Derby days – Double Dutch

by Mystical Mike

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
 

Ajax v Feyenoord, Holland

History
It all began as a clash of cultures. Feyenoord were supported by the dock workers from the built up part of Rotterdam, while Ajax by the richer, more sophiscated side of Amsterdam.

Magic moments
This fixture is full of goals, goals,  super goals as big Frank frank would say. In 1964 Feyenoord thrashed Ajax 9-4, however, Ajax did get revenge in 1983 thumping the Dockers 8-2.

Atmosphere
English teams who have visited the De Kuip stadium will tell you it’s an extremely hostile, intense place, with firecrackers, broken bottles, police dogs & horses ready for any violence . Ajaxs’ more trendy Amsterdam ArenaA is a more pleasurable, if not subdued experience.

Any agro?
Yes, and loads of it too. Feyenoord fans throw home made bombs at Ajax fans in 1989. In 1997, an Ajax fan was beaten to death  in an organized riot known as The Battle of Beverwijk. As recent as 2004 Ajax hooligans invaded the pitch in a reserve match which resulted in Feyenoord player Jorge Acuna being seriously injured and taken to hospital. Away fans are banned for both of this seasons clashes.

Head to head
Ajax definitely have the edge with 29 Dutch titles and 4 European Cups. Feyenoord haven’t done to badly with 14 league titles and 1 European Cup, the Dockers were actually the first Ducth side to win the European Cup so extra brownie points go their way

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