Feyenoord Rotterdam Thread [2007/08]


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Feyenoord Rotterdam

Founded: 1908
Main Sponsor/Uniform Sponsor: FORTIS/Kappa
Club President: Gerard Kerkum (Chairman)
Technical Manager: Peter Bosz
Manager: Bert van Marwijk

Stadium: De Kuip
Capacity: 51,177


First logo using the name Feijenoord (1912)The football club Wilhelmina was founded in the pub De Keijser on 19 July 1908[9] and played in blue-sleeved red shirts and white shorts. Between 1908 and 1912 the club underwent a series of changes of name and team colours, becoming Hillesluise Football Club in 1909 and then RVV Celeritas. Upon earning promotion to the National football association in 1912, the club renamed to become SC Feijenoord, after the city district in which the team was founded and again changed uniform, adopting the red and white shirts, black shorts and black socks they still wear today. In 1917 Feijenoord were promoted to the highest level of Dutch football, 1e klasse (1st division) and moved to the ground Kromme Zandweg.

Logo in 1924 Sixteen years after the formation of the club and a mere three years after they were promoted to the highest level of Dutch football Feijenoord earned their first honours by capturing the national league championship in 1924. The team enjoyed a string of successes in the latter half of the decade, taking divisional titles in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1929, and winning their second national championship in 1928.

Feijenoord won their first Dutch Cup in 1930 by scoring the only goal in a derby final against Excelsior. They continued to dominate their division with three consecutive titles, but were winless in subsequent championship finals. Five years after their first cup win, Feijenoord took the prize for a second time in 1935 by beating Helmond Sport.

Feijenoord started to attract more fans to their stadium at Kromme Zandweg, and in 1933 decided to build a new facility. The club moved to the Feijenoord Stadion (nicknamed "De Kuip" or "the Tub") in 1937, playing the first match there on 27 March against Beerschot. During this period Feijenoord won three consecutive division titles from 1936 to 1938, with their third and fourth national championships coming in 1936 and 1938.


on 30 June 1954 the chairmen of the three biggest Rotterdam teams organised a meeting in Utrecht, which was attended by several chairmen of other clubs and a delegation of the KNVB to discuss the start of professional football in the Netherlands. The professional era commenced with the first Eredivisie season in 1954/1955. Feijenoord was one of the clubs participating in the inaugural Eredivisie and have never been relegated. One of the most memorable matches in these first years of professional football was the clash between Feijenoord and the Volewijckers at 2 April 1956, which Feijenoord won 11-4 with nine goals by Henk Schouten. The first memorable Klassieker from a Feijenoord point of view took place at 11 November 1956 when Daan den Bleijker scored four times to give Feijenoord a 7-3 win over their arch rivals.

Feijenoord claimed their first professional Eredivisie Championship and their sixth Dutch Championship in history in 1961. On the road to the title Ajax were beaten 9-5 in De Kuip, four of Feijenoord's goals were scored by Henk Schouten. The following season, they played their first European Cup match facing IFK Göteborg. The Swedes were beaten 0-3 in Gothenburg and 8-2 in Rotterdam. Feijenoord were eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur in the following round. In 1962 Feijenoord successfully defended their Dutch Championship title and reached the final of the Intertoto Cup 1961-62. Feijenoord faced arch-rivals Ajax in the final, which was won by the Amsterdam team 4-2.

On 12 December 1962 Feyenoord played a decisive match versus Vasas SC in the second round of the European Cup 1962-63. The first two legs, in Rotterdam and Budapest both ended in 1-0 home victories, and a replay on a neutral ground took place. The match was played in Antwerp, Belgium and 30,000 Feijenoord fans travelled by bus to see their team play. For the third time the final score was 1-0, with the only goal scored by Rinus Bennaars who was immediately nicknamed "The hero of Deurne" (the neighbourhood in Antwerp where the match was played). The events in Antwerp resulted in an enduring friendly relationship between the fans of Feyenoord and Royal Antwerp FC.

