|Full name||Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse|
|Founded||14 May 1892|
SBV Vitesse (Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse), widely known as Vitesse Arnhem, or simply as Vitesse, is a Dutch football club based in Arnhem (Gelderland) which was founded on 14 May 1892. Vitesse Arnhem is one of the oldest professional football clubs in the Netherlands. The club has enjoyed some success in the Eredivisie, has featured in the UEFA Cup competition and became the first Dutch football club to be owned by a foreigner when it was taken over by Georgian businessman Merab Zjordania in 2010. Since 1998, the club has played its home games at the GelreDome. Their best result in the Eredivisie was third place in 1997–98. The club won the KNVB Cup in 2016–17.
Throughout the years, Vitesse established itself as a stepping stone for future world class players like Willem Hesselink, Just Göbel, Roy Makaay, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra, Philip Cocu, Nikos Machlas, Sander Westerveld, Raimond van der Gouw, Wilfried Bony, Marco van Ginkel en Nemanja Matić.
- 1 History
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Symbols
- 4 Support
- 5 Players
- 6 Managers
- 7 Board and staff
- 8 Ownership
- 9 Presidents
- 10 Partnerships
- 11 Vitesse Youth Academy
- 12 Honours
- 13 Individual Achievements
- 14 Vitesse in Europe
- 15 UEFA Current ranking
- 16 Dutch Cup finals
- 17 Club records
- 18 Domestic results
- 19 Statistics
- 20 Vitesse II
- 21 National team players
- 22 Notable former players
- 23 See also
- 24 Notes and references
- 25 External links
Vitesse, founded in 1892, are the 2nd oldest professional football club still in existence in the Netherlands, after Sparta Rotterdam who were formed in 1888. The roots of Vitesse actually pre-dated Sparta by a year as in 1887 a club with the name "Arnhemsche cricket- en voetbalvereeniging Vitesse" was formed by a group of youth who played their sport on the Rijnkade, overlooking the River Rhine in the city centre. They had chosen the name as they didn't want to choose a word from the Latin or English languages as it was felt they were too elitist and so instead choose the French word "Vitesse", meaning "speed".
In 1891 the club disbanded as they were no longer able to find anywhere suitable to play cricket after a Velodrome was built on their usual playing field in the Klarenbeek Park. The following year a group of wealthy students resurrected the sports club, this time with the name AVC (Arnhemse Voetbal en Cricketclub) Vitesse. In the summer they played cricket and in the winter football. In the end of 1892, Vitesse played its first real football match, and in 1894 Vitesse disbanded the cricket branch. In 1895 and 1896 Vitesse became champion of the Gelderland competition. From the foundation of the Dutch national football championship in 1898 until 1954, the title was decided through play-offs by a handful of clubs who had previously won their regional league. Vitesse lost 6 times the final of the national championship (1898, 1899, 1903, 1913, 1914 and 1915).
During the World War II, Vitesse didn't play official matches, because playing football in the open air was forbidden. During the Battle of Arnhem, the residents of the city were forcibly evicted from their homes, allowing the Germans to turn the north bank of the Rhine into a heavily defended line. Residents were not allowed to return home without a permit and most did not return until after the war. The football field and clubhouse was completely destroyed. The damage was repaired in the years after the liberation.
In 1984 it was decided to split up the professional and amateur sections of the club. The professional section was renamed SBV (Stichting Betaald Voetbal – "Professional Football Foundation") Vitesse whilst the amateur section became "Vitesse 1892", which lasted until they went bust in 2009.
From 1984, Karel Aalbers was the president of SBV Vitesse. Aalbers' goal was to bring Vitesse from the bottom of the Second League (Eerste divisie, now Jupiler League), where the club was when he started, to the top 40 soccer clubs of Europe. He developed the basic idea for the 'Gelredome', a stadium with a sliding pitch that can be moved out of the building. Later, the same system was applied in Gelsenkirchen (Schalke 04) and in Japan. Events such as pop concerts can be held without damaging the grass. Gelredome opened in 1998. It has a roof that can be opened and closed. It is fully climate controlled as well. In the first season after the opening, Gelredome's attendance rose to 20,000, (from less than 8,000 in the old stadium.)
