|Full name||Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse|
FC Hollywood aan de Rijn (FC Hollywood on the Rhine)
|Founded||14 May 1892|
|Website||Club home page|
Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse is a Dutch football club from Arnhem, which was founded on 14 May 1892. Vitesse (French for speed) has enjoyed some success in Eredivisie and featured in the UEFA Cup competition. The owner is a Russian businessman, which makes Vitesse the first and only Dutch football club owned by a foreigner.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Training accommodation
- 4 Ownership
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Vitesse-managers since 1914
- 7 Club officials
- 8 Honours
- 9 Individual Achievements
- 10 Vitesse in Europe
- 11 Domestic results
- 12 Statistics
- 13 See also
- 14 Notes and references
- 15 External links
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 Lazovic, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra and Philip Cocu. In the 1980s, the club was threatened with bankruptcy, the solution to which was to form a new administrative board to govern both the professionals and the amateur sides. This is because up until the 1980s, the club had incorporated both its professional and its amateur players into its club structure. In 1990, the club reached its most recent KNVB Cup final when it was defeated by PSV Eindhoven on a penalty-kick in the 75' minute from Stan Valckx at De Kuip on 25 April 1990. It was restructured again in 2003 when it could have gone bankrupt, when the timely intervention of the Arnhem city council helped to create a financial rescue package to salvage the club.
In 2010 the club was bought by Georgian businessman Merab Jordania, who is a good 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 the move to Vitesse on loan, including Nemanja Matić, Gaël Kakuta and both Tomáš Kalas and Patrick van Aanholt twice. The club competed in European competition for the first time in a decade when it qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League as they were winners of the European playoff at the end of the 2011-12 Eredivisie campaign, defeating RKC Waalwijk 5-2 in the two-legged final.
Vitesse finished the 2012-13 Eredivisie campaign in fourth place and thus qualified for the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League for the following season. After leading the club to their impressive fourth place finish, manager Fred Rutten stepped down from his post after only one season in charge and was replaced by former Vitesse and Feyenoord midfielder Peter Bosz. In July 2013, two of Vitesse's most important first-team players, Marco van Ginkel and Wilfried Bony, were sold for club record fees at the time to Chelsea and Swansea City of the Premier League respectively. Van Ginkel had been named the Dutch Talent of the Year for the previous season and Bony was the Eredivisie top scorer with 31 goals and was named the Dutch Footballer of the Year.
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.
The clubs training ground and youth development system are based at the National Sports Centre Papendal. As of 2012 the clubs 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.
On 16 August 2010, the former Georgian footballer and now businessman Merab Jordania became the owner of Vitesse. Jordania expressed his ambition for Vitesse to become champion of the Eredivisie league within three years. His first action as owner involved attracting 8 new young players, though no established stars. However, the takeover resulted in some controversy. Some commentators arguing that this takeover was the Dutch equivalent of what had happened in English football, financial globalization and possibly longer-term destabilization, as expressed in the opinions in the local papers. On 22 October 2013 it was announced that Russian billionaire Aleksandr Tsjigirinski was the new owner of Vitesse, while Merab Jordania would remain as chairman of the club.
As of 14 January 2014
For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2013
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Vitesse-managers since 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–)
|Club owner||Alexander Chigirinsky||22 October 2013|
|Chairman||Bert Roetert||10 December 2013|
|Managing Director||Joost de Wit||16 May 2013|
|Technical Director||Mohammed Allach||1 October 2013|
