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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 logo
Full name Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse
Nickname(s) Vitas, The pride of Gelderland
Founded 14 May 1892; 125 years ago (1892-05-14)
Ground GelreDome
Arnhem, Netherlands
Ground Capacity 21,248
Owner Alexander Chigirinsky
Chairman Bert Roetert
Manager Edward Sturing (caretaker)
League Eredivisie
2016–17 Eredivisie, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

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.



The final of the KNVB Cup 2016–17
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, Danko Lazović, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra, Philip Cocu, Wilfried Bony and Nemanja Matić 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’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 accommodationEdit

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.


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

First team squadEdit

As of 31 January 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
2   DF Fankaty Dabo (on loan from Chelsea)
3   DF Maikel van der Werff
5   DF Matt Miazga (on loan from Chelsea)
6   DF Arnold Kruiswijk (vice-captain)
7   MF Roy Beerens
8   DF Vyacheslav Karavayev
9   FW Tim Matavž
10   MF Thomas Bruns
11   MF Bryan Linssen
14   FW Luc Castaignos (on loan from Sporting CP)
16   MF Mitchell van Bergen
No. Position Player
17   MF Thulani Serero
19   MF Mason Mount (on loan from Chelsea)
21   GK Michael Tørnes
22   GK Remko Pasveer
23   MF Mukhtar Ali
24   GK Jeroen Houwen
25   MF Navarone Foor
28   DF Alexander Büttner
29   DF Julian Lelieveld
37   DF Guram Kashia (captain)
43   DF Lassana Faye

For recent transfers, see 2017–18 Vitesse season.

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player

Reserve teamEdit

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

No. Position Player
40   GK Bilal Bayazit
41   MF Julian Calor
42   FW Thomas Buitink
44   DF Boyd Lucassen
46   MF Anil Mercan
47   FW Lars ten Teije
48   MF Jesse Schuurman
50   DF Thomas Oude Kotte
51   DF Gino Bosz
No. Position Player
  GK Stef Brummel
  DF Joris Klein-Holte
  DF Leeroy Schorea
  MF Quincy Kluivert
  MF Hidde van Dijk
  MF Sven van Doorm
  FW Cali Daniel
  FW Jovi Munter
  FW Bo van Essen

Retired numbersEdit

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

Managerial historyEdit

Leo Beenhakker
Henk ten Cate
Ronald Koeman
Peter Bosz
Leonid Slutsky

Club officialsEdit

Position Name Since
Club owner   Alexander Chigirinsky 22 October 2013
Chairman   Bert Roetert 10 December 2013
Managing Director   Joost de Wit 16 May 2013
Technical Director
Manager   Edward Sturing (caretaker) 11 April 2018
Assistant manager
Assistant manager   Nicky Hofs 1 July 2017
Assistant manager   Aleksandar Ranković 1 July 2017
Assistant manager (goalkeeper coach)   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


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

Super CupEdit

Runners-up (1): 2017

Individual AchievementsEdit

Vitesse in EuropeEdit

  • 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   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
1999–2000 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

Club recordsEdit

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

Domestic resultsEdit

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 DivisieEdit

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 DivisieEdit

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 seasonEdit


Notable former playersEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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. ^

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