The professional football team RBC (Roosendaal Boys Combinatie) plays in Roosendaal.
The official International ABBA Fan club has been based in Roosendaal since 1986, and since the turn of the century, the city has also played host to the annual convention of the International ABBA Fan Club where for one weekend every April, hundreds of people from all over the world attend the event.
The history of Roosendaal goes back to the 12th and 13th century. The name Rosendaele was first mentioned in a document of 1268. Roosendaal was always a part of North Brabant. In the Middle Ages, Roosendaal grew as a result of the turf business, but the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) put an end to the growth. Roosendaal and Wouw were suffering from the itinerant combat troops. The troops plundered and ravaged everything they came across. For decades the countryside of Roosendaal was abandoned.
The city is an important railway hub: the Zwolle-Roosendaal Intercity service starts and ends here, the international train from The Hague to Brussels calls at Roosendaal, as does the Amsterdam-Vlissingen (Flushing) intercity. There is also a stopping service to Antwerp.