|Manager||Peter Bosz||19 June 2013|
|Assistant manager||Hendrie Krüzen||19 June 2013|
|Assistant manager||Albert Capellas Herms||15 November 2010|
|Assistant manager||André Paus||28 June 2013|
|Assistant manager (goalkeeper coach)||Raimond van der Gouw||1 July 2009|
- Winners (1): 1965-66
- Runners-up (3): 1912, 1927, 1990
- 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
|1978/79||Intertoto Cup||Group||Hellas Verona||2–1, 0–2||Bursac, Hofs / (-)|
|Group||RWDM||0–5, 0–2||(-) / (-)|
|Group||Troyes AC||5–3, 2–1||Bleijenberg (2), Heezen, Mulderij, Bosveld / Bleijenberg, Beukhof|
|1990/91||UEFA Cup||1R||Derry City FC||1–0, 0–0||Loeffen / (-)|
|2R||Dundee United||1–0, 4–0||Eijer / Latuheru (2), Van den Brom, Eijer|
|1/8||Sporting CP||0–2, 1–2||(-) / Van Arum|
|1992/93||UEFA Cup||1R||Derry City FC||3–0, 2–1||Van den Brom (2), Van Arum / Straal, Laamers|
|2R||KV Mechelen||1–0, 1–0||Van den Brom / Cocu|
|1/8||Real Madrid||0–1, 0–1||(-) / (-)|
|1993/94||UEFA Cup||1R||Norwich City||0–3, 0–0||(-) / (-)|
|1994/95||UEFA Cup||1R||AC Parma||1–0, 0–2||Gillhaus / (-)|
|1997/98||UEFA Cup||1R||SC Braga||2–1, 0–2||Curovic, Trustfull / (-)|
|1998/99||UEFA Cup||1R||AEK Athens||3–0, 3–3||Laros, Perovic, Machlas / Machlas (2), Reuser|
|2R||Girondins de Bordeaux||0–1, 1–2||(-) / Jochemsen|
|1999/00||UEFA Cup||1R||SC Beira-Mar||2–1, 0–0||Van Hooijdonk, Grozdic / (-)|
|2R||RC Lens||1–4, 1–1||Van Hooijdonk / Kreek|
|2000/01||UEFA Cup||1R||Maccabi Haifa FC||3–0, 1–2||Martel, Peeters, Amoah / Amoah|
|2R||Internazionale||0–0, 1–1||(-) / Peeters|
|2002/03||UEFA Cup||1R||FC Rapid Bucureşti||1–1, 1–0||Peeters / Peeters|
|2R||Werder Bremen||2–1, 3–3||Amoah, Verlaat (o.g.) / Levchenko, Claessens, Mbamba|
|3R||Liverpool FC||0–1, 0–1||(-) / (-)|
|2012/13||Europa League||Q2||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||4–4, 3–1||Van Ginkel (2), Reis, Bony / Van Ginkel, Van Aanholt, Bony|
|Q3||Anzhi Makhachkala||0–2, 0–2||(-) / (-)|
|2013/14||Europa League||Q3||Petrolul Ploiești||1–1, 1–2||Reis / Van der Heijden|
- 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 FC, 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 AFC Ajax, Eredivisie, 19 May 1972
- Record tournament defeat: 0–7 v PSV, KNVB Beker, Fourth Round, 4 May 1969
- Highest ranking: 3rd in Eredivisie, 1997/1998
- 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 FC 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
Below is a table with Vitesse's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.
|Domestic Results since 1956|
|Domestic league||League result||Qualification to||KNVB Cup season||Cup result|
|2013–14 Eredivisie||2013-14||round of 16|
|2012–13 Eredivisie||4th||Europa League||2012-13||quarter final|
|2011–12 Eredivisie||7th (6th after EC play-offs)||Europa League (winning EC play-offs)||2011-12||quarter final|
|2010–11 Eredivisie||15th||-||2010-11||round of 16|
|2009–10 Eredivisie||14th||-||2009-10||third round|
|2008–09 Eredivisie||10th||-||2008-09||third round|
|2007–08 Eredivisie||12th||-||2007-08||second round|
|2006–07 Eredivisie||12th (10th after IC play-offs)||- (losing IC play-offs)||2006-07||third round|
|2005–06 Eredivisie||11th (10th after IC play-offs)||- (losing IC play-offs)||2005-06||second round|
|2004–05 Eredivisie||7th||-||2004-05||third round|
|2003–04 Eredivisie||16th||- (surviving promotion/relegation play-offs)||2003-04||round of 16|
|2002–03 Eredivisie||14th||-||2002-03||quarter final|
|2001–02 Eredivisie||5th||UEFA Cup||2001-02||second round|
|1999–2000 Eredivisie||4th||UEFA Cup||1999-2000||semi-final|
|1998–99 Eredivisie||4th||UEFA Cup||1998-99||quarter final|
|1997–98 Eredivisie||3rd||UEFA Cup||1997-98||quarter final|
|1996–97 Eredivisie||5th||UEFA Cup||1996-97||quarter final|
|1995–96 Eredivisie||5th||-||1995-96||second round|
|1994–95 Eredivisie||6th||-||1994-95||second round|
|1993–94 Eredivisie||4th||UEFA Cup||1993-94||third round|
|1992–93 Eredivisie||4th||UEFA Cup||1992-93||round of 16|
|1991–92 Eredivisie||4th||UEFA Cup||1991-92||round of 16|
|1990–91 Eredivisie||5th||-||1990-91||quarter final|
|1989–90 Eredivisie||4th||UEFA Cup||1989-90||final|
|1988–89 Eerste Divisie||1st||Eredivisie (promotion)||1988-89||quarter final|
|1987–88 Eerste Divisie||9th||promotion/relegation play-offs: no promotion||1987-88||first round|
|1986–87 Eerste Divisie||7th||-||1986-87||quarter final|
|1985–86 Eerste Divisie||8th||promotion/relegation play-offs: no promotion||1985-86||first round|
