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Vitesse Arnhem

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About Vitesse Arnhem

Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse is a Netherlands association football club from Arnhem, which was founded on 14 May 1892. Vitesse (French for speed) has had considerable success in the Eredivisie, and featured in the UEFA Cup competition, but has never been considered a close competitor of the top three clubs of Netherlands football, namely PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, and Ajax Amsterdam. The owner and chairman is a Georgian businessman, which makes Vitesse the first Dutch football club owned by a foreigner.

History

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 Lazovic, Ulises Davila, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Mahamadou Diarra and Philip Cocu.

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 to the 1980s, the club had incorporated both its professional and its amateur players into its club structure. It was restructured again in 2003 when it could have gone bankrupt again, when the timely intervention of the Arnhem city council bought GelreDome, and created a financial rescue package to salvage the club.

The clubs training ground and youth development system are based at the National Sports Centre Papendal.

Stadium

Its home is the unique GelreDome stadium built 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. Its capacity is 25,000. The average league attendance in recent years was just below 20,000. Their previous home was the Nieuw Monnikenhuize.

Ownership

On 16 August 2010, the former Georgia (country) 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, especially given Jordania's background, resulted in massive 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 many opinions in the local paper.

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2011.



On loan



Reserve squad



Vitesse-managers since 1914

- Edgar Chadwick / John Willie Sutcliffe (1914–15)
- Mac Pherson (1919–20)
- Charlie Griffith (footballer) (1920–22)
- Jan van Dort / Bram Evers (1922–23)
- Jan van Dort (1923–24)
- Bob Jefferson (1924–27)
- Heinrich Schwarz (football manager) (1927–36)
- Gerrit van Wijhe (1936–38)
- Gerrit Horsten (1938–39)
- Gerrit Horsten / Ben Tap (1939–43)
- Gerrit Horsten / Jacques Piederiet / Jan Zonnenberg (1943–44)
- Gerrit Horsten / Jacques Piederiet (1945–46)
- George Roper (footballer) (1946–47)
- Arie van der Wel (1947–48)
- Jan Zonnenberg (1948–54)
- Joseph Gruber (1954–57)
- Louis Pastoors (1957–60)
- Branko Vidović (1960–62)
- Jan Zonnenberg (1962–64)
- Joseph Gruber (1964–66)
- Frans de Munck (1966–69)
- Cor Brom (1969–72)
- Frans de Munck (1972–74)
- Nedeljko Bulatović (1974-September 75)
- Jan de Bouter (September 1975-April 76)
- Clemens Westerhof (1976)
- Henk Wullems (1976–82)
- Leen Looijen (1982-February 1984)
- Henk Hofstee (February 1984-1984)
- Clemens Westerhof (1984–85)
- Janusz Kowalik / Henk Bosveld (1985–86)
- Hans Dorjee / Niels Overweg (1986–87)
- Hans Dorjee (1987-July 1987)
- Niels Overweg (July 1987-September 87)
- Bert Jacobs (September 87-92)
- Herbert Neumann (1992–95)
- Ronald Spelbos (1995-November 95)
- Frans Thijssen (November 1995-96)
- Leo Beenhakker (1996-January 97)
- Henk ten Cate (January 1997-98)
- Artur Jorge (1998-October 98)
- Herbert Neumann (October 98-October 99)
- Edward Sturing / Jan Jongbloed (1999-January 2000)
- Ronald Koeman (January 2000-December 2001)
- Edward Sturing (December 2001-02)
- Mike Snoei (2002-March 2003)
- Edward Sturing (March 2003-06)
- Aad de Mos (2006–08)
- Hans Westerhof (2008-December 2008)
- Theo Bos (footballer) (2009–10)
- Albert Ferrer (2010–11)
- John van den Brom (2011–)

Club officials



Honours

Team Achievements

- Champion Gelderse Competitie Royal Dutch Football Association: 2x (1895, 1896)
- Champion Eerste Klasse Oost: 7x (1897, 1898, 1903, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1953)
- Champion Tweede Klasse Oost: 5x (1923, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1950)
- KNVB Beker finalist: 3x (1912, 1927, 1990)
- Champion Eerste Divisie: 2x (1977, 1989)
- Champion Tweede Divisie: 1x (1966)
- Also promoted to Eredivisie: 1x (1971)
- UEFA Cup: 9x participation (36 matches): (UEFA Cup 1990-91, UEFA Cup 1991-92, UEFA Cup 1992-93, UEFA Cup 1993-94, UEFA Cup 1996-97, UEFA Cup 1997-98, UEFA Cup 1998-99, UEFA Cup 1999-00, UEFA Cup 2001-02)

Individual Achievements

- Top scorer Eerste Divisie: 2x (1974, 1983), Herman Veenendaal (23 goals), Remco Boere (27 goals)
- Top scorer Eredivisie: 1x (1998), Nikos Machlas (34 goals)
- European Golden Shoe-winner: 1x (1998), Nikos Machlas (34 goals)

Vitesse in Europe

- Group = group game
- 1R = first round
- 2R = second round
- 3R = third round
- 1/8 = 1/8 final

Club records

- Highest transfer fee paid: Bob Peeters from Roda JC for € 6.4 million, 2000
- Highest transfer fee received: Nikos Machlas to AFC Ajax for € 8.6 million, 1999
- Record League win: 0–17 v Victoria (football), Gelderse Competitie NVB, 11 November 1894
- Record Eredivisie win: 1–7 v Fortuna Sittard, 27-09-1997
- Record Eerste Divisie win: 7–0 v FC Wageningen, 30-08-1970
- Record European win: 0–4 v Dundee United FC, UEFA Cup Second Round, 7 November 1990
- Record home win: 14–0 v Victoria (football), Gelderse Competitie NVB, 20 January 1895
- Record away win: 0–17 v Victoria (football), Gelderse Competitie NVB, 11 November 1894
- Record home Eredivisie win: 6–0 v FC Volendam, 8 April 1998
- Record away Eredivisie win: 1–7 v Fortuna Sittard, 27 September 1997
- Record defeat: 12–1 v AFC Ajax, Eredivisie, 19 May 1972
- Record tournament defeat: 0–7 v PSV Eindhoven, KNVB Beker, Fourth Round, 4 May 1969
- Highest ranking: 3rd in Eredivisie, 1997/1998
- Longest unbeaten run (League): 22, from 8 January 1967 until 17 September 1967 in Eerste Divisie
- Most clean sheets in one season: 18, Eerste Divisie, 1988/89
- Most League goals all-time by player : 155 – Jan Dommering
- Most League goals in a season by player: 34 – Nikos Machlas, Eredivisie, 1997/98
- Most goals scored in a match: 9 – Nico Westdijk v De Treffers, Tweede Klasse C Oost, 19 October 1941
- Most League goals scored in a season: 85, Eredivisie, 1997/98
- Most League goals conceded in a season: 74, Eredivisie, 1971/72
- Most hat-tricks scored (League): 12 – Jan Dommering
- Fewest League goals scored in a season: 22, Eredivisie, 1971/72
- Fewest League goals conceded in a season: 20, Eerste Divisie, 1988/89
- Fastest own goal: 19 seconds – Purrel Fränkel v FC Twente, Eredivisie, 3 October 2003
- Most top scorer of Vitesse: John van den Brom, 5 times
- Most international caps for the Netherlands national football team as a Vitesse player: Just Göbel, 22

Domestic results

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




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