Vitesse Arnhem

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Vitesse Arnhem
Basic data
Surname Betaald Voetbal Vitesse Foundation
Seat Arnhem , the Netherlands
founding May 14, 1892
president Yevgeny Merkel
First soccer team
Head coach Thomas Letsch
Venue GelreDome
Places 21,248
league Eredivisie
2019/20 7th place

Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse , SBV Vitesse for short and generally known as Vitesse Arnheim in the German-speaking world , is a football club from Arnhem . The word Vitesse is French for speed.


Between 1894 and 1900 Vitesse played in blue and white shirts. These colors were and are those of the city of Arnhem. On August 27, 1900, the then board decided to change the club clothing and introduced the colors black and yellow. The current club colors are: black and yellow shirts with vertical stripes, white pants.


Vitesse's first team in 1896
Vitesse's first team in 1913
Against AFC Ajax in the 1970 Dutch Cup game
Vitesse in 2008
Dutch Cup Final in 2017

1892–1922: Great successes after the establishment and decline

The association was founded on May 14, 1892. At that time there was no soccer department. It was not until September 10, 1892, that the board decided to want to play football in addition to cricket . For the first two years, Vitesse only played friendly matches. In 1894 one finally went under the supervision of the football association NVB founded in 1889 . The team was able to win the Gelderse Competitive in 1895 and 1896, then became higher class and from then on played in the Eerste Klasse Oost . In 1897, 1898, 1903, 1913, 1914 and 1915 the club became champions in this class. There are also six runner-up titles. Players like Willem Hesselink and Just Göbel became the club's first national players. After 1915 there was a sharp drop in performance. Again and again, apart from fourth place in the 1920/21 season, they played against relegation. On June 30, 1920, the move to the second class was clear.

1922–1953: changeable successes

After relegation, the club wanted to return to the Dutch House of Lords as soon as possible. Season B of the second division was won in the first year, and Arnhem also prevailed against the winner of Season A Rigtersbleek . Under new coach Robert William Jefferson , an Englishman, they repeatedly reached the top five in the league in the years after the comeback. In 1935 it was only enough to rank 10 in the league, which meant relegation. Under the German Heinrich Schwarz , the club established itself again and attacked for another comeback. But it was not until 1946 before a return was possible. By then they reached second place four times and first place twice in the season, but then failed in the promotion games. The joy lasted only two seasons, and Vitesse was drawn back to the second division. Although they missed the immediate resurgence, this success was achieved the following year. With players like Sjaak Alberts and Wim Hendriks , who were later appointed to the national team, continuity came back. The great triumph came in 1952/53. Arnhem left all league competitors behind and secured the championship. The following year, however, it was only sixth place.

1954–1984: Introduction of professional football

In 1954 the KNVB introduced a new professional league. Some Arnhem players went there, others abroad. With players leaving, the league fell very quickly. For this reason, the Vitesse board decided on August 27, 1954 to join Dutch professional football. This step was very difficult, both athletically and financially. After the introduction of the Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie on September 2, 1956, this step was finally sealed. In the Eerste Divisie they played well with, but also showed inconsistent appearances, so that the club had to relegate to the Tweede Divisie in 1962 . In 1966 the promotion followed, after the Austrian Joseph Grüber took over the team for the second time in 1964 . When the club was third in the second division in 1971, fortunate circumstances made it possible to move up to the Eredivisie for the first time. After 18th place at the end of the 1971/72 season, Vitesse rose again. A total of only 17 points were scored, not enough to keep them up. In 1977 they won the Eerste Divisie and returned to the top division of the Netherlands. Relegation was achieved twice in a row, but missed 17th place in 1980.

1984–2002: Difficult times in the second division and establishment in the Eredivisie

Under the new chairman of the Karel Aalbers club , the professional and amateur areas were separated in 1984. In 1984/85 there were severe financial cuts in the club. With these the sporting problems followed. In the second division they were only mediocre in the following years and were lucky not to be relegated in 1985. Under coach Bert Jacobs they found their way back to old strength and in 1989 the Eerste Divisie was won again. In the first year after, they finished fourth, the best league result in history since the Eredivisie was founded. This was the first time they qualified for the UEFA Cup . In the same year they failed in the final of the KNVB Cup at PSV Eindhoven . Until 2001/02 they were always among the top six in the league. The best result came in 1997/98 when third place was achieved. With Nikos Machlas they had the most successful goalscorer of the Eredivisie in their own ranks this year. During this time Arnheim was looked after by coaches such as Herbert Neumann , Leo Beenhakker , Artur Jorge and Ronald Koeman . These good years came to an abrupt end when President Aalbers was suspected of fraud on February 15, 2000. In the 2002/03 UEFA Cup season there was an argument with a German representative for the first time. In the second round of the competition Werder Bremen could be defeated by 2: 1 and 3: 3 and moved into the next round, where it ended against Liverpool .

