DECRYPTION – Opponent of Marseille in the semi-finals of the Europa League Conference, Feyenoord Rotterdam, a historic club in the Netherlands, has arguments to make.
Feyenoord, the 3rd big club in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands you have three clubs that have always stood out. It’s the “Big Three“, Where “From Grote Driein Dutch. In order: Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam. Serendipity is also their ranking this season in the league. And in the 21st century, the gap is glaring. Feyenoord, 15 league titles in total, have only won the Eredivisie once in two decades (in 2017). But “by trots van Zuid(“Pride of the South”, one of the club’s nicknames) has also shone on the continental scene in the past. He won the C1 in 1970 and the C3 in 1974 and 2002. And could therefore fill his trophy cabinet with a C4 this year.
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He is, with Tammy Abraham of AS Roma, the top scorer in the Europa League Conference this season (and therefore in the history of the competition). Cyriel Dessers has made the C4 his favorite competition. The Nigerian international striker has scored 8 goals in 10 matches, including a double in the quarter return against Slavia Prague (1-3) and with the left foot, when he is right-handed. On loan from Belgian club KRC Genk, he is Feyenoord’s lethal weapon. We will also have to watch Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra (22), Dutch left-back Tyrell Malacia (22) and Turkish midfielder Orkun Kökcü (21). The latter two have seen their names associated with Olympique Lyonnais in transfer rumors in recent months.
The very warm atmosphere of Rotterdam
If the Marseillais thought to breathe after their trip to PAOK Salonika, they are not at the end of their surprises. In the Netherlands, the hottest atmosphere is in the stands of the Kuip (“the tank” or “the bathtub” in Dutch) and its more than 50,000 seats. As proof, the Dutch club has been fined ten times by Uefa since the start of the season, for a total of nearly €500,000! “With the approach of the matches against OM on April 28 and May 5, the club is therefore sending an urgent request to its supporters to prevent Feyenoord from receiving even more fines.the club implored in a statement. He also has to deal with persistent hooligans. Last October, leaders of Union Berlin were attacked in a restaurant in Rotterdam. “ We are helpless in relation to these behaviors“, recognized the general manager of the Dutch club, Dennis te Kloese. For the anecdote, the PSG of Leonardo, Rai and Lama lost here in the final of the Coupe des Coupes in 1997 after a defeat against FC Barcelona by a certain Ronaldo (1-0).
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Feyenoord coach admires Sampaoli
Arne Slot, 43, is one of the spiritual sons of Jorge Sampaoli, 62. The weekly Voetbal International focused on this relationship between the two coaches. Former player Slot, who is enjoying his first season on the bench for Feyenoord, described as “specialfor him than facing OM Sampaoli. “A few years ago, there were only a few coaches who had the courage to apply high and aggressive pressure, rewinds Slot. Sampaoli was one, with Marcelo Bielsa.“The Dutch coach considers himself a relentless analyst and hard worker, like the Argentinian. And if Sampaoli studied his opponent well, then he saw “a Feyenoord that uses a similar style of playto that of Marseille, emphasizes Slot.
Robin van Persie is part of the staff
Have you ever wondered what happened to Robin van Persie since the end of his career in 2019? The former Dutch center forward (102, 50 goals), passed by Arsenal, Manchester United and Fenerbahce, had played a final season in his training club Feyenoord. It was right here in Rotterdam, the city where he was born, that he began his reconversion. He was appointed forwards coach in March 2020. He then took over the reins of the Under-16 team a year later, while retaining a role in Arne Slot’s coaching staff. The 38-year-old van Persie has been offered an assistant job by his compatriot Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, according to the DailyMirror . His answer would lean towards the name in order to stay at Feyenoord, where his 15-year-old son Shaqueel is moving upmarket at the academy.