Thousands of Feyenoord football fans gathered in central Rotterdam on Monday to celebrate their team’s Dutch cup victory on Sunday. The KNVB trophy is the club’s first prize since winning the Uefa cup in 2002.
The huge crowd which gathered on the city’s Coolsingel was boosted by hundreds of schoolchildren because of the school holidays. Several streets were closed off and shops were protected by fencing. There was also a complete ban on alcohol in the city centre.
Police said the celebrations passed off peacefully. By press time, just four people had been arrested.
Team captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst showed off the cup to the waiting fans and thanked them all for their enthusiasm.
Trainer Bert van Marwijk, who leaves the club on Monday to take over as trainer of the national squad, also addressed the crowd.
It was ‘fantastic’ to see so many people, Van Marwijk said. ‘This says everything about the legion, the only one in the Netherlands,’ he said, referring to the supporters’ nickname. Van Marwijk has been at Feyenoord for five years.
Feyenoord beat Kerkrade club Roda JC 2-0 in yesterday’s cup final. On Sunday 11 people were arrested after fighting broke out between two groups and riot police were brought in to clear the area.
The KNVB cup gives Feyenoord direct entry into next season’s Uefa competition after a year’s absence, some compensation for coming sixth in the premier league this year.
Feyenoord last won the Dutch cup in 1995.
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