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Vitesse logo
Full name Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse
Nickname(s) Vitas
Founded 14 May 1892; 123 years ago (1892-05-14)
Ground GelreDome
Arnhem, Netherlands
Ground Capacity 25,000
Owner Aleksandr Chigirinski
Chairman Bert Roetert
Manager Peter Bosz
League Eredivisie
2014–15 Eredivisie, 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse, commonly referred to simply as Vitesse (internationally known as Vitesse Arnhem) is a Dutch football club based in Arnhem, which was founded on 14 May 1892. Vitesse has enjoyed some success in the Eredivisie and featured in the UEFA Cup competition. The owner is a Russian businessman, which makes Vitesse the first Dutch football club owned by a foreigner.[1]


The idea of conceiving a football team stemmed from the club's early roots as a cricket club.

Vitesse once attracted big name signings into its ranks including Roy Makaay, Nemanja Matić, Nikos Machlas, Sander Westerveld, Danko Lazovic, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra, Philip Cocu and Wilfried Bony . In the 1980s, the club was threatened with bankruptcy, the solution to which was to form a new administrative board to govern both the professionals and the amateur sides. This is because up until the 1980s, the club had incorporated both its professional and its amateur players into its club structure. In 1990, the club reached its most recent KNVB Cup final when it was defeated by PSV Eindhoven on a penalty-kick in the 75' minute from Stan Valckx at De Kuip on 25 April 1990.[2][3] It was restructured again in 2003 when it could have gone bankrupt, when the timely intervention of the Arnhem city council helped to create a financial rescue package to salvage the club.[4]

In 2010 the club was bought by Georgian businessman Merab Jordania, who is a good friend with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.[5] Shortly thereafter, the two clubs agreed to a partnership and in the years following, many young Chelsea players have the move to Vitesse on loan,[6] including Nemanja Matić,[7] Gaël Kakuta,[8] Patrick van Aanholt and Bertrand Traoré twice.[9][10] The club competed in European competition for the first time in a decade when it qualified for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League[11] as they were winners of the European playoff at the end of the 2011-12 Eredivisie campaign, defeating RKC Waalwijk 5–2 in the two-legged final.[12][13]

Vitesse finished the 2012-13 Eredivisie campaign in fourth place and thus qualified for the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League for the following season.[14] After leading the club to their impressive fourth-place finish, manager Fred Rutten stepped down from his post after only one season in charge and was replaced by former Vitesse and Feyenoord midfielder Peter Bosz.[15] In July 2013, two of Vitesse's most important first-team players, Marco van Ginkel and Wilfried Bony, were sold for club record fees at the time to Chelsea and Swansea City of the Premier League respectively.[16] Van Ginkel had been named the Dutch Talent of the Year for the previous season and Bony was the Eredivisie top scorer with 31 goals and was named the Dutch Footballer of the Year.[17][18]


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

Its home is the unique GelreDome stadium opened in 1998, featuring a retractable roof and a convertible pitch that can be retracted when unused during concerts or other events held at the stadium.

The stadium was finished in time to host three group stage matches during the Euro 2000 tournament held in the Netherlands and Belgium.[19] Its current capacity for football is 25,000, the maximum capacity for shows is around 34,000, and the average league attendance in recent years was just below 20,000.[20] Their previous home was the Nieuw Monnikenhuize.

Training accommodation[edit]

The club's training ground and youth development system are based at the National Sports Centre Papendal. As of 2012 the club's pitches have been renewed, where under-soil heating was introduced; one pitch has artificial turf. The new accommodation was completed and opened in the first half of 2013.


On 16 August 2010, the former Georgian footballer and now businessman Merab Jordania became the owner of Vitesse. Jordania expressed his ambition for Vitesse to become champion of the Eredivisie league within three years. His first action as owner involved attracting 8 new young players, though no established stars. However, the takeover resulted in some controversy. Some commentators arguing that this takeover was the Dutch equivalent of what had happened in English football, financial globalization and possibly longer-term destabilization, as expressed in the opinions in the local papers. On 22 October 2013 it was announced that Russian billionaire Aleksandr Tsjigirinski was the new owner of Vitesse, while Merab Jordania would remain as chairman of the club.[21]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2015[22]

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2015

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

No. Position Player
1 Curaçao GK Eloy Room
3 Netherlands DF Maikel van der Werff
5 Suriname DF Kelvin Leerdam
6 Netherlands DF Arnold Kruiswijk
7 England FW Isaiah Brown (on loan from Chelsea)
9 England FW Dominic Solanke (on loan from Chelsea)
10 Georgia (country) MF Valeri Kazaishvili
11 Ukraine MF Denys Oliynyk
13 Brazil MF Nathan (on loan from Chelsea)
14 Nigeria FW Abiola Dauda
17 Netherlands DF Kevin Diks
18 Zimbabwe MF Marvelous Nakamba
No. Position Player
20 Serbia MF Danilo Pantić (on loan from Chelsea)
21 Israel MF Sheran Yeini
22 Netherlands GK Piet Velthuizen
26 Albania MF Milot Rashica
30 Ecuador MF Renato Ibarra
34 England MF Lewis Baker (on loan from Chelsea)
35 Morocco DF Rochdi Achenteh
37 Georgia (country) DF Guram Kashia (captain)
40 Netherlands MF Elmo Lieftink
41 Netherlands MF Mohammed Osman
49 Netherlands DF Julian Lelieveld

