VVV

Founded In
1954
Location
Venlo, Netherlands

VVV

About VVV

Venlose Voetbal Vereniging was established in February 1903. The club is usually known by the name VVV-Venlo or sometimes just VVV. The team were one of the first in the Netherlands to turn professional, with the transformation taking place in 1954.

In 2011, VVV-Venlo made international news headlines when they signed a small child, Baerke van der Meij. The child was invited for a trial after a youtube video of him playing football achieved a small amount of fame on the internet. The boy and his family lived in the city and it also transpired that the boy's grandfather, Jan van der Meij, had previously played for VVV-Venlo.

The club's greatest success came in 1959, when VVV-Venlo lifted the KNVB Cup, after beating ADO Den Haag 4-1 in the final. Two years later, the club enjoyed its best ever Eredivisie season, finishing in 3rd place. That performance gained the team entry into the following season's International Football Cup. Since that time, the club has endured relegation to the second tier on several occasions. In 2009-10, they achieved a 12th place finish in the Eredivisie; their best league performance in over two decades.

Footballers including Jan Klaassens, Stan Valckx, Jeu Sprengers, Herman Theeuwen, Ahmed Musa, Vampeta, Maya Yoshida and Keisuke Honda are amongst the more notable players to have represented VVV over the course of the club's history.

The club plays its home matches at De Koel in the city of Venlo. The stadium is currently known as 'Seacon Stadion – De Koel', named after the team's primary sponsor. Built in 1972, the ground holds a maximum of 8,000 supporters. 'De Koel' translates to 'The Pit' and the stadium is situated in the middle of what was once a sandpit. The stadium is one of the most unique venues in Europe, with players having to walk onto the pitch via a long staircase.