Feyenoord Academy
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Full name Feyenoord Academy
Founded 1992
Ground Sportcomplex Varkenoord, Rotterdam
(Capacity: 3.531)
Chairman Netherlands Damiën Hertog
Manager Netherlands Roy Makaay
Current League Eredivisie U19 1st (Champions)
Football current event Current season

Feyenoord Academy, often referred to as Varkenoord, is the joint academy of the professional football clubs Feyenoord and Excelsior located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The academy is a result of the extensive partnership between the two Rotterdam clubs. For the season 2009–10 both clubs merged its reserve teams, while the youth academies officially merged in the summer of 2010.



Feyenoord Academy was officially founded in the summer of 2010, when the youth academies of Feyenoord and Excelsior continued as one academy. The rise in transfer fees and the increase in value of young players have signalled a further need for Feyenoord and Excelsior to further support the academy. Despite being a mutual academy, the goal of the Feyenoord Academy remains to develop young players into professional football players for Feyenoord's first team squad.

The Feyenoord Academy comprises age-group teams ranging from U8's up to the flagship U19's. The youngest players are scouted at amateur clubs in the direct surroundings of Rotterdam. For the age of twelve and older the academy extends its scouting area, mainly to the remaining part of the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia. Until the U12 team, the players only have training sessions during the evening and are largely guided by part time coaches. When players are ready to join secondary education they start training during daytime. A close partnership with LOOT-school Thorbecke allows Feyenoord Academy to offer players a full time training program, while the school adapts its time table to the players training program.

Feyenoord/Excelsior U19

The final team of the Feyenoord Academy is Feyenoord/Excelsior U19, previously known as Feyenoord/Excelsior A1.

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Maarten de Fockert
Flag of Poland GK Kamil Miazek
Netherlands DF Matthijs Blijham
Netherlands DF Vincent van Dorp
Netherlands DF Stef Gronsveld
Netherlands DF Jeff Hardeveld
Netherlands DF Stijn Houben
Netherlands DF Ryan Korporaal
Netherlands DF Rodney Lopes Cabral
Netherlands MF Rick Dekker
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Jesse Driebergen
Netherlands MF Randy Elst
Netherlands MF Rick Karsdorp
Netherlands MF Dion Kassels
Netherlands MF Bart Nieuwkoop
Netherlands FW Wessel Dammers
Netherlands FW Oussama Idrissi
Netherlands FW Milton Klooster
Netherlands FW Liandro Martis
Netherlands FW Brandon Robinson

Academy graduates in first team squad

By the dismantle of the reserve team squad in the summer of 2010, the extra step between the academy and the first team squads was taken away. This means a high amount of academy graduates are currently active in both Excelsior and Feyenoord's first team squads.

Feyenoord (17)
Name Pos Season
Netherlands Joey Sleegers MF 2013–14
Netherlands Lucas Woudenberg DF 2013–14
Netherlands Jean-Paul Boëtius FW 2012–13
Netherlands Sven van Beek DF 2012–13
Netherlands Matthew Steenvoorden MF 2012–13
Netherlands Terence Kongolo DF 2011–12
Netherlands Elvis Manu FW 2011–12
Netherlands Anass Achahbar FW 2011–12
Netherlands Tonny Trindade de Vilhena MF 2011–12
Netherlands Jordy van Deelen DF 2011–12
Netherlands Jordy Clasie MF 2010–11
Netherlands Kaj Ramsteijn DF 2010–11
Flag of Greece.svg Kostas Lamprou GK 2010–11
Netherlands Bruno Martins Indi DF 2010–11
Netherlands Miquel Nelom DF 2009–10
Netherlands Stefan de Vrij DF 2009–10
Netherlands Erwin Mulder GK 2006–07
Excelsior (5)
Name Pos Season
Netherlands Boy de Jong GK 2013–14
Netherlands Daan Blij FW 2012–13
Netherlands Marley Berkvens MF 2011–12
Netherlands Daan Smith DF 2011–12
Netherlands Tim Eekman DF 2010–11

Notable former players in other squads


External links

Feyenoord Rotterdam
Feyenoord Rotterdam Feyenoord
Feyenoord Rotterdam

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