In 1963 hundreds of thousands of people stood ashore by the Nieuwe Maas and the Nieuwe Waterweg to wave two ships, deGroote Beer and the Waterman goodbye. The ships transported thousands of Feijenoord fans to Lisbon where the club faced Benfica on 8 May 1963 in the European Cup semi-finals. The first leg, held in Rotterdam a month earlier, finished 0-0. Feijenoord eventually lost the match against Benfica 3-1, but this turned out to be the start of the most successful period in the club's history. Feijenoord won the double for the first time in their history in 1965 and managed to win another double a few years later in 1969. The 1965 title secured Feijenoord a spot in the European Cup 1965-66 where they faced multiple cup champions Real Madrid on 8 September 1965 in the preliminaries. During the match Hans Kraay had to leave the pitch injured after 31 minutes, without being substituted. He returned at the start of the second half and scored the goal which resulted in a 2-1 win. Later during the match fans' favourite Coen Moulijn was attacked roughly by a Spanish defender. Moulijn then chased the defender all over the pitch. Several other players did the same, as did some fans who entered the pitch. The referee could do nothing but suspend the match at 2-1 in Feijenoord's favour. Two weeks later Real comfortably beat Feyenoord 5-0, and eventually won the European Cup that season.

As the 1969 Dutch champions Feijenoord participated in the European Cup 1969-70. After thrashing Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur 16-2 on aggregate in the first round the team faced AC Milan. Feijenoord lost the first leg 1-0 in Italy, but overcame the deficit in their own stadium following a 2-0 win, securing a place in the quarter finals where they faced ASK Vorwärts Berlin.

The tie followed the same pattern as the previous round, Feijenoord losing the first match 1-0 away, then winning 2-0 at home. In the semi-finals Legia Warszawa were beaten 2-0 on aggregate, earning Feijenoord their first European final. Ajax had reached the same final in 1969 but were not able to win. Feijenoord faced Celtic in the final, held in the San Siro stadium in Milan. Goals by Tommy Gemmell and Rinus Israël resulted in a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes. Three minutes before the end of the extra time Ove Kindvall scored Feijenoord's winning goal to make them the first Dutch team to claim a major European trophy.

As the cup holders Feijenoord participated in the European Cup 1970-71 despite relinquishing the Dutch title, which was won by Ajax. Feijenoord were eliminated in the first round following a surprise defeat by Romanian team UT Arad. However, as reigning European champions Feijenoord faced Estudiantes La Plata in the Intercontinental Cup. The first match in Buenos Aires' La Bombonera finished in a 2-2 draw. Back in Rotterdam Feijenoord managed a 1-0 victory (winning goal by Joop van Daele) to win the world club crown, the first Dutch team to do so. Estudiantes player Oscar Malbernat got frustrated and grabbed Van Daele's glasses and trampled on it. "You are not allowed to play with glasses." was his excuse, "At least not in South America." In 1971 Feijenoord won their 10th Dutch Championship.

In 1973 the club decided to change their name to Feyenoord, as people from outside the Netherlands found it difficult to pronounce the "ij" in Feijenoord. Under their new name they played in the UEFA Cup 1973-74, reaching the final following a 4-3 aggregate win over VfB Stuttgart in the semi finals. The opponent in the final was Tottenham Hotspur. In the first leg at White Hart Lane Spurs took a 2-1 lead, but Theo de Jong equalised after 85 minutes and the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Feyenoord then won their match in Rotterdam 2-0 thanks to goals by Wim Rijsbergen and Peter Ressel, and became the first Dutch team to win the UEFA Cup. As a result, Spurs fans started to riot, introducing Dutch football to the spectre of hooliganism in the process. In the remainder of the decade Feyenoord won only one more honour, the Dutch Championship in 1974. In 1978 the club divided their professional and amateur sides to form two separate teams, Feyenoord for professionals and Sportclub Feyenoord for amateurs.

Feyenoord won their fifth Dutch Cup in 1980 by beating Ajax 3-1 in the final.

In 1984 Feyenoord had another bright season, winning the double for the third time in their history. Key players in the squad from this period included Johan Cruijff, Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman (who later became the Feyenoord stadium announcer). Cruijff reacted to Ajax's decision not to offer him a new contract at the start of the season and signed for arch rivals Feyenoord instead. Cruijffs move to Rotterdam was criticised and increased Ajax's motivation to beat Feyenoord. In the Olympic Stadium of Amsterdam Feyenoord suffered their heaviest ever defeat: 8-2. However, Feyenoord later defeated Ajax in Rotterdam 4-1 and Ajax were subsequently beaten a second time in the Dutch Cup. Feyenoord proceeded to win a league and cup double by beating Fortuna Sittard in the cup final.

