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Full name Venlose Voetbal Vereniging
Nickname(s) The Good Old,
Venlose trots,
Pride of the South
Short name V.V.V.
Founded February 7, 1903; 114 years ago (1903-02-07)
Ground De Koel
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Hai Berden
Manager Maurice Steijn
League Eredivisie
2016–17 Eerste Divisie, 1st (promoted)
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 De Koel stadium.


VVV returned to the Eredivisie, the highest league in the Netherlands, by defeating RKC Waalwijk 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 department of Honda turned out to be a key point in the club's success. 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 to be able to escaping from relegation. This succeeded, but it had been 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 to not relegate after the winning the post-season play-offs. However, the 2012–13 season turned out to be the club's final season in the Eredivisie for the time being, as it 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, Seacon Stadion De Koel.


Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2017

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
2 Netherlands DF Moreno Rutten
3 Netherlands DF Jerold Promes
4 Netherlands DF Roel Janssen
5 Belgium DF Leroy Labylle
6 Netherlands MF Danny Post (Captain)
7 Netherlands FW Vito van Crooy
8 Netherlands MF Clint Leemans
9 Netherlands FW Ralf Seuntjens
10 Netherlands MF Johnatan Opoku
11 Germany FW Lennart Thy (on loan from Werder Bremen)
13 Germany DF Nils Röseler
14 Morocco FW Tarik Tissoudali (on loan from Le Havre)
No. Position Player
16 Netherlands GK Delano van Crooy
17 Netherlands DF Tristan Dekker
18 Germany FW Etienne Amenyido (on loan from Borussia Dortmund)
19 Netherlands FW Torino Hunte
20 Netherlands DF Damian van Bruggen (on loan from PSV)
21 Australia MF Terry Antonis
22 Netherlands GK Roy Oomen
23 Netherlands MF Juul Respen
24 Netherlands FW Lugman Bezzat
27 Netherlands MF Jeffrey Rijkers
29 Netherlands MF Roy Gielen
30 Netherlands GK Sem Custers

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


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