The Feyenoord Jubilee Tournament promises to be one of the highlights of the centenary of the Rotterdam outfit. And with the match schedule going public, new Feyenoord coach Gertjan Verbeek knows he has quite a difficult yet honourable task awaiting: preparing his team for the matches against the teams Feyenoord once beat in order to win European trophies. ‘When Feyenoord beat Celtic back in 1970, my Rotterdam born mother allowed me to watch the match on television in my pyjamas. I vividly remember staying up till late and how impressed I was with the game and the joy afterwards. Back in 2002 when Feyenoord beat Borussia to win the UEFA Cup I was already a coach at Heracles. But when there’s a Dutch team in a European final you always support them and even more so when the final is such a great match as that one. To me it is a great honour to be coach of Feyenoord in this centenary year, especially at this tournament when both the club and the fans will relive some of the finest moments in Feyenoord history.’
On behalf of Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said to be equally looking forward to the Feyenoord Jubilee Tournament. ‘I think it is a great idea from Feyenoord to be organising such a tournament. Some of the finest teams in Europe will treat the fans to attractive football. At Dortmund we consider ourselves honoured to have been invited and we are tremendously looking forward to the games in Rotterdam in August.’
To Celtic manager Gordon Strachan the Feyenoord Jubilee Tournament is set to be a football fest. ‘We are delighted to be invited to take part in the Rotterdam Tournament, an event which has established a great reputation. The Tournament will be a great test for us with teams of the calibre of Feyenoord, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund taking part. It will also provide us with competitive football at an important time of the year. We thank the organisers for extending this invitation to us and we very much look forward to taking part in August.’
Spurs' Sporting Director Damien Comolli is happy that his team will get the opportunity to test themselves against two of the biggest teams in European club football history: "The tournament is prestigious and will offer us with perfect pre-season competition. We will be entering the final two weeks of our preparations and Juande Ramos plans to build up our pre-season gradually against differing opponents. Celtic and Borussia Dortmund will provide top class challenges for us and they will begin their domestic seasons before we do so this will ensure the games have a competitive edge to them, played in an excellent stadium."’
This year Feyenoord Rotterdam celebrates its centenary. And what better way to commemorate a century of top class football than to relive some of the highlights of the club’s history together with some of the biggest teams in European club football? For the fans it will be the ultimate chance to relive the memories of past victories.. or losses.
Tickets for the Feyenoord Jubilee Tournament go on sale on Saturday 24 May. Fans from Celtic, Spurs and Borussia Dortmund wanting to attend the tournament should contact their club directly for ticket information.
Friday August 1st
18.30 CET: Celtic – Tottenham Hotspur
20.45 CET: Feyenoord – Borussia Dortmund
Sunday August 3rd
17.45 CET: Tottenham Hotspur - Borussia Dortmund
20.00 CET: Feyenoord – Celtic