Vitesse

Founded In
1892
Location
Arnhem, Netherlands

Vitesse

About Vitesse

Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse, more commonly known as Vitesse, was formed in the city of Arnhem back in 1892, making it one of the Netherlands' oldest professional teams. Since 2010, the club has been under the ownership of Merab Jordania, a former footballer from Georgia and one-time President of the Georgian Football Federation.

During the 1980s, the club suffered from major financial problems and came close to closure. A temporary solution was found when the club appointed new administrators. However, the club once again entered into a financial crisis at the turn of the 21st century. On this occasion, the city's council had to get involved and complete a buyout, which included purchasing the club's stadium.

The team have a reputation for coming close to achieving major success. Vitesse have been runners up in the Dutch championship on six occasions in total, all between their foundation year and 1915. In the 1997-98 season, they finished in 3rd place in the Eredivisie. In addition, the club has reached the final of the KNVB Cup on three occasions, in 1912, 1927 and 1990, ending up on the losing side on each occasion.

Over the years, Vitesse have been able to attract several top international stars. During the 1990s, Dutch internationals Roy Makaay, Sander Westerveld and Philip Cocu played for the club, while Greek striker Nikos Machlas was prolific in the Eredivisie, scoring 60 goals in 92 matches. Moving into the 21st century, notable players included striker Pierre van Hooijdonk and Malian international Mahamadou Diarra.

Since 1998, Vitesse have played their home matches at the GelreDome, which is one of the most unique stadiums in the Netherlands. The ground has a retractable roof, retractable pitch and a climate control system and has been rated 4-stars by UEFA. Currently, the GelreDome has a capacity of 25,000 for football matches and the stadium was used as one of the venues for the European Championships in 2000.