VVV-Venlo (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌveːveːˈveː ˈvɛnloː], VVV stands for Venlose Voetbal Vereniging [ˈvɛnloːzə ˈvudbɑl vəˈreːnəɣɪŋ]) is a football club from the Dutch-German border town Venlo, Netherlands, playing in the Eredivisie. The club plays its home games in the -Seacon Stadion- De Koel stadium, which is named after their main sponsor Seacon Logistics. VVV's home colours are yellow and black, the former being the dominant shirt colour.

Full nameVenlose Voetbal Vereniging Venlo
Nickname(s)The Good Old,
Venlose Trots,
Pride of the South,
Yellow Black Army
Short nameVVV
Founded7 February 1903 (1903-02-07)
GroundDe Koel
ChairmanHai Berden
ManagerHans de Koning
2018–19Eredivisie, 12th
WebsiteClub website


VVV returned to the Eredivisie, the highest league in the Netherlands, by defeating RKC Waalwijk (3-0) in the promotion/relegation play-offs in the 2006–07 season. After one season in the Eredivisie, VVV-Venlo were relegated back to the Eerste Divisie. After a single season, VVV-Venlo won the 2008–09 Eerste Divisie title and returned to the Eredivisie.

In the 2009–10 season, the team booked its best league result since 1988 after 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 ten-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 departure of Honda turned out to be a key point in the club's season. In the second half of the season, the team was not able to win matches and barely 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 Groningen, while Sandro Calabro signed with Swiss side St. Gallen. The club contracted Ruud Boymans and the Nigerian Ahmed Musa to strengthen the squad for the 2010-11 season. They avoided relegation, but it was a harsh season in which Jan van Dijk was fired and former international Patrick Paauwe terminated 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 in avoiding relegation by winning the post-season play-offs. However, in the 2012–13 season, the club was 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. But again, the club bounced back and returned to the Eredivisie in 2017, after clinching promotion by defeating RKC Waalwijk.[2]

Japanese players

Since Keisuke Honda transferred from Nagoya Grampus in 2008, a slew of Japanese players have played at VVV-Venlo, including Maya Yoshida, Robert Cullen and Yuki Otsu. Sef Vergoossen, a legendary manager of the club, and Japanese agent Tetsuro Kiyooka were the bridge between the Japanese players and the club.[3]


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, Covebo Stadion De Koel.



Current squad

As of 2 September 2019[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Thorsten Kirschbaum
2 DF Tobias Pachonik
4 DF Roel Janssen
5 DF Steffen Schäfer
6 MF Danny Post (captain)
7 FW Haji Wright
8 MF Peter van Ooijen
9 FW Elia Soriano
10 MF Johnatan Opoku
11 MF Richard Neudecker
13 DF Nils Röseler
14 DF Christian Kum
15 FW Jerome Sinclair (on loan from Watford)
16 GK Delano van Crooy
No. Position Player
17 DF Tristan Dekker
18 DF Samuel Scheimann
19 MF John Yeboah (on loan from Wolfsburg)
20 DF Damian van Bruggen
21 MF Evert Linthorst
22 GK Bram Verbong
23 FW Yahcuroo Roemer
24 MF Simon Janssen
25 MF Aaron Bastiaans
26 DF Stan van Dijck
29 MF Paul Wienhoven
30 GK Jens Craenmehr
31 MF Lee Cattermole
36 MF Joep Munsters

Retired numbers

28  Beau Vilters, defender (2014–15) posthumous honour

Notable players

Domestic results

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

Managerial history

Years Name Nat.
1954–56 Ferdi Silz
1956–60 Wilhelm Kment
1961–63 Ferdi Silz
1964–65 Josef Gesell
1968–69 Bas Paauwe
1970–72 Josef Gesell
1972–78 Rob Baan
1978–79 Hans Croon
1979 Sef Vergoossen
1979–81 Jan Morsing
Years Name Nat.
1981–86 Sef Vergoossen
1986–88 Jan Reker
1989 Sef Vergoossen
1992–94 Frans Körver
1995–96 Jan Versleijen
1996–98 Henk van Stee
1998–99 Hennie Spijkerman
2000–01 Jan Versleijen
2002–04 Wim Dusseldorp
2004–05 Adrie Koster
Years Name Nat.
2005–06 Herbert Neumann
2006–08 André Wetzel
2008–10 Jan van Dijk
2010–11 Willy Boessen (a.i.)
2011 Glen De Boeck
2011 Willy Boessen (a.i.)
2011–13 Ton Lokhoff
2013–14 René Trost
2014–2019 Maurice Steijn
2019–2021 Robert Maaskant


  1. "Club 'signs up' hat-trick toddler". 28 April 2011 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. VVV-Venlo na vier jaar terug in de eredivisie - NOS (in Dutch)
  3. Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent, The Japan Times, 3 April 2014
  4. "Selectie". vvv-venlo.nl. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
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