After the successful season Feyenoord experienced a lean period and were unable to finish the season in a higher position than third. In 1989/1990 the club struggled to remain in the Eredivisie, but eventually managed to avoid relegation. The club had financial problems, the staff was unable to recover and their main sponsor HCS went bankrupt.

In 1993 Feyenoord secured another Dutch Championship by beating FC Groningen 5-0 in the last league match of the season. The match was played at the Oosterpark Stadion in Groningen, so 40.000 Feyenoord fans watched the game on giant screens in De Kuip. The title was followed by another two Dutch Cups in 1994 (beating N.E.C. (2-1)) and 1995 (beating FC Volendam (2-1)). During the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1994-95 Feyenoord reached the quarter finals after beating Werder Bremen in the second round. They eventually lost to Real Zaragoza. In the quarter final in the 1995 KNVB Cup Feyenoord visited Ajax, the team that would win the UEFA Champions League 1994-95 later that season. Ajax was leading 1-0 when Ruud Heus equalised with a penalty just before time. In the extra time Feyenoord became the only team to beath Ajax the season they won the Eredivisie and the Champions League unbeaten. The goal scored by Mike Obiku was the decider as the new golden goal rule became in use. During the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1995-96 Everton and Borussia Mönchengladbach were beaten. A total of 14,000 Feyenoord fans travelled to Germany to support the team against Mönchengladbach. Feyenoord were knocked out in the semi finals by a Carsten Jancker inspired SK Rapid Wien.

Feyenoord made their UEFA Champions League debut during the UEFA Champions League 1997-98, finishing third in their group behind Manchester United and Juventus, however Juventus were beaten 2-0 in Rotterdam, both goals scored by Julio Ricardo Cruz. In 1998 the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) visited Feyenoord because of suspected fraud. Mainly based on the signings of Aurelio Vidmar, Christian Gyan and Patrick Allotey. This became an ongoing scandal in the years to come with chairman Jorien van den Herik as the main suspect. On 25 April 1999 Feyenoord secured their 14th Dutch Championship. 250,000 fans celebrated with the team in the center of Rotterdam. However, later in the evening heavy rioting started. Before the start of the new 1999/2000 season Ajax were beaten in their own stadium when Feyenoord won their second Dutch Supercup after a free kick by Patrick Paauwe who secured a 3-2 win.

Recent history
During the UEFA Champions League 1999-00 Feyenoord participated in the UEFA Champions League for the second time. This time the club managed to finish second in their group behind Rosenborg B.K., but in front of Borussia Dortmund. Feyenoord reached the second group stage and secured wins versus Olympique Marseille (at home) and S.S. Lazio (away). Chelsea won both clashes and as a result Feyenoord had to win their last group match away to Marseille to reach the knock-out stages. The final result was 0-0 and Feyenoord were eliminated.

Feyenoord again participated in the Champions League in 2001-02, finishing third in a group containing FC Bayern Munich, AC Sparta Praha and FC Spartak Moscow. This meant Feyenoord had to continue their European season in the UEFA Cup 2001-02 instead of the 2nd Champions League group stage. The disappointment of failing to reach the second group stage eventually resulted in optimism and celebration. By winning over SC Freiburg and Rangers, Feyenoord faced fellow Dutch team PSV in the quarter finals. Both matches ended in 1-1 draws, and the clash went into extra time and a penalty shoot-out. Pierre van Hooijdonk who had a superb season by scoring many goals from free kicks secured Feyenoord's win by scoring in the 90th minute equalizer before finishing PSV off by scoring the last goal in the penalty shoot-out. A win in Milan (0-1) over Inter and a 2-2 return match in Rotterdam earned Feyenoord their spot in the final, in which Borussia Dortmund was the opponent. The final was held in De Kuip and as a result most spectators inside the stadium were Feyenoord fans. Feyenoord took a 2-0 lead thanks to another free kick and a penalty by Pierre van Hooijdonk. Early in the second half Jan Koller scored a goal to make it 2-1. Jon Dahl Tomasson then made it 3-1 and things looked good for Feyenoord. Dortmund only managed to score one more goal and the cup was won by Bert van Marwijk's Feyenoord.

A huge party erupted in and outside De Kuip not only because of the title, but also because the final was held several days after Rotterdam's political hero Pim Fortuyn was murdered. Lots of fans were still full of emotion before and after the match. As a result of Fortuyn's murder, the cup was not officially celebrated in the city center. Feyenoord hasn't won any further honours since the 2002 UEFA Cup win. They reached the final of the Dutch Cup in 2003, held in De Kuip, but were not able to beat FC Utrecht, which shocked the club with a 4-1 win. Sebsequently Feyenoord has yet to reach any more finals or to win any more Dutch Championship titles.

