New-look PSV, with a new coaching staff and a nearly completely different rear-guard, play host to Feyenoord who look to carry on in more or less the same old way. Meet Saturday’s opponents.
New box-to-box midfielder
Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be Feyenoord’s head coach for the fourth season running. He has already brought a lot of silverware to Rotterdam, winning the Eredivisie title, two KNVB Beker Cups and the Dutch Super Cup. Midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has been instrumental in Feyenoord’s successes the past few seasons, but the Moroccan midfielder left the Rotterdam Kuip for Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad this summer. Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie has rejoined his former club Feyenoord to fill the gap left by the departure of El Ahmadi. The Rotterdam outfit also strengthened their midfield with the signing of Yassin Ayoub from FC Utrecht.
Following El Ahmadi’s departure, Feyenoord’s striker Robin van Persie will wear the captain’s armband this season. Van Persie is by far Feyenoord’s most experienced player and, along with Nicolai Jørgensen, Steven Berghuis and Tonny Vilhena, Feyenoord’s new captain looks to inspire his up-and-coming young team mates. Feyenoord’s Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones has joined Al-Nassr from Saudi Arabia and youngster Justin Bijlow will start the season between the sticks for Feyenoord.
Transfers Feyenoord (in)
Yassin Ayoub (FC Utrecht), Mo El Hankouri (was on loan), Jari Schuurman (was on loan), Kenneth Vermeer (was on loan), Calvin Verdonk (was on loan), Luis Sinisterra (Once Caldas), Jordy Clasie (Southampton).
Transfers Feyenoord (out)
Kevin Diks, Gustavo Hamer, Simon Gustafson, Miquel Nelom, Bilal Basaçikoglu, Karim El Ahmadi, Emil Hansson, Brad Jones