‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
The first training session of the new season drew a crowd big in south Rotterdam Saturday as Edwin Koeman ran his men through their paces in front of more than five thousand men, women and children. The first fans secured their place in one of the specially erected stands early in the morning, ensuring they had the best view when the new coach and his playing staff took the field. And the welcome was warm when the Feyenoord staff finally arrived, with heartening chants and torches.
Almost as important as the new players on the first day of training was the new club kit, which went on sale for the first time.
The crowd gave Erwin Koeman’s squad an enthusiastic welcome when they emerged at eleven. The new coach had some new players to put through their paces, with Serginho Greene, Ali Boussaboun and Timothy Derijck all training first the first time in their Feyenoord gear. Another newcomer Maikel Aerts had already joined the squad on a couple of occasions last season when he was still at RBC. For Alfred Schreuder and Ferne Snoyl it was a return to the fold, after loan periods at RKC Waalwijk and FC Den Bosch, and they were given a warm reception too.
Karim Saidi, Tim Vincken and Gianni Zuiverloon all missed the session. Saidi was in action for Tunisia at the Confederations Cup only last week, while Vincken and Zuiverloon both represented the Dutch under 20s in the European Championships. All three are enjoying a well-deserved but late holiday.
Other missing faces included three players that have recently undergone surgery and are currently recovering in their home countries – Shinji Ono (metatarsus), Cory Gibbs (knee) and Patrick Mtiliga (hip). Meanwhile, Chris Gyan’s knee injury kept him away.