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No club has supplied more players for Louis van Gaal’s Dutch squad for Brazil 2014 than Feyenoord. The national coach has named five players currently plying their trade at De Kuip – Daryl Janmaat, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, Terence Kongolo and Jordy Clasie – plus another six who once played for the club.
The last time a Dutch national coach picked more players from Feyenoord than from any other club in a World Cup squad was back in 1974. Rinus Michels named no fewer than seven Feyenoord players then, with Willem van Hanegem, Wim Jansen, Wim Rijsbergen, Rinus Israel, Eddy Treijtel, Theo de Jong and Harry Vos all part of the squad that got to the final in West Germany with their famous brand of Total Football. Feyenoord also supplied most players in 1934 and 1938.
At 20 years and 106 days when the squad was announced on Saturday Terence Kongolo is the youngest man in Van Gaal’s 23. The defender is also the squad member with the fewest caps (1). Kongolo made his debut for Oranje earlier this month in a 1-1 draw against Ecuador.
The oldest man in the squad is former Feyenoord favourite Dirk Kuyt (33 years 313 days on Saturday). Kuyt also has the most caps (98). Robin van Persie, who played for Feyenoord between 2002 and 2004, is the squad’s top scorer with 43 international goals, including one against Ghana on Saturday night.
Daryl Janmaat and Bruno Martins Indi have most caps of the five Feyenoord players in the World Cup squad. The two defenders both have 15 caps. Janmaat has never tasted defeat,. Stefan de Vrij has made 11 appearances, while Jordy Clasie has made 8.