He financed the ambitions by making solid profits on the transfer market. Players such as Roy Makaay, Sander Westerveld, Nikos Machlas, Glenn Helder and Philip Cocu were sold for large sums of money. Others came to occupy empty player positions, such as Mahamadou Diarra and Pierre van Hooijdonk. Vitesse ranked top 4 positions, made profit and showed a solid balance sheet in the final years of his presidency. Also, the club became regular competitors in the UEFA Cup and in 1997–1998 finished third in the Eredivise, its highest ever finish.
Aalbers resigned on 15 February 2000, after the main sponsor, Nuon, threatened to pull the plug if he did not. Nuon, as a public utility company, owned by local authorities, had trouble explaining why it invested heavily in Aalbers' ambitious plans. His successor was Jan Koning (former chief of Sara Lee/DE who resigned after four months). In a short period of time, Vitesse began to show negative financial results, due to poor deals on the transfer market. The club survived numerous financial crises, such as the last one in 2008, when debts were bought of, under the threat of bankruptcy.
The club was in serious financial trouble, and in August 2010 its majority shareholder agreed to sell the club to the Georgian businessman Merab Jordania. There was rumors that this purchase was engineered by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. The first success under Jordania was the qualification for the Europa League. In November 2013, Vitesse was top of the league in the Eredivisie for the first time since 2006. It was the first time since 2000 they'd been top of the league later than the first week. Halfway through the season, after 17 matches, Vitesse was top of the league.
In April 2017, the club won its first major trophy in its 125-year existence, defeating AZ by a score of 2−0 in the final of the KNVB Cup, with two goals from Ricky van Wolfswinkel. On 5 August 2017 Vitesse were beaten 1–1 (4–2 pen.) at De Kuip, Rotterdam in the Johan Cruyff Shield final by Feyenoord.
The GelreDome is the home stadium of Vitesse, one of the largest stadiums in the Netherlands. The stadium have a retractable roof and a convertible pitch that can be retracted when unused during concerts or other events held at the stadium.
In 1998, the GelreDome replaced the Nieuw Monnikenhuize. The stadium was able to hold 12,000 people in a mix of seats and standing, however with the addition of temporary bleachers it could be raised to 18,000. After the increasing popularity of Vitesse in the 1990s, it became obvious that the traditional ground was too small for the increasing number of Vitesse supporters.
The GelreDome currently holds a four-star rating by UEFA. Three international matches of the Dutch national football team were played in the stadium, the first one being on Mai 27, 1998: a friendly against Cameroon (0–1). The last one, played on April 26, 2000, was also a friendly: a 0–0 against Scotland. Furthermore, the GelreDome was the location for three UEFA Euro 2000 group stage matches, as well as the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship tournament. Aside from football-related purposes, the ground is incidentally used for music concerts
The stadium has a maximum capacity of 21,000 people for sports events, or 41,000 during concerts. The GelreDome pitch is surrounded on each side by four covered all-seater stands, officially known as the Edward Sturing Stand (North), Charly Bosveld Stand (East), Theo Bos Stand (South) and Just Göbel Stand (West).
|1||Rijnkade / Klarenbeek Park||1887–1891|
|3||IJsclub Boulevard Heuvelink||1892–1894|
|4||Bronbeek Royal Palace ||1893|
Vitesse's training ground and Academy are based at the Olympic Training Centre Papendal, located in the Veluwe woods, 8km northwest of the city centre. Papendal is also the home base of NOC*NSF. Around 550 top athletes use the facilities of Papendal, 400 on a daily basis.
In 2013 was the official opening of the brand new Vitesse Training Centre. The complex has been inspired by Cobham Training Centre (Chelsea FC). Even though the Papendal complex is of a more modest format, it has many similar facilities, such as a weight training room, a state-of-the-art therapy bath, a steam room, sports medical rooms, a press reception area and separate restaurants for visitors and players.
