FENERBAHÇE 'NOT TO BE UNDERESTIMATED'

With Fenerbahçe, Feyenoord may well have drawn the most difficult opponent for the Champion’s League’s third preliminary round. The yellow-blue side from the Asiatic side of Istanbul consists of a massively strong squad and a hugely fanatical following. 'The advantage is that we will certainly not be underestimating them', was Bert van Marwijk’s first reaction.

Fenerbahçe were champions in Turkey in 2001 and last season ended second behind same-city and archrival Galatasaray. This earned immensely wealthy Chairman Aziz Yildirim’as club a spot in the Champions League preliminaries. In doing so, the team hopes to rid themselves of the disgrace of last year when they ended last in their pool without a single point. However, as every investor will tell you, results achieved in the past are no guarantee for the future. Fenerbahçe will certainly be no walkover for Feyenoord. 'Turkish football is gaining in strength’, Feyenoord trainer Bert van Marwijk confirmed. ‘We were all witness to that during the last World Cup. We also saw Fenerbahçe at work in Austria and the way they pushed Kaiserslautern aside 6-2 was impressive.' Paul Bosvelt also saw glimpses of Turkish potential in Austria: 'We have to get down to it immediately. It’s certainly going to be tough, but maybe that’s exactly what we need. When we thought we had to play Sturm Graz, we thought we’d make it. We won’t be so quick to underestimate Fenerbahçe. The positive thing is that we’re playing at home first. That places an enormous amount of pressure on the team - we have to get a result.' Over the coming weeks, Bert van Marwijk and his staff will be going to watch the popular Turkish side as often as they can. ‘One thing is certain,’ the coach has already indicated, ‘we’re going to have to be seriously motivated. ' FENERBAHÇE SQUAD 1 Rustu Recber 2 Ismail Gulduren 3 Ogun Temýzkanoglu 4 Mustafa Dogan 5 Umit Ozat 6 Zoran Mirkovic 7 Hakan Bayraktar 8 Milan Rapaic 9 Serhat Akin 10 Haim Revivo 11 Ali Akdeniz 13 Oguz Daglaroglu 14 Ceyhun Eris 15 R. Vicente Simao 16 Cem Karaca 17 Tuncay Sanli 18 Abdullah Ercan 19 Recep Biler 20 Yusuf Simsek 21 Cerquerira Washington 22 Fatih Akyel 23 Ariel Ortega 24 Volkan Demirel 25 Semih Senturk 26 Erman Yildirim 27 Erhan Uyaroglu 28 Samuel Johnson 29 Oktay Derelioglu 30 Ali Gunes
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