FEYENOORD ARRIVE IN TURKEY

The Feyenoord entourage arrived in Turkey Monday afternoon. The Rotterdammers touched down at Antalya airport before bussing on to Belek, which will be their home until Sunday. The team’s arrival brought out the locals, including media, and the main centre of attention was former Fenerbahçe striker Pierre van Hooijdonk. There were no chaotic scenes however, as the Big Man was given a respectful welcome.

Erwin Koeman has taken 28 players to Turkey to prepare for the second half of the season. They include new arrival Jacob Lensky, youth prospects Jerson Anes Ribeiro, Mitchell Schet, Georginio Wijnaldum and Brazilian trialists Adalberto and Cadu. Not in the group are Karim Saidi, Patrick Lodewijks, Ali Boussaboun, Lorenzo Davids, Mohammed Abubakari and Philippe Léonard.

Feyenoord take on Galatasaray in the EFES Pilsen Cup Tuesday evening (19:00 Dutch time). The other two teams in the tournament are Werder Bremen and Besiktas. The third-place playoff is scheduled for Wednesday, while the final takes place Thursday. The group return to Rotterdam Sunday. Between then and now they will run through an intensive training programme, with a single session on match days and two otherwise.

Koeman took the first training session around two hours after arriving at the club’s Kaya Belek hotel. Romeo Castelen, Dwight Tiendalli and Alfred Schreuder trained separately with physio Dennis Lion.
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