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Vitesse logo
Full name Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse
Nickname(s) Vitas
Founded 14 May 1892; 126 years ago (1892-05-14)
Ground GelreDome
Arnhem, Netherlands
Ground Capacity 21,248
Owner Valeriy Oyf
Chairman Yevgeny Merkel
Manager Leonid Slutsky
League Eredivisie
2017–18 Eredivisie, 6th
Website Club website
Current season
GelreDome Stadium

Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse, commonly known as SBV Vitesse, Vitesse or Vitesse Arnhem, is a Dutch football club based in Arnhem, 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 Russian businessman Alexander Chigirinsky in 2010.[1] Since 1998, the club has played its home games at the GelreDome. Their best result in the Eredivisie was third place in 199798. 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 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.


Vitesse's first squad in 1896
Vitesse's first squad in 1913
Against AFC Ajax in the 1970 Dutch Cup match

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,[2] 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.[3] On 5 August 2017 Vitesse were beaten 1–1 (4–2 pen.) at De Kuip, Rotterdam in the Johan Cruyff Shield final by Feyenoord.


GelreDome with closed roof and pitch outside.
GelreDome Stadium
Training accommodation at the National Sports Centre Papendal.
Vitesse Training Centre


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).

Stadiums of Vitesse[edit]

Stadium Period Capacity
Rijnkade / Klarenbeek Park 1887 t/m 1891 -
Molenbeekstraat 1892 -
IJsclub Boulevard Heuvelink 1892 t/m 1894 -
Bronbeek Royal Palace[4] 1893 -
Paasweide 1894 t/m 1896 -
Klarenbeek Stadium 1896 t/m 1915 10,000
Monnikenhuize 1915 t/m 1950 7,500
Nieuw Monnikenhuize 1950 t/m 1997 Between the 12,000 and 18,000
GelreDome 1998 – present 21,248

Training ground[edit]

Vitesse's training ground and Academy are based at the Olympic Training Centre Papendal, located in the Veluwe woods 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Arnhem. 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's crest is composed of an eagle.


Vitesse are well known for the Eagle Hertog, which is released before the match and flies over the crowds.

Airborne Match[edit]

Vitesse honour the Arnhem veterans at the yearly commemoration. A few veterans will visit the special Airborne Match on the 17th of September. 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. Vitesse has a special Airborne shirt for this football match. These shirts are after the match auctioned for charity.


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 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.


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[edit]



Airborne kit
Airborne kit
Airborne kit
Airborne kit
Anniversary kit


The final of the KNVB Cup 2016–17


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, VIVO (Vitesse Is van Ons), 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 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. Theo Bos spent his entire playing career for Vitesse from the city of Arnhem, 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. Vitesse retired his shirt number 4 from use in his honour.

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, North 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 is not only between the two teams, but also a confrontation between the two largest cities of the province of Gelderland, Arnhem and Nijmegen, two cities with extreme differences in attitude and culture. 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. 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.


For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2018

First team squad[edit]

As of 9 July 2018[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Eduardo (on loan from Chelsea)
2 Netherlands DF Khalid Karami
3 Netherlands DF Maikel van der Werff
5 England DF Max Clark
6 Netherlands DF Arnold Kruiswijk
7 Netherlands MF Roy Beerens
8 Russia DF Vyacheslav Karavayev
9 Slovenia FW Tim Matavž
10 Netherlands MF Thomas Bruns
11 Netherlands MF Bryan Linssen
13 Algeria FW Oussama Darfalou
14 England DF Jake Clarke-Salter (on loan from Chelsea)
No. Position Player
16 Netherlands MF Mitchell van Bergen
17 South Africa MF Thulani Serero
19 Nigeria MF Hilary Gong
21 Slovakia MF Matúš Bero
22 Netherlands GK Remko Pasveer
23 Saudi Arabia MF Mukhtar Ali
24 Netherlands GK Jeroen Houwen
25 Netherlands MF Navarone Foor
26 Denmark DF Rasmus Thelander
28 Netherlands DF Alexander Büttner
30 Netherlands DF Danilho Doekhi
43 Netherlands DF Lassana Faye

For recent transfers, see 2018–19 SBV Vitesse season.

