Feyenoord Academy (Varkenoord)

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Feyenoord Academy
Full name Feyenoord Academy
Ground Sportcomplex Varkenoord
Ground Capacity 3.531
Director Netherlands Damiën Hertog
Manager Netherlands Roy Makaay
Website Club home page

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 amount 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 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.[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. The team plays its home matches at Varkenoord. As of the season 2010–11, the reserve team was officially disbanded, but kept participating in the Beloften Eredivisie without a permanent squad. The formation varies and consists of reserve players from Feyenoord's first team squad, with the possible addition of emerging academy players. The players train with their own teams, without having the chance to actually train together. On match days the team is coached by Patrick Lodewijks.[5]

Feyenoord U19[edit]

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

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 Justin Bijlow
Netherlands GK Ramon ten Hove
Netherlands GK Donat Pavataj
Netherlands DF Salih Anez
Netherlands DF Clarence Bijl
Netherlands DF Mats Knoester
Netherlands DF Tyrell Malacia
Netherlands DF Boyd Reith
Netherlands DF Bart Sinteur
Netherlands DF Robin Zwartjens
Netherlands MF Dean Guezen
No. Position Player
Norway MF Emil Hansson
Netherlands MF Shurendo Janga
Netherlands MF Nino Roffelsen
Netherlands MF Steven Smulder
Netherlands MF Jordy Wehrmann
Netherlands FW Rashaan Fernandes
Netherlands FW Nigel Robertha
Netherlands FW Sergi Roeleveld
Netherlands FW Dylan Vente
Netherlands FW Loyd van der Wilden

Feyenoord U18[edit]

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 Elber Evora
Netherlands GK Wouter Beukers
Netherlands DF Wesley de Sterke
Netherlands DF Hidde van den Ende
Netherlands DF Niklas Blesgraaf
Netherlands DF Tobias Elmensdorp
Netherlands DF Niels van Wetten
Netherlands DF Davy Kaptein
Lithuania MF Dominykas Kubilinskas
Netherlands MF Jeremy van Mullem
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Niels Butter
Netherlands MF Xander Buitenhek
Netherlands MF Mohamed Choukhoud
Netherlands FW Alex Bangura
Azerbaijan FW Ozancan Kokcu
Netherlands FW Robin Polley
Netherlands FW Jaron Vicario
Netherlands FW Ryan Tilborg
Australia FW Yannis Barberoglou

Feyenoord U17[edit]

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 Pepijn Vonk
Netherlands GK Jordie van Leeuwen
Netherlands DF Edon Fetahi
Netherlands DF Noah Lewis
Netherlands DF Simon Loshi
Netherlands DF Ian Smeulers
Netherlands DF Leon-Cardi Wong-Si-Kwie
Netherlands MF Orkun Kokcu
Netherlands MF Achraf el Bouchataoui
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Wouter Burger
Netherlands MF Lutsharel Geertruida
Netherlands MF Rodney Huijgen
Netherlands MF Benjamin Reemst
Netherlands FW Marouan Azarkan
Netherlands FW Nelson Amadin
Netherlands FW Lion Kalentjev
Netherlands FW Delpeiro Reboe
Guinea FW Cheick Toure

Feyenoord U16[edit]

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 Thijs Jansen
Netherlands DF Melayro Bogarde
Netherlands DF Donmellow le Couvreur
Netherlands DF Denzel Hall
Netherlands DF Quilindschy Hartman
Netherlands DF Ezra Hoogenboom
Netherlands DF Ravi Yates
Netherlands DF Jay den Haan
Curaçao DF Quintin Rustveld
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Daniel van Leeuwen
Netherlands MF Mohammed el Karbachi
Netherlands MF Omer Gunduz
Netherlands MF Teun Heijberg
Netherlands MF Splinter de Mooij
Netherlands FW Pepijn Doesburg
Netherlands FW Toshio Lake
Netherlands FW Ridouan Kasrioui
Netherlands FW Joshua Zirkzee
Netherlands FW Crysencio Summerville

Feyenoord U15[edit]

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 Rutger Bax
Netherlands GK Vladimir Sikanic
Netherlands DF Tom Brugman
Netherlands DF Urgill Dalen
Netherlands DF Justin Papendrecht
Netherlands DF Steven van der Sloot
Netherlands DF Twan van der Zeeuw
Netherlands MF Robyn Esajas
Netherlands MF Stan Maas
No. Position Player
Netherlands MF Noah Naujoks
Netherlands MF Aime Omgba
Netherlands MF Sem Valk
Netherlands MF Sven Zitman
Netherlands FW Jordy Axt
Netherlands FW Naoufal Bannis
Netherlands FW Abdel Belarbi
Netherlands FW Zenya Deurloo
Netherlands FW Denso Kasius

Academy graduates in first team squad[edit]

Name Age Pos Season
Netherlands Rashaan Fernandes 18 years, 272 days FW 2016–17
Netherlands Gustavo Hamer 19 years, 307 days MF 2016–17
Norway Emil Hansson 18 years, 316 days MF 2016–17
Netherlands Justin Bijlow 19 years, 95 days GK 2016–17
Morocco Mohamed El Hankouri 19 years, 300 days MF 2016–17
Netherlands Nigel Robertha 19 years, 73 days FW 2015–16
Netherlands Bart Nieuwkoop 21 years, 51 days MF 2015–16
Netherlands Wessel Dammers 22 years, 57 days DF 2014–15
Netherlands Rick Karsdorp 22 years, 75 days MF 2014–15
Netherlands Lucas Woudenberg 23 years, 2 days DF 2013–14
Netherlands Sven van Beek 22 years, 273 days DF 2012–13
Netherlands Terence Kongolo 23 years, 72 days DF 2011–12
Netherlands Tonny Vilhena 22 years, 114 days MF 2011–12
Netherlands Miquel Nelom 26 years, 217 days DF 2009–10

Academy graduates out on loan[edit]

Name Age Pos Season Club
Netherlands Jari Schuurman 20 years, 64 days MF 2015–16 Willem II (until July 2017)
Netherlands Calvin Verdonk 20 years, 1 day DF 2014–15 PEC Zwolle (until July 2017)

Notable former players in other squads[edit]

An overview of currently active former Feyenoord Academy players with international caps (sorted by age).



  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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