HERO’S WELCOME FOR DIRK KUYT

Club captain Dirk Kuyt was given a hero’s welcome by the Feyenoord fans at Wednesday’s Open Day. Coach Erwin Koeman addressed the supporters after the presentation of the squad. ‘It’s all down to you that Feyenoord is a great, a fantastic club. We will do everything we can to have a good season. We want to get into the Champions League, together with you.’ Assistant coach John Metgod also praised the fans: ‘There’s always one thing you can count on at Feyenoord, we can always rely on the support of the Legion.’

The presentation of the squad was the highlight of the Open Day. It was preceded by a game between an all-star Rotterdam eleven and a team of Feyenoord old boys. It was a return to the hallowed turf of De Kuip of a host of big names from the past. The club’s supporters were treated to appearances by such former greats as Regi Blinker, André Stafleu, Igor Korneev, Jean Paul van Gastel, Henk Fräser, Stanley Brard, Ben Wijnstekers and Joop van Daele.

The former pros took an early lead when Gaston Taument netted and though makeshift referee Gerard Cox was happy to turn a blind eye to the all-star team fielding more than eleven players on and off during the match, Feyenoord were able to extend their lead through Regi Blinker, Taument again and Joop van Daele, eventually running out 4-1 winners.

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