Feyenoord’s ‘Het Legioen’ – Pride of the South

Amsterdam may be the home of the Eredivisie title BUT Rotterdam is definitely the home of the most loyal, passionate and best fans in Holland.  Feyenoord’s supporters are seen as being some of the best in the world and to those who are familiar with Dutch football they are known as Het Legioen or The Legion in English.

The number 12 is also associated with them and Feyenoord football club never gives out that number to any squad player but instead it is reserved for the Het Legioen.  It doesn’t matter how badly Feyenoord are playing or what the score is, the passion, the undying loyalty and love that the fans have for Feyenoord never changes.  Feyenoord Rotterdam is one club where the supporters are not tourists.

On their way to winning the 2002 UEFA Cup, Feyenoord beat Inter Milan in the semi-finals.  Ex ‘020’ player and then Inter Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf after the game in Rotterdam, said “I really enjoyed the atmosphere in De Kuip, as an ex-Ajax player I was really given the bird, but that’s all part of the emotions in football.  It also illustrates the intense way in which the Feyenoord supporters experience their club’s matches“.

There is also a well known saying in Rotterdam that visitors to Feyenoord are known to have caught a virus called the ‘Feyenoord Virus’.  It is meant to be a strange feeling but one which motivates and inspires them to visit several times if not again and again.


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