2003–2011: mediocrity, internal chaos and takeover

In the case of President Aalbers, new discoveries were constantly being made. He is said to have been involved in inconsistencies around the new stadium and transfers. Thanks to the help of the city of Arnhem and the province of Gelderland , the impending bankruptcy was averted.

In 2003 and 2004, from a sporting point of view, they just saved themselves from relegation that resulted from the internal chaos. The situation then calmed down again, until the club faced new financial problems in 2008. It was about debts of over 27 million euros. Finally the city helped again and believers could be appeased. During this time the club was given the nickname FC Hollywood aan de Rijn (German: FC Hollywood am Rhein) by the media and press, which alludes to the club's media presence. With the beginning of the 2008/09 season , the aim was to break away from this image. Aad de Mos was replaced as coach by the rather unknown and inconspicuous Hans Westerhof . But this could only get fifteen points by the winter break, and the club found itself in the table cellar. The former player Theo Bos took over Westerhof's position and led the team into the safe midfield of the Eredivisie until the end of the season. With Bos, the club board went into the following season . There only the fourteenth place was occupied, but the relegation secured with six points ahead of the first relegation place. With the start of the new 2010/11 season , the Georgian investor Merab Jordania took over the club. At this point, Vitesse had a debt of six million euros . Jordania announced that they would settle this, invest money and shape the club into a top Dutch club that can compete for the championship. With this acquisition, Vitesse is the first Dutch club to be owned by a foreign donor. The squad was then turned inside out. Ten players left the club in the summer, another six followed in the winter. On the other hand, there were fourteen new signings between June and September and four additions in January 2011. Of the transfers, Ismaïl Aissati , Guram Kashia , Nemanja Matić and Frank van der Struijk in particular established themselves as well as the winter salesman Marcus Pedersen , who scored five goals in sixteen games. where he and Marco van Ginkel became the best attacker for the Arnhem team. At the end of the season, the club found itself in the table basement. Equal on points with Excelsior Rotterdam , the team finished 15th due to the better goal difference and thus did not have to go into the relegation phase to avoid the threatened relegation. During the entire 2010/11 season, the team was looked after by three coaches. After Theo Bos left the club in October 2010, his successor Hans van Arum left office in November 2010 and was replaced by the Spaniard Albert Ferrer . However, Ferrer's contract, which ran until June 30, 2011, was not extended. In May 2011, the investor announced that it would bring the club's budget to a total of 50 million euros by 2016 in order to catch up with the top Dutch teams economically and athletically. On October 23, 2013 Merab Jordania sold its shares to the Ukrainian wood pellets company ST Group. The managing director of the ST Group Alexander Tschigirinski took over the management of the association, as the successor to Jordania.

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Victories and defeats

On November 11, 1894, the team won the NVB competition 17-0 against Victoria. The highest victory in the Eredivisie was achieved on September 27, 1997 against Fortuna Sittard . Fortunes were beaten 7-1 in the away game. In the Eerste Divisie , the second highest Dutch football league, the club was able to win 7-0 against FC Wageningen on August 30, 1970 . Vitesse won 6-0 on April 8, 1998 against FC Volendam . With this they celebrated their highest home success. Vitesse Arnheim achieved the highest victory in a European competition against Dundee United . In the second round of the UEFA Cup on November 7, 1990, they sent Dundee 4-0 from the field.

Ajax Amsterdam beat Vitesse 12-1 on May 22, 1972. It was the highest defeat in the Eredivisie and the highest ever.


