Feyenoord Rotterdam

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Feyenoord Rotterdam
Club crest of Feyenoord Rotterdam
Basic data
Seat Rotterdam , Netherlands
founding July 19, 1908
Colours Red-white and black
Members 40,000
president Toon van Bodegom
Website feyenoord.nl
First soccer team
Head coach Dick Advocaat
Venue De Kuip
Places 51,577
league Eredivisie
2019/20 3rd place

Feyenoord (until 1972: Feijenoord ), generally known in German-speaking countries as Feyenoord Rotterdam , is a Dutch football club from the city of Rotterdam . Feyenoord is one of the three big clubs in Dutch football , alongside Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven . He has played in the highest Dutch league since 1921, and in the Eredivisie since it was founded in 1956 . The club has been national champions 15 times and cup winners thirteen times . In 1970 Feijenoord became the first Dutch team to win the European Cup and World Cup for club teams , and the club twice won the UEFA Cup .


1908 to 1939

Wilhelmina / HFC and RVV Celeritas kits

Feyenoord was founded on July 19, 1908 by young people in the pub De Vereeniging (by Jac. Keizer) in the Feijenoord district , a former island in the Nieuwe Waterweg arm of the Rhine south of the river bed. The original club name was not Feyenoord, but Wilhelmina . The club colors at that time were blue and red - red shirt with contrasting blue sleeves. In 1909 the name was changed to Hillesluise Football Club . At the same time one joined the Rotterdamse Voetbalbond (Rotterdam Football Association). When it came to the start of the league, the club found that there was already a club with the abbreviation HFC ( Koninklijke HFC ). To avoid confusion, the name was changed again, the team now wanted to appear as RVV Celeritas . In addition to the name, the appearance has also been changed. The new jersey was striped lengthways, yellow and black. In 1912 the club joined the Dutch Football Association . From then on, the team was called SC Feijenoord (also spelled Feyenoord), after the district in which it was founded. The club colors were also changed to those that are still valid today.

The first success came in 1917. The team rose to the first division. With the rise came the move to the Kromme Zandweg Stadium . Sixteen years after it was founded, the first major national title was won by winning the Dutch championship in 1924. The team was on a wave of success. Regional titles were collected in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1929. The second championship was celebrated in 1928. Two years later, in 1930, the Dutch Cup was won for the first time . In the final, the team prevailed against city rivals Excelsior Rotterdam . Five years later, the new triumph took place when you could win in the final against Helmond Sport . Feijenoord became more and more popular and attracted more and more fans. For this reason, those responsible decided to build a new stadium. The association was able to bring businessman Daniël George van Beuningen on board and the development of the new construction began as early as 1933. Construction work began in 1935. These were carried out by architect Leendert van der Vlugt . The first game in the new De Kuip was two years later, on March 27, 1937. The Feyenoord Stadium is only called “De Kuip” (pronounced: de köip, “UI” as French : feuille ), which is in German as much as "the tub" means. Leen Vente was the first shooter to inaugurate the nets of the new competition venue in the 5-2 win against the Belgian club Germinal Beerschot Antwerp . Just a few months later, the first international match between the national teams of the Netherlands and Belgium was played in this stadium .

In 1936 again in the old stadium and in 1938 in the new stadium, the Rotterdam team celebrated championships three and four.

1940 to 1969

In 1940 the fifth Dutch championship title was won. Even during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II , the Dutch football league continued to play. When the German troops occupied De Kuip , Feijenoord turned to the Kasteel Stadium , the place of city rivals Sparta Rotterdam . At home games against Sparta, the team played in the old Kromme Zandweg stadium . The league was not discontinued until the height of the war in 1945. During this time, the regional title was only won in 1943. Even after the war things didn't go so well and Feijenoord was often only able to qualify for the national championship round with difficulty.