|1984–85 Eerste Divisie||17th||-||1984-85||second round|
|1983–84 Eerste Divisie||11th||-||1983-84||first round|
|1982–83 Eerste Divisie||10th||-||1982-83||second round|
|1981–82 Eerste Divisie||8th||-||1981-82||second round|
|1980–81 Eerste Divisie||8th||-||1980-81||first round|
|1979–80 Eredivisie||17th||Eerste Divisie (relegation)||1979-80||round of 16|
|1978–79 Eredivisie||14th||-||1978-79||second round|
|1977–78 Eredivisie||9th||-||1977-78||quarter final|
|1976–77 Eerste Divisie||1st||Eredivisie (promotion)||1976-77||second round|
|1975–76 Eerste Divisie||5th||promotion/relegation play-offs: no promotion||1975-76||first round|
|1974–75 Eerste Divisie||3rd||promotion/relegation play-offs: no promotion||1974-75||first round|
|1973–74 Eerste Divisie||2nd||promotion/relegation play-offs: no promotion||1973-74||second round|
|1972–73 Eerste Divisie||3rd||-||1972-73||second round|
|1971–72 Eredivisie||18th||Eerste Divisie (relegation)||1971-72||first round|
|1970–71 Eerste Divisie||3rd||Eredivisie (promotion)||1970-71||second round|
|1969–70 Eerste Divisie||7th||-||1969-70||second round|
|1968–69 Eerste Divisie||3rd||-||1968-69||quarter final|
|1967–68 Eerste Divisie||5th||-||1967-68||group stage|
|1966–67 Eerste Divisie||8th||-||1966-67||first round|
|1965–66 Tweede Divisie||1st (group A)||Eerste Divisie (promotion)||1965-66||group stage|
|1964–65 Tweede Divisie||4th (group A)||-||1964-65||first round|
|1963–64 Tweede Divisie||9th (group B)||-||1963-64||first round|
|1962–63 Tweede Divisie||6th (group A)||-||1962-63||second round|
|1961–62 Eerste Divisie||10th (group A)||Tweede Divisie (relegation)||1961-62||fourth round|
|1960–61 Eerste Divisie||4th (group A)||-||1960-61||group stage|
|1959–60 Eerste Divisie||2nd (group A)||promotion/relegation play-offs: no promotion||not held||not held|
|1958–59 Eerste Divisie||10th (group B)||-||1958-59||no participation|
|1957–58 Eerste Divisie||5th (group A)||-||1957-58||fourth round|
|1956–57 Eerste Divisie||7th (group B)||-||1956-57||second round|
As of 21 December 2013
Club topscorers by season
Notes and references
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- "Netherlands Cup Full Results 1970-1994". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Mysterious motivation at Vitesse Arnhem". ESPNFC. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Vitesse first Dutch club sold to foreign investor". Expatica. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Players admit Vitesse Arnhem attractive thanks to Chelsea partnership". Yahoo Sport. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Vitesse huurt drietal van Chelsea". nos.nl. 2010-08-23.
- "Gael Kakuta says Chelsea's squad is too big and he is happy at Vitesse Arnhem". Sky Sports. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Presentatie nieuwe nummer 2: Tomáš Kalas". Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- VITESSE LOANS FOR YOUNG PAIR
- "2012/13 UEFA Europa League: Vitesse/Matches". UEFA. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Europa League Play-offs - Semi-finals - Netherlands". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Europa League Play-offs - Finals - Netherlands". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Bosz accepts task of succeeding Rutten at Vitesse". UEFA. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Voetbal" (in Dutch). Vitesse lijkt met Peter Bosz de opvolger van Fred Rutten binnen te hebben. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Transfer latest: Swansea confirm capture of record signing Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem". The Independent. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "What can Chelsea fans expect from Marco van Ginkel?". Metro. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Wilfried Bony: Swansea complete club-record £12m signing". BBC Sport. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- "Venues prepare for summer drama". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). Archived from the original on 10 August 2001. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "OVER GELREDOME FEITEN EN CIJFERS" (in Dutch). GelreDome. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Alexander Chigirinskiy (50) neemt aandelen Vitesse over, Vitesse.nl, 22 oktober 2013
- "Vitesse". Vitesse. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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