Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Feyenoord face an uphill task against Trencin in the Europa League third qualifying round, return leg as they were outclassed by the Slovak side 4-0 at Stadion Pod Dubnom. The Dutch side have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Trencin and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. Feyenoord are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we believe that they are going to beat Trencin in Rotterdam in the return leg. However, overcoming a four-goal deficit is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home team will be Steven Berghuis, who scored 18 goals in the Eredivisie last term. Trencin are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s clash, but we do not believe that they are capable of preventing Feyenoord attackers from scoring once again.
Highlighted Player (Robin van Persie):
After spending three seasons at Feyenoord, Robin van Persie joined Premier League side Arsenal in 2004. The 188-cm-tall forward, who was born on 6 August, 1983 was struggling with injuries during his spell with the capital club, but he impressed in the 2011/2012 Premier League campaign, scoring 30 goals for the Gunners in the national championship.
Against all odds, he betrayed Arsenal fans at the end of the season as he signed a deal with Manchester United for a fee of £22.5 million. The Dutch striker 26 goals in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign with the Red Devils and he helped the English giants win the domestic title. However, he failed to impress in the 2014/2015 season and the club chiefs decided to sell him to Fenerbahce on 14 July, 2015.
He signed a three-year deal with the Turkish outfit for a fee of £3.84 million and has been playing for Fener ever since. In 2010 he participated in the FIFA World Cup final with Netherlands, but the Oranje were beaten by Spain in the title game.
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.