Sparta Rotterdam is a professional football club that has its roots in Rotterdam Spangen district. In 2008 the club reached the respectable age of 120 years; Sparta was founded in 1888. It is often argued that the football club is the oldest in the Netherlands. It’s not quite right. Sparta is certainly the oldest of all the clubs who currently plays professional football, but there are also eleven amateur even earlier than Sparta established.
A few years before the start of the twentieth century, people start to play matches in races. In this so-called league Sparta play any means without merit, but seizes it remarkably often missed the national championship. In 2008 Rotterdam trophy cabinet time still quite full; Sparta was six times champion of the Netherlands, whose five times between 1909 and 1915. This period is also considered the most successful period in the club’s history.
A second heyday came in the year?? 50 of the last century. Especially in those which followed shortly after the introduction of professional football, the club was leading. During this period won the KNVB Cup and the last championship was won. During the following years, won two KNVB Cup 1962 and 1966.
Even in European Cups Sparta was represented several times, with the most pleasing results reach the quarterfinals of the European Championship in 1960. Furthermore stranded spartan, 1967, 1972, and 1984 to the eighth finals of the tournament EM II.
the KNVB Cup 1966 is seen as the last major achievement. At the end of the twentieth century Sparta slipping further and further away and it is usually found in the lower regions of the final rankings. From 1997 goes hand in hand with the decline of the working-class district Spangen downhill; sporting results going backwards and some seasons successively maintain Rotterdam’s barely in the Eredivisie. The curtain falls definitively in 2002, when Sparta for the first time in its over 114-year history, relegated from the Eredivisie. After an absence of three seasons turn Rotterdam Formation at the start of the 2005/2006 season back at the highest level.
Home games are played at Sparta Stadium castle, with room for 11,026 spectators. The front of the stadium consists of a stately looking building with towers, the stadium is named. The original building dates back to 1916, but has over the years repeatedly renovated extensively, and even rebuilt again. The characteristic towers is always maintained.
During the 2008/2009 season Foeke Booy is the head coach of Sparta Rotterdam. Last season, Sparta got a respectable thirteenth place in the final classification. This result was also achieved in Booy, who over the course of Gert Aandewiel and Adri van Tiggelen succeeded.
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