Sparta Rotterdam is a Dutch football club based in the city of Rotterdam. They currently feature in the Dutch Eredivisie and are the oldest professional football team in the Netherlands.
The club was originally established in 1887 as Sparat but went boom soon afterwards. Then on April 1,1888 several former members of Sparta founded a cricket club named Spara, Then in the month of July of the same month a football offshoot was created. The cricket club was disbanded in 1890.
Sparta were promoted to the Dutch first division on April 23, 1893 and in 1905 organized the first home match of the Dutch national football team (against Belgium).
Sparta Rotterdam have won six national championships and three KNVB Cups so far in their history.
Sparta Rotterdam plays their home matches at Het Kasteel (The Castle) that can entertain a crowd of 11,026. Sparta moved to the new Het Kastell (stadium) in 1916 and played their first match there on October 14,1916. The stadium underwent renovation works in 1999.
Sparta Rotterdam bear the nickname Kasteelheren (Lords of the Castle).
Some of the club’s major achievements include:-6 National Titles-3 KNVB Cups