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Wednesday saw the annual Feyenoord Open Day in and around De Kuip. The event attracted around fifty thousand fans, as Rotterdam basked in the July sun. The club’s signings were certainly suitably impressed. ‘Memorable’ (Bart Goor); ‘It’s like we’re already champions’ (Romeo Castelen); ‘This is indescribable’ (Gábor Babos’). The new signings arrived on the pitch by helicopter in what’s become a Feyenoord tradition, as the squad were presented to a packed crowd. ‘I have experienced a lot of open days, but this was the best,’ confessed Goor.
The six new recruits – Pascal Bosschaart, Gerson Magrâo, Bart Goor, Romeo Castelen, Karim Saidi and Gábor Babos – stepped out of the chopper full of pride but somewhat overawed. An hour later Castelen was still flabbergasted. ‘That view when we flew over a full De Kuip was unbelievable. What a welcome, what a great club.’
Belgian international Bart Goor has played for prestigious big city clubs like Hertha BSC and Anderlecht, but even he was stunned by the welcome. ‘This is not my first open day, but it really made an impression on me. It was a special day.’
Gábor Babos was at a loss for words. ‘I cannot describe it, you have to experience it,’ said the keeper before rushing off to the signing session.
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