57 Facts About Feyenoord


Feyenoord Rotterdam is a Dutch professional football club in Rotterdam, which plays in the Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football.

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Feyenoord is one of the most successful clubs in Dutch football, winning 15 Dutch football championships, 13 KNVB Cups, and 4 Johan Cruyff Shields.

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Feyenoord is known as a people's club with a huge national and international support.

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Feyenoord has a longstanding rivalry with their arch rival Ajax, a clash between two teams from the two biggest cities in the Netherlands, called De Klassieker.

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In 1984, Feyenoord had another bright season, winning the double for the third time in their history.

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Feyenoord proceeded to win a league and cup double by beating Fortuna Sittard in the cup final.

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In extra time, Feyenoord became the only team to defeat Ajax the same season they won the Eredivisie and the Champions League unbeaten.

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Feyenoord were eliminated in the semi-finals by a Carsten Jancker-inspired Rapid Wien.

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Feyenoord reached the second group stage and secured wins against Marseille and Lazio.

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Chelsea won both clashes and, as a result, Feyenoord had to win their last group match away to Marseille to reach the knockout stages.

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Supporters' unrest grew into anger when Feyenoord bought Angelos Charisteas, a back-up striker of arch-rivals Ajax, with a poor track record, as a replacement for Dirk Kuyt.

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Feyenoord were banned from European competition following hooliganism prior to and during a match against Nancy, despite an appeal by the club.

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Feyenoord's replacement was former Feyenoord player Martin van Geel, who at the time was working as technical director for fellow Eredivisie club Roda JC.

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Feyenoord started the season well and played the first match of the Eredivisie against the other Rotterdam club in the league, Excelsior.

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Feyenoord ended the season by placing second in the Eredivisie, resulting in the third qualifying round for Champions League football.

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On 16 December 2011, it was revealed that Feyenoord had been placed in the more favorable second category, meaning Feyenoord were no longer in debt, according to the KNVB.

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On 13 April 2012, Feyenoord was officially out of what has been described as the "financial dangerzone" and was officially placed in the second category.

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Singh, a Norwegian midfielder and one of two non-Eredivisie players joining Feyenoord, was purchased from Valerenga, while Immers joined from ADO Den Haag.

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Feyenoord supporters received the news generally mixed, with some congratulating and wishing the best of luck and others feeling betrayed by Vlaar for misleading them.

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Feyenoord was therefore demoted to the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.

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Koeman said that Feyenoord was the better side over the two legs but had missed a scoring striker, referring to John Guidetti, who had rejoined Manchester City following the end of his loan.

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Feyenoord ended the season in third, behind champions Ajax and second-placed PSV.

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Feyenoord would recover, but its performances were unstable throughout the season.

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However, because the Eredivisie's other top teams played inconsistently, Feyenoord remained in the title race, although it eventually finished second, four points behind Ajax.

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Feyenoord beat Rijeka and defending champions Sevilla, results sufficient for Feyenoord's progress to the knockout round for the first time in ten years.

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That next summer Feyenoord managed to do some good business in the transfer market.

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Second half of the season, Feyenoord started strong, winning the first seven league games of 2017.

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Feyenoord beat PSV at home, due to an own goal from PSV-goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, which was indicated by Goal-line technology.

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When Feyenoord lost to Ajax, and drew against PEC Zwolle, their lead was decreased to one point.

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One week before the end of the competition, Feyenoord could become champions away at Excelsior, just 4 kilometers from their home stadium, De Kuip, and in Rotterdam.

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Feyenoord was the second team in the history of the Dutch league to stay at the top of the table the entire season.

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Feyenoord are located in the Feijenoord district of southern Rotterdam and is named after the district in which the club was founded.

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Beside Feyenoord, there are two other professional football clubs in Rotterdam: Sparta and Excelsior.

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On 27 November 1957, Feyenoord played versus Bolton Wanderers during an evening match.

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In September 2012, Feyenoord confirmed that they would try to build a new stadium by 2018.

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In 2016, Feyenoord announced their plans for a new stadium called Feyenoord City.

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Feyenoord supporters are known to be creative and have a lot of various songs and chants in their equipment during matches.

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Supporters of Feyenoord are said to be one of the most loyal supporter groups in the world supporting the team during both good or bad times.

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Feyenoord is a popular club in the Netherlands with a large number of supporters.

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Almost 15,000 fans were cheering for their team in 1996 when Feyenoord played in Germany against Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Over 100 Feyenoord supporters attended a function in Sunderland on the evening before their fixture with Newcastle in April 2015 and a similar number of Sunderland fans made the journey to watch the Dutch side in their ultimately delayed fixture against Vitesse.

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Beyond the Netherlands, Feyenoord opened a fanshop in the centre of Tokyo, when Japanese player Shinji Ono was a key player at the club, and in South Korea when Song Chong-Gug played for Feyenoord.

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Feyenoord have one official fan supporters club, the Feyenoord Supportersvereniging.

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The first big activity was held on 10 December 2000 when Feyenoord faced Ajax and 40 fog machines were activated when the players entered the pitch.

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In Feyenoord's Youth Project visiting a match is the central point, but there is an educative and cultural character included.

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Feyenoord provide schools and amateur clubs with small teaching books and expect these to be filled in by the visiting youth when they enter the stadium on a match day.

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The rivalry started in the 1910s and 20s, when Sparta was regarded as a club for the elite, while Feyenoord was regarded the club for the people, mostly workers.

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Feyenoord have a rivalry abroad against Tottenham Hotspur following several violent clashes between the club's supporters and Tottenham's "link" to Ajax.

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Since 2000 Feyenoord has had its own television programme, shown weekly on SBS6.

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In 1993 Feyenoord introduced their own newspaper, the Feyenoord Krant, the only Dutch club to do so.

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Feyenoord were one of the latest Dutch teams to open their own official website on 21 May 2001.

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Since 2004 Feyenoord have shared a website 2 teams 1 goal with UNICEF as part of Feyenoord's children's welfare project in Ghana.

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Feyenoord offer the option to follow the club with news and statistics on cell phones or email.

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At the beginning of the season Feyenoord produce a new presentation magazine, while at the end of the season a Feyenoord yearbook is created.

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SC Feyenoord are Feyenoord's amateur and youth side, who have played at Varkenoord, directly behind De Kuip since 1949.

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On 15 January 2019, Feyenoord announced a partnership with Eerste Divisie club FC Dordrecht which would see players which are not yet ready for the first team loaned out to FC Dordrecht.

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At the time, Feyenoord's shirts were produced by Adidas and the first main sponsor was the Dutch Yellow Pages, Gouden Gids.

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