Sparta Rotterdam

Not to be confused with Sparta Rotterdam (Mutual) FC.
Sparta Rotterdam
Full name Sparta Rotterdam
Nickname(s) De Kasteelheren
(The Castle Lords)
De Rood-Witte Gladiatoren (The Red-White Gladiators)
Founded April 1, 1888 (1888-04-01)
Ground Het Kasteel (The Castle)
Ground Capacity 11,926
Chairman Netherlands Rob Westerhof
Manager Netherlands Alex Pastoor
League Eredivisie
2015–16 1st, promoted
Website Club home page

Sparta Rotterdam (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈspɑrtaː ˌrɔtərˈdɑm]) is a Dutch professional football club based in Rotterdam. Established on 1 April 1888, Sparta Rotterdam is the oldest professional football team in the Netherlands.

In the 2016-17 season, Sparta will play in the Eredivisie, the top tier of Dutch professional football. The club is one of three professional football clubs from Rotterdam, the others being Excelsior (est. 1902) and Feyenoord (1908).


Sparta Rotterdam vs Blackpool F.C., Aug. 1957

On 1 April 1888 several students from Rotterdam 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 23 April 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. 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, Belgium.

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

Until the 2002–03 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. They were relegated again in 2010. On 20 August 2010 they equalled Ajax's and Heracles Almelo's Dutch league record win when they defeated Almere City 12–1[1] with Johan Voskamp scoring an Eerste Divisie record 8 goals on his debut.[2] After six years in the Eerste Divisie, Sparta again won promotion to the Eredivisie in April 2016 after a 3-1 win over Jong Ajax won them an unassailable lead over second placed VVV Venlo.[3]

Sparta has won six national titles (1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915 and 1959) and three national cups (1958, 1962 and 1966).

Meuse/Scheldt Cup

The best football (soccer) players of Rotterdam and Antwerp contested a yearly match between 1909 and 1959 for the Meuse- and Scheldt Cup (Maas- en Schelde Beker). It was agreed to play the game at stadium Het Kasteel [ Sparta Rotterdam ] in Rotterdam [The Netherlands] and at stadium De Bosuil [ Royal Antwerp Football Club ] in Antwerp [Belgium]. The cup was provided in 1909 by Kees van Hasselt from Rotterdam and P. Havenith from Antwerp.

Youth program

Main article: Sparta Youth Academy

The Sparta Jeugdopleiding (English, Sparta Youth Academy) is a four star certified youth academy, and amongst the strongest in the Nation having won the National academy of the year award on several occasions.[4] Several International footballers have progressed through the ranks of the academy, including Danny Blind, Danny Koevermans, David Mendes da Silva, Ed de Goey, Winston Bogarde, Memphis Depay, Henk Fräser, Jan van Beveren, Anwar El Ghazi, Jetro Willems, John de Wolf, Kevin Strootman and Nick Viergever amongst others.[5]



1908–09, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1914–15, 1958–59
1957–58, 1961–62, 1965–66
1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1925, 1929, 1953, 1956

Other trophies

1910, 1913, 1923, 1925, 1929, 1934, 1935, 1951
1909, 1910, 1911
1953, 1954

Domestic results

Eerste Divisie Eredivisie Eerste Divisie Eredivisie

Below is a table with Sparta Rotterdam's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

Sparta in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Score
1959–60 European Cup 1R Sweden IFK Göteborg 3–1, 1–3, 3–1
1/4 Scotland Rangers 2–3, 1–0, 2–3
1962–63 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Switzerland Lausanne-Sport 0–3, 4–2
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Malta Floriana 1–1, 6–0
2R Switzerland Servette 0–2, 1–0
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Iceland ÍA Akranes 6–0, 9–0
2R Northern Ireland Coleraine 2–0, 2–1
3R Germany Bayern Munich 1–2, 1–3
1971–72 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Bulgaria Levski-Spartak 1–1, 2–0
2R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 1–1, 1–2
1983–84 UEFA Cup 1R Northern Ireland Coleraine 4–0, 1–1
2R East Germany FC Carl Zeiss Jena 3–2, 1–1
3R Soviet Union Spartak Moscow 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

As of 4 August 2016

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2016

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

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Michael Fabrie
Netherlands GK Ricardo Kieboom
1 Netherlands GK Roy Kortsmit
Netherlands GK Bryan Janssen
Netherlands GK Michael Verrips
Netherlands DF Abdul Bai Kamara
Netherlands DF Daniël Breedijk
5 Netherlands DF Michel Breuer (Captain)
10 Australia DF Kenneth Dougall
6 Netherlands DF Rick van Drongelen
Netherlands DF Deroy Duarte
2 Aruba DF Denzel Dumfries
Netherlands DF Sherel Floranus
Netherlands DF Rick Ketting
Netherlands DF Ruggero Mannes
Netherlands DF David Mendes da Silva
3 France DF Florian Pinteaux
Netherlands DF Serghino Sanches
Netherlands DF Bart Vriends
Netherlands MF Ugur Altintas
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Jaimy Brute
11 Spain MF Iván Calero Ruiz
8 Netherlands MF Mart Dijkstra
Netherlands MF Robert Klaasen
Netherlands MF Paco van Moorsel
4 Belgium MF Ryan Sanusi
Netherlands MF Stijn Spierings
Netherlands FW Ragnar Ache
Netherlands FW Ilias Alhaft
9 Netherlands FW Zakaria El Azzouzi (on loan from Ajax)
Netherlands FW Roland Bergkamp
7 Belgium FW Loris Brogno
France FW Cyril Chevreuil
Netherlands FW Lovette Felicia
Australia FW Craig Goodwin
Guinea FW Mathias Pogba
Belgium FW Allesandro Rodrigues
Netherlands FW Akram Salhi
Netherlands FW Finn Stokkers
Netherlands FW Thomas Verhaar

Former managers

See also


  1. Sparta evenaart record Ajax en Heracles - De Telegraaf (Dutch)
  2. Acht treffers bij debuut - De Telegraaf (Dutch)
  3. Sparta Rotterdam terug in de eredivisie - NOS (Dutch)
  4. "Jeugdopleiding Sparta beoordeeld met 4 sterren". Rijnmond TV. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  5. Hamilton, Chloe (1995-10-22). "Exponenten uit de jeugdopleiding van Sparta Rotterdam". Sparta Jeugdopleiding. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
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