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
16 Netherlands DF Wellington Verloo
31 Russia FW Arshak Koryan
32 China FW Zhang Yuning
42 Netherlands MF Sven van Doorm
43 Netherlands FW Amine Ennali
44 Netherlands MF Ewout Gouw
45 Netherlands FW Kai Huisman
46 Netherlands FW Louisben Jagt
No. Position Player
47 Netherlands MF Joris Klein-Holte
48 Netherlands GK Jeroen Houwen
50 Netherlands GK Wouter Dronkers
51 Netherlands FW Anil Mercan
52 Netherlands FW Jovi Munter
53 Netherlands DF Thomas Oude Kotte
54 Netherlands DF Leeroy Schorea

Retired numbers[edit]

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

Vitesse-managers since 1914[edit]

Leo Beenhakker
Henk ten Cate
Ronald Koeman
Aad de Mos
Fred Rutten

Club officials[edit]

Position Name Since
Club owner Russia Alexander Chigirinsky 22 October 2013
Chairman Netherlands Bert Roetert 10 December 2013
Managing Director Netherlands Joost de Wit 16 May 2013
Technical Director Netherlands Mohammed Allach 1 October 2013
Manager Netherlands Peter Bosz 19 June 2013
Assistant manager Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson 1 July 2015
Assistant manager Netherlands Rob Maas 12 June 2014
Assistant manager Netherlands John Lammers 1 July 2014
Assistant manager (goalkeeper coach) Netherlands Raimond van der Gouw 1 July 2009



Runners-up (5): 1897–98, 1902–03, 1912–13, 1913–14, 1914–15
Third Place (1): 1997–98
Winners (2): 1976–77, 1988–89
Runners-up (2): 1959–60, 1973–74
Winners (1): 1965–66


Runners-up (3): 1912, 1927, 1990

Individual Achievements[edit]

Vitesse in Europe[edit]

  • 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 Verona 2–1, 0–2 Bursac, Hofs / (-)
Group Belgium RWDM 0–5, 0–2 (-) / (-)
Group France Troyes AC 5–3, 2–1 Bleijenberg (2), Heezen, Mulderij, Bosveld / Bleijenberg, Beukhof
1990/91 UEFA Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Derry City FC 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 FC 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 AC Parma 1–0, 0–2 Gillhaus / (-)
1997/98 UEFA Cup 1R Portugal SC Braga 2–1, 0–2 Curovic, Trustfull / (-)
1998/99 UEFA Cup 1R Greece AEK Athens 3–0, 3–3 Laros, Perovic, Machlas / Machlas (2), Reuser
2R France Girondins de Bordeaux 0–1, 1–2 (-) / Jochemsen
1999/00 UEFA Cup 1R Portugal SC Beira-Mar 2–1, 0–0 Van Hooijdonk, Grozdic / (-)
2R France RC Lens 1–4, 1–1 Van Hooijdonk / Kreek
2000/01 UEFA Cup 1R Israel Maccabi Haifa FC 3–0, 1–2 Martel, Peeters, Amoah / Amoah
2R Italy Internazionale 0–0, 1–1 (-) / Peeters
2002/03 UEFA Cup 1R Romania FC Rapid Bucureşti 1–1, 1–0 Peeters / Peeters
2R Germany Werder Bremen 2–1, 3–3 Amoah, Verlaat (o.g.) / Levchenko, Claessens, Mbamba
3R England Liverpool F.C. 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 F.C. 0–3, 0–2 (-) / (-)

Club records[edit]

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 (1997/1998)
Worst ranking 18 (1971/1972)

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 (1965/1966)
Worst ranking 9 (1963/1964)

Club topscorers by season[edit]


Affiliated teams[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. ^ "Vitesse driemaal bekerfinalist" (in Dutch). Vitesse. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Netherlands Cup Full Results 1970–1994". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mysterious motivation at Vitesse Arnhem". ESPNFC. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vitesse first Dutch club sold to foreign investor". Expatica. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Players admit Vitesse Arnhem attractive thanks to Chelsea partnership". Yahoo Sport. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vitesse huurt drietal van Chelsea". 2010-08-23. 
  8. ^ "Gael Kakuta says Chelsea's squad is too big and he is happy at Vitesse Arnhem". Sky Sports. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Presentatie nieuwe nummer 2: Tomáš Kalas". Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "2012/13 UEFA Europa League: Vitesse/Matches". UEFA. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Europa League Play-offs – Semi-finals – Netherlands". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Europa League Play-offs – Finals – Netherlands". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bosz accepts task of succeeding Rutten at Vitesse". UEFA. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Voetbal" (in Dutch). Vitesse lijkt met Peter Bosz de opvolger van Fred Rutten binnen te hebben. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Transfer latest: Swansea confirm capture of record signing Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem". The Independent. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "What can Chelsea fans expect from Marco van Ginkel?". Metro. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Wilfried Bony: Swansea complete club-record £12m signing". BBC Sport. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Venues prepare for summer drama". (Union of European Football Associations). Archived from the original on 10 August 2001. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "OVER GELREDOME FEITEN EN CIJFERS" (in Dutch). GelreDome. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Alexander Chigirinskiy (50) neemt aandelen Vitesse over,, 22 oktober 2013
  22. ^ "Vitesse". Vitesse. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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