Eredivisie: A new low for Feyenoord
Feyenoord are traditionally one of the Big three teams in the Netherlands, former European Cup winners in 1970 and former UEFA Cup winners in 2002. This weekend though Feyenoord suffered the heaviest defeat in the club’s history as they were beaten 10-0 by PSV.
PSV Eindhoven led 2-0 at half-time against De club van Zuid, who were already down to 10 men after the dismissal of defender Kevin Leerdam. Brazilian striker Jonathan Reis claimed a hat-trick whilst Dutch international Jeremain Lens and Balazs Dzsudzsak scored a brace.
Ibrahim Afellay, Ola Toivonen and Orlando Engelaar also got on the scoresheet. The previous record defeat was to fierce rivals Ajax, 8-2 in September 1983.
The once great club has not won the Eredivisie title since 1999 with clubs outside of the ‘big three’ becoming Landskampion recently. Twente won their first title in their history led by Steve McClaren last season with AZ lifting the title for the first time in 28 years in 2009.
The Rotterdam club have had serious financial difficulties recently and will be unlikely to strengthen in January despite the threat of relegation if this type of form continues. The current squad relies on youth talent such as Erwin Mulder, Stefan de Vrij, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Leroy Fer, winger Georginio Wijnaldum and Dutch under-19 striker Luc Castaignos.
Mario Been will stay on as manager despite the record defeat. Technical director Leo Beenhakker confirmed Been would stay at a press conference organised by the club on the following day. Been had offered his resignation, only for the players to initially maintain their silence.
Feyenoord will have a chance to restore their pride in the relegation battle against VVV Venlo tonight.
More Eredivisie news:
* Former Barcelona and Chelsea defender Albert Ferrer looks set to become the new manager of Vitesse. He replaces Theo Bos, who was sacked last week.
* High flying Roda were held 1-1 by NEC at home last night. Heracles moved away from the relegation zone with a 4-1 win against NAC.
* Reigning champions Twente have signed Arnold Bruggink on a free transfer after a trial at the club. Bundesliga club Hannover failed to extend his deal last summer. Twente moved up to second place in the table after a 3-2 win against ADO Den Haag on Sunday.
* Ajax recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Excelsior despite the dismissal of defender Vurnon Anita in the first-half on Sunday morning. The defender will not face a one-match ban though after his red card was rescinded the following day whilst referee Jan Wegereef will not officiate in the top flight this weekend. They remain third in the standings.
* In-form AZ beat struggling Willem II 3-0 at the weekend with goals from Brazilian forward Jonathas, winger Maarten Martens and Australian midfielder Brett Holman.
* The Eredivisie has a full set of fixtures midweek with leaders PSV travelling to Arnhem to play Vitesse. Twente play struggling Willem II. Ajax face a difficult home game against Heerenveen on Wednesday. AZ and Groningen also have fixtures tonight.
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