THOUSANDS COME TO GREET NEW REGIME

Preseason got underway at De Kuip as the Feyenoord squad participated in the first day of training Saturday. Around thirteen thousand fans had headed for the stadium to see the squad train in the morning in the new home strip. Ron Vlaar, Royston Drenthe and Luigi Bruins, who recently won the European Championship for Under 21s, missed the session, as they have an extra week’s holiday to compensate for their summer exploits. Of those that were available, only Serginho Greene failed to train. The defender is still carrying a knee injury.



Theo Lucius led the players onto the training pitch to loud applause. New coach Bert van Marwijk brought up the rear, with his technical staff. Stadium announcer Peter Houtman took on the role of compere, presenting the players one by one and it was new arrivals Tim de Cler, Kevin Hofland, Roy Makaay and Giovanni van Bronckhorst who garnered the most enthusiastic welcome.



The sun broke trough the cloud cover now and then as the players stretched their legs in the morning session under the watchful eye of new fitness trainer Egid Kiesouw. Assistant coach Dick Voorn was the other new face.



The session was extra special for Patrick Lodewijks, who took part in training in the white and green jacket of the technical staff for the first time. The former keeper then took goalies Henk Timmer, Sherif Ekramy and Erwin Mulder to one side to work on their keeping skills.



The ball arrived after an hour or so and the players looked happy to see it again after the summer recess. The session finished up with a game in which the aim was to hold onto the ball for as long as possible. Coach Van Marwijk brought the morning to an end at around eleven thirty.

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