Out 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 DF Julian Lelieveld (on loan at Go Ahead Eagles until 30 June 2019)
Netherlands MF Sven van Doorm (on loan at Telstar until 30 June 2019)

Reserve team[edit]

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

No. Position Player
29 Netherlands FW Thomas Buitink
31 Netherlands MF Hicham Acheffay
32 Netherlands DF Özgür Aktas
33 Netherlands FW Martijn Berden
34 Turkey MF Anil Mercan
35 Netherlands MF Jesse Schuurman
36 Netherlands MF Patrick Vroegh
40 Netherlands GK Bilal Bayazit
Netherlands GK Stef Brummel
No. Position Player
Netherlands DF Joris Klein-Holte
Netherlands DF Boyd Lucassen
Netherlands DF Danny Mühl
Netherlands DF Wellington Verloo
Netherlands DF Younes Zakir
Netherlands MF Quincy Kluivert
Netherlands FW Mike de Beer
Netherlands FW Lars ten Teije
Netherlands FW Bo van Essen

Retired numbers[edit]

04 — Netherlands Theo Bos, defender (1983–98) — posthumous honour.
12 — reserved for the club supporters
. 13 — Vito, the official team mascot.


Board and staff[edit]

Corporate hierarchy[edit]

Position Name
Owner Russia Valeriy Oyf
Supervisory Board Germany Yevgeny Merkel (Chairman)
Russia Valeriy Oyf
Netherlands Henk Parren
Board of the Vitesse-Arnhem Foundation Netherlands Kees Bakker (Chairman)
Netherlands Albert van 't Blik
Netherlands Henk Parren
Advisory Council Netherlands Kees Bakker
Netherlands Cor Guijt
Netherlands Bert Roetert
Netherlands Jan Snellenburg
Directors Netherlands Joost de Wit (Managing Director)
Netherlands Marc van Hintum (Technical Director)

Management hierarchy[edit]

Position Staff
Director of Football Netherlands Marc van Hintum
First-team Manager Russia Leonid Slutsky
Assistant Managers Russia Oleg Yarovinskiy
Netherlands Edward Sturing
Netherlands Nicky Hofs
Goalkeeping Coach Netherlands Raimond van der Gouw
Fitness Coach Spain Angel Acena Rodriguez
Netherlands Jan van Norel
Video Analyst Netherlands Kevin Balvers
Head of Academy Netherlands Edwin Petersen
Head of International Scouting Netherlands Marc van Hintum
Head Coach Reserve Team Netherlands Joseph Oosting
Under-19 Coach Netherlands Dennis van Beukering
Under-17 Coach Netherlands Kevin Moeliker
Under-16 Coach Netherlands Tim Cornelisse

List of Vitesse owners[edit]

  • Netherlands Maasbert Schouten (2009–10)
  • Georgia (country) Merab Zjordania (2010–13)
  • Russia Aleksandr Tsjigirinski (2013–18)
  • Russia Valeriy Oyf (2018–)


Vitesse have a partnership with:

The following clubs are affiliated with the academy:

Vitesse Youth Academy[edit]

The Vitesse Jeugdopleiding (English: Vitesse Youth Academy) is a four-star certified youth academy and amongst the strongest in the nation Several International footballers have progressed through the ranks of the academy, including Alexander Büttner, Kevin Diks, Marco van Ginkel, Theo Janssen, Nicky Hofs, Davy Pröpper, Piet Velthuizen, Stijn Schaars, Roy Makaay and Ricky van Wolfswinkel, amongst others.


In April 2017, the club won its first major trophy in its 125-year existence.