On June 30, 1954, the presidents of the three major Rotterdam clubs called a meeting between other football presidents and the KNVB in Utrecht . The aim of this meeting was to create a professional football league. The first Eredivisie season was played as early as 1954/55 . Feijenoord was one of the founding teams and has remained loyal to the league ever since. Even then, historical games and rivalries developed between Feijenoord and other clubs. On April 2, 1956 a game against the Volewijckers from Amsterdam was won 11: 4. Henk Schouten scored nine goals . A competitive struggle developed with Ajax Amsterdam . The games between the two teams were called ' de klassieker ' (German: the classic) early on . A first of these classics was on November 11, 1956, when Daan den Bleijker scored five goals in a 7-3 win over rivals from the capital.

Six years after founding the professional league, Feijenoord won it for the first time in 1961. On the way to this triumph Ajax was beaten 9-5 at De Kuip , with Henk Schouten scoring four of the nine goals. In the following year, the club took part in the international competition of the European Champions Cup for the first time . The first opponent was the Swedish representative IFK Göteborg . With 3: 0 in Sweden and 8: 2 in the home stadium they prevailed, but in the following round the team had to admit defeat to Tottenham Hotspur and were eliminated. In 1962 the national title was defended and the final of the Intertoto Cup was reached. There you met the big rivals Ajax Amsterdam and had to bow to the capital city with 2: 4.

On December 12, 1962, Feijenoord played in the second round of the 1962/63 European Cup against Vasas Budapest . After the first and second leg, the home team won 1-0. A play-off had to take place on neutral ground. Antwerp in Belgium served as the venue . 30,000 fans followed their team to the neighboring state. Again the game ended with a goal from Rinus Bennaars 1-0 and thus for a better outcome from the perspective of the Dutch. Bennaars was then named "The Hero of Deurne" , the venue for the game. A close fan friendship developed between Royal Antwerp , who provided the pitch, and Feijenoord.

In 1963, a thousand fans made their way to Portugal, where they met Benfica Lisbon in the semi-finals of the European Cup on May 8th . The first leg a month earlier had ended 0-0. Feijenoord lost 3-1, but this defeat was the beginning of one of the most successful periods in the club's history. In 1965 the Dutch double was won for the first time. This success was repeated in 1969. The championship title of 1965 brought a place in the European Cup of National Champions 1965/66 . On September 8, 1965, the club met the series winner Real Madrid for the first time . During the game, Hans Kraay had to be removed from the field after 31 minutes. There was no change. Kraay returned to the second period and scored a goal. The game ended in a 2-1 win. Two weeks later, for the second leg to move into the next round, Feijenoord lost 5-0 to the favorites. Real later won the title.

1970 to 1989

As Dutch champions from 1969, Feijenoord took part in the European Cup of National Champions of the 1969/70 season. After they dismantled KR Reykjavík with 12: 2 and 4: 0 in the first round , the team met AC Milan . The first game in Italy was lost 0-1, but you could qualify with a 2-0 in the second leg for the next round. There the club had to face the GDR representative FC Vorwärts Berlin . As against Milan, the first leg was lost 0-1 and the second leg was won 2-0. Legia Warsaw was waiting in the semifinals . Rotterdam reached the final of the European Cup for the first time. In the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, the opponent was called Celtic Glasgow on May 6, 1970 . Tommy Gemmell for Celtic and Rinus Israël for Feijenoord scored the goals to make it 1-1 after 90 minutes. In extra time, Ove Kindvall scored the 2-1 winner three minutes before the end.

Without having defended the Dutch title, but as the defending champion, the team started the European Cup season 1970/71 . Surprisingly, Feijenoord was eliminated in the first round against the Romanian team UTA Arad . Still, another success was celebrated. As the European winner of the European Champions Cup, Feijenoord was allowed to play the game for the World Cup against Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina) . After a 2-2 draw at La Bombonera , the Argentinians were defeated 1-0 in De Kuip by a goal from Joop van Daele . Oscar Malbernat , a player from Estudiantes de La Plata, was so upset by this that he tore off Van Daele's glasses and trampled on.

In 1971 Feijenoord won the tenth championship title.

