Feyenoord Academy (Varkenoord)

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Feyenoord Academy
Full nameFeyenoord Academy
GroundSportcomplex Varkenoord
Academy DirectorNetherlands Stanley Brard
WebsiteClub website

Feyenoord Academy, often referred to as Varkenoord, is the youth academy of the professional football club Feyenoord located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Feyenoord Academy received the official regional youth academy status from the KNVB and is located at Sportcomplex Varkenoord.

Feyenoord Academy has been voted as the best developmental system in the Netherlands, winning the Rinus Michels Award for best youth academy five years in a row since 2009. No other academy produced more players for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where eleven former Feyenoord Academy players were active.[1] In May 2010, Feyenoord Academy won the Rinus Michels Award for the first time. Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam were the other nominees. Feyenoord Academy won the award for its innovation within the academy, the overall success of its teams in the national youth leagues and the high number of players in the national youth teams.[2]


Feyenoord Academy was officially founded in the summer of 2010, when the youth academies of Feyenoord and Excelsior merged. The newly formed academy received the official regional youth academy status from the KNVB and was based on the structure of the former Feyenoord youth academy, with the addition of various Excelsior youth players and staff members. Feyenoord's poor financial situation, the rise in transfer fees and the increase in value of young players signaled a further need for Feyenoord and Excelsior to further support the academy. The cooperation between Feyenoord and Exelsior was terminated as of July 2015, where the academy continued solely as Feyenoord's youth academy.[3] The goal of the Feyenoord Academy is to develop young players into professional football players for Feyenoord's first team squad.[4]

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.[4]

Teams and players[edit]


The Feyenoord Reserves play under the name Jong Feyenoord in the Beloften Eredivisie and the Premier League International Cup. The team plays its home matches at Varkenoord. Between 2010 and 2018 the reserve team was officially disbanded, but kept participating in the Beloften Eredivisie without a permanent squad. The formation varied and consisted of reserve players from Feyenoord's first team squad, with the possible addition of emerging academy players. [5]

Current squad[edit]

The reserves team's squad consists of players from the first team and players from various youth teams.


Position Staff
Head coach Netherlands Peter van den Berg
Assistant coach Netherlands Ulrich van Gobbel
Goalkeeping coach Netherlands Oscar Moens
Physiotherapist Netherlands Jasper van Kempen
Fitness coach Netherlands Mark Onderwater
Team manager Netherlands Lex Stofkooper

Feyenoord U19[edit]

The final team of the Feyenoord Academy is Feyenoord/Excelsior U19, previously known as Feyenoord/Excelsior A1.[6]

As of 1 January 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Netherlands GK Joey Koorevaar
Netherlands GK Rik Schippers

Netherlands DF Denzel Hall
Netherlands DF Ramon Hendriks
Netherlands DF Ezra Hoogenboom
Netherlands DF Simon Loshi
Netherlands DF Leon-Cardi Wong-Si-Kwie

Netherlands MF Ömer Gündüz
Netherlands MF Quilindschy Hartman
Netherlands MF Rodney Huijgen
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Splinter de Mooij
Netherlands MF Ravi Yates

Netherlands FW Nelson Amadin
Netherlands FW Marouan Azarkan
Netherlands FW Naoufal Bannis
Russia FW Lion Kalentjev
Netherlands FW Toshio Lake
Suriname FW Roscello Vlijter

Academy graduates in first team squad[edit]

Name Age Pos Debut
Netherlands Orkun Kökçü 19 years, 90 days MF 27 September 2018
Netherlands Wouter Burger 19 years, 41 days MF 16 August 2018
Netherlands Tyrell Malacia 20 years, 224 days DF 6 December 2017
Netherlands Lutsharel Geertruida 19 years, 264 days DF 25 October 2017
Netherlands Dylan Vente 20 years, 324 days FW 13 September 2017
Netherlands Cheick Touré 19 years, 50 days FW 27 August 2017
Netherlands Justin Bijlow 22 years, 66 days GK 13 August 2017
Morocco Mohamed El Hankouri 22 years, 271 days MF 27 August 2016
Netherlands Jari Schuurman 23 years, 35 days MF 8 May 2016
Netherlands Bart Nieuwkoop 24 years, 21 days MF 4 October 2015
Netherlands Calvin Verdonk 22 years, 337 days DF 8 March 2015
Netherlands Sven van Beek 25 years, 244 days DF 30 January 2013
Netherlands Tonny Vilhena 25 years, 85 days MF 22 January 2012
Netherlands Jordy Clasie 28 years, 275 days MF 15 August 2010
Netherlands Robin van Persie 36 years, 235 days FW 3 February 2002

Academy graduates out on loan[edit]

Name Age Pos Debut Club
Sweden Emil Hansson 21 years, 287 days MF 12 March 2017 RKC Waalwijk (until July 2019)
Netherlands Crysencio Summerville 18 years, 150 days FW N/A FC Dordrecht (until July 2019)

Notable former players[edit]

The following is a list of players who have played in the Feyenoord Academy and represented a country at full international level. Players who are currently playing at Feyenoord are highlighted in bold.

Tahith Chong



  1. ^ "Feyenoord find family values pay - as the players it produces prove". The Independent. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Jeugdopleiding Feyenoord beste van Nederland" [Youth academy Feyenoord the best of the Netherlands]. VoetbalPrimeur (in Dutch). 14 May 2010. Archived from the original on 18 May 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Feyenoord en Excelsior beëindigen samenwerkingsverband". Feyenoord.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b "General Mission Statement Feyenoord" (PDF). Feyenoord Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Feyenoord Academy door KNVB erkend als Regionale Jeugdopleiding" [Feyenoord Academy acknowledged as regional youth academy]. Feyenoord.nl (in Dutch). 23 June 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Feyenoord Academy U19". Feyenoord Academy (in Dutch). Retrieved 29 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Winnaars Rinus Michels Award". Nederlands Trainerscongres (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 December 2014.

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