Super Cup[edit]


  • 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

Other trophies[edit]

Club Awards[edit]

  • Gelderland Sportsteam of the year
    • Winners (1): 2017–18

Individual Achievements[edit]

European Golden Shoe[edit]

The following players have won the European Golden Shoe whilst playing for Vitesse:

Dutch Footballer of the Year[edit]

The following players have won the Dutch Footballer of the Year whilst playing for Vitesse:

Johan Cruyff Trophy[edit]

The following players have won the Johan Cruyff Trophy whilst playing for Vitesse:

Eredivisie Top Scorer[edit]

Eerste Divisie Top Scorer[edit]

Vitesse in Europe[edit]

Vitesse in the Europa League.
Theo Bos - South Stand.
  • Group = group game
  • Q = qualifying round
  • 1R = first round
  • 2R = second round
  • 3R = third round
  • 1/8 = 1/8 final
Season Competition Round Country Club Score Goalscorers Vitesse
1978–79 Intertoto Cup Group Italy Hellas Verona 2–1, 0–2 Bursac, Hofs / (-)
Group Belgium RWDM 0–5, 0–2 (-) / (-)
Group France Troyes 5–3, 2–1 Bleijenberg (2), Heezen, Mulderij, Bosveld / Bleijenberg, Beukhof
1990–91 UEFA Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Derry City 1–0, 0–0 Loeffen / (-)
2R Scotland Dundee United 1–0, 4–0 Eijer / Latuheru (2), Van den Brom, Eijer
1/8 Portugal Sporting CP 0–2, 1–2 (-) / Van Arum
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Derry City 3–0, 2–1 Van den Brom (2), Van Arum / Straal, Laamers
2R Belgium KV Mechelen 1–0, 1–0 Van den Brom / Cocu
1/8 Spain Real Madrid 0–1, 0–1 (-) / (-)
1993–94 UEFA Cup 1R England Norwich City 0–3, 0–0 (-) / (-)
1994–95 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Parma 1–0, 0–2 Gillhaus / (-)
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1R Portugal Braga 2–1, 0–2 Čurović, Trustfull / (-)
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1R Greece AEK Athens 3–0, 3–3 Laros, Perović, Machlas / Machlas (2), Reuser
2R France Bordeaux 0–1, 1–2 (-) / Jochemsen
1999–2000 UEFA Cup 1R Portugal Beira-Mar 2–1, 0–0 Van Hooijdonk, Grozdić / (-)
2R France Lens 1–4, 1–1 Van Hooijdonk / Kreek
2000–01 UEFA Cup 1R Israel Maccabi Haifa 3–0, 1–2 Martel, Peeters, Amoah / Amoah
2R Italy Internazionale 0–0, 1–1 (-) / Peeters
2002–03 UEFA Cup 1R Romania Rapid București 1–1, 1–0 Peeters / Peeters
2R Germany Werder Bremen 2–1, 3–3 Amoah, Verlaat (o.g.) / Levchenko, Claessens, Mbamba
3R England Liverpool 0–1, 0–1 (-) / (-)
2012–13 Europa League Q2 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv 4–4, 3–1 Van Ginkel (2), Reis, Bony / Van Ginkel, Van Aanholt, Bony
Q3 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala 0–2, 0–2 (-) / (-)
2013–14 Europa League Q3 Romania Petrolul Ploiești 1–1, 1–2 Reis / Van der Heijden
2015–16 Europa League Q3 England Southampton 0–3, 0–2 (-) / (-)
2017–18 Europa League Group France Nice 0–3, 1–0 (-) / Castaignos
Group Italy Lazio 2–3, 1–1 Matavž, Linssen / Linssen
Group Belgium Zulte Waregem 0–2, 1–1 (-) / Bruns
2018–19 Europa League Q3 Romania FC Viitorul Constanța

UEFA Current ranking[edit]

As of 04/05/2018[6]
Rank Country Team Points
176 Netherlands Vitesse 6.000

Dutch Cup finals[edit]

Season Opponent Result Place Date
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[edit]

Season Opponent Result Place Date
2017 Feyenoord Rotterdam 1-1 (2-4 pen.) De Kuip, Rotterdam August 5, 2017

Club records[edit]

