 2002-03 season Sparta Rotterdam had always played at the highest level, but they were relegated from the top-level Eredivisie in 2002. Sparta returned to the Eredivisie for the 2005–06 season. They were relegated again in 2010. On 20 August 2010 they equalled Ajax's and Heracles Almelo's Dutch league record win when they defeated Almere City FC 12-1[1] with Johan Voskamp scoring an Eerste Divisie record 8 goals on his debut.[2]

Sparta has won six national titles (1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915 and 1959) and three national cups (1958, 1962 and 1966).


1908-09, 1910-11, 1911-12, 1912-13, 1914-15, 1958-59
1957–58, 1961–62, 1965–66

Domestic results[edit]

Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie

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

Sparta in Europe[edit]

  • Q = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = First Round
  • 2R = Second Round
  • 3R = Third Round
  • 1/4 = Quarter Final
Season Competition Round Club Score
1959–60 European Cup 1R Sweden IFK Göteborg 3–1, 1–3, 3–1
1/4 Scotland Rangers FC 2–3, 1–0, 2–3
1962–63 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Switzerland Lausanne Sports 0–3, 4–2
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Malta Floriana 1–1, 6–0
2R Switzerland Servette Genève 0–2, 1–0
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Iceland ÍA Akranes 6–0, 9–0
2R Northern Ireland Coleraine FC 2–0, 2–1
3R Germany Bayern Munich 1–2, 1–3
1971–72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria Levski-Spartak 1–1, 2–0
2R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 1–1, 1–2
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R Northern Ireland Coleraine FC 4–0, 1–1
2R East Germany FC Carl Zeiss Jena 3–2, 1–1
3R Soviet Union Spartak Moskva 1–1, 0–2
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Hamburger SV 2–0, 0–2 (4–3 n.p.)
2R Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–1, 1–5

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2014

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers winter 2013–14

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

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Ricardo Kieboom
Netherlands GK Roy Kortsmit
Morocco GK Khalid Sinouh
Netherlands DF Crescendo van Berkel
Netherlands DF Daniel Breedijk
Netherlands DF Michel Breuer (on loan from NEC)
Netherlands DF Roderick Gielisse
Belgium DF Pieter Nys
Netherlands DF Kaj Ramsteijn (on loan from Feyenoord)
Netherlands DF Renzo Roemeratoe
Netherlands DF Emilio Samsey
Netherlands DF Donovan Slijngard
Netherlands MF Quentin Albertus
Brazil MF Daniel Bessa (on loan from Internazionale)
Netherlands MF Jaime Bruinier
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Huseyin Dogan
Netherlands MF Steef Nieuwendaal (captain)
Netherlands MF Jeremy de Nooijer
Belgium MF Stef Peeters
Netherlands MF Geert Arend Roorda
Netherlands FW Mario Bilate
Morocco FW Nourdin Boukhari
Suriname FW Donovan Deekman
Morocco FW Soufian El Hassnaoui
Angola FW Geraldo Antonio
Netherlands FW Roald van Hout
Netherlands FW Pieter Langedijk
Netherlands FW Patrick Lopes
Netherlands FW Mimoun Mahi
Netherlands FW Finn Stokkers
Netherlands FW Johan Voskamp

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Netherlands DF Robert van Boxel (at SC Cambuur)
Netherlands FW Paul Gladon (at FC Dordrecht)

Former managers[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sparta evenaart record Ajax en Heracles - De Telegraaf (Dutch)
  2. ^ Acht treffers bij debuut - De Telegraaf (Dutch)