On the grounds, there are 6 full size football pitches of which one is astro turf. A stand has been built at the Academy's main pitch, with a capacity of over 500 people. The reserve squad and academy teams all play their matches here. The complex is situated in large wooded area, where the players can prepare in a peaceful and private environment, whilst not being too far from the hustle and bustle of Arnhem's city centre.
Besides having the most advanced and up-to-date sports and training complexes, Papendal is also the base for administration staff, scouting department and all club coaches. There are eleven dressing rooms, physiotherapy suites and a base for the medical staff, including a consulting room.
Vitesse are well known for the American bald Eagle 'Hertog', which is released before the match and flies over the crowds.
Theo Bos spent his entire playing career for Vitesse, making a total 369 appearances in 14 seasons with his club. He is therefore considered to be Mister Vitesse. Bos died on 28 February 2013 of pancreatic cancer, aged forty-seven. Following his death, a special remembrance to honour Theo Bos took place at Gelredome with around 7,000 Vitesse supporters. As of the 2012–13 season, no player could wear the number 4 shirt at Vitesse after the club decided to retire the shirt out of respect for Theo Bos, "the legendary number four". Dutch defender Jan-Arie van der Heijden was the last player to wear the number.
Around September there is an annual 'Airborne memorial' football match. During this annual Airborne-match the veterans of World War II will be honored. The Gelredome is decorated with Airborne flags, both outside and inside the stadium, and at halftime, 120 members of the Royal British Legion played the bagpipes with some other musical guests. The match is traditionally visited by veterans who were fighting in this battle, while a special shirt is worn by Vitesse. Vitesse drop their normal striped black and yellow kit for this special match. Instead they wear claret and blue outfits, the same colours of the 1st Airborne Division, with a 1st Airborne 'winged horse' emblem also etched on the kit. These shirts are after the match auctioned for charity.
The Battle of Arnhem was a major battle of the Second World War fought in and around Arnhem from 17–26 September 1944. The British 1st Airborne Division, under the command of Major-General Roy Urquhart, and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the task of securing the bridge at Arnhem. Glider infantry and paratrooper units were landed into the area on 17 September and later. The bulk of the force was dropped rather far from the bridge and never met their objective. A small element of the British 1st Airborne, the 2nd Parachute Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel John D. Frost, managed to make its way as far as the bridge but was unable to secure both sides. The British troops encountered stiff resistance from the German 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions, which had been stationed in and around the city. The British force at the bridge eventually ran out of ammunition and was captured on 21 September, and a full withdrawal of the remaining forces was made on 26 September.
Vitesse fans are known to be creative and have a lot of various songs and chants in their equipment during matches. Among the most important Vitesse songs are "Geel en Zwart zijn onze kleuren" by Emile Hartkamp, and "Bouw mee aan een steengoed Vites!" by Henk Bleker & Enka Harmonie. Vitesse opens its home matches with "Whatever You Want" by Status Quo, and after every home goal "Bro Hymn" by Pennywise is played.
The club's shirt consists of black-yellow vertical stripes, inspired by the colours of the flag of Gelderland. Its colours originate from the coat of arms of Gelderland which in turn was based on the coat of arms of the Hertogdom Gelre.
The first logo of Vitesse was a shield-shaped figure. In the middle there was a diagonal dividing line between the left yellow face and the right black box. In the left box, "AVC Vitesse" was diagonally written and in the right-hand side, "1892 ", the club's founding year. The old logo was replaced in 1984, the year in which the roads of the BVO branch and the amateur branch separated. The amateur branch retained the logo with limited modification, SBV Vitesse got a new logo.
The new logo of the BVO from 1984 is once again a shield-shaped figure, but it has straight lines at both the top and sides of the logo. At the top is with thick white uppercase Vitesse. Under the name is a double-headed eagle, with left and right half mirrored. Also the colors are mirrored, which is left yellow is black right and vice versa. This double-headed eagle can also be found in the coat of arms of Arnhem. In the middle of the logo is a football positioned.
In the autumn of 2011, a new version of the logo was put into use; A total of 13 changes have been made. For example, the symmetry of the eagle was improved, the black outer edge replaced by a white, the two's '-and in the name less thickened, the football adapted in terms of appearance and stand, shadow effect is added and (if the context allows it) is The year of creation as text EST. 1892 under the logo read.