Highest transfer fee received: Wilfried Bony to Swansea City for £12 million. (2013)

Domestic results[edit]

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



Matches played 1020
Matches won 391
Matches drawn 292
Matches lost 337
Points (two points-system) 1074
Goals for 1518
Goal against 1455
Seasons 30
Best ranking 3 (1997–98)
Worst ranking 18 (1971–72)

As of 20 June 2015


Eerste Divisie[edit]

Matches played 852
Matches won 379
Matches drawn 215
Matches lost 258
Points (two points-system) 973
Goals for 1450
Goals against 1192
Seasons 25
Best ranking 1 (1976–77, 1988–89)
Worst ranking 17 (1984–85)

Tweede Divisie[edit]

Matches played 120
Matches won 57
Matches drawn 34
Matches lost 29
Points (two points-system) 148
Goals for 221
Goals against 165
Seasons 4
Best ranking 1 (1965–66)
Worst ranking 9 (1963–64)

Club topscorers by season[edit]


Player of the Year[edit]

Year Winner
1990 Netherlands Theo Bos
1991 Netherlands René Eijer
1992 Netherlands Martin Laamers
1993 Netherlands Phillip Cocu
1994 Netherlands Glenn Helder
1995 Netherlands Chris van der Weerden
1996 Netherlands Arco Jochemsen
1997 Netherlands Edward Sturing
1998 Greece Nikos Machlas
1999 Netherlands Sander Westerveld
Year Winner
2000 Netherlands Michel Kreek
2001 Netherlands Victor Sikora
2002 Serbia Dejan Stefanović
2003 Ghana Matthew Amoah
2004 Netherlands Nicky Hofs
2005 Ghana Abubakari Yakubu
2006 Netherlands Youssouf Hersi
2007 Serbia Danko Lazović
2008 Netherlands Piet Velthuizen
2009 Netherlands Paul Verhaegh
Year Winner
2010 Netherlands Piet Velthuizen
2011 Serbia Slobodan Rajković
2012 Netherlands Alexander Büttner
2013 Ivory Coast Wilfried Bony
2014 Ghana Christian Atsu
2015 Netherlands Davy Pröpper
2016 Georgia (country) Guram Kashia
2017 Netherlands Ricky van Wolfswinkel
2018 England Mason Mount

Most appearances[edit]

Bos spent his entire career for Vitesse, making a total of 429 appearances in 14 seasons with his club. He is therefore considered to be Mister Vitesse.
Ranking Name matches First season Last season
1. Netherlands Theo Bos 429 1983/1984 1997/1998
2. Netherlands Edward Sturing 383 1987/1988 1997/1998
3. Netherlands John van den Brom 378 1986/1987 2000/2001
4. Netherlands Martin Laamers 354 1986/1987 1995/1996
5. Netherlands Raimond van der Gouw 294 1988/1989 1995/1996
6. Georgia (country) Guram Kashia 292 2010/2011 2017/2018

Top goalscorers[edit]

Ranking Name Goals Period
1. Netherlands Jan Dommering 168 1929-1948
2. Netherlands John van den Brom 110 1986-2001
3. Netherlands Gerrit Langeler 91 1916-1925
4. Netherlands Kees Meeuwsen 89 1929-1954
5. Netherlands Henk Bosveld 82 1968-1979
6. Serbia Boško Bursać 78 1974-1980

Vitesse II[edit]

Vitesse's reserve team currently plays in the Tweede Divisie (English: Second Division). It plays its home matches at National Sports Centre Papendal and it is coached by Joseph Oosting.[7] 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.

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Vitesse first Dutch club sold to foreign investor". RNW. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Ritsema, André (2000-02-16). "Aalbers moet bij Vitesse weg als voorzitter". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Van Wolfswinkel fires Vitesse to first major trophy". 1 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  4. ^ Bronbeek en Vitesse: beide stokoud,, 6 maart 2013
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  6. ^ "Uefa current ranking". Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "3. Liga / U 23 > Trainer". Retrieved 7 December 2010. [permanent dead link]

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