The Pride of the southern Netherlands, the people’s club. Feyenoord is competing in Europe again and has a glorious history. You can bet on Feyenoord frequently.
History of the club
Club founding and initial achievements
Feyenoord’s official founding date is 19 July 1908, but a few more names passed through in the first years: Wilhelmina, Hillesluisse Football Combinatie, RVV Celeritas and finally in 1912 Rotterdamsche Voetbal Vereeniging Feijenoord.
A relatively short time later, Feyenoord celebrated its first success. In 1924, the club won the national title, a prize ‘for the workers, against the men’.
A second title followed in 1928 and the national cup in 1930. Before the war, the tally of national titles already stood at five. Englishman Jack Hall and Austrian Richard Dombi both won two league titles as coaches.
After the national title in 1940, it would be a long time until the next success. The 1960s and 1970s did prove to be Feyenoord’s heyday however. The club from Rotterdam won four league titles and two KNVB Cups in the 1960s.
After winning the Eredivisie in 1969, Feyenoord became the first Dutch club to win the European Cup I in 1970 under coach Ernst Happel. Two more league titles followed in the 1970s and the UEFA Cup in 1974 under Wiel Coerver.
The 80’s and onwards
In the 1980s and 1990s, Feyenoord developed into a cupfighter in the KNVB Cup. Between 1991 and 1995, for example, the club won the cup four times. In the Eredivisie, Feyenoord almost invariably finished in the top three.
After the national title in 1974 however, only four Eredivisie titles followed in 48 years: 1984, 1993, 1999 and 2017. The same period saw a total of eight wins in the KNVB Cup.
The biggest success in recent decades came in 2002. Bert van Marwijk, meanwhile, had been coach of Feyenoord for two years and played with his club in the UEFA Cup.
And in it, the Rotterdammers did not eliminate the least of clubs. Successively Paris Saint-Germain (without Lionel Messi players), Glasgow Rangers, PSV, Inter Milan and in the final Borussia Dortmund. Pierre van Hooijdonk was the big man with two goals. He also became top scorer of the tournament with eight goals.
In recent years, Feyenoord has been competing well at the top again, culminating in the 2016-2017 title. A decade earlier however, it was different. Between 2007 and 2011, Feyenoord finished in places 6, 7, 6, 4 and even 10. Moreover, the club was suffering from financial problems.
With the help of the Friends of Feyenoord, things are now going well again. This season Feyenoord had another fantastic European season. In the Conference League final however, José Mourinho’s AS Roma were unfortunately too strong. With this pace, expect many interesting bets on Feyenoord in the future.
Club icons Feyenoord
As part of the Classic Three Dutch teams and with such a wonderful history, Feyenoord naturally has many club icons.
As mentioned earlier, Jack Hall and Richard Dombi were Feyenoord’s first successful trainers with both winning two league titles. In the 1950s, Dombi returned for two more years as coach.
The absolute pre-war standout was Puck van Heel. From 1923 to 1940, he played 322 games for Feyenoord, was captain and 64-time international of Oranje. Famous teammates of his were Cor van der Velde, Bertus Bul, Jaap Barendregt (top scorer of all time) and Kees Pijl.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Feyenoord was very successful in the Eredivisie and in Europe. This happened mainly under the leadership of Cor Kieboom, who was chairman between 1939 and 1967.
Key players in the 1960s and 1970s were: Cor van der Gijp, Coen Moulij, Cor Veldhoen, Eddy Pieters Graafland, Wim Jansen, Rinus Israël, Ove Kindvall, Eddy Treijtel, Willem van Hanegem (also coach from 1992-1995) and coach Ernst Happel.
After the great years of success, there were still a number of players who either played for Feyenoord for a long time or became part of the fans’ hearts. Sjaak Troost, Ben Wijnstekers and Joop Hiele were long associated with the club from the mid-1970s.
In the 1990s, there were Ruud Heus, Ullrich van Gobbel, John de Wolf, Regi Blinker, Gaston Taument, Ed de Goey and József Kiprich, the Wizard of Tatabanya.
The 1990s also saw the early years of Giovanni van Bronckhorst. In the last 20 years, when we think of Wed Masters, we mainly think of Pierre van Hooijdonk, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Dirk Kuijt, Bonaventure Kalou, Paul Bosvelt, Jordy Clasie, Robin van Persie and Leroy Fer.
Looking back at 2021/2022
Feyenoord were ‘the best of the rest’ in the Eredivisie last season. Well behind Ajax and PSV, the Rotterdammers finished third. As a result, they secured participation in the Europa League group stage. Fans and coach Arne Slot were especially proud of their superb run in the new UEFA Conference League however.
Feyenoord first had to struggle through three qualifying rounds. The Rotterdammers then joined Slavia Prague, Union Berlin and Maccabi Haifa in the group stage. Feyenoord won the group convincingly and then had superb duels.
They won consecutively against Partizan Belgrade, Slavia Prague and Olympique Marseille. In the final, Feyenoord unfortunately went down narrowly against José Mourinho’s AS Roma. The fans can be proud of a wonderful season with wonderful opportunities to bet on Feyenoord however!
Looking ahead at 2022/2023
Of course, everyone with a Feyenoord heart hopes for another national championship at last. Those hopes are not very realistic however, given the sporting and financial gap with Ajax and PSV.
At Feyenoord, coach Arne Slot has to make do with young reinforcements costing four to six million such as Quinten Timber, David Hancko, Javairô Dilrosun and Santiago Giménez. In the Eredivisie, third place seems the highest achievable for Feyenoord, or they may surprise us positively. The hope is that they can go far in the Europa League for a welcoming financial boost.
Feyenoord’s home stadium is De Kuip, officially known as Stadion Feijenoord. It is located in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and is one of the most iconic football stadiums in Europe.
“De Klassieker” refers to the fierce rivalry between Feyenoord and AFC Ajax. Matches between these two clubs are some of the most anticipated and intense fixtures in Dutch football.
“Hand in Hand” is a Feyenoord anthem that reflects the unity and camaraderie among the club’s players and fans. It’s sung by supporters before and during matches as a symbol of their bond with the team.
Feyenoord’s victory in the 1969-1970 European Cup (now UEFA Champions League) was historic, making them the first Dutch club to win the competition. It remains a momentous achievement in the club’s history.
“Van Zuid” refers to Feyenoord’s roots in the southern part of Rotterdam. The club’s working-class origins and strong connection to the local community in that area have shaped its identity and fanbase.