There was also a special anniversary crest to celebrate the 125th (2017) anniversary of the club.
Vitesse wore sponsored shirts for the first time in the 1982–83 season, to promote the Akai. The club signed its first kit manufacturing deal with the German firm adidas. The kit is being produced by Macron for the 2018–19 season.
Historical home kits
Vitesse have a loyal fanbase. The supporters of the club are known as Vitessenaren. National and international Vitesse is known by the fierce and fanatic support of their fans. Vitesse currently has two independent fan bodies. The Supportersvereniging Vitesse was founded in 1992 and currently consists of 3,000 members. They own a fan base within the GelreDome. The second one, Arnhem Ultras, serve a more specific purpose: to improve the atmosphere in the stadium. Besides the fan unions, there are several sets of fans who work together on tifo choreography, likes VIVO (Vitesse Is van Ons), De Aftrap and VAK 113 among others. Nowadays, Vitesse is supported by one fanatic side: The Theo Bos - South Stand. This stand is responsible for a big part of the atmosphere in the stadium.
Vitesse have attracted around 18,000 people to Eredivisie matches on average in the last years. The record attendance stands at 26,600, achieved in a match against NAC Breda at March 25, 1998. Research showed that about 10,000 season ticket holders from Gelderland, with other significant groups coming from Utrecht, South Holland and North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Vitesse Kids Club was founded by Vitesse in 1998 for children up to 16 years. Every year, the Vitesse Kids Club Day is organized, offering activities for members who are joined by the first team squad. During pre-season, Vitesse also holds an Open Day for people of all ages; the event gives the opportunity for sponsors and new player signings to be presented.
N.E.C. from Nijmegen are Vitesse's archrivals. The two clubs share a long history together and matches between the two clubs are called the Gelderse Derby (Derby of Gelderland). The rivalry between these two clubs goes beyond the football rivalry, it transcends into the city rivalry between the two largest cities of Gelderland, Nijmegen and Arnhem. This city rivalry began when these two cities first received their city rights. The two cities are just 20 kilometres apart, leading to an intense feeling of a cross-town rivalry, heightened by a feeling that it is city against city with local pride at stake. The meeting between the two teams is still considered to be one of the biggest matches of the season.
The inhabitants of these cities differ extremely in both attitudes and cultures which is clearly reflected on to the football pitch. Vitesse's style of play has long been a source of pride for the supporters, and one of irritation for the NEC fans.
Since 1813, Arnhem is the capital of Gelderland, historically based on finance and trade. Nijmegen, on the other hand, is predominantly a workers' city, where middle and high-income groups are only small minority. People from Nijmegen see Arnhem as arrogant and lazy.
De Graafschap are also a rival of Vitesse, but in terms of tension and rivalry, these matches are not as loaded as the duels with N.E.C. Nijmegen. The rivalry has existed for some time with De Graafschap and stems from various causes, such as the opposition between the large city (Arnhem) and the countryside (Doetinchem).
Further teams who share a rivalry with Vitesse include FC Twente and AFC Ajax. Past rivalries include local derbies between Vitesse and clubs such as FC Wageningen, Go Ahead Eagles, Quick 1888, Arnhemse Boys and VV Rheden. However, the tension between the local sides lessened as the division of the clubs through playing in different leagues over time became greater. Years of not competing in the same league resulted in less frequent match-ups, until tensions finally settled between the local clubs.
- As of 9 July 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see 2018–19 SBV Vitesse season.
Players out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The club also have 11 further youth teams: Under-19, Under-17, Under-16, Under-15, Under-14, Under-13, Under-12, Under-11, Under-10, Under-9 and Under-8.