In 1973 the club was renamed from Feijenoord to Feyenoord . The reason for this was that many foreign football fans had problems with the "ij" and its pronunciation. The 1973/74 UEFA Cup season started under a new name . The club reached the semi-finals with some problems, where the German representative VfB Stuttgart was waiting. After the first leg was won 2-1, the team trembled with a 2-2 in the final for the UEFA Cup . In the first final game away against Tottenham Hotspur it was 1: 2 from the perspective of the red-whites . Theo de Jong was only able to equalize to 2: 2 in the 85th minute . The Dutch won the game in Rotterdam 2-0 with goals from Wim Rijsbergen and Peter Ressel , making them the first Dutch team to win the UEFA Cup.

In 1974 the Dutch championship was won again, but there were no great successes in the years to come. In 1978 the professional football division separated from the amateur division. Feyenoord Rotterdam remained as the main club and the amateurs organized in the new club Sportclub Feyenoord .

In 1980 Feyenoord defeated Ajax Amsterdam 3-1 in the final of the Dutch Cup.

In 1984 the team came up trumps again when they made the third double perfect. Key players like Johan Cruyff , Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman wore the red and white jersey back then . Cruijff came to Rotterdam in the summer of 1983 after parting with his previous club Ajax in anger. He only stayed with Feyenoord for a year before retiring from his career. Also in this season the team lost 3: 8 in Amsterdam and suffered the second highest defeat in the club's history. Fortuna Sittard was beaten in the cup final .

1990 to 1999

From then on the club had to cope with a long misery. Third place in the league was already a great success and in 1989/90 Feyenoord narrowly escaped relegation from the Eredivisie. The club had financial problems and main sponsor HCS had to file for bankruptcy. In 1990, Wim Jansen took over as coach from Gunder Bengtsson and Pim Verbeek , after a 6-0 defeat against PSV Eindhoven . Both teams met again in the cup, but this time Feyenoord won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Henk Fräser . The team was able to advance to the final, where they defeated BVV Den Bosch 1-0. Soon they had to deal again with PSV, the strongest club in the Netherlands at the time. In the game for the PTT Telecom Cup , the first Super Cup final since 1949, Feyenoord was able to prevail again 1-0. The shooter was Marian Damashin . In 1992 the national cup was defended by a 3-0 final against Roda JC Kerkrade . In the same year the semifinals of the European Cup Winners' Cup 1991/92 were reached, where they had to admit defeat to AS Monaco . Both games ended in a draw, but the more goals scored away decided for Monaco. In 1993 the national championship was won by a 5-0 win in the last game against FC Groningen . In 1994 and 1995 there were two more successes in the final in the cup. There were no titles in the European Cup Winners' Cup , but some respectable successes were celebrated. In the quarter-finals for the KNVB Cup in 1995, the team met Ajax and prevailed. After 1: 1 in the regular season, which was golden goal hit by Mike Obiku crucial for Feyenoord. The Rotterdam team was the only team that Ajax was able to defeat this season. Ajax, as Dutch champions and Champions League winners, remained undefeated in all other competitions. In the European Cup Winners' Cup of the 1995/96 season , the club fought their way to the semi-finals, where SK Rapid Vienna ended.

In the 1997/98 Champions League season , Feyenoord made his debut in the redesigned competition, finishing third in the group stage behind Manchester United and Juventus . Nevertheless, the team was able to beat Juventus in Rotterdam with two goals from Julio Cruz .

In 1998 the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) investigated ambiguities in the commitments of Aurelio Vidmar , Christian Gyan and Patrick Allotey . With Jorien van den Herik as president at the time, it became a huge scandal in the Dutch football scene. Nevertheless, the 14th championship title was won on April 25, 1999. Before the 1999/00 season, Ajax was defeated 3-2 in their stadium and won the Super Cup.

Since 2000

Logo until 2008

With the 1999 championship title, Feyenoord qualified for the 1999/2000 Champions League . It was the second participation in this competition since the reorganization in 1992. In the first group phase, the team managed to qualify for the second group phase behind Rosenborg Trondheim but before Borussia Dortmund . Olympique Marseille , Lazio Rome and Chelsea FC were already waiting there . To reach the knockout round, Feyenoord had to win their last game against Marseille. However, it was only enough to draw and the team was eliminated.

