END OF AN ERA AT DE KUIP

Feyenoord wrap up the Eredivisie season at home to FC Zwolle Sunday in what will be an emotional occasion for at least three of the participants. The match is coach’s Bert van Marwijk last in charge of a side he took to Uefa Cup glory in 2002, and that goes for his assistant John Metgod too. It will also be Kees van Wonderen’s farewell game: the international will hang up his boots when the referee’s whistle brings the curtain down on the season. All the more reason to expect something special.

Goodbye’s always the hardest word to say, but after four years at the helm Bert van Marwijk feels its time for a new challenge. The outgoing coach can certainly look back on his time at De Kuip with pride. Clearly, everyone will focus on that famous Uefa Cup triumph, but this season too has arguably brought the best out of Van Marwijk.

As captain Paauwe has pointed out, after the loss of so many key players in the summer, a third-place finish was the best Feyenoord could have hoped for. The fact that the Maassiders threatened until late in the campaign to beat PSV to second place shows how much the coach has got out of his young squad.

The game itself would be in danger of being overshadowed were it not for the little matter of the threat of relegation that continues to haunt FC Zwolle. Coach Spijkerman’s side needs at least a point to stave off instant relegation and a second chance in the play offs.

Kees van Wonderen is expected to play a few minutes to give the fans the opportunity to show their love for such a great club servant. Robin van Persie, on the other hand, hasn’t trained all week and isn’t even in the squad.

HOLLAND CASINO EREDIVISIE, SUNDAY 16 MAY 2004
FEYENOORD – FC ZWOLLE
Kick-off: 2.30 pm
Venue: De Kuip

Probable teams
Feyenoord
Zoetebier; Song, Van den Berg, Paauwe, Mtiliga; Lazovic, Ono, Ghaly, Lurling; Buffel, Kuyt.

FC Zwolle
Van der Werff; Ravensbergen, Roelofsen, Yobo, Van der Haar; Van Dinteren, Takak, Hoogenkamp, De Ridder; Zuurman, Lim-Duan.
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