Board and staff
|Supervisory Board|| Yevgeny Merkel (President)|
|Board of the Vitesse-Arnhem Foundation|| Henk Parren (President)|
Albert van 't Blik
Gerrit Jan Steenbergen
|Advisory Council|| Kees Bakker|
|Directors|| Joost de Wit (Managing Director) |
Marc van Hintum (Technical Director)
Olivier Smit (Commercial Director)
|Director of Football||Marc van Hintum|
|First-team Manager||Leonid Slutsky|
|Assistant Managers||Oleg Yarovinskiy|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Raimond van der Gouw|
|Fitness Coach||Angel Acena Rodriguez|
|Jan van Norel|
|Video Analyst||Kevin Balvers|
|Head of Academy||Edwin Petersen|
|Head of International Scouting||Marc van Hintum|
|Head Coach Reserve Team||Joseph Oosting|
|Under-19 Coach||Dennis van Beukering|
|Under-17 Coach||Kevin Moeliker|
|Under-16 Coach||Tim Cornelisse|
In 1984 it was decided to split up the professional and amateur sections of the club. The professional section was renamed SBV (Stichting Betaald Voetbal – "Professional Football Foundation") Vitesse whilst the amateur section became "Vitesse 1892", which lasted until they went bust in 2009. From 1984, Karel Aalbers was the president of SBV Vitesse. Aalbers' goal was to lead the club to the top of the Eredivisie and Europe. In his attempt to reach these heights he was accused of fraud—suspicions of tax evasion evolving the transfer of the Greek striker Nikos Machlas. Aalbers had paid fees outside the Netherlands to avoid paying taxes for this transfer. These accusations led to his resignation in 2000.
After Aalbers left, the financial situation for the club became dire. This downfall almost led Vitesse into bankruptcy in 2008, as they weren’t able to pay back loans given by their sponsor AFAB Geldservice B.V. Eventually the club arranged a deal that saw AFAB’s owner, Maasbert Schouten, gain 100% of Vitesse’s shares. Schouten immediately expressed his intent to sell the club, which opened the window for the Georgian businessman Merab Jordania to buy Vitesse. When Jordania bought the club in 2010, Vitesse became the first Dutch team in history with a foreign owner. There was rumors that this purchase was engineered by Chelsea F.C. owner Roman Abramovich. In 2013, Russian billionaire Aleksandr Tsjigirinski bought out Jordania's shares to become 100% owners. Under his leadership won the club its first major trophy in its 125-year existence. Since 25 May 2018, the club has been owned by the Russian billionaire Valery Oyf.
Vitesse have a partnership with:
The following clubs are affiliated with the academy:
- 1. FC Kleve
- AGOVV Apeldoorn
- VV De Bataven
- DVS '33
- DTS Ede
- DVV Duiven
- ESA Rijkerswoerd
- RODA '46
- SML Arnhem
- SV Spero
Vitesse Youth Academy
The Vitesse Jeugdopleiding (English: Vitesse Youth Academy) is a four-star certified youth academy and amongst the strongest in the nation. It has produced Dutch internationals such as Roy Makaay, Marco van Ginkel, Theo Janssen, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Davy Pröpper, Piet Velthuizen, Martin Laamers, Nicky Hofs and Stijn Schaars. Since 1984, more than 40 successful players have risen through the Vitesse youth system and joined their first team, including: Alexander Büttner, Kevin Diks, Matthew Amoah, Peter Bosz, Onur Kaya, Erwin Mulder, Eloy Room, Adnane Tighadouini, Theo Bos and Riga Mustapha.
The academy was officially founded in 2005, when the youth academies of Vitesse and AGOVV Apeldoorn merged. The newly formed academy received the official regional youth academy status from the KNVB and was based on the structure of the former Vitesse youth academy, with the addition of various AGOVV youth players and staff members. The cooperation between Vitesse and AGOVV was terminated as of July 2013, where the academy continued solely as Vitesse's youth academy. The goal of the Vitesse Voetbal Academy is to develop young players into professional football players for Vitesse's first team squad.
The Vitesse Academy comprises age-group teams ranging from U8's up to the flagship U19's. The youngest players are scouted at amateur clubs in the direct surroundings of Arnhem. For the age of twelve and older the academy extends its scouting area, mainly to the remaining part of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Until the U12 team, the players only have training sessions during the evening and are largely guided by part-time coaches. When players are ready to join secondary education they start training during daytime.
