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Three special teams full of past and present greats of the game will be in action at the Dirk Kuyt Testimonial on Sunday 27 May. Now we can reveal more details of the programme.
Koeman back in the technical area
The two-hour football festival gets underway at 14:00 CET with a game between Feyenoord and the ‘Friends of Dirk’, a team comprising the best players Kuyt played with at Liverpool and Fenerbahçe. Ronald Koeman returns as Feyenoord coach.
In the second half of the game Koeman will fill his formation with players from various eras in the history of the club, including Patrick Lodewijks, Roy Makaay, Salomon Kalou, Lex Immers, Miquel Nelom, Jan-Arie van der Heijden, Rick Karsdorp, Jens Toornstra, Tonny Vilhena and Steven Berghuis.
Feyenoord vs. former stars
Feyenoord kick off against the Liverpool side that made the final of the Champions League in 2005 and 2007, with a few special guests from Fenerbahçe. That team includes Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Craig Bellamy, alongside Cristian Baroni, Raul Meireles and Pierre Webo.
Van Gaal to coach internationals
After the break the ‘Friends of Dirk’ will make way for the Orange XI, a side specially put together for the occasion. The forwards from the 2014 World Cup (Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay) are joined by such Dutch legends as Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Edwin van der Sar, Phillip Cocu and Ruud van Nistelrooij. This unique team will be led by former national coach Louis van Gaal.
Current players from the current Dutch national side will be special guests at De Kuip. As well as Depay, Ryan Babel, Eljero Elia and Terence Kongolo have been given special dispensation by Oranje coach Ronald Koeman to take part in the match.
The afternoon will also feature a host of surprises that Kuyt does not want to divulge. ‘I know for sure that no one will be bored,’ says Kuyt. ‘Too many special things are going to happen. The match with three exceptional teams is the main attraction, of course, but around that we constantly want to surprise the fans.’
One thing that is already certain is that special attention will be given to Feyenoord’s title win last year, particularly the decisive fixture against Heracles Almelo. ‘It is going to be a great football experience we want to bring as close to the crowd as possible by means of four specially installed screens,’ says Kuyt. ‘We all going to come together for a big party.’
Come to De Kuip!
There are still around 9000 tickets available for his special afternoon of football. Like to be there? You can secure your tickets from the Feyenoord Ticket Shop. The proceeds from the Dirk Kuyt Testimonial will benefit the Dirk Kuyt Foundation, Feyenoord Foundation and Stichting Support Casper.