After a year off, they came back to the Champions League for the 2001/02 season . This time she had to compete with FC Bayern Munich , Sparta Prague and Spartak Moscow . They failed, but with third place they were entitled to intervene in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup . There they eliminated first SC Freiburg and then the Glasgow Rangers before the club met league competitor PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-finals . Both games ended 1-1 draw and only the penalty shoot-out should bring a decision. Pierre van Hooijdonk , who gave Feyenoord the draw in the second leg at the last minute, secured the semi-finals of the competition with the last penalty. There, the Inter Milan team knocked out and moved into the final of the UEFA Cup with Borussia Dortmund, which defeated AC Milan . Fortunately, the final took place in the local Feyenoord stadium. Pierre van Hooijdonk gave the Red-Whites a 2-0 lead with a one-two punch before Márcio Amoroso shortened for BVB in the 47th minute. But just three minutes later, Jon Dahl Tomasson restored the old distance. With a goal from Jan Koller , Dortmund were able to shorten the game again, but the game could not be turned around and coach Bert van Marwijk's team left the field as winners.

The cup success in 2002 was the beginning of a long dry phase for the Rotterdam team. They only reached third place in the league and the final for the Dutch Cup was lost 4-1 to FC Utrecht .

The 2005/06 season was very disappointing. First, the club just had to admit defeat to PSV Eindhoven when they won the championship, and then they missed participation in the newly introduced qualifying round for the Champions League and had to defeat Ajax, although they had fewer points in the league than Feyenoord Give way.

The following season started with further setbacks. Top performers like Salomon Kalou and Dirk Kuyt left the club and moved to England, and the club was in a financial crisis. Fans reacted furiously when players like Angelos Charisteas were signed, who were second choice at their previous clubs. After major protests and violent reactions, President Jorien van den Herik decided to step down from his post. As a result, reorganizations were made to help the association cope with the situation. But the problems persisted. Because of fan riots and hooliganism on November 30, 2006, in the international competition of the preseason, in the game against AS Nancy , Feyenoord was excluded from participation in the international tournament. In the league it was only enough for 7th place: For the first time in 16 years, the Rotterdam team failed to qualify for a European competition.

Feyenoord logo

At the beginning of the 2007/08 season, the club officials surprised the fan community. Royston Drenthe , young star at the U21 European Championship 2007 , was sold to Real Madrid for 13 million euros , which gave the club opportunities to finance new players. Bert van Marwijk, who had coached Rotterdam between 2000 and 2004, was signed again and experienced players such as Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Roy Makaay were signed. Although the fans were disappointed by the performance of their team in the league and it was only enough for 6th place, successes could be celebrated in the cup. Just in time for the club's centenary, the team made it into the final of the KNVB Cup, in which Roda JC Kerkrade was defeated 2-0.

For the 2008/09 season, Gertjan Verbeek was hired as the new coach and the birthday is to be celebrated with many events. The old golden logo has returned and is intended to replace Feyenoord's official logo. In the summer of 2008, a Feyenoord Jubilee tournament (anniversary tournament ) was held with Borussia Dortmund , Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic Glasgow , which the English could win. With the cup success of the previous season, the team qualified for the UEFA Cup 2008/09 . But Verbeek disappointed the club's supporters and finally the club officials decided to part with him. Until his release, he led the team to 12th place, in the UEFA Cup they were eliminated after the group stage with four defeats in four games. As a temporary solution , Verbeek's assistant coach Leon Vlemmings was named. Verbeek's successor in the 2009/10 season was the Rotterdam native and long-time Feyenoord supporter Mario Been ; Leo Beenhakker, who is also closely associated with the club and has even been Feyenoord's coach several times in the past, was at his side as "technical director". Been caused an upset at Roy Makaay after he failed to list him as a regular because his performance last season was not to his satisfaction. Under Been and Beenhakker, the club has for the time being done significantly more than under Verbeek, although, according to Beenhakker, he himself lacks a connection to Ajax, PSV and FC Twente .

