By the dawn of the 21st century, time had just about ran out for Mvv. While direct relegation from the Eredivisie had been avoided, a poor relegation/promotion playoff series resulted in relegation. A city depleted from its 20th- century industry, and therefore the lion’s share of its financial revenue and working-class population, now also faces the tough challenge of bringing the last remaining professional sports club within its city walls back to the highest level of Dutch football. Mvv began organizing their squad and staff to facilitate their return to the Eredivisie dream, but the dire economic state of the city and a couple of financial loans let them with little in the way of funds to do so. The club was able to sign a couple of youngsters and one real signing, but they were unable to bolster their squad up to hoped standards. This resulted in a couple of dreadful seasons in which the club finished between the 13th and 18th place.
Light at the end of a long and dark tunnel appeared in 2007 / 2008 when the club finished 5th and nearly promoted via the promotion-relegation playoffs. The following year turned out to be fruitful as well, in which the promotion was nearly achieved again via the playoffs, but faith decided against them at diptych matches against de Graafschap. Financial difficulties threw them back in the darkest parts of the tunnel in which they remained until the 2017/2018 season in which they paid off their last loan. A bright season seemed imminent, but two rather dull, lackluster campaigns followed.
These two paragraphs bring us to the current date, the 3rd of May 2019. After another uneventful draw, the season ends, four points shy of the playoffs. This includes their (unwanted) 20th anniversary in the 2nd division of Dutch professional football. The broad discusses a couple of hours after the game how to continue. Trying the same idea which leads to the results of the past 20 years or going in a different direction with investors. The latter option was favored by the fans, but the broad was hesitant about investors. A long debate followed which eventually resulted in the latter of the two options.
In the weeks following, the broad started their search for investors. A plan which initially would take months to years resulted within 2 weeks in a group of 3 investors.
- The first was an IT business owner from the UK, the born Stoke-on-Trent man wanted to leave the UK with the fear of a massive Brexit financial decline for his company. He knew the club from a relative in Stoke-on-Trent who visited the Maastricht club in 2018 because of the supporter friendship between the two clubs.
- The second man was a health and sports expert born just outside the city of Maastricht. His father was a fan of the club since the early 70s. Although the sport/ health expert had been away from the province of Limburg since 2010, he now wanted to settle down a bit and take care of his aging parents. As a gesture of respect to his father, he wanted to help his father's club to reach its goals of Eredivisie football.
- The last was a German married couple who earned their finances in the steel industry. Their daughter who studied at the Maastricht University had told them about the club, and the couple became excited to aid in the idea of investing in a football club.
Could this be the revival of a once Eredivisie club? Or will this be the same old story of lackluster, mid-table finishes as it has been for 2 decades?
Year founded: April 2nd, 1902
Nickname: de Sterrendragers and de Sjengen
Stadium: de Geusselt (8.800 all-seater stadium)
Trophies: Dutch second division title: 1983/1984 and 1996/1997
Rivalries: Roda JC, Fortuna Sittard, VVV Venlo