- Eredivisie / Netherlands Football League Championship
- Eerste Divisie
- Tweede Divisie
- Winners (1): 1965–66
- Eerste klasse Oost
- Winners (7): 1896–97, 1897–98, 1902–03, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1952–53
- Promoted (1): 1954–55
- Tweede klasse Oost
- Winners (5): 1922–23, 1940–41, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1949–50
- Gelderland Competition
- Winners (2): 1894–95, 1895–96
- Parbo Bier Cup
- Winners (1): 2011–12
- VVCS: Dutch Team of the Year
- Winners (1): 1989–90
- Gelderland Sportsteam of the year
- Winners (1): 2017–18
European Golden Shoe
The following players have won the European Golden Shoe whilst playing for Vitesse:
- Nikos Machlas (34 goals) – 1998
Dutch Footballer of the Year (Golden Boots)
The following players have won the Dutch Footballer of the Year whilst playing for Vitesse:
- Frans Thijssen – 1989 (Eerste Divisie)
- Edward Sturing – 1990 (Eredivisie)
- Wilfried Bony – 2013 (Eredivisie)
Johan Cruyff Trophy
The following players have won the Johan Cruyff Trophy whilst playing for Vitesse:
- Marco van Ginkel – 2013
Eredivisie Top Scorer
Eerste Divisie Top Scorer
Rinus Michels Award (Manager of the year)
- Fred Rutten (Runner-up) – 2012/13
- Peter Bosz (Runner-up) – 2013/14, 2014/15
- Henk Fraser (Runner-up) – 2016/17
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||5–3, 2–1||Bleijenberg (2), Heezen, Mulderij, Bosveld / Bleijenberg, Beukhof|
|1990–91||UEFA Cup||1R||Derry City||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||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||Parma||1–0, 0–2||Gillhaus / (-)|
|1997–98||UEFA Cup||1R||Braga||2–1, 0–2||Čurović, Trustfull / (-)|
|1998–99||UEFA Cup||1R||AEK Athens||3–0, 3–3||Laros, Perović, Machlas / Machlas (2), Reuser|
|2R||Bordeaux||0–1, 1–2||(-) / Jochemsen|
|1999–00||UEFA Cup||1R||Beira-Mar||2–1, 0–0||Van Hooijdonk, Grozdić / (-)|
|2R||Lens||1–4, 1–1||Van Hooijdonk / Kreek|
|2000–01||UEFA Cup||1R||Maccabi Haifa||3–0, 1–2||Martel, Peeters, Amoah / Amoah|
|2R||Internazionale||0–0, 1–1||(-) / Peeters|
|2002–03||UEFA Cup||1R||Rapid București||1–1, 1–0||Peeters / Peeters|
|2R||Werder Bremen||2–1, 3–3||Amoah, Verlaat (o.g.) / Levchenko, Claessens, Mbamba|
|3R||Liverpool||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|
|2015–16||Europa League||Q3||Southampton||0–3, 0–2||(-) / (-)|
|2017–18||Europa League||Group||Nice||0–3, 1–0||(-) / Castaignos|
|Group||Lazio||2–3, 1–1||Matavž, Linssen / Linssen|
|Group||Zulte Waregem||0–2, 1–1||(-) / Bruns|
|2018–19||Europa League||Q2||FC Viitorul Constanța||3–1, 2–2||Matavž, Linssen, Beerens / Matavž, Linssen|
|Q3||FC Basel 1893||0–1, 0–1||(-) / (-)|
UEFA Current ranking
- As of 04/05/2018
Dutch Cup finals
|1911–12||HFC Haarlem||0-2||R.A.P.-terrein, Amsterdam||May 26, 1912|
|1926–27||V.U.C.||1-3||Monnikenhuize, Arnhem||June 19, 1927|
|1989–90||PSV||0-1||De Kuip, Rotterdam||April 25, 1990|
|2016–17||AZ Alkmaar||2-0||De Kuip, Rotterdam||April 30, 2017|
The winners of the cup compete against the winners of the Eredivisie for the Johan Cruijff Shield.