In between, Feyenoord and chairman Jorien van den Herik were found to be not guilty in 2002. The Attorney General however appealed, but in 2005, after three years of investigations the results stayed the same. Still, the Attorney General has not given up the case yet.

The 2005/06 season ended in disappointment for Feyenoord. The team challenged for the Dutch Championship for most of the season, but eventually lost out to PSV. The newly created Dutch play-offs then proved to be gloomy for Feyenoord. Ajax, which finished several points behind in the regular league, was Feyenoord's opponent in the play-offs. Ajax ouclassed them and Feyenoord lost out on a Champions League place.

In the 2006-07 season the nightmare grew even bigger. The supporters saw their two star players leave to Chelsea (Salomon Kalou) and Liverpool (Dirk Kuijt). At the same time it became clear that Feyenoord was in an appaling financial state despite earlier comments made by chairman Van den Herik who claimed that the club was financially healthy. Supporters unrest grew into anger when Feyenoord bought Charisteas, a back-up striker of arch rivals Ajax with a poor track record, as a replacement for Kuyt. After continuous protests chairman Van den Herik resigned and the club started managerial reforms. The worst was not over though. Feyenoord were expelled from European competition following hooliganism prior to and during a match with AS Nancy, despite an appeal by the club. The season ended in bitter disappointment with a 9th place finish, causing Feyenoord to miss European football for the first time in 16 years.

While desperate supporters started preparing for a dark age, the club surprised friend and foe in the 2007 summer transfer window. A brilliant performance of young left back Royston Drenthe at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship had investors flocking to the new investment schemes Feyenoord had set up. The club appointed former coach Bert van Marwijk and was able to make a number of high profile signings amongst which Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Roy Makaay.


Dutch Trophies
Dutch Championships (14): 1924, 1928, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1984, 1993, 1999
Dutch Cup (10): 1930, 1935, 1965, 1969, 1980, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995.
Supercup: 1991, 1999.

International Trophies
Intercontinental Cup: 1970.
European Cup: 1970.
UEFA Cup: 1974, 2002.

Transfers In

Bert van Marwijk (Coach, Free) - Free
Andwele Slory (Excelsior Rotterdam) - Unknown
Luigi Bruins (Excelsior Rotterdam) - Unknown
Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar) - €2.9M
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (FC Barcelona) - Free
Roy Makaay (Bayern Munich) - €5M
Kevin Hofland (VfL Wolfsburg) - Unknown
Erwin Mulder (Feyenoord Youth) - Free
Nuri Sahin (Bor.Dortmund) - Loan
Michael Mols (Back from retirement) - Free

Transfers Out
Erwin Koeman (Coach, unknown)
Pierre van Hooijdonk (Retired)
Patrick Lodewijks (Retired, Goalkeeping coach at Feyenoord)
Christian Gyan (unknown, end of contract)
Pascal Bosschaart (ADO Den Haag)
Danko Lazovic (PSV)
Gerson Magrão (Flamengo)
Mark Otten (Nec)
Ali Boussaboun (Al Wakrah)
Maikel Aerts (Willem II)
Akwasi Nana Asare (Kv Mechelen)
Abdul-Yakinu Iddi (Kv Mechelen)
Alfred Schreuder (Fc Twente)
Joonas Kolkka (Nac Breda)
Frank de Haan (Fc Dordrecht)
Rico Kogeldans (ADO Den Haag)
Stef Doedee (RKC Waalwijk)
Resham Sardar (Fc Dordrecht)
Mohammed Abubakari (Panserraikos FC)
Philippe Léonard (no club)
Faisal Achlioui (ADO)
Richard Blonk (ADO)
Mo Hammouti (ADO)
Stein Huysegems (Fc Twente)
Romeo Castelen (HSV)
Royston Drenthe (Real Madrid)
Timothy Derijck (FC Dender, loaned)
Karim Saidi (unknown)
Angelos Charisteas (FC Nurnberg)


Head Coach

Bert van Marwijk

31 - Henk Timmer
32 - Sherif Ekramy
36 - Erwin Mulder

3 - Kevin Hofland
4 - Andre Bahia
5 - Tim de Cler
18 - Serginho Greene
20 - Ron Vlaar
21 - Dwight Tiendalli
23 - Jordy Buijs
37 - Omer Ozcelik