In recent years the club has made the news repeatedly due to its poor financial situation. On December 11, 2009, he announced that he had suffered heavy losses again. As a result, it is not possible to attract new players for the time being. Among other things, it is held responsible for the poor results of the past year.

On October 24, 2010 Feyenoord Rotterdam lost 0:10 to PSV Eindhoven . The highest defeat in the club's history in the Eredivisie meant the fall to 16th place in the league. Ultimately, the past season ended on a disappointing 10th place. After the players spoke out against him, coach Been resigned in July 2011. His successor for the 2011/12 season was Ronald Koeman .


Together with Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord is one of the most successful football clubs in the Netherlands .


In 1970 Feyenoord became the first Dutch club to win the European Champion Clubs' Cup , and weeks later even the World Cup . The UEFA Cup was won in 1974 and 2002. In the 2002 victory, Borussia Dortmund was beaten in the final .


Coaching staff

Well-known former players



midfield player


Top 10 after appearances and goals

(As of May 15, 2017; league games only)

1 NetherlandsNetherlands Coen Moulijn 1955-1972 487
2 NetherlandsNetherlands Wim Jansen 1965-1980 422
3 NetherlandsNetherlands Bennie Wijnstekers 1975-1988 352
4th NetherlandsNetherlands Gerard Kerkum 1951-1965 349
5 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Linssen 1932-1954 337
6th NetherlandsNetherlands Sjaak Troost 1977-1992 328
7th NetherlandsNetherlands Eddy Treijtel 1968-1979 323
8th NetherlandsNetherlands Puck van Heel 1923-1940 322
9 NetherlandsNetherlands Joop Hiele 1977-1990 318
100 NetherlandsNetherlands Willem van Hanegem 1968-1976
* = still active at Feyenoord
1 NetherlandsNetherlands Jaap Barendregt 1925-1937 196
2 NetherlandsNetherlands Kees Pijl 1921-1931 179
3 NetherlandsNetherlands Cor van der Gijp 1955-1964 171
4th SwedenSweden Ove Kindvall 1966-1971 129
5 NetherlandsNetherlands Henk Schouten 1955-1963 125
6th NetherlandsNetherlands Manus Vrauwdeunt 1931-1947 123
7th NetherlandsNetherlands Dirk Kuyt 2003–2006
8th NetherlandsNetherlands Adriaan Koonings 1915-1930 100
9 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Linssen 1932-1954 091
100 NetherlandsNetherlands Willem van Hanegem 1968-1976
* = still active at Feyenoord


Feyenoord had coaches from all over Europe. In the early years, the club was mainly coached by English football teachers. The first Dutch coach for the Rotterdam team was Engel Geneugelijk , who only worked as an interim coach. Richard Dombi was the first successful guardian of the red and whites . He led the team in three different periods. During what was probably the weakest period in the club's history, the team was looked after by two coaches at the same time, the Dutchman Pim Verbeek and the Swede Gunder Bengtsson . Bengtsson was also the last foreign coach. The international titles were won by Ernst Happel , Wiel Coerver and Bert van Marwijk .

