Does it make sense for the fans of Feyenoord to turn on the TV this afternoon? The last victory of PSV at Ajax in the Johan Cruijff ArenA dates back to five years ago, AZ won in March last year in Amsterdam and for FC Twente it‘s only three months ago. But Feyenoord, historically the biggest rival of Ajax, has been waiting for a victory against Ajax for more than fifteen years. Does Feyenoord finally win Ajax in Amsterdam this afternoon and will that long period come to an end without a victory?
It is not the first meager period for Feyenoord in confrontations with Ajax. Between 1987 (1-3) and 2001 (3-4) the Rotterdammers did not win Ajax in Amsterdam either. And also between 1975 (0-1) and 1985 (1-2) there was no Rotterdam success. But the current scrape is the longest.
It takes a long time journey to return to the last moment of glory of Feyenoord in the ArenA. On 28 August 2005 it will be 1-2 and the Rotterdammers will be able to celebrate a victory in Amsterdam for the last time.
George W. Bush and first iPhone
George W. Bush was still President of the United States, Mark Rutte was still a fairly inconspicuous Secretary of State in the Balkenende II Cabinet, the first iPhone was still on the market, and in the top forty stood Vague and Stil, the third posthumous hit of the previous year André Hazes, in second place.
Dirk Kuyt and Salomon Kalou signed the Feyenoord goals that afternoon, both on an assist from the other, while Angelos Charisteas did something back for Ajax in the final phase. Feyenoord-midfielder Ferne Snoyl collected his second yellow card in the second half, which meant that the Rotterdammers had to go less with a man. Erwin Koeman was at the helm of Feyenoord, while Ajax was trained by Danny Blind.
24 main players with football pension
Of the 28 players who came into action in the Classics run by the current referee boss Dick van Egmond, more than fifteen years later, only four are active as prof. Three Ajacieden and one Feyenoorder. Urby Emanuelson (34) usually keeps the bank warm at FC Utrecht, Nigel de Jong (36) is finishing at Al-Shahani in Qatar, while Ryan Babel (34) plays at Galatasaray and is even Oranje-international.
Of the fourteen Feyenoorders who signed for the last Rotterdam success in Amsterdam, only Kalou plays football at a professional level. The Ivorian who seemed to become Dutchman in 2005 to be able to go to the World Cup with Orange but saw that ambition crossed by Minister Rita Verdonk, transferred last summer from the German Hertha BSC to Botafogo, Brazil. The now 35-year-old Kalou was to play international for Côte d’Ivoire after Verdonk 97 and has played 24 matches for his Brazilian club this season, in which he struck one goal.
The remaining 24 main players are retired from football. Dirk Kuyt deserves a special mention of them. He returned to his old love Feyenoord in 2015 and had a large part in the national title of 2017, the first of Feyenoord in fifteen years. In his last match as a professional footballer, the championship match against Heracles Almelo (3-1), he signed for the entire production.
Ajax-Feyenoord 1-2. 16. Kalou 0-1, 47. Kuyt 0-2, 79. Charisteas 1-2.
Ajax: Vonk, Trabelsi, Grygera, Escudé (76. Boukhari), Emanuelson, Maduro, Pienaar, De Jong (55. Rosales), Sneijder, Babel, Rosenberg (46. Aristeas).
Feyenoord: Lodewijks, Östlund, Bahia, Paauwe, Greene, Ghaly, Pardo (46 De Graaf), Snoyl, Kuyt, Boussaboun (76. Bosschaart), Kalou.
Red card: Snoyl (Feyenoord/2xyellow). Yellow cards: Trabelsi, Grygera (Ajax), Paauwe (Feyenoord).