Vitesse is one of the historic Dutch football clubs. Founded in 1892, Every year the competition encourages giving more than a scare large Eredivisie. But nevertheless, What many do not know is what hides this modest box Arnhem.
to get started, their stadium, Gelredome, An architectural wonder created for Euro 2000 and which claims to have 25.000 seating, a retractable roof and a lawn that protect the field of play allowing rigor winter under cover as happens in the Amsterdam Arena.
But beyond the stadium, what really marks the identity of the club is its owner and his relationship with Chelsea. Because although its new owner is Russian billionaire Aleksandr Tsjigirinsk, its chairman is former- Georgian footballer (the only foreigner in the Eredivisie) and now businessman Merab Jordan, a close friend of Roman Abramovich, with whom he signed just landed in the Vitesse a collaboration agreement by which the Dutch club can enjoy together promising young blue that step foguean minutes in a league with high prestige.
An initiative that has received much praise and criticism (Some consider what destabilizes the league and the team loses identity and gives way to the great magnates of other championships) and above all, has made the current squad has five assigned the current Chelsea, namely, Patrick van Aanholt, Bertrand Traore, Christian Atsu or promising Brazilian Lucas Piazon, considered by many as one of the best players playing in Holland.
Runner-up five times and three Eredivisie Cup, Vitesse has never won anything but has plenty of good players. Roy Makaay is the case , Nikos Machlas , Sander Westerveld , Danko Lazovic , Pierre van Hooijdonk , Mahamadou Diarra, Philip Cocu or recently transferred Ginkel and Wilfried Bony.
Its budget is just 30 million euros and last year had to settle participate in the preliminary stage of the Europa League, but he promised Jordan coming to office in 2010 in three to four years the team would be champion. They are eight points behind fourth Ajax, but who knows. You can never say I will not drink this water.