Johan Cruyff Shield
|2017||Feyenoord Rotterdam||1-1 (2-4 pen.)||De Kuip, Rotterdam||August 5, 2017|
- Highest transfer fee paid: Bob Peeters from Roda JC for €6.4 million, 2000
- Record League win: 0–17 v Victoria, Gelderse Competitie NVB, 11 November 1894
- Record Eredivisie win: 7–0 v Sparta Rotterdam, 14 April 2018
- Record Eerste Divisie win: 7–0 v FC Wageningen, 30-08-1970
- Record European win: 0–4 v Dundee United, 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: 7–0 v Sparta Rotterdam, 14 April 2018
- Record away Eredivisie win: 1–7 v Fortuna Sittard, 27 September 1997
- Record defeat: 12–1 v Ajax, Eredivisie, 19 May 1972
- Record tournament defeat: 0–7 v PSV, KNVB Beker, Fourth Round, 4 May 1969
- Highest ranking: 3rd in Eredivisie, 1997–98
- 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 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|
|2017–18 Eredivisie||6th (5th after EC play-offs)||Europa League (Q2) (winning EC play-offs)||2017–18||first round|
|2016–17 Eredivisie||5th||Europa League||2016–17||winners|
|2015–16 Eredivisie||9th||–||2015–16||second round|
|2014–15 Eredivisie||5th (4th after EC play-offs)||Europa League (Q3) (winning EC play-offs)||2014–15||quarter final|
|2013–14 Eredivisie||6th (8th after EC play-offs)||– (losing EC play-offs)||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 20 June 2015
Club topscorers by season
Player of the Year
|Ranking||Name||Position||matches||First season||Last season|
|3.||John van den Brom||MF||378||1986/1987||2000/2001|
|5.||Raimond van der Gouw||GK||294||1988/1989||1995/1996|
|Ranking||Name||Position||matches||First season||Last season|
|5.||Jan-Arie van der Heijden||DF||123||2011/2012||2014/2015|
|2.||John van den Brom||MF||110||1986-2001|
|2.|| John van den Brom
Vitesse All Stars
|John van den Brom||MF||1986–2001||378||110|
Vitesse's reserve team currently plays in the Tweede Divisie (English: Second Division). It plays its home matches at Olympic Training Centre Papendal and it is coached by Joseph Oosting. The team is composed mostly of professional footballers, who are often recent graduates from the highest youth level (Vitesse U19) serving their first professional contract as a reserve, or players who are otherwise unable to play in the first team.
Since 1992, Jong Vitesse competed in the Beloften Eredivisie, competing against other reserve teams such as Jong PSV, Jong Ajax or Jong AZ. They have won the Beloften Eredivisie title two times, the Derde Divisie one time, as well as the KNVB Reserve Cup three times.
National team players
A number of Vitesse players have represented the Dutch national team, the first official international being Willem Hesselink. He was one of the founders of Vitesse in 1892 at age 14. In 1905 he started in the first ever home match of the Netherlands national football team, a 4-0 victory against Belgium. Some historians attribute one of the goals scored to him. Just Göbel played 22 matches for the Dutch team, being best remembered for his numerous saves during the 2-1 win over England's amateurs and his bronze medal in the football tournament of the 1912 Summer Olympics. The record number of Vitesse players for the Netherlands was three, which happened on two occasions in 1989. The following players were called-up to represent the Dutch national team in international football and received caps during their tenure with Vitesse:
Notable former players
- Dutch football league teams
- Vitesse Dallas, an American indoor football club
- National Sports Centre Papendal
Notes and references
- "Vitesse first Dutch club sold to foreign investor". RNW. 16 August 2010. Archived from the original on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Ritsema, André (2000-02-16). "Aalbers moet bij Vitesse weg als voorzitter". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-09-21.
- "Van Wolfswinkel fires Vitesse to first major trophy". Goal.com. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
- Bronbeek en Vitesse: beide stokoud, Sportgeschiedenis.nl, 6 maart 2013
- "Uefa current ranking". uefa.com. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
- "3. Liga / U 23 > Trainer". Werder.de. Retrieved 7 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
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- GelreDome.nl Official website of stadium GelreDome
- UEFA.com The Vitesse Arnhem Story
- General fan site
- Official supporters site (in Dutch)
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