Term of office Nat. Trainer
1921-1922 EnglandEngland Bill Julian
1924-1925 EnglandEngland Harry Waits
1925-1926 NetherlandsNetherlands Engel Geneugelijk ( Interim )
1926-1929 EnglandEngland Jack Hall
1929-1930 EnglandEngland Joseph Lamb
1930-1931 NetherlandsNetherlands Jaap Kruys (Interim)
1931-1935 EnglandEngland Eddy Donaghy
1935-1939 AustriaAustria Richard Kohn
1939-1940 EnglandEngland Jack Hall
1940-1940 NetherlandsNetherlands Karel Kaufman (Interim)
1940-1941 NetherlandsNetherlands Theo Huizenaar
1941-1942 NetherlandsNetherlands Kees van Dijke
1942-1946 NetherlandsNetherlands Kees Pijl
1946-1950 NetherlandsNetherlands Adriaan Koonings
1950-1951 EnglandEngland Harry topping
1951-1955 AustriaAustria Richard Kohn
1955-1956 NetherlandsNetherlands Piet de Wolf (Interim)
1956-1958 NetherlandsNetherlands Jaap van der Leck
1958-1959 NetherlandsNetherlands Piet de Wolf (Interim)
1959-1961 CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia George Sobotka
1961-1963 AustriaAustria Franz Fuchs
1963-1964 Romania 1952Romania Norberto Höfling
Term of office Nat. Trainer
1964-1967 AustriaAustria Wilhelm Kment
1967-1969 NetherlandsNetherlands Ben Peeters
1969-1973 AustriaAustria Ernst Happel
1973-1973 NetherlandsNetherlands Ad Zonderland (Interim)
1973-1975 NetherlandsNetherlands Wiel Coerver
1975-1976 PolandPoland Antoni Brzezanczyk
1976-1976 NetherlandsNetherlands Ad Zonderland (Interim)
1976-1988 Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia Vujadin Boškov
1978-1982 CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Vaclav Jezek
1982-1982 NetherlandsNetherlands Clemens Westerhof (Interim)
1982-1983 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Kraay
1983-1983 NetherlandsNetherlands From Fafié (Interim)
1983-1984 NetherlandsNetherlands Thijs Libregts
1984-1986 NetherlandsNetherlands From Fafié
1986-1988 NetherlandsNetherlands Rinus Israel
1988-1989 NetherlandsNetherlands Rob Jacobs
1989-1991 NetherlandsNetherlands Pim Verbeek (dual)
1989-1991 SwedenSweden Gunder Bengtsson (dual)
1991-1991 NetherlandsNetherlands Wim Jansen (Interim)
1991-1992 NetherlandsNetherlands Hans Dorjee
1992-1992 NetherlandsNetherlands Wim Jansen (Interim)
1992-1995 NetherlandsNetherlands Willem van Hanegem
Term of office Nat. Trainer
1995-1995 NetherlandsNetherlands Geert Meijer (Interim)
1995-1997 NetherlandsNetherlands Arie Haan
1997-1997 NetherlandsNetherlands Geert Meijer (Interim)
1997-1997 NetherlandsNetherlands John Metgod (Interim)
1997-2000 NetherlandsNetherlands Leo Beenhakker
2000-2000 NetherlandsNetherlands Henk van Stee (Interim)
2000-2004 NetherlandsNetherlands Bert van Marwijk
2004-2005 NetherlandsNetherlands Ruud Gullit
2005-2007 NetherlandsNetherlands Erwin Koeman
2007-2007 NetherlandsNetherlands Leo Beenhakker (Interim)
2007-2008 NetherlandsNetherlands Bert van Marwijk
2008-2009 NetherlandsNetherlands Gertjan Verbeek
2009-2009 NetherlandsNetherlands Leon Vlemmings (Interim)
2009-2011 NetherlandsNetherlands Mario Been
2011-2011 NetherlandsNetherlands Leon Vlemmings (Interim)
2011-2014 NetherlandsNetherlands Ronald Koeman
2014-2015 NetherlandsNetherlands Fred Rutten
2015-2019 NetherlandsNetherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst
2019 NetherlandsNetherlands Jaap Stam
Since 2019 NetherlandsNetherlands Dick Advocaat


In contrast to Feyenoord's coaches, who came from all over Europe, the presidents were mainly Dutch. The only exception was the Swede Amandus Lundqvist .

At 28, Cor Kieboom was the longest in office.

Term of office Nat. president
1908-1911 NetherlandsNetherlands DG van Leerdam
1911-1918 NetherlandsNetherlands Leen van Zandvliet
1918-1919 NetherlandsNetherlands Jan van Bennekom
1920-1925 NetherlandsNetherlands Johan Weber
1925-1939 NetherlandsNetherlands Leen van Zandvliet
1939-1967 NetherlandsNetherlands Cor Kieboom
1967-1973 NetherlandsNetherlands Guus Couwenberg
1973-1979 NetherlandsNetherlands Leo van Zandvliet
Term of office Nat. president
1979-1982 NetherlandsNetherlands Guus Couwenberg
1982-1989 NetherlandsNetherlands Gerard Kerkum
1989-1990 NetherlandsNetherlands Carlo de Swart
1990-1992 SwedenSweden Amandus Lundqvist
1992-2006 NetherlandsNetherlands Jorien van den Herik
2006-2007 NetherlandsNetherlands Gerard Kerkum
2007-2015 NetherlandsNetherlands Dick van Well
2015-2018 NetherlandsNetherlands Gerard Hoetmer
2018- NetherlandsNetherlands Toon van Bodegom


