- Title: NETHERLANDS: FEYENOORD PREPARE FOR UEFA CUP FINAL.
- Date: 7th May 2002
- Summary: ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (MAY 7, 2002) 1. WIDE ANGLE INTERIOR OF STADIUM 2. FEYENOORD PLAYERS TRAINING IN FRONT OF UEFA CUP FINAL BANNER 3. REAR VIEW OF FEYENOORD FANS WATCHING TRAINING SESSION 4. FEYENOORD COACH BERT VAN MARWIJK TRAINING WITH PLAYERS 5. SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) VAN MARWIJK, SPEAKING ABOUT THE ASSASSINATION OF POLITICIAN PIM FORTUYN, SAYS: The situation for me is perfectly inconceivable and we are terribly shocked and we understand that UEFA wants this match to take place so we have to get ready for this match. Personally I would say that I have certain problems in carrying on with this matchbut we have never said the players would not play." 6. WIDE ANGLE NEWS CONFERENCE 7. SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) VAN MARWIJK SAYS: Over the last few months we have shown that we can beat Glasgow Rangers and Inter Milan, teams with higher budgets and basically equipped with players of a higher quality than ours but we can say we face a German team with German discipline and also South American players who bring creativity into the match. This is an excellent mixture and this is a very strong team but let me say again that we have proven that we can beat the strongest teams." 8. GOALKEEPER EDWIN ZOETEBIER TRAINING 9. JON DAHL TOMASSON 10. STRIKER PIER VAN HOOIJDONK 11. BONAVENTUR KALOU 12. LEONARDO DE VITOR LAUGHING 13. WIDE ANGLE STADIUM/ ZOOM INTO FINAL POSTER Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
- Country: Netherlands
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- Story Text: Feyenoord coach Bert van Marwijk says every one of his
players has been affected by the murder of controversial
right-wing Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn.
Rotterdam Mayor Ivo Opstelten told a news
conference later on Tuesday that the final would go ahead as
Van Marwijk's team are preparing to play German champions
Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Cup final at their own De Kuip
stadium on Wednesday night, but the murder of Fortuyn, a
native of Rotterdam, dominated a Feyenoord news conference on
"I am shocked and saddened. It is difficult to evaluate
what has happened," said Van Marwijk. Fortuyn was gunned down
near Amsterdam on Monday.
"Personally I have certain problems in carrying on but I
understand UEFA want the match to go ahead so we will have to
get on with it."
Comparing his side to the German team, Van Marwijk said
the Germans combined traditional discipline with South
American players who introduced inventiveness.
But he pointed out Feyenoord had beaten Inter Milan and
Glasgow Rangers on the way to the final and were capable of
beating strong teams.
Feyenoord's build-up to the match had already been hit by
midfielder Ebi Smolarek's positive dope test, taken after the
UEFA Cup quarter-final against PSV Eindhoven on March 21.
Feyenoord are hoping striker Pierre van Hooijdonk, whose
scored six goals in the competition, can carry on with that
Concerns about street violence at the final were
heightened after supporters of Fortuyn's anti-immigration
policies clashed with riot police in the Hague on Monday.
Around 40,000 fans are expected to pack into the Feyenoord
stadium for the biggest game the city has hosted since the
final of the European soccer championship in 2000. Fortuyn was
murdered on Monday.
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