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Thread: The Return of the Prodigal Sons

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    Ooooof - demolished them!

    Nice one - a proper battering that!

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    Two group games we cannot afford to lose

    During this international break it's switching hats again as The Netherlands will have to play two important World Cup qualifying games in quick succession.

    After our extremely frustrating stalemate against Latvia we need to defeat Finland tonight while hoping that Switzerland will drop points away against Romania. There's only a very small gap between us and Switzerland and in a few days we shall have to play them in Bern!





    With the exception of Stefan de Vrij and Wouter Burger (both of them are suspended for Dutch Eredivisie games) and Rick Karsdorp we will play Finland without other Feyenoord players. If at all possible we shall rest the Prodigal Sons for both games.


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    Finland may give you a game but surely 3 points at home

    Go Burger mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

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    A solid win over Finland

    Fortunately we did not make the mistake of underestimating our opponents last night like we did when we played Latvia!



    Promes scored within two minutes and Boadu netted a brace well before Jensen scored a very late consolation goal.

    Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay were important with their assists and our Feyenoord lads also played quite well. Basically we avenged ourselves for our poor performance against Latvia.

    All in all, a well-deserved win which also means that we are still in first place in our group!
    Spoiler!

    Unfortunately for us Switzerland also managed to win their game last night so that our next game in Bern in just a few days will most likely decide who will be the group winners.





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    2 up in 20 mins - job done after that

    Shame the Swiss won - all of this work to potentially fall at the last - let's hope not

    You playing for the win as setting up defensively might work against you?

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  8. Huge game coming but surely you have enough talent to get at least a point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Huge game coming but surely you have enough talent to get at least a point!
    We do, but will rest rest the Feyenoord players. Only as a last resort we will bring them on. A goalless draw is already enough as we play Malta at home in the final group game.


    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    2 up in 20 mins - job done after that

    Shame the Swiss won - all of this work to potentially fall at the last - let's hope not

    You playing for the win as setting up defensively might work against you?
    Not parking the bus. That would be suicide.

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    Job done!

    With Quincy Promes in a devastating form we defeated Switzerland at the Stade de Suisse Wankdorf and qualified for the 2026 World Cup!



    Switzerland played well and scored twice in a desperate attempt to stay in the match but last night there was just no stopping us!

    With twenty minutes on the clock Stengs netted after Promes had crossed the ball low from the left. Gonzalez scored the equaliser but just before the break Depay took a corner and Promes out-jumped Elvedi and scored a fine header to restore our lead!

    A draw would have sufficed for us, but in the second half we still did not want to park the bus and our tactic worked. Fonsuh-Mensah looked for Depay in the area but again it was Promes who took control of the loose ball and sent a shot in low and found the net!

    Two minutes later Ferdandes scored a goal of real quality to give Switzerland a lifeline, but as the clock was ticking down our opponents, who needed two more goals, soon realised that they were beaten.
    Spoiler!

    So we've done it. We've qualified for the 2026 Word Cup and we've won the group. In October we still have to play Malta in our final group game, but the job is done!



  12. Cracking game and job done... let’s hope for a decent group in the WC

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    Congrats!

    A relatively easy group nicely navigated

    Superb performance away from home at the end there - properly put them to the sword!

    Nice to finish the campaign with a rotated team now and plan for the tournament!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Congrats!

    A relatively easy group nicely navigated

    Superb performance away from home at the end there - properly put them to the sword!

    Nice to finish the campaign with a rotated team now and plan for the tournament!
    Yes, the last game will be a breeze. Focus is now 100% on Feyenoord and will stay that way until the end of the season.

    Our lads can then play in the 2026 World Cup!

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    Nice start to the season 2 routine league wins and the new formation is clicking as well

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    Feyenoord draw Hertha BSC again

    After Ajax's shock elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Young Boys last week morale is low at the Johan Cruijff Arena.



    So that left just PSV and us. Now PSV have been drawn in Group E along with FC Barcelona, Leverkusen and Lyon, while we have been drawn in Group A along with European Champions Hertha BSC, Milan and Slask Wroclaw.

    And we immediately start our European campaign by playing Milan at home - a game which we cannot afford to lose!



    We are facing some really tough challenges this month, but this is the season we have all been looking forward to and morale is high at De Kuip. We are more than ready for it!



    We will play our normal formation and lineup (Vente and Karsdorp are finally eligible for European games) while Milan will play an attacking two-striker formation with Silva and Lukaku as their striker duo.





  20. Poor old Ajax

    I feel like Feyenoord and Herta have become rivals

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    Poor old Ajax

    I feel like Feyenoord and Hertha have become rivals
    Yes, this is the third year in a row we are playing them. Joshua Zirkzee back in De Kuip again!

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    Zirkzee fancy coming back?

    Bad for Ajax but may help them in league (actually they'll still be playing Europa League?)

    Tough group for PSV

    OK group for you - could be better or worse but for sure you should get through it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Zirkzee fancy coming back?

    Bad for Ajax but may help them in league (actually they'll still be playing Europa League?)

    Tough group for PSV

    OK group for you - could be better or worse but for sure you should get through it
    Yes, Europa League for Ajax.

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    We fail to fire in stalemate - Vente injured

    Expectations were high for our first European match of the season, but after Vente had to go off injured our forward line lacked teeth and the match ended in a somewhat disappointing goalless draw.



    In the first twenty minutes or so nothing of significance happened. From way out Chong made one attempt on goal, but the ball hit the side-netting.

    But then no less than three players had to go off injured in quick succession and one of them was Dylan Vente! So this was the end of Vente's European debut for us. Jordan Zirkzee took the place of our unfortunate striker.

    AC Milan had to replace Molina and Rüdiger, so arguably they were worse off, but we lost our striker!

    In the second half Wehrmann almost became the match winner. Malacia put a low cross into the near post and Whermann blasted the ball towards the top corner and found the back of the net!



    Unfortunately, though, the overzealous Jordan Zirkzee seemed to have strayed into an offside position...



    And so, in the end it was evident that both teams lacked the teeth up front. Both defences were rock-solid and stalemate was the inevitable result.

    Summary
    Defence wins you titles, as they say. But it doesn't always work that way in European games. Last night both defences were stronger than the attackers and although our wingbacks - Malacia and Karsdorp - did all they could and were a constant threat with their forward runs, we didn't have the striker to carry us over the line.
    Spoiler!

    As was to be expected, Hertha BSC won their first group game at Slask Wroclaw, albeit by a very narrow margin, while in Group E PSV Eindhoven started their European campaign very well by defeating Leverkusen.





    And... it's the League game against PSV next! We have already beaten them in the Johan Cruijff Schaal match, but this time we have to play them in Eindhoven...

  27. That’s not the easiest group in stage 1 so your home games could be key, will need to make up for that result and beat Slask twice

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