VVV-Venlo

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VVV
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Full nameVenlose Voetbal
Vereniging Venlo
Nickname(s)The Good Old,
Venlose trots,
Pride of the South
Short nameV.V.V.
FoundedFebruary 7, 1903; 111 years ago (1903-02-07)
GroundDe Koel
Venlo
Ground Capacity8,000
ChairmanNetherlands Hai Berden
ManagerNetherlands Maurice Steijn
LeagueEerste Divisie
2013–14Eerste Divisie, 5th
 
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VVV
logo
Full nameVenlose Voetbal
Vereniging Venlo
Nickname(s)The Good Old,
Venlose trots,
Pride of the South
Short nameV.V.V.
FoundedFebruary 7, 1903; 111 years ago (1903-02-07)
GroundDe Koel
Venlo
Ground Capacity8,000
ChairmanNetherlands Hai Berden
ManagerNetherlands Maurice Steijn
LeagueEerste Divisie
2013–14Eerste Divisie, 5th

VVV-Venlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌveɪ̯.veɪ̯.ˈveɪ̯ ˈvɛn.loʊ̯], VVV stands for Venlose Voetbal Vereniging [ˈvɛn.ˌloʊ̯.zə ˈvut.bɑɫ və.ˈreɪ̯.nə.ɣɪŋ]) is a football club from Venlo in the Netherlands, currently playing in the Eerste Divisie. The club plays its home games in the De Koel stadium, known as Seacon Stadion – De Koel - for sponsorship reasons.

VVV returned to the Eredivisie, the highest league in the Netherlands, by defeating RKC Waalwijk in the promotion/relegation play-offs of the season 2006-2007. After one season in the Eredivisie, VVV-Venlo were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie. After a single season, VVV-Venlo won the Eerste Divisie 2008-09 title and returned to the Eredivisie.

In the 2009-2010 season, the team booked its best league result since 1988, by finishing 12th in the Eredivisie. Another remarkable event was the transfer of star player Keisuke Honda to CSKA Moscow. They also signed toddler Baerke van der Meij on a symbolic 10-year contract, after a video featuring him scoring a hat trick into a toy box went viral.[1] Honda was replaced by Gonzalo and the club signed Japanese player Maya Yoshida. The department of Keisuke Honda turned out to be a key point in the club's success. In the second half of the season the team was not able to win matches and nearly escaped from relegation. At the end of the season, key players Ruben Schaken and Adil Auassar both signed with Feyenoord on a free transfer. Gonzalo returned to his employer FC Groningen, Sandro Calabro signed with Swiss side St. Gallen. The club contracted Ruud Boymans and the Nigerian Ahmed Musa to strengthen the squad to be able to escaping from relegation. This succeeded, but it had been a harsh season in which Jan van Dijk was fired and former international Patrick Paauwe dissolved his contract after losing the competition from his competitors. Belgian manager Glen De Boeck was signed for the next season, but failed to improve the results. As a result of that, he resigned in December 2011. Ton Lokhoff was recruited as the new manager and succeeded to not relegate after the winning the post-season play-offs. However, the 2012-13 season turned out to be the club's final Eredivisie season in the Eredivisie for the time being, as it relegated after losing the promotion/relegation play-offs against Go Ahead Eagles. The club finished fifth in its first Eerste Divisie season since its promotion in 2009.

Stadium[edit]

VVV Venlo currently play at De Koel in Venlo. The stadium holds 8,000 people and was built in 1972. It is named after its main sponsor, hence its current name 'Seacon Stadion De Koel'.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2014

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayer
1NetherlandsGKDanny Wintjens
2NetherlandsDFGuus Joppen
3NetherlandsDFJerold Promes
4NetherlandsDFPim Balkestein
5NetherlandsDFNiels Fleuren
6LatviaDFVitālijs Maksimenko (on loan from Brighton)
7NetherlandsFWAziz Khalouta
8NetherlandsMFDanny Post (captain)
9NetherlandsFWMelvin Platje
11NetherlandsFWRandy Wolters
12FinlandGKNiki Mäenpää
14NetherlandsMFSelman Sevinç
15NetherlandsDFJoeri Schroyen
No.PositionPlayer
17NetherlandsMFQuin Kruijsen
18NetherlandsFWDyon Gijzen
19NetherlandsMFGianluca Nijholt
20NetherlandsFWBas Hendriks
21NetherlandsDFDylan Donkers
22NetherlandsGKEric Verstappen
24EnglandFWMedy Elito
25NetherlandsMFJeffrey Altheer
26NetherlandsFWVito van Crooy
27NetherlandsFWShaquille Simmons
28NetherlandsDFBeau Vilters
38NetherlandsDFRobin Buwalda (on loan from ADO Den Haag)

Notable past players[edit]

Domestic Results[edit]

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

Former managers[edit]

References[edit]

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