  • Best placement: 1997/98 (3rd place)
  • Longest winning streak: January 8, 1967 to September 17, 1967 (Eerste Divisie)
  • Most successful goalscorer for the club: Jan Dommering (155)
  • Most goals in one season: Nikos Machlas (34 goals in the Eredivisie, 1997/98)
  • Most goals in one game: Nico Westdijk (9 goals on October 19, 1941 against De Treffers in Tweede Klasse C Oost)
  • Most hat trick for the club: Jan Dommering (12 pieces)
  • Fastest goal for the club: Purrel Fränkel (19 seconds on October 3, 2003 against FC Twente , Eredivisie)
  • Most goals scored per season in the Eredivisie: 85 (Eredivisie, 1997/98)
  • Fewest goals conceded per season in the Eredivisie: 22 (Eredivisie, 1971/72)

At the beginning of January 2014, the player Dan Mori was refused a visa 24 hours before leaving for the training camp in Abu Dhabi ( United Arab Emirates ) because he is an Israeli citizen. The team's decision to fly anyway was criticized in the Netherlands and by German observers.

Sponsors and outfitters

Previous shirt sponsors

  • 1993–1994: Energy saving energy
  • 1994–2000: Nuon (energy supplier)
  • 2000–2001: Atag (manufacturer of heating systems)
  • 2001–2002: without sponsor
  • 2002: Hubo & Big Boss (retail chains)
  • 2002–2003: Bavaria Malt & SBS 6 (brewery, private television station)
  • 2003–2004: Sunweb (tour operator)
  • 2004–2009: AFAB (financial service provider)
  • 2010–2011 (1): (Internet search engine for real estate)
  • 2010–2011 (2): Spieren voor Spieren (non-profit foundation)
  • since 2011: (mobile operator)

Previous clothing outfitters


The current home of Vitesse: GelreDome
Stadion Period capacity
Paasweide 1894 to 1896 -
Klarenbeek 1896 to 1915 10,000
Monnikenhuize 1915 to 1950 7,500
Nieuw Monnikenhuize 1950 to 1998 between 12,000 and 18,000
GelreDome since 1998 25,500 (21,248 for games from Vitesse)

Vitesse played for a long time on the “Monnikenhuizen” sports field, named after a former monastery, northeast of the city center.

The club, which was third in the honor division at the time, has had the GelreDome stadium in the newly built district on the south bank of the Rhine since 1998 . This modern stadium, the roof of which can be closed in bad weather, was also used for the 2000 European Football Championship. It holds 25,500 spectators for football matches and is the fourth largest in the Netherlands. For Vitesse games, the space available will be reduced to 21,248 from the 2016/17 season. Of the UEFA it was in the stadium category 4 classified, which means that it is suitable as Endspielort for European competitions. If necessary, the grass pitch can be pushed outside from the inside of the stadium in order to give it optimal care. 49 so-called skyboxes with twelve seats each offer the best comfort. Inside the stadium you can find out about the club's history in the House of History .

On March 25, 1998, after a grand opening ceremony, the new stadium was inaugurated with the league game against NAC Breda (4-1). The Serb Dejan Curović was the first goal scorer after four minutes and 45 seconds to mark a goal in this competition venue. With an average of 26,007, the highest number of spectators attended Vitesse games in 2000/01.


Personal details

Squad of the 2018/19 season

As of December 28, 2018

No. position Surname
1 PortugalPortugal TW Eduardo
3 NetherlandsNetherlands FROM Maikel van der Werff
5 EnglandEngland FROM Max Clark
6th NetherlandsNetherlands FROM Arnold Kruiswijk
7th NetherlandsNetherlands MF Roy Beerens
8th RussiaRussia FROM Vyacheslav Karavev
9 SloveniaSlovenia ST Tim Matavž
11 NetherlandsNetherlands MF Bryan Linssen
13 AlgeriaAlgeria ST Oussama Darfalou
14th EnglandEngland FROM Jake Clarke-Salter
17th South AfricaSouth Africa MF Thulani Serero
18th NorwayNorway MF Martin Ødegaard
No. position Surname
19th NigeriaNigeria MF Hilary Gong
20th BelgiumBelgium MF Charly Musonda
21st SlovakiaSlovakia MF Matúš Bero
22nd NetherlandsNetherlands TW Remko Pasveer
23 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia MF Mukhtar Ali
25th NetherlandsNetherlands MF Navarone Foor
26th DenmarkDenmark FROM Rasmus Thelander
28 NetherlandsNetherlands FROM Alexander Buettner
30th NetherlandsNetherlands FROM Danilho Doekhi
39 NetherlandsNetherlands ST Richonell Margaret
BelgiumBelgium ST Loïs Openda

