Feyenoord Rotterdam – Going crazy in De Kuip

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Supporters Not Customers

The fan in front of me at the bar has just ordered 20 beers. He isn’t buying a round, they are all for him. It’s 11:30am. Welcome to Feyenoord.

I am at Varkenoord, which in addition to being the clubs training ground, is also the pre-match drinking venue of choice for the Feyenoord hardcore, known as Het Legioen. One of the most interesting things you notice about Feyenoord is that unlike the vast majority of European clubs, they do not have ultras. Indeed, of all my trips around Europe in the last 18 months, this was the first side I had chosen to visit that did not have an ultras group. The mentality of ultras is to support the team no matter what, to dedicate their lives to the club and to sing for 90 minutes win lose or draw. When the whole stadium does this anyway, there is no need…

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