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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; 116 years ago (1903-02-07)
GroundDe Koel
ChairmanHai Berden
ManagerRobert Maaskant
2018–19Eredivisie, 12th
WebsiteClub website
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.


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 barely 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]


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, Covebo Stadion De Koel.


EredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisieEerste Divisie


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 August 2019[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 Thorsten Kirschbaum
2 Germany DF Tobias Pachonik
4 Netherlands DF Roel Janssen
5 Germany DF Steffen Schäfer
6 Netherlands MF Danny Post (captain)
7 United States FW Haji Wright
8 Netherlands MF Peter van Ooijen
9 Italy FW Elia Soriano
10 Netherlands MF Johnatan Opoku
11 Germany MF Richard Neudecker
13 Germany DF Nils Röseler
14 Netherlands DF Christian Kum
15 England FW Jerome Sinclair (on loan from Watford)
No. Position Player
16 Netherlands GK Delano van Crooij
17 Netherlands DF Tristan Dekker
18 Israel DF Samuel Scheimann
20 Netherlands DF Damian van Bruggen
21 Netherlands MF Evert Linthorst
22 Netherlands GK Bram Verbong
23 Netherlands FW Yahcuroo Roemer
24 Netherlands MF Simon Janssen
25 Netherlands MF Aaron Bastiaans
26 Netherlands DF Stan van Dijck
29 Netherlands MF Paul Wienhoven
30 Netherlands MF Joep Munsters
31 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Tino-Sven Sušić
England MF Lee Cattermole

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
2014–2019 Maurice Steijn Netherlands
2019–2021 Robert Maaskant Netherlands


  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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