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VVV-Venlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌveːveːˈveː ˈvɛnloː], VVV stands for Venlose Voetbal Vereniging [ˈvɛnloːzə ˈvudbɑl vəˈreːnəɣɪŋ]) is a football club from the Dutch-German border town Venlo, Netherlands, playing in the Eredivisie. The club plays its home games in the -Seacon Stadion- De Koel stadium, which is named after their main sponsor Seacon Logistics. VVV's home colours are yellow and black, the former being the dominant shirt colour.

VVV
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Full nameVenlose Voetbal Vereniging Venlo
Nickname(s)The Good Old,
Venlose Trots,
Pride of the South,
Yellow Black Army
Short nameVVV
Founded7 February 1903; 116 years ago (1903-02-07)
GroundDe Koel
Venlo
Capacity8,000
ChairmanHai Berden
ManagerRobert Maaskant
LeagueEredivisie
2018–19Eredivisie, 12th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

VVV returned to the Eredivisie, the highest league in the Netherlands, by defeating RKC Waalwijk (3-0) in the promotion/relegation play-offs in the 2006–07 season. After one season in the Eredivisie, VVV-Venlo were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie. After a single season, VVV-Venlo won the 2008–09 Eerste Divisie title and returned to the Eredivisie.

In the 2009–10 season, the team booked its best league result since 1988 after finishing 12th in the Eredivisie. Another remarkable event was the transfer of star player Keisuke Honda to CSKA Moscow. They also signed toddler Baerke van der Meij on a symbolic ten-year contract, after a video featuring him scoring a hat trick into a toy box went viral.[1] Honda was replaced by Gonzalo and the club signed Japanese player Maya Yoshida. The departure of Honda turned out to be a key point in the club's season. In the second half of the season, the team was not able to win matches and barely escaped from relegation.

At the end of the season, key players Ruben Schaken and Adil Auassar both signed with Feyenoord on a free transfer. Gonzalo returned to his employer Groningen, while Sandro Calabro signed with Swiss side St. Gallen. The club contracted Ruud Boymans and the Nigerian Ahmed Musa to strengthen the squad for the 2010-11 season. They avoided relegation, but it was a harsh season in which Jan van Dijk was fired and former international Patrick Paauwe terminated his contract after losing the competition from his competitors.

Belgian manager Glen De Boeck was signed for the next season, but failed to improve the results. As a result of that, he resigned in December 2011. Ton Lokhoff was recruited as the new manager and succeeded in avoiding relegation by winning the post-season play-offs. However, in the 2012–13 season, the club was relegated after losing the promotion/relegation play-offs against Go Ahead Eagles. The club finished fifth in its first Eerste Divisie season since its promotion in 2009. But again, the club bounced back and returned to the Eredivisie in 2017, after clinching promotion by defeating RKC Waalwijk.[2]

Japanese playersEdit

Since Keisuke Honda transferred from Nagoya Grampus in 2008, a slew of Japanese players have played at VVV-Venlo, including Maya Yoshida, Robert Cullen and Yuki Otsu. Sef Vergoossen, a legendary manager of the club, and Japanese agent Tetsuro Kiyooka were the bridge between the Japanese players and the club.[3]

StadiumEdit

VVV-Venlo currently play at De Koel in Venlo. The stadium holds 8,000 people and was built in 1972. It is named after its main sponsor, hence its current name, Covebo Stadion De Koel.

ResultsEdit

EredivisieEerste DivisieEredivisieEerste Divisie 

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019[4]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Thorsten Kirschbaum
2   DF Tobias Pachonik
4   DF Roel Janssen
5   DF Steffen Schäfer
6   MF Danny Post (captain)
7   FW Haji Wright
8   MF Peter van Ooijen
9   FW Elia Soriano
10   MF Johnatan Opoku
11   MF Richard Neudecker
13   DF Nils Röseler
14   DF Christian Kum
15   FW Jerome Sinclair (on loan from Watford)
16   GK Delano van Crooy
No. Position Player
17   DF Tristan Dekker
18   DF Samuel Scheimann
19   MF John Yeboah (on loan from Wolfsburg)
20   DF Damian van Bruggen
21   MF Evert Linthorst
22   GK Bram Verbong
23   FW Yahcuroo Roemer
24   MF Simon Janssen
25   MF Aaron Bastiaans
26   DF Stan van Dijck
29   MF Paul Wienhoven
30   GK Jens Craenmehr
31   MF Lee Cattermole
36   MF Joep Munsters

Retired numbersEdit

28 —   Beau Vilters, defender (2014–15) — posthumous honour

Notable playersEdit

Domestic resultsEdit

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

Managerial historyEdit

 
Years Name Nat.
1954–56 Ferdi Silz  
1956–60 Wilhelm Kment  
1961–63 Ferdi Silz  
1964–65 Josef Gesell  
1968–69 Bas Paauwe  
1970–72 Josef Gesell  
1972–78 Rob Baan  
1978–79 Hans Croon  
1979 Sef Vergoossen  
1979–81 Jan Morsing  
 
Years Name Nat.
1981–86 Sef Vergoossen  
1986–88 Jan Reker  
1989 Sef Vergoossen  
1992–94 Frans Körver  
1995–96 Jan Versleijen  
1996–98 Henk van Stee  
1998–99 Hennie Spijkerman  
2000–01 Jan Versleijen  
2002–04 Wim Dusseldorp  
2004–05 Adrie Koster  
 
Years Name Nat.
2005–06 Herbert Neumann  
2006–08 André Wetzel  
2008–10 Jan van Dijk  
2010–11 Willy Boessen (a.i.)  
2011 Glen De Boeck  
2011 Willy Boessen (a.i.)  
2011–13 Ton Lokhoff  
2013–14 René Trost  
2014–2019 Maurice Steijn  
2019–2021 Robert Maaskant  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club 'signs up' hat-trick toddler". 28 April 2011 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ VVV-Venlo na vier jaar terug in de eredivisie - NOS (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent, The Japan Times, 3 April 2014
  4. ^ "Selectie". vvv-venlo.nl. Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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