This could be Rotterdam or anywhere, Liverpool or Rome…. but it is actually Rotterdam. Somewhat forgotten about due to its smoke-shrouded brother Amsterdam, this is a city not often on the tourist radar, however with the De Kuip stadium the home of the famous Feyernoord, and with a bar scene to rival that of any European city, this is a place that we are happy to visit again and again.
Stadion Feyenoord or as it is more commonly known “De Kuip” is the home of Dutch Eredivisie side Feyenoord. Based in the Northern Port city of Rotterdam they have arguable the most passionate support in Dutch football and probably Europe.
Despite being all seated, the majority of Feyenoord fans stand on their seats to watch the game.
De Kuip also hosted the final of the European Championships in 2000 where France were victorious with an extra time winner over Italy.
One thing that strikes you about Feyenoord is how much the hierarchy at the club look after the supporters’ interests and understand that they make the club what they are.
None of this is more apparent than on a match day when they allow their neighbouring training ground to be used as a binge drinking centre before all home games, with beer costing as little as €2.
Memorable scenes on our last visit were of supporters walking around drinking as many beers as they could physically carry, all this in time for a midday kick off.
If assisting their fans to get drunk wasn’t enough, Feyenoord have also been known for their unconventional ways of raising the atmosphere inside the stadium. In the build up to a recent Europa League game the club arranged for a Dutch hardcore DJ to perform a 10 minute set. Expectantly the fans lapped it up. Feyenoord went on to win the match and qualify for the later stages.
Despite stringent security checks on entry, flares and smoke bombs are a common occurrence at a Feyenoord home game. However what gives De Kuip a special atmosphere is that the whole stadium plays its part. Unlike most clubs where the Ultras section are confined to one end of the ground, at Feyenoord the arena is a cauldron of noise and a very intimidating place to visit for away side.