6 - Theo Lucius
7 - Danny Buijs
8 - Giovanni van Bronckhorst
10 - Nicky Hofs
17 - Nuri Sahin
22 - Luigi Bruins
25 - Georginio Wijnaldum
26 - Jacob Lensky
33 - Jonathan de Guzman

9 - Roy Makaay
11 - Andwele Slory
14 - Michael Mols
15 - Chun-Soo Lee
29 - Tim Vincken
34 - Mitchell Schet
35 - Diego Biseswar
38 - Michel Poldervaart

Youth Players:
Tobias Waissapij - Defender
Jerson Anes Ribeiro - Defender
Michal Janotta (Poland) - Midfielder
Leroy Fer - Midfielder
Miquel Nelom - Midfielder
Hanne Hagary - Forward
Kevin Wattamaleo - Forward


Słowiańska Dusza
On top of your post it's Bayern München title:D

Anyway, I predict it's gonna big a good season for Feyenoord


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Its nice to see Feyenoord here. It was strange to see FC Bayern Munchen at the top tho' ;)


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LOL, I forgot to change the title, I'd coppied the text of Bayern Mucnhen thread to see what need to be in the first post :P

Anyway: Stein Huysegems (Feyenoord) -> FC Twente (Fee: Unknown)

There are some rumours about the following players:
- Jon Dahl Tomasson (VfB Stuttgart)
- Eidur Gudjohnsen (FC Barcelona, loan) It would be great when he will come :)
- Bonaventure Kalou (Paris SG)

It is also said that Romeo castelen will sign for PSG or Middlesbrough this week and that Royston Drenthe will be bought by Chelsea and that Feyenoord will have Drenthe on loan next season.


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If the majority of those rumours will happen, PSV and Ajax can start be afraid of you. (Y)


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Is it me or is Feyenoord optimistic about winning the title after a sh*t year every single season?


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MancoBlanco;2356245 said:
Feyenoord have signed Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund) on loan. He will play with number 17 :)

No one saw that comming. I wish him luck but i don't understand the move from the Bundesliga to the Dutch league. It is stupid.


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Deisler;2356321 said:
No one saw that comming. I wish him luck but i don't understand the move from the Bundesliga to the Dutch league. It is stupid.
It was Dortmund who forced that move. He wouldn't get much playing there due to all their midfield acquisitions so they loan him to Feyenoord (without an option to buy) and his old coach van Marwirjk who promoted him to the senior team two years ago. The Eredivisie is a good place for young players. Makes perfect sense to me.


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I don't care why he moves to Feyenoord, I'm happy that he moves to Feyenoord :P Great player, I hope he will show us his skills :)


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Hendrik;2356330 said:
they loan him to Feyenoord (without an option to buy)

I was not aware of that, i guess makes more sense that way. Nontheless i would have loaned him somewhere in the bundesliga.


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He'll probably get more playing time, which is what he needs, at Feyenoord than at any other team, because his former coach who has put in trust in him is at the helm there.


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Yesterday Feyenoord played a great game against Chelsea. And we could win that match if we had a bit more lucky.

1-0: Kevin Hofland (Feyenoord)
1-1: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)


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Some updates about Feyenoord:
- Royston Drenthe moved to Real Madrid for 13.5 million euros
- Timothy Derijck is loaned to Belgian side FC Dender
- Romeo Castelen moved to HSV
- Feyenoord still wants to sign a striker and a midfielder
- There are a few names Feyenoord is interested in: Jan Koller, Danijel Pranjic (Heerenveen), Danny Koevermans (AZ)


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Feyenoord is currently the leader in the Dutch Eredivisie with 1 point more than runner-up Ajax. I think Feyenoord will be a serious candidate for the championship when they keep play like this. The combination between Nicky Hofs and Roy Makaay is superb. There are also some good players returning from their injury: Serginho Greene and Andwele Slory. When Greene is totally fit, I suppose he will take the place of Andre Bahia at the centre of the defence.

I hope Feyenoord will play like this:
Timmer; Lucius, Greene, Hofland, De Cler; Sahin, v.Bronckhorst, De Guzman, Hofs, Slory; Makaay

They also have Chun-Soo Lee for the left attacking midfielder position, it will be hard for him to concurate with Andwele Slory.