Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Sammy Offer Stadium will host the Europa Conference League clash between Maccabi Haifa and Feyenoord, who face each other for the first time ever in a competitive match. Maccabi Haifa aim to build on a 2-1 win over Sakhnin, but the reputable bookies see them as underdogs in the Conference League opener. Israel winger Omer Atzili, who scored a brace in the triumph over Sakhnin, will be the man to watch in the home team.
De Trots van Zuid, on the other hand, were not in action at the weekend, meaning that tired legs are unlikely to prove to be a big problem for the Dutch outfit. Feyenoord have been scoring goals for fun at the start of the season, and seeing that Maccabi Haifa are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Leroy Fer):
After spending four years at Feyenoord, Leroy Fer joined FC Twente in 2011. On 13 July, 2013 Norwich City chiefs closed a four-year deal with Fer for a fee in the region of £4.4 million. The Dutch midfielder made 30 appearances for Norwich and he scored three goals for the Carrow Road outfit.
Following Norwich’s relegation from the elite division, the highly rated footballer went on to join Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign. The Dutch footballer scored eight goals in 48 appearances for QPR, but on 1 February 2016 he was sent on loan to Swansea City. Fer made his move to Swansea permanent five months later.
Leroy was born on 5 January, 1990 in Zoetemeer, Netherlands and he is 188 cm tall. His parents are originally from Curacao and his father Lesley was a baseball player. Speaking of his individual awards, Leroy Fer was named Rotterdam Talent of the Year in 2008.
Highlighted Team (Feyenoord):
Back in 1908 football club Wilhemina was founded in the pub De Vereeniging and they played their home games in blue-sleeved red shirts and white shorts. The club’s name was changed to Hillesluise in 1909 and soon they became RVV Celeritas.
Finally, in 1912 the club got a name SC Feijenoord. Feyenoord won their first Eredivisie trophy in 1924 and 75 years later they clinched their 14th domestic trophy, finishing the season 15 points clear of second-placed Willem II. De Trots van Zuid play their home games at De Kuip and the capacity of the venue is 51 117.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Ajax and the two teams face each other in der Klassieker. The likes of Craig Bellamy, Gerrard Fox, Wouter Bos and Raemon Sluiter are notable supporters of the club. It is well known that football legends Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit and Peter Houtman all played for Feyenoord in the past. De Trots van Zuid play their home games in red-white shirts and black shorts.