Known players


Vitesse's trainer

Vitesse Arnheim had 54 coaches in its club history between 1914 and 2019 (as of August 2019) . Only a few looked after the club for more than two years. The German Heinrich Schwarz holds the record as a coach in Arnhem at the age of nine. The most famous names are Ronald Koeman , Leo Beenhakker , Henk ten Cate , Fred Rutten , Aad de Mos , Peter Bosz , Artur Jorge and Leonid Sluzki . De Munck, Jan Zonnenberg , Edward Sturing and Clemens Westerhof are the only coaches who have looked after the club more than once.

Term of office Nat. / Trainer
1914-1915 EnglandEngland Edgar Chadwick / John Willie SutcliffeEnglandEngland 
1919-1920 EnglandEngland Mac Pherson
1920-1922 EnglandEngland Charles Griffiths
1922-1923 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan van Dort / Bram EversNetherlandsNetherlands 
1923-1924 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan van Dort
1924-1927 EnglandEngland Robert William Jefferson
1927-1936 GermanyGermany Heinrich Schwarz
1936-1938 NetherlandsNetherlands Gerrit van Wijhe
1938-1939 NetherlandsNetherlands Gerrit Horsten
1939-1943 NetherlandsNetherlands Gerrit Horsten / Ben TapNetherlandsNetherlands 
1943-1944 NetherlandsNetherlands G. Horsten / J. Piederiet / J. ZonnenbergNetherlandsNetherlands NetherlandsNetherlands 
1945-1946 NetherlandsNetherlands Gerrit Horsten / J. PiederietNetherlandsNetherlands 
1946-1947 EnglandEngland George Roper
1947-1948 NetherlandsNetherlands Arie van der Wel
1948-1954 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Zonnenberg
1954-1957 AustriaAustria Joseph Grüber
1957-1960 NetherlandsNetherlands Louis Pastoors
1960–1962 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Branco Vidovic
1962-1964 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Zonnenberg
1964-1966 AustriaAustria Joseph Grüber
1966-1969 NetherlandsNetherlands Frans de Munck
1969-1972 NetherlandsNetherlands Cor Brom
1972-1974 NetherlandsNetherlands Frans de Munck
1974-1975 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Ned Bulatovic (until September 1975)
1975-1976 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan de Bouter (until April 1976)
1976-1976 NetherlandsNetherlands Clemens Westerhof
1976-1982 NetherlandsNetherlands Henk Wullems
1982-1984 NetherlandsNetherlands Leen Looijen (until Feb. 1984)
1984-1984 NetherlandsNetherlands Henk Hofstee
Term of office Nat. / Trainer
1984-1985 NetherlandsNetherlands Clemens Westerhof
1985-1986 PolandPoland Janusz Kowalik / Henk BosveldNetherlandsNetherlands 
1986-1987 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Dorjee / Niels OverwegNetherlandsNetherlands 
1987-1987 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Dorjee (until July 1987)
1987-1987 NetherlandsNetherlands Niels Overweg (until September 1987)
1987-1992 NetherlandsNetherlands Bert Jacobs
1992-1995 GermanyGermany Herbert Neumann
1995-1995 NetherlandsNetherlands Ronald Spelbos (until November 1995)
1995-1996 NetherlandsNetherlands Frans Thijssen
1996-1997 NetherlandsNetherlands Leo Beenhakker (until Jan. 1997)
1997-1998 NetherlandsNetherlands Henk ten Cate
1998-1998 PortugalPortugal Artur Jorge (until October 1998)
1998-1999 GermanyGermany Herbert Neumann (until October 1999)
1999-2000 NetherlandsNetherlands E. Sturing / J. Jongbloed (until Jan. 2000) NetherlandsNetherlands 
2000-2001 NetherlandsNetherlands Ronald Koeman (until December 2001)
2001-2002 NetherlandsNetherlands Edward Sturing
2002-2003 NetherlandsNetherlands Mike Snoei (until March 2003)
2003-2006 NetherlandsNetherlands Edward Sturing
2006-2008 NetherlandsNetherlands Aad de Mos
2008-2008 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Westerhof (until December 2008)
2009-2010 NetherlandsNetherlands Theo Bos
2010-2011 SpainSpain Albert Ferrer
2011–2012 NetherlandsNetherlands John van den Brom
2012-2013 NetherlandsNetherlands Fred Rutten
2013-2016 NetherlandsNetherlands Peter Bosz
2016-2018 SurinameSuriname Henk Fraser
2018-2019 RussiaRussia Leonid Slutsky

