Yep, even from the United States of America we are still following Feyenoord closely.
This week, 28th of October, it was time for the ‘Klassieker’ (the Classic one). Feyenoord playing our biggest rival, Ajax. This match has been the biggest match in Dutch Football (sorry my American friends, soccer is just not the correct word…). The tension is always very high, this match the players and supporters have to give the full 200%, all or nothing.
Above you can see the banner created by the Feyenoord fans, worlds largest banner ever with a 5.120 square meters! ‘De Kuip’, the Feyenoord stadium was fully sold out, and the fans brought more then enough torches to create even more atmosphere besides the singing and chanting.
Unfortunately due to the time difference, the match was going to be played 14:45 American time, whereas I had a test at 15:30. I was able to see the first half, which remained 0-0. Quickly ran upstairs in order to make the test. Luckily I did prepare well enough, and the test was very small, which resulted me to be the first one to finish the test, within 10 minutes, and run down to the library again to see the remaining 35 minutes. The match was very exciting, and Feyenoord became stronger and stronger. Time was running out, and we already passed the 90 minutes, so additional 4 minutes were added. 94 minutes, and free kick was awarded to Feyenoord in a promising position. There comes the cross, and…. Yesssssssssssss! 1-0 Feyenoord, just before the end. Just imagine, me in the library, and the goal being scored, well lets say I was not able to stay quit.
Above you can see the goal being scored, Joel Veltman was the goal scores, which is a player of Ajax. Own goal or not, we are through to the next round and beat our rivals!
For all my American friends and followers, football and Feyenoord in particular is a big part of my life. I know that most of the American are still more interested in American Football, Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey, but soon this will change in my opinion. The MLS is getting more popular among former European football stars, which hopefully will result in more popularity among the Americans. A country with over 300 million inhabitants has a great potential in a relatively new sports like football for the Americans.