Club icons given impressive send-off at De Kuip

Feyenoord said a fond farewell to Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Robin van Persie on Sunday. There was little to celebrate in sporting terms, as visitors ADO Den Haag ran out 2-0 winners. But that did not dampen spirits at the end of the match, with the two club icons given an impressive send-off by a packed De Kuip in a special ceremony.

Robin van Persie was centre-stage in his final game as a professional footballer. The Feyenoord captain had a string of shots throughout the 90 minutes, but a farewell goal was ultimately not to be. Hague outfit ADO were more effective, scoring twice through Erik Falkenburg (42) and Sheraldo Becker (58) to claim all three points.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst stand
After the final whistle, Van Persie and Van Bronckhorst were given a first-class send-off. The head coach was addressed by Dutch national coach Ronald Koeman before being granted a very special honour. In recognition of Van Bronckhorst’s great services to the club, a stand at the new Feyenoord Academy sports complex will be named after him.

Fan’s Player of the Season
Van Persie was named Fan’s Player of the Season and was presented with a shield to mark his sparkling international career, in which he made more than a hundred caps, from former national coach Marco van Basten. Like Van Bronckhorst, Van Persie completed a lap of honour, taking the plaudits from a crammed stadium as fans recognised and celebrated what he has meant for the club.

Sittard next
Feyenoord end the season on Wednesday night with an away fixture at Fortuna Sittard. Van Persie will not be in the matchday squad for the game, which kicks off at 19:30 CET, as ADO Den Haag was officially his last appearance for the club. Van Bronckhorst will however take the reins as head coach for the last time.

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