Bert van Marwijk got just what he didn’t want in the season opener at FC Utrecht when Feyenoord’s sole remaining winger Andwelé Slory broke his foot. The recent departure of Royston Drenthe and Romeo Castelen combined with the injury to Tim Vincken, leaves the coach with a conundrum for the visit of NAC Breda to De Kuip Sunday. But Van Marwijk doesn’t wish to abandon his tactics in the first home match of the campaign.

Van Marwijk finds himself with just one striker available, Roy Makaay. The coach feels that Michael Mols is ‘getting better by the day’, but Mols was brought to the club as a back-up for Makaay. ‘All things being equal I’ll never play with two front men,’ Van Marwijk said Friday. ‘I may consider bringing on Mol alongside Makaay halfway through the game, but all things being equal I’ll stick with three in attack.’

That means that he’ll have two midfielders on the flanks against NAC Breda just like last week at FC Utrecht after Slory was forced off. ‘Luigi Bruins didn’t do badly at all against Utrecht,’ posited Van Marwijk, suggesting that he would be given the same job on the left Sunday.

Jonathan de Guzman returns from suspension and he is likely to take up a position on the right wing. Alternatively, the Canadian could play behind the main striker, with Nicky Hofs reverting to the right wing. Van Marwijk himself admitted that he would like to see his players switching positions more on the pitch. ‘It’s good for variation and it makes it easier to create space.’

Another player returning to the fold is Kevin Hofland. The defender missed the win in Utrecht with a painful ankle and it did not look like the international would make the cut this week, but he rejoined the squad for training Friday and Van Marwijk now expects Hofland to make his competitive debut for the club.


No fewer than 14 players have left NAC Breda since the end of last season, including some of the club’s most talented. Mike Zonneveld moved on to what he hopes will be bigger and better things at PSV, Under 21 European Championship top scorer Maceo Rigters went to Blackburn Rovers and club top scorer Glen Salmon moved to PAOK Saloniki in Greece.

Eight new players arrived at the club, including Joonas Kolkka, who came from Feyenoord. 18-year-old striker Michiel Kramer made the step-up from the club’s youth set-up in preseason netting an impressive eight goals in four halves, which earned the youngster a two-year professional deal.

The comings and goings mean that only central defenders Rob Penders and Patrick Zwaanswijk remain from last season’s starting eleven. The question is whether NAC Breda are any stronger after the arrival of players of the caliber of Matthew Amoah, Anthony Lurling and Joonas Kolkka.

Feyenoord – NAC Breda
Sunday 26 August, 14:30 at De Kuip
Van Hulten

Timmer; Lucius, Vlaar, Hofland, De Cler; Sahin, Hofs, Van Bronckhorst; De Guzman, Makaay, Bruins
NAC Breda: Zoetebier; Elshot, Loran, Penders, Ammi; De Graaf, Gilissen, Stam; Sikora, Lurling, Kolkka


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31/08/2003 Feyenoord - NAC Breda 2-1
02/03/2003 Feyenoord - NAC Breda 2-1

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