Our prediction for this match:
Basel and Feyenoord face each other at Tissot Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Friday’s program. Basel play in front of home fans at the Uhren Cup and it is no surprise they are seen as favourites to win this warm-up game. The Swiss champions are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Feyenoord and a man to watch in Raphael Wicky’s team will be experienced attacker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Feyenoord, on the other hand, are preparing for the Dutch Super Cup clash against PSV and they certainly want to be on top of their game when their bitter rivals on August 4. Both Basel and Feyenoord are likely to go for a win in the Uhren Cup clash and we predict that both sides are going to find the net in this friendly match.
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.