VVV-Venlo

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VVV
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Full nameVenlose Voetbal Vereniging Venlo
Nickname(s)The Good Old,
Venlose Trots,
Pride of the South,
Yellow Black Army
Short nameVVV
Founded7 February 1903; 115 years ago (1903-02-07)
GroundDe Koel
Venlo
Capacity8,000
ChairmanHai Berden
ManagerMaurice Steijn
LeagueEredivisie
2017–18Eredivisie, 15th
Current season

VVV-Venlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌveːveːˈveː ˈvɛnloː], VVV stands for Venlose Voetbal Vereniging [ˈvɛnloːzə ˈvudbɑl vəˈreːnəɣɪŋ]) is a football club from Venlo, Netherlands, playing in the Eredivisie. The club plays its home games in the -Seacon Stadion- De Koel stadium, which is named after their main sponsor Seacon Logistics.

History[edit]

VVV returned to the Eredivisie, the highest league in the Netherlands, by defeating RKC Waalwijk (3-0) in the promotion/relegation play-offs in the 2006–07 season. After one season in the Eredivisie, VVV-Venlo were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie. After a single season, VVV-Venlo won the 2008–09 Eerste Divisie title and returned to the Eredivisie.

In the 2009–10 season, the team booked its best league result since 1988 after finishing 12th in the Eredivisie. Another remarkable event was the transfer of star player Keisuke Honda to CSKA Moscow. They also signed toddler Baerke van der Meij on a symbolic ten-year contract, after a video featuring him scoring a hat trick into a toy box went viral.[1] Honda was replaced by Gonzalo and the club signed Japanese player Maya Yoshida. The departure of Honda turned out to be a key point in the club's season. In the second half of the season, the team was not able to win matches and nearly escaped from relegation.

At the end of the season, key players Ruben Schaken and Adil Auassar both signed with Feyenoord on a free transfer. Gonzalo returned to his employer Groningen, while Sandro Calabro signed with Swiss side St. Gallen. The club contracted Ruud Boymans and the Nigerian Ahmed Musa to strengthen the squad for the 2010-11 season. They avoided relegation, but it was a harsh season in which Jan van Dijk was fired and former international Patrick Paauwe terminated his contract after losing the competition from his competitors.

Belgian manager Glen De Boeck was signed for the next season, but failed to improve the results. As a result of that, he resigned in December 2011. Ton Lokhoff was recruited as the new manager and succeeded in avoiding relegation by winning the post-season play-offs. However, in the 2012–13 season, the club was relegated after losing the promotion/relegation play-offs against Go Ahead Eagles. The club finished fifth in its first Eerste Divisie season since its promotion in 2009. But again, the club bounced back and returned to the Eredivisie in 2017, after clinching promotion by defeating RKC Waalwijk.[2]

Japanese players[edit]

Since Keisuke Honda transferred from Nagoya Grampus in 2008, a slew of Japanese players have played at VVV-Venlo, including Maya Yoshida, Robert Cullen and Yuki Otsu. Sef Vergoossen, a legendary manager of the club, and Japanese agent Tetsuro Kiyooka were the bridge between the Japanese players and the club.[3]

Stadium[edit]

VVV-Venlo currently play at De Koel in Venlo. The stadium holds 8,000 people and was built in 1972. It is named after its main sponsor, hence its current name, Seacon Stadion De Koel.

Results[edit]

EredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisieEerste Divisie

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 September 2018[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Lars Unnerstall (on loan from PSV)
2 Netherlands DF Moreno Rutten
3 Netherlands DF Jerold Promes
4 Netherlands DF Roel Janssen
6 Netherlands MF Danny Post (captain)
7 Norway MF Martin Samuelsen (on loan from West Ham United)
8 Netherlands MF Peter van Ooijen
9 Netherlands FW Ralf Seuntjens
10 Netherlands MF Johnatan Opoku
11 Netherlands FW Jay-Roy Grot (on loan from Leeds United)
13 Germany DF Nils Röseler
14 Netherlands DF Christian Kum
16 Netherlands GK Delano van Crooy
No. Position Player
17 Netherlands DF Tristan Dekker
19 Netherlands MF Patrick Joosten (on loan from Utrecht)
20 Netherlands DF Damian van Bruggen
21 Germany DF Axel Borgmann
22 Netherlands GK Bram Verbong
25 Netherlands DF Evren Korkmaz
26 Togo FW Peniel Mlapa (on loan from Dynamo Dresden)
29 Netherlands MF Evert Linthorst
30 Netherlands DF Stan van Dijck
31 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Tino-Sven Sušić
32 Netherlands MF Paul Wienhoven
35 Netherlands MF Sem Steijn (on loan from ADO Den Haag)

Retired numbers[edit]

28 — Netherlands Beau Vilters, defender (2014–15) — posthumous honour

Notable players[edit]

Domestic results[edit]

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

Managerial history[edit]

 
Years Name Nat.
1954–56 Ferdi Silz Germany
1956–60 Wilhelm Kment Austria
1961–63 Ferdi Silz Germany
1964–65 Josef Gesell Germany
1968–69 Bas Paauwe Netherlands
1970–72 Josef Gesell Germany
1972–78 Rob Baan Netherlands
1978–79 Hans Croon Netherlands
1979 Sef Vergoossen Netherlands
1979–81 Jan Morsing Netherlands
 
Years Name Nat.
1981–86 Sef Vergoossen Netherlands
1986–88 Jan Reker Netherlands
1989 Sef Vergoossen Netherlands
1992–94 Frans Körver Netherlands
1995–96 Jan Versleijen Netherlands
1996–98 Henk van Stee Netherlands
1998–99 Hennie Spijkerman Netherlands
2000–01 Jan Versleijen Netherlands
2002–04 Wim Dusseldorp Netherlands
2004–05 Adrie Koster Netherlands
 
Years Name Nat.
2005–06 Herbert Neumann Germany
2006–08 André Wetzel Netherlands
2008–10 Jan van Dijk Netherlands
2010–11 Willy Boessen (a.i.) Netherlands
2011 Glen De Boeck Belgium
2011 Willy Boessen (a.i.) Netherlands
2011–13 Ton Lokhoff Netherlands
2013–14 René Trost Netherlands
2014– Maurice Steijn Netherlands

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club 'signs up' hat-trick toddler". 28 April 2011 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ VVV-Venlo na vier jaar terug in de eredivisie - NOS (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent, The Japan Times, 3 April 2014
  4. ^ "Selectie". vvv-venlo.nl. Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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