Feyenoord had a number of cooperation partners at club level. On the one hand, together with the SBV Excelsior, they created a cooperation at youth level. On the other hand, partnerships with the Hungarian club Újpest FC and the Feyenoord Academy from Ghana have existed since 2009 .


Feyenoord is one of the most popular football clubs in the Netherlands and has a nationwide following.


A long-term friendship exists with Celtic Glasgow , which can be traced back to the joint final meeting of both clubs in the European Cup of National Champions in 1969/70 .

Victories against the respective arch-rivals of the friendly club in the 2001/02 season deepened the friendship: on August 8, 2001, Celtic won 3-1 in the third qualifying round at Ajax Amsterdam and was able to (despite a 0-1 in the second leg ) qualify for the group stage of the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League , while Feyenoord (on the way to winning the title!) beat the Glasgow Rangers in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup round of 16 with an aggregate result of 4-3. Violent clashes broke out at both games. Immediately before the game in the Amsterdam Arena , Celtic and Ajax supporters had a fight and Rangers fans were attacked at the game in Rotterdam. In 2003 a friendly game between the two clubs was arranged, which was played mainly because of the existing fan friendship. The clubs and fan groups are also similar in terms of milieu: while Feyenoord and Celtic are regarded as “traditional workers' clubs”, Ajax and the Rangers are more anchored in the middle class.

Violent clashes broke out in Amsterdam when Ajax and Celtic met again in preliminary group H of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League .

In February 2015, fans of both clubs hosted a joint benefit event .

A long and intensive friendship also existed with Royal Antwerp . It is still cultivated by some older fans on both sides, but it was badly damaged when Feyenoord's hooligans traveled to Antwerp on March 25, 2006 for a second division match between the RAFC and KV Mechelen (2-1) and met fans of the home club have started.


By far the greatest dislike is for Ajax Amsterdam , and their encounter is considered a classic in the Netherlands .

The traditional city ​​rival is Sparta . While Feyenoord from the district of the same name with the port of Rotterdam was considered a classic workers' association from the start, Sparta's origins lie in the urban upper class.

Individual evidence

  1. Feyenoord dismisses Verbeek on January 14, 2009 on kicker.de
  2. www.feyenoord.nl ( Memento from December 18, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  3. 0:10! Feyenoord collects gossip , sport1.de
  4. Ronald Koeman hoofdtrainer Feyenoord ( Memento from August 29, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), Feyenoord's website from July 21, 2011
  5. Michael Walker (The Guardian): Fighting fans mar Celtic success (English; article from August 9, 2001)
  6. Insanity from Rotterdam (English; BBC article of March 3, 2002)
  7. Feyenoord - Celtic (English; accessed December 8, 2015)
  8. Stephen McGowan ( Daily Mail ): Celtic launch investigation into Amsterdam violence which marred Ajax clash (English; article from November 7, 2013)
  9. 2015 Together in Friendship Fundraising Party (English; article from February 8, 2015)
  10. Rellen in belgium (Dutch; article of 25 March 2006)
  11. Ultras-Tifo Forum (English; accessed December 8, 2015)
  12. Omar Gisler: Football Derbies - The 75 Most Football Crazy Cities in the World (Copress Sport Verlag, Munich, 2007), p. 210f ISBN = 978-3-7679-0883-3


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  • Jan Oudenaarden: De geschiedenis van Feyenoord. Oorlog en vrede 1940-1956. Rotterdam: Trichis, 2016, ISBN 978-94-92077-56-1
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