‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
<P> Feyenoord’s match in Budapest is set to be a special one for keeper Gábor Babos. The Hungarian international represented his old club MTK Budapest in face-offs with Ferencvaros on many occasions, and is looking forward to renewing the rivalry. ‘It’ll be a difficult away match, because as well as a good team they also have fanatical support. There have been riots. But they have a lot of supporters who really love their club. They often get crowds of 15-20,000,’ admits the goalie. </P>
Ferencvaros is by far the most popular club in Hungary, confirms Babos, although their fans have been known to take things too far. Trouble at the club’s first round, second leg encounter at home to Millwall was the latest in a string of incidents. Back in 2003, a riot broke out at a game and the players and coaches of the visiting club were assaulted. As a result Ferencvaros were not allowed to play a home game for six months.
Babos warns against underestimating the Hungarians. ‘They have a good team that made things difficult for Sparta Prague in the Champions League qualifier. At home they are definitely a difficult team. But I still think Feyenoord should win; our status demands it.’