Feyenoord got the 2002-3 ball rolling in style with an eleven goal rout of amateur outfit Lekkerkerk in the first warmup ahead of the new campaign. New boy Anthony Lurling opened the scoring in a game that turned into a stroll. Fellow debutants Thomas Buffel and Brian Pinas also got their goals as the UEFA Cup holders eased through the first ninety minutes of the season.

Trainer Bert van Marwijk was satisfied with his team’s display in what for him was little more than an extra training match. ‘The only negative was that we might have scored more, but by and large I’m pretty happy.’ Feyenoord grabbed that first win with an unfamiliar line-up, but Van Marwijk is not worried that a large number of first-teamers have yet to find their fitness. ‘We’ve just got started. I expect Van Hooijdonk, Paauwe and Zoetebier to move up a gear during the training camp in Austria.’ And then there was Bonaventure Kalou. ‘He has a groin strain. I’m no doctor, but it seems to me that it could be a while before he’s ready,’ said the trainer, who appeared more concerned about the player’s head than his body. ‘I wasn’t happy about the way Bonaventure approached the first day of training. It was clear that he had not kept in shape during the break. That angers me.’ The Ivorian would seem to be the exception that proves the rule however. ‘The lads are raring to go,’ the coach confirmed. After May’s UEFA Cup triumph the team looks eager to add further silverware. ‘I think the cup has inspired them to win more.’ Surprise package was Ramon van Haaren, who got his first start in ages and gave Van Marwijk something to smile about. ‘I’ve had to keep him on the ground these last few days. He is so hungry; he sometimes wants to do too much. That’s dangerous, but on the other hand it is a sign he has the right attitude.’ Lekkerkerk-Feyenoord 0-11 (0-6) L'Ami; Gyan (Collen), Van Wonderen, Loovens (Sprockel), Van Haaren (Rzasa); Santos, Bosvelt, Emerton (Snoyl), Lurling; Buffel, Elmander (Pinas). Lurling (0-1), Elmander (0-2), Bosvelt (0-3), Bosvelt (0-4), Leonardo dos Santos (0-5), Buffel (0-6), Buffel (0-7), Pinas (0-8), Buffel (0-9), Pinas (0-10), Buffel (0-11)
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