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Sparta Rotterdam
Sparta emblem
Full name Sparta Rotterdam
Nickname(s) Kasteelheren
(Lords of the Castle)
Founded April 1, 1888
Ground Het Kasteel (The Castle)
Rotterdam
(Capacity: 11,026)
Chairman Netherlands Hans van Heelsbergen
Manager Netherlands Frans Adelaar
League Eredivisie
2008-09 Eredivisie, 13th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

Sparta Rotterdam is the oldest professional football team in the Netherlands, established on April 1, 1888. Until the 2002/2003 season Sparta Rotterdam had always played at the highest level, but they were relegated from the top-level Eredivisie in 2002. Sparta returned to the Eredivisie for the 2005–06 season. The average attendance in 2005/06 was 9,950.

Sparta has won six national titles (1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915 and 1959) and three national cups (1958, 1962 and 1966). Sparta is one of three professional football clubs from Rotterdam, the others being Excelsior (est. 1902) and Feyenoord (est. 1908), the latter playing in the Eredivisie.

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History

Sparta was first founded in 1887. This club was disbanded shortly afterwards. On April 1, 1888, several ex-members of the old Sparta founded a cricket club called Sparta. In July 1888, a football branch of the club was established. In 1890 Sparta played its first real football match, and in 1892 Sparta disbanded the cricket branch. Sparta was promoted to the highest league of Dutch football on April 23, 1893. In 1897, Sparta withdrew from the competition after continuous dubious arbitration of Sparta matches. However, the club continued to exist, and in 1899, the board of Sparta visited a match of Sunderland A.F.C. Impressed with the red-white jersey of the English club, the board decided that Sunderland's colours (red-white striped jersey, black shorts) would henceforth be the colours of Sparta.

In 1905, Sparta initiated and organised the first home match of the Dutch national team, against Belgium. The match, won 4–0 by the Netherlands, was a rematch of a game two weeks prior, when the Netherlands beat Belgium 4–1 in Antwerp.

The first match at Sparta's new stadium, Het Kasteel (The Castle), in the Spangen area of west Rotterdam, was played on October 14, 1916. The stadium was renovated in 1999 and is still Sparta's stadium.

Sparta has won the Dutch national title six times: in 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915 and 1959.

Honours

1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1959
1957-58, 1961-62, 1965-66

Results

Sparta in Europe

  • Q = Qualifying Round
  • 1R = First Round
  • 2R = Second Round
  • 3R = Third Round
  • 1/4 = Quarter Final
Season Competition Round Club Score
1959–60 European Cup 1R Sweden IFK Göteborg 3–1, 1–3, 3–1
1/4 Scotland Rangers FC 2–3, 1–0, 2–3
1962–63 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Switzerland Lausanne Sports 0–3, 4–2
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Malta Floriana 1–1, 6–0
2R Switzerland Servette Genève 0–2, 1–0
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Iceland ÍA Akranes 6–0, 9–0
2R Northern Ireland Coleraine FC 2–0, 2–1
3R Germany Bayern München 1–2, 1–3
1971–72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria Levski-Spartak 1–1, 2–0
2R Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 1–1, 1–2
1983-84 UEFA Cup 1R Northern Ireland Coleraine FC 4–0, 1–1
2R East Germany FC Carl Zeiss Jena 3–2, 1–1
3R Soviet Union Spartak Moskva 1–1, 0–2
1985–86 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Hamburger SV 2–0, 0–2 (4–3 n.p.)
2R Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–1, 1–5

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Aleksander Šeliga
2 Ghana DF Emmanuel Boakye
3 Nigeria DF Ayodele Adeleye
4 Netherlands MF Sander van Gessel (vice-captain)
5 Netherlands DF Ruud Knol
6 Netherlands MF Edwin van Bueren
7 Netherlands MF Kevin Strootman (captain)
8 Netherlands DF Donovan Slijngard
9 Netherlands FW Rydell Poepon
10 Croatia FW Darko Bodul (On loan from Ajax)
11 Netherlands FW Charles Dissels
15 Netherlands FW Joey Godee
No. Position Player
16 Morocco DF Karim Touzani
17 France FW Édouard Duplan
19 Netherlands DF Milano Koenders (On loan from AZ)
20 Netherlands MF Erik Falkenburg
21 Netherlands GK Cor Varkevisser
22 Netherlands DF Nick Viergever
24 Netherlands FW Joshua John
25 Aruba FW David Abdul
26 Netherlands DF Anthony Bentem
28 Netherlands MF Nathan Rutjes
32 Netherlands MF Lerin Duarte
37 Netherlands FW Mehmet Aldogan

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Netherlands FW Yuri Rose (on loan to De Graafschap)
Netherlands MF Arne Slot (on loan to FC Zwolle)

Former managers

See also

External links

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Sparta Rotterdam seasons

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1960–61 | 1961–62 | 1962–63 | 1963–64 | 1964–65 | 1965–66 | 1966–67 | 1967–68 | 1968–69 | 1969–70
1970–71 | 1971–72 | 1972–73 | 1973–74 | 1974–75 | 1975–76 | 1976–77 | 1977–78 | 1978–79 | 1979–80
1980–81 | 1981–82 | 1982–83 | 1983–84 | 1984–85 | 1985–86 | 1986–87 | 1987–88 | 1988–89 | 1989–90
001990–91 | 1991–92 | 1992–93 | 1993–94 | 1994–95 | 1995–96 | 1996–97 | 1997–98 | 1998–99 | 1999–00
2000–01 | 2001–02 | 2002–03 | 2003–04 | 2004–05 | 2005–06 | 2006–07 | 2007–08 | 2008–09 | 2009–10


Simple English

Sparta Rotterdam
Full nameSparta Rotterdam
Founded1888
GroundSparta Stadion Het Kasteel
Rotterdam
(Capacity 11,026)
ChairmanHans van Heelsbergen
ManagerFrans Adelaar
LeagueEredivisie
2008/09Eredivisie, 13th

Sparta Rotterdam is a football club which plays in Netherlands.

League position

SeasonLeaguePosition
2000/01Eredivisie17th
2001/02Eredivisie17th
2002/03Eerste Divisie8th
2003/04Eerste Divisie3rd
2004/05Eerste Divisie2nd
2005/06Eredivisie14th
2006/07Eredivisie13th
2007/08Eredivisie13th
2008/09Eredivisie13th

Former position

References








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