Our prediction for this match:
Feyenoord and Panathinaikos take on each other at Stadion Feijenoord in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. The Trots van Zuid have been producing fine displays in pre-season, but PAO are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Dutch club than their previous rivals (SDC Putten, Dordrecht, Darmstadt 98). Anyhow, Jaap Stam’s men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against the Greek side and we predict that they are going to find the net in the midweek friendly.
Giorgios Donis’ troops kick off their pre-season with a friendly game against Feyenoord and, no doubt, they aim to get off to a flying start. However, seeing that the Eredivisie side have already played a couple of warm-up games in 2019, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out.
Highlighted Player (Cuco Martina):
Cuco Martina is a Dutch-born footballer who plays for Curacao national football team. Martina was raised by his mother in the suburbs of Rotterdam and he began his youth career in his home-town club Feyenoord. In 2008 the pacey full back signed a contract with RBC Roosendaal and he made 68 appearances in the league for the club.
Cuco Martina played for fellow Dutch clubs RKC and Twente as well before joining Premier League side Southampton on July 7, 2015. He signed a two-year contract with the Saints and he made his Premier League debut in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, coming as a substitute at half time. Martina scored his first goal for Southampton on December 26, 2015 in a 4-0 victory over Arsenal.
The 185-cm-tall right back made his Curacao debut on August 9, 2011 against Dominican Republic. It has to be noted that the Southampton man represented Curacao in both 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (Panathinaikos):
Despite being founded on 3 February, 1908, Panathinaikos won their first domestic trophy in 1930. However, they quickly established themselves as one of the biggest clubs in Greece. Oi Prasinoi clinched their 20th Greek Superleague trophy in 2010, with the team finishing the season six points clear of their fiercest rivals Olympiakos.
There have always been fireworks in meetings between the two capital clubs and the clash between the two sides is well known as the “Derby of eternal enemies”. According to UEFA Panathinaikos are the second most-popular team football team in Greece. Speaking of the club’s European success, PAO made it to the 1970/1971 European Cup (Champions League) final, but Ajax proved to be a big catch for the Greek side in the title game.
It is well known that green trifolium (shamrock) is the club’s emblem. Giorgos Karagounis, Djibril Cisse, Emmanuel Olisadebe, Paulo Sousa and Goran Vlaovic are notable footballers who played for PAO in the past. Giourkas Seitaridis, Antonis Nikopolidis, Kostas Chalkias, Angelos Basinas, Giannis Goumas and Dimitris Papdopoulos are Panathinaikos players who helped Greece win the 2004 European Championship trophy.