Vitesses President


Player of the year

The Vitesse Player of the Year has been honored annually since 1990. The first winner was the record player and future coach of Arnhem Theo Bos . The first foreign professional to receive the award was the Greek Nikos Machlas in 1998 . To date (as of 2014) seven other foreigners have been honored. All other winners were Dutch. In addition, only Piet Velthuizen has so far managed to be elected twice or more times.

season Surname
1989/90 NetherlandsNetherlands Theo Bos (soccer player)
1990/91 NetherlandsNetherlands René Eijer
1991/92 NetherlandsNetherlands Martin Laamers
1992/93 NetherlandsNetherlands Phillip Cocu
1993/94 NetherlandsNetherlands Glenn Helder
1994/95 NetherlandsNetherlands Chris van der Weerden
1995/96 NetherlandsNetherlands Arco Jochemsen
1996/97 NetherlandsNetherlands Edward Sturing
1997/98 GreeceGreece Nikos Machlas
1998/99 NetherlandsNetherlands Sander Westerveld
1999/2000 NetherlandsNetherlands Michel Kreek
2000/2001 NetherlandsNetherlands Victor Sikora
2001/2002 SerbiaSerbia Dejan Stefanović
2002/03 GhanaGhana Matthew Amoah
2003/04 NetherlandsNetherlands Nicky Hofs
2004/05 GhanaGhana Abubakari Yakubu
2005/06 NetherlandsNetherlands Youssouf Hersi
2006/07 SerbiaSerbia Danko Lazović
2007/08 NetherlandsNetherlands Piet Velthuizen
2008/09 NetherlandsNetherlands Paul Verhaegh
2009/10 NetherlandsNetherlands Piet Velthuizen
2010/11 SerbiaSerbia Slobodan Rajković
2011/12 NetherlandsNetherlands Alexander Buettner
2012/13 Ivory CoastIvory Coast Wilfried Bony
2013/14 GhanaGhana Christian Atsu

More teams

Youth teams

The club's youth teams are organized in the Vitesse / AGOVV football academy . In this Vitesse Arnheim stands in cooperation with the AGOVV Apeldoorn . This merger in the youth division of both teams is the first of its kind in Dutch football. It was founded on August 17, 2005. The academy is subject to its own organization and is responsible for itself. There are own club colors and logos. Well-known players who were trained there include:

Even before this merger with Apeldoorn, Vitesse was known for training good players. Over the past few years and decades, the following footballers have played in the youth division for Arnhem:


  • Arjan Molenaar / Rien Bor: 111 jaar Vitesse. De sportieve divorced van Vitesse 1892–2003. Self-published, Arnhem 2003, ISBN 90-90-17300-5

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. New owner at Vitesse Arnheim from August 16, 2010 on
  2. a b Vitesse: Transfers 2010/11 on
  3. Vitesse: Eredivisie 2010/11 on
  4. Arnhem separates from Ferrer , from June 23, 2011 (accessed June 23, 2011)
  5. Begoting Vitesse in 2016 after 50 miljoen from May 25, 2011 on (Dutch)
  6. 'Vitesse nog hoger brengen'
  7. Alexander Chigirinskiy (50) neemt aandelen Vitesse
  8. ^ Stefan Giannakoulis: Football club bows to discrimination., January 7, 2014
  9. Thomas Kirchner: Israeli soccer player Dan Mori: Unfortunately not welcome in the Emirates., January 7, 2014
  10. FAZ January 7, 2014, page 24: The values ​​of sport (comment by Michael Reinsch)
  11. Home jersey 1999/00 on
  12. Home jersey 1999/00 on
  13. Vitesse maakt GelreDome in Arnhem 'small' article from April 14, 2016 (Dutch)