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Vitesse logo
Full name Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse
Nickname(s) Vitas, The pride of Gelderland
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

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. 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.

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.


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

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, Nikos Machlas, Sander Westerveld, Raimond van der Gouw, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra, Philip Cocu, Wilfried Bony, Nemanja Matić, Slobodan Rajković, Bertrand Traoré and others. In 1990, the club reached its most recent KNVB Cup final when it was defeated by PSV on a penalty kick in the 75th minute from Stan Valckx at De Kuip on 25 April 1990.[2][3] Karel Aalbers was the president of the club from 1984 until February 2000. 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.) Vitesse ranked top four positions, made profit and showed a solid balance sheet in the final years of his presidency. Aalbers resigned on 15 February 2000,[4] 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.

In 2010, the club was bought by Georgian businessman Merab Jordania, a 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 moved to Vitesse on loan,[6] including Nemanja Matić,[7] Gaël Kakuta,[8] Patrick van Aanholt and Bertrand Traoré twice.[9][10] In June 2011, John van den Brom was named as head coach of his old club Vitesse.[11] Again, he managed to qualify for the Europa League. The following season Fred Rutten served as head coach of Vitesse where van den Brom had been head coach before moving to Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. Rutten left Vitesse after the 2012-13 Eredivisie season, finishing in 4th place. 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. Coach Peter Bosz developed a multi-year plan where the Vitesse Academy should play a major role, scouting improved, and the attacking style Bosz preferred leading. In the 2014–15 Eredivisie, Vitesse finished fifth, qualifying for the European competition play-offs. By defeating PEC Zwolle in the semi-final, and SC Heerenveen in the final, the team secured qualification for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. In the 2015–16 Eredivisie, Vitesse was in fifth place in the winter break, after which Bosz left the club.[12]

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.[13]


Vitesse have a loyal fanbase. National and international Vitesse is known by the fierce and fanatic support of their fans. The club have one official fan supporters club, the Vitesse Supportersvereniging. 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 supporters 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’s longest-running and deepest rivalry is with their nearest neighbour, N.E.C. from Nijmegen, colloquially known as NEK. This rivalry originated in the twenties of the 20th century. Matches between the two are referred to as the derby of Gelderland. The two cities of Arnhem and Nijmegen 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. 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.

Stadium and Training accommodation

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.[14] 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.[15] Their previous home was the Nieuw Monnikenhuize.

The club's training ground and youth development system are based at the National Sports Centre Papendal, located in the Veluwe woods 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Arnhem. 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.


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.


For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2016

First team squad

As of 6 June 2018[16]

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

No. Position Player
3 Netherlands DF Maikel van der Werff
6 Netherlands DF Arnold Kruiswijk (vice-captain)
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
16 Netherlands MF Mitchell van Bergen
17 South Africa MF Thulani Serero
No. Position Player
22 Netherlands GK Remko Pasveer
23 Saudi Arabia MF Mukhtar Ali
24 Netherlands GK Jeroen Houwen
25 Netherlands MF Navarone Foor
28 Netherlands DF Alexander Büttner
43 Netherlands DF Lassana Faye
Netherlands DF Khalid Karami
Denmark DF Rasmus Thelander
Algeria FW Oussama Darfalou

For recent transfers, see 2017–18 Vitesse season.

Out on loan

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 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

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

No. Position Player
39 Netherlands FW Martijn Berden
40 Netherlands GK Bilal Bayazit
42 Netherlands FW Thomas Buitink
44 Netherlands DF Boyd Lucassen
46 Turkey MF Anil Mercan
47 Netherlands FW Lars ten Teije
No. Position Player
48 Netherlands MF Jesse Schuurman
Netherlands GK Stef Brummel
Netherlands DF Joris Klein-Holte
Netherlands MF Quincy Kluivert
Netherlands MF Hidde van Dijk
Netherlands FW Bo van Essen

Retired numbers

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

Managerial history

Leo Beenhakker
Henk ten Cate
Ronald Koeman
Peter Bosz
Leonid Slutsky

Club officials

Position Name
Club owner Russia Valeriy Oyf
Chairman Germany Yevgeny Merkel
Managing Director Netherlands Joost de Wit
Technical Director Netherlands Marc van Hintum (caretaker)
First team head coach Russia Leonid Slutsky
Assistant first team coach Russia Oleg Yarovinskiy
Assistant first team coach Netherlands Edward Sturing
Assistant first team coach Netherlands Nicky Hofs
Goalkeeper coach Netherlands Raimond van der Gouw

Satellite clubs

Vitesse have a partnership with:

The following clubs are affiliated with the academy:


The final of the KNVB Cup 2016–17



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


Winners (1): 2017
Runners-up (3): 1912, 1927, 1990

Super Cup

Runners-up (1): 2017

Individual Achievements

Vitesse in Europe

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

UEFA Current ranking

As of 04/05/2018[17]
Rank Country Team Points
176 Netherlands Vitesse 6.000

Club records

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

Domestic results

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

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

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


Player of the Year

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

Vitesse II

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.[18] 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

See also

Notes and references

  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. ^ Ritsema, André (2000-02-16). "Aalbers moet bij Vitesse weg als voorzitter". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  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. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. 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". Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  10. ^ VITESSE LOANS FOR YOUNG PAIR Archived 2012-07-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "John van den Brom toch trainer van Vitesse" (in Dutch). NRC. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Vitesse coach Peter Bosz heads for Tel Aviv". 4 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Van Wolfswinkel fires Vitesse to first major trophy". 1 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Venues prepare for summer drama". Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 10 August 2001. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "OVER GELREDOME FEITEN EN CIJFERS" (in Dutch). GelreDome. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Uefa current ranking". Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "3. Liga / U 23 > Trainer". Retrieved 7 December 2010. [permanent dead link]

External links

  • Official website (in Dutch)
  • Official supporters site (in Dutch)
  • Official GelreDome site (in Dutch)
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