Sparta Rotterdam

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Sparta Rotterdam
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Full name Sparta Rotterdam
Nickname(s) De Kasteelheren
(The Castle Lords)
De Rood-Witte Gladiatoren (The Red-White Gladiators)
Founded April 1, 1888; 127 years ago (1888-04-01)
Ground Het Kasteel (The Castle)
Ground Capacity 11,926
Chairman Netherlands Rob Westerhof
Manager Netherlands Alex Pastoor
League Jupiler League
2014–15 Eerste Divisie, 8th
Website Club home page

Sparta Rotterdam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɑrtaː ˌrɔtərˈdɑm]) 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 (1908).


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).

Youth program[edit]

Main article: Sparta Youth Academy

The Sparta Jeugdopleiding (English, Sparta Youth Academy) is a four star certified youth academy, and amongst the strongest in the Nation having won the National academy of the year award on several occasions.[3] Several International footballers have progressed through the ranks of the academy, including Danny Blind, Danny Koevermans, David Mendes da Silva, Ed de Goey, Winston Bogarde, Memphis Depay, Henk Fräser, Jan van Beveren, Anwar El Ghazi, Jetro Willems, John de Wolf, Kevin Strootman and Nick Viergever amongst others.[4]


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 September 2015

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2015

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 Bryan Janssen
Netherlands GK Ricardo Kieboom
Netherlands GK Roy Kortsmit
Netherlands DF Daniël Breedijk
Netherlands DF Michel Breuer (captain)
Netherlands DF Cody Claver
Australia DF Kenneth Dougall
Netherlands DF Rick van Drongelen
Aruba DF Denzel Dumfries
Netherlands DF Sherel Floranus
Netherlands DF Rick Ketting
Netherlands DF Christian Supusepa
Netherlands MF Mart Dijkstra
Netherlands MF Huseyin Dogan
Curaçao MF Yaël Eisden
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Robert Klaasen
Netherlands MF Paco van Moorsel
Belgium MF Ryan Sanusi
Netherlands MF Stijn Spierings (on loan from AZ)
Netherlands MF Romano van der Stoep
Netherlands MF Melvin Vissers
Netherlands FW Yesin Ben Mohamadi
Netherlands FW Roland Bergkamp
Belgium FW Loris Brogno
Netherlands FW Giovanni Hiwat
Iceland FW Óttar Magnús Karlsson (on loan from Ajax)
Netherlands FW Sherjill MacDonald (on loan from Westerlo)
Netherlands FW Finn Stokkers
Netherlands FW Thomas Verhaar
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 MF Youri Loen (at Fortuna Sittard until 30 June 2016)

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)
  3. ^ "Jeugdopleiding Sparta beoordeeld met 4 sterren". Rijnmond TV. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  4. ^ Hamilton, Chloe (1995-10-22). "Exponenten uit de jeugdopleiding van Sparta Rotterdam". Sparta Jeugdopleiding. Retrieved 2012-08-03.